ISAAC & HANNAH HOUSTON BAKER FAMILY

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  • ID: I0051
  • Name: John McClung HOUSTON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1703 in Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland
  • Death: 1754 in Timber Ridge, Augusta Co, VA
  • Reference Number: 51
  • Note:
    "In the year 1704, during the reign of Queen Anne, of England, contemporaneous with the early life of the American Colonies, there was passed in England an act called the "Test Act", which imposed upon certain loyal citizens an obligation quite unbearable to them. This Act required the Scotch people living in the North of Ireland to swear allegiance to the established Church of England, a requirement most obnoxious to our Scotch Presbyterian forebears, and proved to be a short sighted policy on the part of England, for the result was a migration in large numbers of exceptionally high type of men and women from the North of Ireland to the New World." (From the Booklet "McFaddin, 1730-1930.)
    Information supplied by Bertie Maudsley, August 1997, compiled by Mr. G Bernie Houston, deceased. The John Houston family immigrated to America after 1730. We all have a touch of Irish blood!

    Bertie Maudsley, a relative of Bernie Houston, lives: 2250 East Bendamere Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84109

    Subj: Re: HOUSTON CONNECTION
    Date: 6/28/99 11:34:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: wwclpn@att.net
    To: BBrown7152@AOL.COM

    Byron,
    So I guess we're really cousins! I don't understand the
    "once removed" stuff either. Just say cousins! It is
    really neat that we met on the Net. What would our
    ancestors have to say about that?
    Regarding your question on my proof....I got some of my
    info from the Mormon's family search page
    @www.familysearch.org
    Several other of my family members have info too. My
    aunt, who lives in Mountain City, has it a little
    different than what I have. She says we are direct
    descendants of General Samuel Houston. I could never
    make the connection. Although, we are related to him,
    by my studies. John & Margaret Cunningham Houston had a
    son, names Robert. Robert was General Sam Houston's
    grandfather. This is the only connection I could make
    with the General after years of trying. My proof
    existed basically on family documents up to Alexander
    Houston. Then the Mormon page gave me the rest. I
    think it's really neat that we can go all the way back
    to the 1600's in Ireland. Wouldn't you love to know
    more about them? How they died and how they lived?
    I'm not quite sure how to add info to my Houston web
    page yet. I think you can add your Gedcom file to mine
    through this page. I sent you an invitation so you
    could be a member, and I think as a member you have
    access to add info. Try it out and see, if you like.
    It's all kind of new to me.
    On to the next message.

    ubj: General Sam Houston
    Date: 09/06/1999 12:46:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: baker1058@uswest.net (Don Baker)
    To: bbrown7152@aol.com

    Byron, I think I hit gold here. I was looking for information on Gen
    Sam at the "Houston" home page and found something I think is fairly
    conclusive. Let me know what you think. What I found:

    In Reply to: Sam Houston posted by Deena Collins on July 01, 1999 at
    19:41:09:

    Gen. Sam's grandfather was Robert Houston, one of six children who came
    here from Ireland (abt 1735)with their father and widowed grandmother.
    The 6 children were Robert (the Gen's ancestor), Isabella (m. Geo.
    Henderson, then Wm. Gillespie), Esther (m. John Montgomery), John,
    Samuel and Matthew.
    All of Gen. Sam's numerous cousins that can be easily documented came
    from these folks.
    Look for Rev. Samuel B. Rutherford's "Brief Biographical Sketches of
    Some Members of the Houston Family," pub. 1882, as a starting place.
    A number of libraries have it and several people here have it as well.
    How many generations back into your possible Houston connections can you
    get?

    Byron, all of these are under John Houston and Margaret Cunningham.
    There is also Mary which would make 7. Maybe she was the baby or just
    missed.

