Crockett’s legend was reborn in a 1950s TV show by , which also introduced his legendary . In 1948, Disney told columnist that it was “time to get acquainted, or renew acquaintance with, the robust, cheerful, energetic and representative folk heroes”.
On weekend nights at Lovelady, a small town south of Crockett in Houston County, its not unusual to hear country music wafting through the rafters of an old school gymnasium.
Anyone over fifty who traveled down El Camino Real, known today as Texas Highway 21, probably remembers stopping at the Davy Crockett Spring and sampling its cool water.
John married Rebecca Hawkins in 1780. When their son David was born August 17, 1786, they named him after John’s father. David was born in what is now (at the time part of ), close to the , near the community of . John continually struggled to make ends meet, and in 1792, the Crocketts moved to a tract of land on Lick Creek. Selling that tract of land in 1794, John moved the family to Cove Creek and built a gristmill with partner Thomas Galbraith. A flood destroyed the gristmill and the Crockett homestead. In 1792, the Crocketts moved to Mossy Creek in County. John forfeited his property in bankruptcy in 1795. The Crocketts moved on to property owned by a Quaker by the name of John Canady. At in the , John built a tavern on a stage coach route.
The Crocketts were of , , and – ancestry. The earliest known paternal ancestor was Gabriel Gustave de Crocketagne, whose son Antoine de Saussure Peronette de Crocketagne was given a commission in the under French King . Antoine married Louise de Saix and immigrated to Ireland with her, changing the family name to Crockett. Their son Joseph Louis was born in Ireland and married Sarah Stewart. Joseph and Sarah immigrated to New York, where their son William David was born in 1709. He married Elizabeth Boulay. William and Elizabeth’s son David was born in Pennsylvania and married Elizabeth Hedge. They were the parents of William, David Jr., Robert, Alexander, James, Joseph and , the father of David Crockett who died at the Alamo.
That same night, outside the Alamo, there was a skirmish between Mexican and Texian troops. Several historians, including, speculated that the Texians were creating a diversion to allow their last courier, John Smith, to evade Mexican pickets. However, in 1876, Alamo survivor said that Travis sent three men out shortly after dark on March 3, probably a response to the arrival of Mexican reinforcements. The three men, who included Crockett, were sent to find Fannin.Lindley stated that just before midnight, Crockett and one of the other men found the force of Texians waiting along Cibolo Creek, who had advanced to within 20 miles (32 km) of the Alamo. Just before daylight on March 4, part of the Texian force managed to break through the Mexican lines and enter the Alamo. A second group was driven across the prairie by Mexican cavalry.
Crockett arrived at the on February 8. On February 23, to the surprise of the men garrisoned in the Alamo, a Mexican army led by General arrived. The Mexican soldiers immediately . Santa Anna ordered his artillery to keep up a near-constant bombardment. The guns were moved closer to the Alamo each day, increasing their effectiveness. On February 25, 200–300 Mexican soldiers crossed the San Antonio River and took cover in abandoned shacks approximately 90 yards (82 m) to 100 yards (91 m) from the Alamo walls.The soldiers intended to use the huts as cover to establish another artillery position, although many assumed that they actually were launching an assault on the fort.Several men volunteered to burn the huts. To provide cover, the Alamo cannons fired at the Mexican soldiers, and Crockett and his men fired rifles, while other defenders reloaded extra weapons for them to use in maintaining a steady fire. Within 90 minutes, the battle was over, and the Mexican soldiers retreated. Inside the Alamo, the stores of powder and shot were limited. On February 26, Alamo commander ordered the artillery to stop returning fire so as to conserve precious ammunition. Crockett and his men were encouraged to keep shooting, as they were unusually effective.
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On November 12, 1835, Crockett and his entourage arrived in , . The local newspapers reported that hundreds of people swarmed into town to get a look at Crockett, and a group of leading citizens put on a dinner in his honor that night at the Jeffries Hotel. Crockett spoke “mainly to the subject of Texan independence,” as well as Washington politics.
By December 1834, Crockett was writing to friends about moving to Texas if Jackson’s chosen successor was elected President. The next year he discussed with his friend raising a company of volunteers to take to Texas in the expectation that a revolution was imminent. After the election results became known in August, his departure to Texas was delayed by a court appearance in the last week of October as co-executor of his deceased father-in-law’s estate, and he finally left his home near in West Tennessee on Nov. 1, 1835, with three other men to explore Texas.His youngest child, Matilda, later wrote that she distinctly remembered the last time she saw her father: “He was dressed in his hunting suit, wearing a , and carried a fine rifle presented to him by friends in Philadelphia … He seemed very confident the morning he went away that he would soon have us all to join him in Texas.” From his home he traveled to , arriving there with 30 well-armed men, where he gave a speech from the steps of the courthouse, and then rode southwest to , where he spent the night at residence of Dr. Calvin Jones, once again drawing crowds who sent him off the next morning. He arrived in in the second week of November with a much-diminished company, and ferried over the Mississippi River the next day and continued his journey on horseback through Arkansas.
Crockett ran against Fitzgerald again in the 1833 election and was returned to Congress, serving until 1835. On January 2, 1834, Crockett introduced the land title resolution H.R. 126, but it never made it as far as being open for debate on the House floor. He was defeated for re-election in the August 1835 election by . During his last term in Congress, Crockett collaborated with Congressman to write his autobiography, which was published by E. L. Carey and A. Hart in 1834 as . Crockett went east to promote the book. In 1836, newspapers published the now-famous quote attributed to Crockett upon his return to his home state. He said, “I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not, they might go to hell, and I would go to Texas.”