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I am attaching (first six generations) Descendants of William Houston report from collaborated research with Bob Epperson – another Houston descendant thru Samuel > Nancy Ann Houston. Bob has to date provided me by far with the most information with documented sources. His descendancy is very interesting and informative. If you would like to post this, you have my permission but please give Bob Epperson equal credit for the research. It is still a work in progress - I have still not documented and referenced all my sources. Initially I was doing so much data entry I wasn’t taking time to enter the source of information – census records, family bible, personal letters etc…. I have only included only up to 6 generations because the 7th contains too many individuals still living. Note this is still incomplete - I don't profess to have all of descendants of William thru the 6th generation but I do have many of them.
This report contains the Letters that I have transcribed or in some instances others have transcribed for me. I now have over 200 pages of original personal letters and documents and have only transcribed a handful. They range in date from 1837 to the 1930’s. I have also included in this report many pictures.
I have a couple of corrections to make before you post - Also read Bob's note for further credit. Lillian may be able to help us out further - she has resources on cemetery records that are out of print. She may be able to review my file to give us burial info and possibly dates.
Overall it looks quite good. We should give Flo Young of Shellman, GA, credit much of the research on the Halliday-Arnold line and related Stanford's going into Florida in the early 1900s. She provided me with most of that material.
I will quibble with you a bit over some of your summary of William Houston, though. For instance, you state that Sarecta (original name Sorecte) was the earliest town in Duplin Co. Kenansville, the county seat, was started around St Gabriel's Episcopal Church and later Grove Presbyterian Church. These areas received the charter as towns earlier than Sarecta, which didn't come along until 1787.
The charter of Grove Academy in Kenansville predates Sarecta by two years. Goshen was the name at that time named for the swamp on the north side of town. Hugh McAden first came as a pastor there in Mar 1755 and permanently established as resident pastor in 1756 or 1757.
Another item I noticed was the reference to William Houston as coming to Georgia in 1733. I believe I sent you the article from the William and Mary Quarterly which documents the William Houston in Georgia's admission to the Royal Philosophical Society in 1733 and that he died before returning to England to receive the honor. See pages 234 and 235 of the attached article. You can find it quickly by searching for Houston in Adobe.
Jimmy Carter mentions the William Houston above, a botanist, in his novel on the Revolutionary War.
There is another William Houston from Georgia as well. This guy comes after our William and is also from a different family of Houston's.
I know you haven't gotten time yet to clean everything up. It has been such a whirl wind entering data.
The transcribed Letter contains notes which help explain the relationships