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Crockett focus of DAR meet

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

DAR Guest Speaker

Betty Richardson, registrar, Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter DAR, poses in period clothing (1812) when she was guest speaker at the local DAR meeting. Her program was about Mary (Polly) Finley Crockett, wife of David Crockett.

Betty Richardson was the guest speaker at the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, meeting held recently at Shoney’s Restaurant.

Richardson’s program was about Mary (Polly) Finley Crockett, wife of David Crockett.

The Crocketts were married Aug. 12, 1806 and had three children, John, William and Margaret. For a short time, the family lived in Lincoln County.

When the War of 1812 started, David volunteered for the conflict, leaving Polly at home to raise two children with one on the way. Polly died in the early spring of 1815 in Franklin County, shortly after her third child was born. She was 27 years old.

Polly Crockett embodied the frontier woman’s spirit. When her husband was away fighting for his country, Polly was left at home on the wilderness with the awesome task of safeguarding their children, tending livestock, farming and foraging for food and keeping the home fires burning.

Mary (Polly) Crockett is a legend in her own right.