    Regards,
    Don

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    Byron, I think I hit gold here.&nbsp; I was looking for information on
    Gen Sam at the "Houston" home page and found something I think is fairly
    conclusive.&nbsp; Let me know what you think.&nbsp; What I found:

    In Reply to: Sam Houston posted by Deena Collins on July 01, 1999 at
    19:41:09:

    Gen. Sam's grandfather was Robert Houston, one of six children who came
    here from Ireland (abt 1735)with their father and widowed grandmother.

    The 6 children were Robert (the Gen's ancestor), Isabella(m. Geo. Henderson, then Wm. Gillespie), Esther (m. John Montgomery),John, Samuel and Matthew.
    All of Gen. Sam's numerous cousins that can be easily documented came from these folks.
    Look for Rev. Samuel B. Rutherford's "Brief Biographical Sketches of Some Members of the Houston Family," pub. 1882, as a starting place.
    A number of libraries have it and several people here have it as well.
    How many generations back into your possible Houston connections can you get?
    Byron, all of these are under John Houston and Margaret Cunningham.&nbsp;There is also Mary which would make 7.&nbsp; Maybe she was the baby or just missed.
    Regards,
    Don


    Subj: Houston
    Date: 09/07/1999 9:29:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: baker1058@uswest.net (Don Baker)
    To: bbrown7152@aol.com

    Byron, I question if Mary Houston is indeed the daughter of John
    Houston and Margaret Cunningham. The Sam Houston Genealogy seems to
    indicate that Mary (possibly Davidson) may be the wife of Robert. This
    would account for all children except one (James). According to these
    facts James remained in Ireland. Some of the birth dates seem to off a
    little but not much.

    Regards,
    Don

    Subj: Sarah Jane Houston
    Date: 04/07/2000 9:49:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: Oakiefam
    To: Keene@nctimes.net, ctlove@flash.net, JANEL36
    To: tollea@msn.com, BBrown7152

    Houston story by Mrs. Lloyd Knoch
    Box 423 Lawson, Missouri

    #349

    Matthew Neely Houston was born 18 August 1799, in Kentucky, the son of Robert and Mary Jane (Neely) Houston. Matthew's grandparents were John and Sarah (Todd) Houston. John was born cir. 1726 in Ireland migrating to America cir. 1730-35 with his parents, John and Margaret (Cunningham) Houston. John and Margaret brought their six children and his widowed mother to America. The oldest son stayed in Ireland.

    The Houston family settled in Lancaster County Pennsylvania .......
    Matthew's father, Robert, was born 1768 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Later migrated with his family to Tennessee. Robert fought in a campaign against the Indians at Coosa River. Alabama. His first wife was a Miss Mathews of Mankers Creek, north of Nashville, Tennessee, by whom he had two sons, John and General Alexander Houston. His second marriage was to Mary Jane Neely, and they had one son and three daughters...... Sarah Jane born 1835, married John Adam Esther; ...
    This is just part of the history by Mrs. Knoch.




    Bev Kendall
    Home Page..
    Grandma Bev




    Subj: Re: [BAKER_BOLIN-L] Isaac Baker/Hannah Houston Clan
    Date: 10/11/01 2:32:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: billmc@pickens.net (The McKnights)
    To: BBrown7152@aol.com

    My John 'Jack' Houston m. his cousin Martha "Patsy" Lyle Gillespie
    1817 in Blount Co TN & moved to Shelby Co TN & raised their family &
    died.
    John's parents were William & Mary Black Houston m. 1789 in Greene Co
    TN. Wm Houston was son of Samuel & Elizabeth McCroskey Houston of VA.
    Patsy's parents were Capt. James & Peggie Houston Gillespie (1st
    cousins) from Samuel's siblings Matthew & Isabella Houston.
    Gen/Gov Sam Houston was from another sibling Robert Houston - all
    children of the immigrant John Houston.
    Samuel R. Houston's book (ca1882, now reprinted I think) is best help
    on sorting the John & James & other Houstons but like everything is
    not without error. But he did a great job anyway.
    Helen
    -----Original Message-----
    From: BBrown7152@aol.com <BBrown7152@aol.com>
    To: billmc@pickens.net <billmc@pickens.net>
    Date: Thursday, October 11, 2001 11:55 AM
    Subject: Re: [BAKER_BOLIN-L] Isaac Baker/Hannah Houston Clan


