Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887, Franklin Co.
COL. ANTHONY CROCKETT was one of the earliest and most prominent of Kentucky pioneers and patriots. He was born in Botetourt County, Va., November 19, 1756, and was an early actor in the scenes of the Revolution.
At the age of twenty he entered the war as a private soldier in Capt. Posey's company for two years. After this term of service expired he was appointed a lieutenant in 1778, and raised part of Capt. Evans' company, with which he joined the Virginia troops under Col. George Rogers Clarke, and in the spring of 1779, and during the summer of the same year, was with Cols. John Montgomery and George R. Clarke at Vincennes, and while on this service assisted in taking many of the Indian towns in the West. He was afterward sent back to Virginia, on the recruiting service, where he remained until the spring of 1781, when he returned westward, where for a year he assisted in defending the frontier towns. In 1782 he marched with Gen. G. R. Clarke against the Piqua Indians on the Great Miami, and
continued in the service until the war of the Revolution closed. After the war he was active in defending the settlements in Kentucky against the Indians until hostilities with them had ceased, settling first in Mercer County, and in Franklin County in 1791. When peace was fully restored he retired to the cultivation of his farm and the domestic quiet of private life. But his services were not forgotten by his countrymen; he was twice chosen as representative from the county of Kentucky to the Legislature of Virginia. He preferred, however, to public life the occupation of a farmer, and the participation of those social and domestic ties which he so well knew how to cultivate and enjoy. But when the late war with Great Britain was declared we find him again ready for the field and willing to sustain by arms the independence which his valor had helped to win. He raised a company of volunteers in 1813, and went to the relief of Vincennes. He served as a major in Gen. King's brigade under Gen. Harrison and was at the battle of the Thames. In 1814 he bore an express from Gov. Shelby to Gen. Harrison then at Detroit, and continued in the service throughout the war. Throughout these services Col. Crockett was a brave and zealous soldier; he was never known to avoid danger or quail before the advance of a foe. He was buried with the honors of war at the Franklin Church, and it is worthy of remark that the brass field-piece, now in the arsenal at Frankfort,
which was used at his burial, he twice assisted in taking from the British. He aided in taking it at Saratoga; it was afterward surrendered to the British at Detroit and retaken at the Thames, to which the personal bravery of Col. Crockett much contributed. The incident was an interesting one. The cannon which by the soldier's arm is wrested from the hands of an invader, is, half a century afterward, made by his friends to sound a requiem over his grave. Col. Crockett was elected twice a member of the Kentucky Legislature, 1796-99, and for thirty years as sergeant-at-arms to the Senate. The Legislature being in session at the time of his death, December 6, 1838, the event was announced to that body, and resolutions were entered upon the journals of each house, expressive of the sense of
the two houses at his departure*. But, if we admire the public service of Col. Crockett, his private life was no less calculated to command our respect and admiration. He was, in every respect, an exemplary and good citizen. In all the relations of husband, father and neighbor he was unsurpassed. Industrious, enterprising and useful, he was a fitting example for all who knew him. His last days were truly his best, for he had the rare felicity at an advanced age of seeing his numerous progeny settled around him, and raised to respectability and distinction. There was mingled with his age much of the sprightliness and buoyancy of youth, and he had the rare faculty, seldom possessed by old men, of recollecting that he was once young. The varied events of his life, his personal difficulties and adventures, all tended to render his conversation interesting and delightful. Many are those who will recollect the venerable form that moved among them, adding to the gravity and wisdom of age the vivacity of younger years and rendering himself the center and delight of the circle in which he moved. Thus, beloved, respected and honored, this venerable man yielded to the weight of years and sunk to the grave. His mortal part is hidden from us, but the recollection of his character and services is something which the earth cannot hide and the worm cannot destroy. Col. Crockett married Mary Robertson (1760-1818), daughter of James Robertson, of Augusta County, Va., and aunt of Chief Justice George Robertson, late of the court of appeals of Kentucky. They had a family of eleven children, all but three of his sons residing in Franklin County, Ky. Three sons settled at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
*In Senate of Kentucky, December 7, 1838. Resolved, That the Senate have heard of the death of Col. Anthony
Crockett, formerly an officer of this body for many years, with deep regret, and as a testimonial of their high regard for his valor and patriotism, displayed in his services in the war of the Revolution and the late war, his virtues as a citizen, and his upright and correct deportment as a public officer, they will wear the usual badge of mourning on the left arm for thirty days.