Name: Matilda Crockett
Birth: 2 AUG 1821 in Gibson Co, or Linclon Co, Tn
Death: 6 JUL 1890
Burial: North Union Cem, Gibson Co, Tn 1
Census: 1850 Gibson Co, Tn
Residence: Gibson Co, Tn 2
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Photo courtesy of the Crockett Cabin / Museum, Rutherford, Tn.
Joe N. Bone, manager.
The following obituary for Matilda was transcribed by Marilyn Stoh from the Gibson County Herald:
Davey Crockett's Daughter Dead
Mrs. Matilda Fields passed away Sunday Last
On July 6, 1890, died at the home of her daughter in Kenton, Mrs. Matilda Fields,
the 69th year of her age. She was the youngest daughter of Davey Crockett.
She had three brothers and two sisters, all of whom she outlived. Mrs. Fields married
three times. Her first husband was Thomas Tyson; her second was James Wilson; and
the third, R. Fields. By her second marriage she became the step-mother to estteemed
fellow citizen W. H. Wilson.
In girlhood she was remarkably handsome, of vivacious temperment, fond of dancing
and carried into all company the sunshine of her own joyious disposition. In early womanhood
she became a convert to the Christian faith and joined the Methodist Church and lived up
to the time of her death an upright, consistant and devoted member. She inherited the
firmness and candor of her father; was rather slow to reach conclusions and tenacious
of them when formed. She exemplified fully his noted maxium, "Be sure you're right, then
Her education was quite limited owing to lack of schools in her early years, for West Tennessee
was then sparsely settled. Yet she was a woman of clear mind and adhered to duty with
unyielding fidelity. She died surrounded by all of her living children; Mrs. Mary Floyd, Mrs.
Candice Edmundson, and Mrs. Sallie Bryant and a host of relatives and friends.
NOTE: Matilda lived the last years of her life in the home of her daughter Mary Floyd.
She was listed in the 1880 Gibson County, TN census in that household.
Elizabeth CROCKETT (age 68) is shown living in the home of Maltilda TYSON in the 1850 census of Gibson Co, Tn.
In 1882, a reporter from the Gibson County "Courier Newspaper" wrote the following article. This article was reproduced from
the book , "The Land Holdings of Colonel David Crockett In West Tennessee", written by Johathan Kennon Thompson Smith.
Mrs. Matilda Fields
The only surviving daughter of the famous David Crockett
Her early recollections
A representative of the courier called on Mrs.Matilda Fields,who lives near walnut grove in the Nineteenth
District of this county, a daughter of the late Col. David Crockett, one day this week and in reply to the
question as to whether she would have any objections to giving us some of her early recollections for publication,
said she had none whatever, but that she was not in first rate talking humor and besides, "my teeth are all gone
and I can not get off much but if I know of anything that will interest you I will gladly tell it or try." In answer to
farther questions, after a little reflection, she began, "Well, I was born in Lawrence County, Tennessee,
August 2d, 1821. My father removed to this county from Lawrence county when I was but two years old and
settled on the place where John K. Wetherspoon now lives, where he lived several years. He afterwards settled
the place where Mrs. Harriet Jones now lives but afterwards built on the place where Moses Whithurst [Whitehurst]
resides and was living on the latter place when he went to Texas. Father was twice married. His first wife was a
Miss Mary Finley by whom he had three children - John W., William and Margaret. John W. Crockett married
a daughter of Judge Hamilton in Weakley County and practiced law in Paris and Trenton and I think represented
this district twice in Congress. He moved to New Orleans and from there to Memphis where he died. Brother
William moved from this county to Arkansas and died in that state a number of years ago. Margaret married
Wiley Flowers, both of whom lived in this county until their death.
Sometime after the death of his first wife father married Mrs. Elizabeth Patton whose husband had been killed by
the Indians in the battle of Horseshoe. There were three children by this marriage - Robert, Rebecca E. and myself.