    In a message dated 10/10/01 7:14:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
    billmc@pickens.net writes:


    > Also noticed Hannah Houston in Greene Co TN. Whose is she? My
    > Gillespies and Houstons came from Rockbridge Co VA through Greene Co
    > TN to Blount Co TN.
    > I am already WAY too busy on too many lines, but could not pass this
    > up.
    > Helen
    >

    Hannah Houston was dau. of James Houston & Agness Wilson. Before
    coming to
    Greene Co they were in VA.

    There was another James Houston in Greene Co for awhile. He was
    sheriff,
    magistrate moved to Blount Co where he was in TN Legislature. Was
    this yours?
    Byron

    Subj: John Houston and family
    Date: 4/1/02 7:08:50 PM Eastern Standard Time
    From: dstoakle@gamewood.net (dstoakle)
    To: BBrown7152@aol.com
    . JOHN MCCLUNG3 HOUSTON II (SAMUEL (JOHN)2, JAMES1) was born 1690 in Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland, and died 1754 in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge, CO. VA( then Augusta Co VA). He married MARGARET MARY CUNNNINGHAM 1721 in Augusta CO VA, daughter of JAMES CUNNINGHAM and MARGARET. She was born 1694 in Northern Ireland, and died 1754 in Rockbridge Co. VA.



    Notes for JOHN MCCLUNG HOUSTON II:

    "In the year 1704, during the reign of Queen Anne, of England, contemporaneous with the early life of the American Colonies, there was passed in England an act called the "Test Act", which imposed upon certain loyal citizens an obligation quite unbearable to them. This act required the Scotch people living in Northern Ireland to swear allegiance to the established Church of England, a requirement most obnoxious to our Scotch Presbyterian forebears, and proved to be short sighted policy on the part of England, for the result was a migration in large numbers of exceptionally high type of men and women from the North of Ireland to the New World" (from the Booklet McFaddin, 1730-1930



    John Houston, his wife Margaret Cunningham, his eighty year old mother, and six of his seven children sailed for America in 1730 or 1735. They and the other emigrant passengers became suspicious that the Captain of their ship and the crew were planning to rob them and kill them, as they had sold all of their property in Ireland and had with them trunks of gold aboard. After discovering that many of the passengers knew how to sail and navigate the ship, they took over the ship and placed the Captain and crew in irons while they safely sailed the ship to Philadelphia.



    John Houston was born in Antrim, Ulster, Ireland about 1690, two years after the siege of Derry. His parents were probably among the sufferers and the victors. He married Margaret Cunningham in Ireland and they had seven children. James the oldest remained in Ireland and died shortly after the family left for America. Esther, b. 1724 in Derry, Templemore, Ireland; Robert, born in Ireland in 1720; Isabella; John Houston, Jr. born about 11726 in Derry Ulster, Ireland; Samuel; and Matthew. They settled a hundred miles from Philadelphia in Lancaster, Pa. and lived there for 17 years. Esther was about 11 years old when the family emigrated and while in PA she married John Montgomery. Robert (our direct ancestor) married Margaret Davidson, probably in PA. John JR. married Sarah Todd; Matthew married Martha Lyles.

    About 1745 /1750 John and some of the family moved to Augusta Co VA. Esther and John moved with their father and they settled on Burden's Land, and john founded the New Providence congregation with his son and son in law. He served in the French and Indian War with his four sons. He was a trusted and respected leader, he headed the list of subscribers for funds to erect a new stone church building; and he aided in building a fort for defense against the Indians. he became a local magistrate. At the age of 65 He was killed by a falling limb while clearing a field. His will was probated 15 May 1755 in Augusta Co. VA. (Augusta later became Rockbridge CO VA.).





