Dan Whittle writes about the current-day descendants of Davy Crockett, the frontiersman, and congressman, and how there are many still living in the areas of Tennessee where Davy spent his early years before winding up at the Alamo, where he died a hero’s death. The family has kept in contact over the years, including forming the “Direct Descendants & Kin of David Crockett” group. Aside from the Alamo, and his legend on the frontier, Davy Crockett’s tale is an interesting one, as it intertwines with the tragedy of the Trail of Tears (the forced Indian removal to lands out west, including present-day Arkansas and Oklahoma), which he was opposed to, and which led to his falling out with Andrew Jackson and politics in general.
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Smyrna history buff Charles Robertson has documents, showing his family ties to David Crockett.
“Mom, who died in 2005, was a great-great-granddaughter of Davy Crockett,” said Robertson, a member of the Direct Descendants & Kin of David Crockett group with the purpose of preserving the heritage of Davy Crockett. “The linkage is preserved in a letter Davy wrote in Texas, after leaving Tennessee. That letter exists in State Archives.”