Brother Robert went to Texas shortly after my father was killed and lived there about a year, when he came back to
this county and married a Miss Porter, a daughter of Thomas and a sister of John Porter, of the Tenth District.
He lived in this county several years and moved back to Texas where he is now living with his second wife.
Rebecca E. married George Kimbro by whom she had three children. After Kimbro's death she married James Halford
by whom she had six children, all of whom are dead except one.
Ashley Wilson Crockett, a son of Brother Robert, is living at Granberry, Texas and is editing a newspaper.
Robert H. Crockett, a son of Brother John, is now editing the Gleaner, at Dewitt, Arkansas. Bob sends me the Gleaner
occasionally, for which I am truly grateful, although I can't read it much; it shows the boy has not forgotten his old
aunt. I was married the first time to Thomas Tyson who died in 1849 leaving me with four children, two boys and two
girls. Davy, my oldest son, died at the age of 16. Burrus is living now in Hickman, Ky., Mary E., with whom I am now
living, married Wm. T. Floyd and is now a widow. Candis married R. Edmondson and is living in this county.
About 1852 I married James Wilson who died in 1859, leaving me three children by this marriage, two of whom are
dead and the remaining one, Sallie, is now the wife of George Bryant. After the close of the late war I married Reddon
Fields, who left me a widow in 1870.
We were living at the Whithurst [Whitehurst] place when father went to Texas. One of the houses he built is yet standing
there. I remember distinctly the morning he started on his journey to Texas. He was dressed in his hunting suit, wearing a
coon skin cap and carried a fine rifle presented to him by friends in Philadelphia. He was a large, fine, portly looking man
and loved to hunt and shoot at matches. A few days before he started on his fatal trip he gave a big barbecue and barn
dance and everybody far and near were invited. I tell you they had a glorious time. The young folks danced all day and
night and everybody enjoyed themselves.
People used to come from a distance and stay several days with father hunting and sporting. Among a great many other
distinguished men who came I can only recall the name of General Ben McCulloch who was a great friend of father's and
came often to see him and would stay several days at a time.
I remember the day my father came home after his last race. He came in and said to mother, "Well, Bet, I am beat and I'm
off for Texas." I don't think father cared much for his defeat. He wanted to go to Texas any how. He wanted to move right
away but mother persuaded him to go first and look at the country and then if he liked it we would all go. He seemed very
confident the morning he went away that he would soon have us all to join him in Texas. We did not know that he was
going into the Texan war when he went off. We did not know that he intended going into the army until he wrote mother
a letter after he got to Texas. We were all greatly distressed when we heard that he had been killed; we could hardly believe it.
When Brother Bob moved to Texas mother went with him and settled on land given her by the State of Texas. She only lived
about six years afterwards.
Father spent so much of his time hunting, electioneering or at Washington city that it seems now like I was never with him
Myself and Brother Bob are the only children now living. I think I shall go to Texas this fall to see my folks and look after
an interest in some land there."
Mrs. Fields is growing old and age is telling on her rapidly. Her eyesight is quite defective and her memory of dates very imperfect.
Father: David (Davy) Crockett b: 17 AUG 1786 in Greene Co, Tn ( near Nolichucky River)
Mother: Elizabeth Patton b: 22 MAY 1788
Thomas D. Tyson b: ABT 1820 in Moore Co, NC
in Gibson Co, Tn
- Mary Elizabeth Tyson b: 1838 in Gibson Co, Tn
- Candice Tyson b: 1840 in Gibson Co, Tn
- David (Dave) Tyson b: 1843 in Gibson Co, Tn
- Benjamin Burce Tyson b: 1846 in Gibson Co, Tn
- Sallie Wilson
- Abbrev: Headstone
- Abbrev: Smith, Jonathan K.T. Smith, "The Land Holdings of Colonel David Crockett inWest Tennessee",
Smith, Jonathan K.T. Smith, "The Land Holdings of Colonel David Crockett inWest Tennessee",
Published by Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society, Jackson, Tn,