    According to Gen Sam Houston, the Houstons dwelt in the "Lowlands" of Scotland and were of Celtic origin. They favored the reformation; adopted the tenets of Calvin and John Knox; they were persecuted for their rigid adherence to the Bible as their rule of faith and Presbytery as the church government. They fled Scotland to Ireland and were there in 1688 during the siege of Dery. John's parents survived the siege and their son John was born a year later.



    John and his wife came to Pennsylvania first in 1735 and moved to Rockingham CO VA in 1744.





    More About JOHN MCCLUNG HOUSTON II:

    Burial: New Providence Cemetery, ROckbridge CO VA.



    More About MARGARET MARY CUNNNINGHAM:

    Burial: New PRovidence Cemetery, Rockbridge Co., VA



    Children of JOHN HOUSTON and MARGARET CUNNNINGHAM are:

    4. i. ROBERT4 HOUSTON, b. 1720, Philadelphia, PA; d. September 11, 1760, Timber Ridge, Rockbridge CO. VA.

    ii. JAMES HOUSTON, b. April 18, 1715, Northern Ireland; d. 1820, Houston Valley, Greene Co., Tennessee; m. AGNES WILSON, July 17, 1749, Augusta CO VA.



    Notes for JAMES HOUSTON:

    James stayed in Ireland and didn't emigrate with his family because he was studying for the ministry. Some say that he died shortly after his family left Ireland others dispute this and say that he died April 18 , 1820, Houston's Valley, Green County and married Agnes Wilson, June a17, 1749 in Staunton, Augusta Co. VA.



    iii. MATTHEW HOUSTON, b. 1728, County Antrim, Ireland; d. Abt. 1805, Springfield, Rockbridge Co. VA; m. MARTHA LYLES, 1758, Augusta CO VA; b. Abt. 1730.

    iv. ISABELLA HOUSTON, b. 1722, Ulster, Ireland; d. October 19, 1781, Rockbridge Co. VA; m. (1) JOHN HENDERSON, 1746, Lancaster, PA; b. 1706; m. (2) WILLIAM GILLESPIE, 1753, Pennsylvania; b. 1734, Northern Ireland; d. December 25, 1826, Blount Co Tennessee.

    5. v. ESTHER HOUSTON, b. 1724, Londonderry, Templemore, Irleand; d. Rockbridge Co VA.

    vi. SAMUEL HOUSTON, b. 1728, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; d. 1797, Blount County, Tennessee; m. ELIZABETH MCCOSKEY, March 20, 1753, Rockbridge Co VA.

    vii. JOHN HOUSTON, JR., b. 1727, Northern Ireland; d. 1798, Logan Co KY.; m. SARAH TODD, 1740; b. May 29, 1727, Philadelphia, PA; d. 1795, Blount Co. Tennessee.

    viii. MARY CUNNUNGHAM HOUSTON, b. 1727; m. UNKNOWN BLALKE.







    Father: Samuel (John) HOUSTON b: AFT. 1682 in Northern Ireland
    Mother: Margaret MCLUNG b: ABT. 1683 in Antrim, Northern Ireland

    Marriage 1 Margaret Mary CUNNINGHAM b: ABT. 1703 in Ulster, Ireland
    • Married: ABT. 1721 in Augusta Co, VA
    Children
    1. Has Children James HOUSTON b: 18 APR 1715 in Northern Ireland
    2. Has Children Robert HOUSTON b: 1720 in Philadelphia, PA
    3. Has No Children Isobella HOUSTON b: 1722 in Ulster, Northern Ireland
    4. Has Children Esther HOUSTON b: 1724 in Londonderry, Templemore, Ireland
    5. Has No Children Mary Cunningham HOUSTON b: ABT. 1727
    6. Has Children John Houston JR. b: 1727 in Northern Ireland
    7. Has No Children Samuel HOUSTON b: 1728 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    8. Has No Children Matthew HOUSTON b: ABT. 1730 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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