- One finds several spellings of our ancestors named Hughston such as:
Hughston, Houstoun, Houstown, Hewston, Huston, Hueston, Huson, Heuston, Houston
Pronunciation: HUGH-ston and HOUSE-ton. It seems the HOUSE-ton pronunciation
was most frequently connected to English nobility or very affluent British families.
Houston information from home page of Mark Freeman................
668. John Houston, born Abt. 1728 in County Tyrone, Ireland; died 1808 in Newberry District, SC. He married 669. Mary Ross 1751
669. Mary Ross, born Bef. 1736 in prob. Ireland; died Feb 1811 in Newberry District, SC.
Notes for John Houston:
According to "Brief Biographical Accounts of Many Members of the Houston Family," by Rev. Sam'l Rutherford Houston, D.D., 1882 : "on the voyage to this country some disaster caused them to lose nearly all the property they possessed, together with the family records. The few articles of silver and the linen they saved and preserved were marked with a "crest." Tradition says "they were true 'blue stocking' Presbyterians, ingrained in the blood." The father, as described by his daugher-in-law, David's wife, was a "high-toned gentleman, strictly honest, nice and proud" of his children."
Abt. 1760 Emigrated from Ireland to S.Carolina (or 1763).
Resided South Carolina. Immigrated through Charleston, SC, had eight children, 5 born Ireland, 3 in America. Presbyterian. Connected to
Houstons of Augusta Co., VA according to General Sam Houston.
Owned grist mill on Indian Creek, Newberry District.
02 Feb 1811 will (Mary) proved 23 Feb 1811, Book E, page 142
memo: 4 generations
Notes for Mary Ross:
At least two descendants are named David Ross Houston. Was
her father's name David Ross of Ireland?
Children of John Houston and Mary Ross are:
Margaret Houston, born Aft. 1752 in Ireland; married James
Notes for James McCracken:
One James McCracken is listed in the DAR records:
James McCracken (1750-1802) served as private in Colonel
Polk's regiment, General Sumter's brigade, North Carolina Line.
He died in Mecklenburg County, N. C.
His wife is not named; his son James McCracken, Jr. married
James Jr.'s daughter Margaret McCracken married Azariah
Mary Houston, born Aft. 1752 in Ireland; married John Hopper.
Notes for Mary Houston:
may have married William Turner, son Andrew Turner b 25 jul
James Houston, born Abt. 1755 in Tyrone Co., Ireland; died 1837
in Morgan Co., GA; married Mary Hughey; born Aft. 1764 in
Rowan Co., NC; died 11 Oct 1828 in Morgan Co., GA.
Notes for Mary Hughey:
Is Mary Hughey the sister of James Hughey of Rowan Co., who
was born c 1777?
Samuel Houston, born Abt. 1759 in Ireland; died Abt. 1789;
married Lydia or Mary Reagan; born 1768 in "of Rowan Co.,
NC"; died 1849.
Notes for Samuel Houston:
wife Mary may have been Reagan, sister of Hannah Pugh
moved to Ohio
also shown as Lydia Reagon
Notes for Lydia or Mary Reagan:
It is not certain that this is a Reagan / Ragan spouse to Samuel
John Houston, Jr., born 10 Apr 1760 in County Tyrone, Ireland;
died 24 May 1835 in Coweta Co., GA; married Mary Wilson
1788 in Coweta Co., GA; born Abt. 1768 in SC; died 1849 in
Coweta Co., GA.
Notes for John Houston, Jr.:
served as Private in SC Troops during Revolutionary War
served over 31 mos on nine tours 1776-1782
served under Gen. Sumter, taken prisoner, injured
According to one account, he was the first-born and never
married. "By right of primogeniture, he was entitled to an estate
valued at $50,000; but it was never obtained, in consequence of
neglect or unskillful management. The family records were in his
possession when they left Ireland. Where he made his home is
not now (1877) known." Biographical Skectches, Etc. of the
Houston Family, p. 287. by Rutherford 1882.
Note that in that account, John Houston was the first-born; by
information collected from more recent sources and not verified,
he was born after the emigration and is the only child with a
specific birth date recorded. It is possible that this John Houston
is mis-placed here.
John Houston, Jr. was born April 10, 1760 in Ireland, according to
his pension records. The names of his parents were not
mentioned in the records, but descendants state they were John
and Mary Ross Houston.
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War on March 01, 1776 from
Orangeburg District, South Carolina, in place of his father, in
Captain Flood's Company. From June 01, 1776 one month in
Captain John Sally's company and from July 03, 1776 one month
in Captain Fullington's company, under Major Charles Limming.
He moved to Ninety Six District late in 1779 and served several
more tours of duty up through 1782, serving as a private. During
that time he served as follows; from Mary 05, 1779, four months in
Captain Thomas Dugan's company to range on the frontier; from
March 01, 1780, three months in Captain Dugan's
companyColonel John Purvis' regiment; from in the fall of 1780
until December 15, 1781 under Captains Thomas and James
Dugan and John Virgin, Colonels Joseph Hays and Levi Gaisey;
from March 01, 1782, three months in Captain Henry Keys'
company, under Colonel Jared Smith; from Jun e 06, 1782, four
months under Lieutenant James Stark. During his service he was
in skirmishes on broad River and was wounded at Cross Roads
between Demkins Creek and Encore Rover. Taken prisoner,
remained until Christmas, released on parole, broke parole and
re-enlisted. He was at the seige of Ninety-Six and an
engagement at Bush River.
