James Houston

4 June 1817–5 January 1864 (Age 46)
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of James

When James Houston was born on 4 June 1817, in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Houston, was 37 and his mother, Mary Dempster, was 45. He married Margaret Crawford on 26 July 1845, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States in 1846 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 January 1864, in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Saint George City Cemetery, St. George, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Houston
Margaret Crawford
Marriage: 26 July 1845
Elizabeth Houston
John Houston
James Houston Jr
Joseph Houston
Thomas Houston
Margaret Houston
Mary Dempster Houston
Hyrum Houston
Brigham Houston

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 July 1845Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 2
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    Age 10
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    Age 13
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from the barony of Houston (Renfrewshire), from the genitive case of the personal name Hugh + Middle English, Older Scots ton ‘town, village, settlement’ (Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’). The landlord in question was a certain Hugo de Paduinan, who held the place c. 1160. The Scottish surname is also common in Ulster.Irish: variant of McCutcheon from Mac Uisdein or Mac Uistein.History: In 1836 the newly founded city of Houston, TX, was named in honor of Sam Houston (1793–1863), soldier and statesman. As commander in chief of the Texan army he achieved Texas independence from Mexico by routing the army of the Mexican general Santa Anna. His ancestors were Ulster Scots who had emigrated to Philadelphia, PA, in the 18th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    History of James Houston & Margaret Crawford

    History of James Houston and Margaret Crawford By Joseph Houston Uncle Joe Houston spent the weekend with us, and gave us the following history. I, Gean Clark, was the scribe and the one who question …

    Sources (39)

    • James Houston, "United States Census, 1850"
    • James Houston in entry for John Houston, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • James Houston, "United States Census, 1860"

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