"Brack and Davy Crockett

    UPDATE: Relative at the Alamo - In "Daughters of the Texas Republic, Vol. 1", Rodney also discovered our 3G-uncle John Henry Dillard (he married our 3G-grandmother's sister Sarah McCulloch) died fighting at the Alamo. Living in Milam, he went to San Antonio to buy supplies and "became enthralled" with the revolution. He eventually volunteered to join Col. Davy Crockett and others.

    Cousin Rodney Mitchell of Graham shared this piece of history with me recently while he was researching Benjamin McCulloch (pictured), the Battle of San Jacinto participant, Texas Ranger, Indian fighter, Mexican/American War vet, Civil War brigadier general, noted Texas hero and brother of our great-great-great-grandmother Mary Ann McCulloch.

    On the next page is a jpg of a letter written to William L. Mitchell in 1854 by Davy Crockett's widow Elizabeth. She appointed him power of attorney, and probably got his name from his uncle Benjamin, who had met Davy back in Tennessee. Benjamin accompanied the legendary b'ar killer to Texas, but was taken seriously ill in East Texas and didn't get to the Alamo. He did join Sam Houston's army in time for the Battle of San Jacinto, though.

    BTW, Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862 and pictured at left) was killed on the second day of the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) in Arkansas on March 7. He's buried at the state cemetery in Austin. 

    Here's Elizabeth's letter: "State of Tennessee - know all men Gibson County by these present that Elizabeth Crockett widow of the estate Col. David Crockett who was killed in the battle of Alamo in the state of Texas - do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Col. William L. Mitchell of the county of Ellis, state of Texas, my true and lawful attorney and agent in fact to do an transact all business appertaining to the affairs of my said deceased Col. David Crockett to draw and locate all the certificates in the commissioner's land office to which the said Col. Crockett was entitled to under the laws of the Republic of Texas onto which his heirs may be entitled by the laws of Texas State hereby ratifying and confirming