He married in the summer of 1788, Mary Wilson. She was still
living in 1843. She was allowed pension on her application
executed November, 1835 at which time she was seventy-five
years of age. It is known that in 1836 she received $80.00 per
About 1801 he moved to Jasper County, Georgia, and by 1827
he is found in the tax records of Fayette County, Georgia. In 1833,
he is living in Coweta County, Georgia where by sworn statement
he made application on November 15 for his pension. He died
May 24, 1835 and his will is of record, being dated March 17,
1834 and recorded July 06, 1835, Coweta County, Georgia.
Notes for Mary Wilson:
also described as Mary Hughey.
Ross Houston, born Abt. 1764 in SC; died Bef. 26 Jan 1850 in
Lauderdale Co., AL; married Mary Ann McCracken Abt. 1813 in
Newberry Dist., SC; born 1785 in SC; died Aft. 26 Jan 1850.
William Houston, born Abt. 1768 in Newberry Dist., SC; married
David Ross Houston, born Abt. 1774 in Charleston District, SC;
died 24 Sep 1836 in Lauderdale Co., AL; married Hannah Pugh
Reagan Bef. 1796 in Newberry Dist., SC.
670. Reason Reagan, born Bef. 1756 in possibly Frederick Co., VA. He was the son of 1340. [Uncertain] [Which] Ragan. He
married 671. Hannah Pugh Bef. 1776.
671. Hannah Pugh, born Abt. 1754 in poss. Frederick Co., VA. She was the daughter of 1342. [Uncertain] [Which] Pugh.
Notes for Reason Reagan:
It seems extremely likely to the compiler of this file that Rezen Ragan / Reason Reagan is descended from Timothy Ragan / Mary Lary who are
also in this file, who have at least three other Reason / Rezen / Rezin grandsons. However, most of the possible candidates have been studied,
and they are shown with spouses other than the known spouse of my ancestor. Thomas Reagan married Hannah, the widow of a Mr. Reagan -
and this now is my best bet for the right ancestor, the deceased first husband of Hannah Pugh.
Notes for Hannah Pugh:
Hannah Pugh's family likely moved to Ohio from South Carolina.
Originally Welsh. Evidence and proximity lead me to believe she
is of the family of Azariah Pugh, and she is likely his niece or
cousin once removed. WFT 14 indicates that Azariah Pugh, Sr.'s
daughter Hannah Pugh married James Coppock. Their first child
together was when she was 29 years old. She may have married
Reason Reagan first, and he may have died young.
Another theory is that a different Hannah Pugh was the first wife of
Reason Reagan that married Connell, and that she died young.
It is also possible that Reason Reagan died early after the
marriage, after the birth of the first child, and that she remarried to
Thomas Reagan in Newberry Co., SC. His marriage record
indiates that he married Mrs. Hannah Reagan.
Child of Reason Reagan and Hannah Pugh is:
Hannah Pugh Reagan, born Abt. 1776 in SC; died 01 Dec 1847
in Lauderdale Co., AL; married David Ross Houston Bef. 1796 in
Newberry Dist., SC.
Ancient Houston History....
Descendants of Scotland & Ulster, Houston, Huston, Hewston, Heuston, Houstoun, and others are septs of the Scottish Clan Donald , sometimes called Clan McDonald. Regardless of the spelling, families with the name are descended from the same medieval ancestry.
Beginnings of the Huston/Houston Clan
During the reign of Malcom IV, a man named Hugh removed from the County of Paduinan and took over the lands near present-day Paisley in Renfrewshire. The year was 1160, and official records concerning the man listed his place of origin as a means of identification: Anglicized as Hugo de Paduinan .
He built a fortification for himself there, and those Scots who kept their primitive homes nearby began to seek the protection of his castle during the raids of neighboring lairds -- a somewhat frequent occurance. References to the origin of Houston generally ascribe it to Hugh's + tun, which was the word of the time that described an enclosure or place of safety.
In feudal times, a parcel of land on which a fortified structure or castle was located was known as a barony. The laird -- sometimes called Lord by the peasants within the barony -- did not carry a title of nobility as might be implied by the term baronet. Tradition says he married the daughter of a Scottish chieftain, although no record exists. According to historian Amelia Williams, quoted in the book Bold Legacy by Cleburne Huston (Texian Press 1968), Hugh led fifty of his men in the rescue of King Malcom, and bore him to safety, for which he was bestowed the rank of Scottish knight and the estate in Renfrewshire. Public records indicate the land was transferred from Baldwin of Biggar, viscount of Lanarkshire, to Hugh, and later came to be called the parish of Houston. The earliest recorded documentation of Hugh is circa 1160, as a witness to the signature of Walter Fitz-Allan, holder of the lands of Strathgryffe in the valley of Clyde.
There is also literature that indicates that Hugh of Paduinan was the son of Baldwin, viscount of Lanarkshire. William Hamilton wrote in Sherifdoms of Lanark and Renfrew (compiled circa 1710, printed Glasgow 1831, page 100) of the Houstons: "This family is come from Baldwin de Bigeris." Baldwin's landholdings included the parish of Kilpeter, which was later deeded to Hugh.
Info from Genealogy Forum....Feb 09, 2007 from an "SW" with email "Hidden".
re: Letter ( early 1900's) from Carrie Houston, Lincoln, Delaware, to Eva Houston her cousin, decendants of Robert and Priscilla Laws Houston.
c.1730 John and Mary Ross Houston emigrated from (Killymoon / Castlestewart / Castlestuart ?) co. Tyrone, Ireland to Charleston SC (or Pennsylvania ?).
They brought with them 5 children John, Margaret, James, Mary and Samuel. 3 more were born in this country David, Ross and William Churchill Houston.
John's father is Robert R. Houston, who settled in Del. and Md in 1600's.(this info from family bible)