David Crockett: His Life and Adventures - John S. C. Abbott


David Crockett: His Life and Adventures: By John S. C. Abbott

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CHAPTER I.
Parentage and Childhood.

The Emigrant.--Crossing the Alleghanies.--The boundless Wilderness.--The Hut on the Holston.--Life's Necessaries.--The Massacre.--Birth of David Crockett.--Peril of the Boys.--Anecdote.--Removal to Greenville; to Cove Creek.--Increased Emigration.--Loss of the Mill.--The Tavern.--Engagement with the Drover.--Adventures in the Wilderness.--Virtual Captivity.--The Escape.--The Return.--The Runaway.--New Adventures.

A LITTLE more than a hundred years ago, a poor man, by the name of Crockett, embarked on board an emigrant-ship, in Ireland, for the New World. He was in the humblest station in life. But very little is known respecting his uneventful career excepting its tragical close. His family consisted of a wife and three or four children. Just before he sailed, or on the Atlantic passage, a son was born, to whom he gave the name of John. The family probably landed in Philadelphia, and dwelt somewhere in Pennsylvania, for a year or two, in one of those slab shanties, with which all are familiar as the abodes of the poorest class of Irish emigrants.

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