Chapter V – Davy Crocket Puckett – Kentucky Woodsman and Pioneer
This chapter is narrated by a colorful character from my family tree – Davy Crockett Puckett. There are few records about him other than a birth and death date as well as a marriage date about 1830 that produced 12 children. One of these children was James Harris Puckett, my great grandfather. The Puckett name is prolific in the rural counties of Hart, Hardin and Grayson in Kentucky and this man just might be the “grandfather of them all.”
Davy Crockett’s name and date of birth put him in that category of descendants of the Kentucky woodsmen who followed Daniel Boone through the Cumberland Gap and fought their way into Kentucky by joining with Old Hickory in the Indian Wars of the early 19th Century. Davy Crockett Puckett tells about his English ancestors who were indentured servants that came to the New World to flee poverty, chaos and persecution resulting from the Reformation.
Davy Crockett was an adult during the election of Andrew Jackson – the hero known as Old Hickory. Many of my male ancestors have the name "Andrew Jackson." Davy Crockett tells stories of his ancestors fighting with Old Hickory in the Indian Campaigns of the early 19th Century and joining with Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812, at the Battle of New Orleans, which ironically was fought after the War was over. This War was the end of any Indian threat east of the Mississippi River.
As an adult in 1828, Davy tells of his support for the “common man’s” President (Andrew Jackson) elected in 1828 and the story of their takeover of the White House on Inauguration Day. Once elected, Jackson became the advocate for the common man and founded the Democratic Party. After his election President Jackson kept his campaign promise of opportunity for the common man. One of the things he did was to make land and opportunity available for them by sending the remaining Indians out of the country along the Trail of Tears in 1832. Chapter V ends with the birth of my great grandfather, James Harris Puckett, in 1829.