Original Baron of Kilpeter, Strathgrief, living during the reign of
King Malcom IV recieved a charter in 1160 AD.
From History of the Huston Families
and Their Descendants,1450-1912
With a Genealogical Record – Copyright 1912
By E.Rankin Huston
General Sam Houston gave the following description of the origin of the Coat of Arms to Miss Mary Houston,sister of the former Governor
George S.Houston of Alabama: “ At an early period in the history of the Houstons,,Sir John Houston,with a body of soldiers,reinforced a broken column,and for his great courage and unexampled energy was knighted on the field of battle.The greyhounds indicate the fleetness of his command in coming to the rescue;the last sand in the hourglass represents the perilous extremity of the army;and the motto
(in time)its victory.” The early history of the Huston family can be traced back to the thirteenth Century and to probably a soldier of fortune whose arms had largely aided the then King of Scotland,and who was rewarded with what now constitutes the Houston estate near Johnstone,Scotland.From Crawford ’s History of Rensfrewshire,‘This donation is in the reign of Malcomb the IV as also in the same reign the lands of Kilpeter in Strathgrief are given by Baldwin de Bigress to Hugh de Padvinaw from which Hugh these lands were called Hugh ’s town of whom is lineally descended,Sir John Houston, six generations later in the mid 1400s.’ In 1696 Patrick Houston was born..
He came to America and is buried in the old cemetery on South Broad Street,Savannah,Georgia.Sir Patrick Houston,Baronet,President of his Majesty ’s Council of Georgia,died February 5,1762,at the age of 64. The Houstons took a decided stand in favor of the Reformation;adopted early tenets of Calvin;sustained the Religious views of John Knox;and were persecuted for their rigid adherence to the Bible and the Bible alone as the rule of their faith and practice,and to Presbytery as the scriptural form of church government.
At this time in the early seventeenth Century,a considerable emigration of the Scotch Houstons was made to the North of Ireland,one Robert
Houston having been given three townships of land in Londonderry County.These Irish Houstons seem to have dropped the letter ‘o ’ on their name and spelled it Huston.In Scotland,the name is pronounced ‘Hooston ’.The early emigration of the Hustons to this country were of
SHAFER - HUSTON
FRANCIS M. MARVIN
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Biography of John Huston Marvin
HUSTON (HOUSTON) FAMILY
The name of Houston or Huston is said to have been of Anglo- Saxon origin and to have been derived from the words hus, meaning "house," and tun , meaning "farm or garden." It was probably taken by the first bearer of the surname from the name of the place in which he lived at the time of the adoption of surnames in England. It is found on the ancient records of Great Britain in the various forms of Roustouzi, Housson, Howston, Hewston, Houston, and Huston, of which the last two are the generally accepted forms of the name today.
Some authorities claim that the name was originally Hugh's- town and trace their descent from the Hugo de Padvinian who gave their name to his Barony in Renfrewshire, Scotland, before the year 1160 A.D. and at the time of the adoption of surname assumed the name of Houstoun from the family estates.
Hugo de Padvinian was succeeded in his fortunes in the year 1165 by his eldest son, Sir Reginald, who was succeeded by his son, Sir Hugh, who had Sir Findlay, who was the ancestor of Sir Patrick Houstoun of the early fifteenth century.
Sir Patrick married Agnes Campbell and was the father by her of Sir John, who had Sir Peter, who was succeeded in 1513 by Sir Patrick, who married Janet Cunningham and was succeeded in 1626 by his son Sir John, who had Sir Patrick, who died in 1605, leaving four sons, John, Patrick, Peter and James, and several daughters.
John, eldest of the sons of Sir Patrick, married Margaret Sterling and had issue by her of Sir Ludovis, who was the father of Patrick and George Houston of the seventeenth century, the first of whom was the father of Sir Patrick, who was created first Baronet in 1668. By his wife Margaret, daughter of the Marquis of Douglas, Sir Patrick had Sir John, Patrick, William James and Archibald, of whom the first was succeeded by his eldest son Sir John, who had Sir John (fourth Baronet), who died without issue.
Upon the death of the last Sir John, the estates and titles of the family went to Sir Patrick, second son of the first Baronet, who emigrated from Scotland to Georgia in 1735.
This Sir Patrick, fifth Baronet, was preceded in America, however, by several others of the family, among whom was John Houston, who came from Ireland, whither he had removed from Scotland, to Pennsylvania about 1725. This emigrant may have been either of the same branch of the family of that branch which settled in the county of Cornwall and was of the same stock. John married Martha Stewart and was the father by her of John, Jane, Daniel, James, William, Anne, Thomas and Samuel.
My subject, however, though doubtless of the same line, was a descendant of Gentleman John Houston, referred to on Page 2 of "The Raven," life sketch of General Sam Houston, by Marquis lames, he is John Houston, eldest son of Robert Huston, and grandson of Gentleman John, also Uncle of General Sam Houston.
According to the records of the War Department, John Hugh- son served in the Revolutionary War as an Ensign in a company designated at various times as Captain Thomas Walker's and Capt. William Henderson's Company, 9th Virginia Regiment (1776-1778), commanded by Thomas Fleming, Esq., and Colonel George Mathews. The date of his entry into service is not shown. His name first appears on a company muster roll for November 1776. He was transferred to Capt. Samuel Woodson's Company in May 1777 and was promoted to Lieutenant 10 May 1777. He was transferred to Capt. John Hay's Company, same regiment in September 1777, and the company pay roll for September 1777 shows that he resigned on the 8th instant.
Heitman's Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, an unofficial publication entiti.e4 to credit, shows: Ruston, John (Va.) Ensign 9th Virginia, 10th September 1776, 2d Lieutenant, 1st April, 1777; resigned 8th September, 1777; name also spelled Hughston.
Lieut. John Huston, whom I shall later list as the head of Family No. 1, was born April 29, 1752 and died June 18, 1836, this information was taken personally by the writer from his tombstone in Shafer School House Cemetery located about three miles west of Stroudsburg, in Stroud Township, Monroe County, Penna.
Lieut. John Huston married Catherine Anderson, born November 4, 1748, died JuIy 1. 1822. She was a daughter of Eliakirn Anderson and a sister of Lieutenant-Governor George Anderson of Trenton, N. J.
Lieut. John Huston with his wife, Catherine and family moved from Trenton, N. I. to Hamilton Township, Northampton County, Pa., now, Monroe County, shortly after the close of the Revolutionary War, where he reared his family consisting of four sons and three daughters. They were among the first to be buried in the Shafer's School House Cemetery located about two miles West of Stroudsburg, in Stroud Township, Monroe County, Pa. Their graves are still well marked and the information concerning their births and deaths was copied by the author from their grave stones.
2/3/03- From the parish of Houston, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. There is an old tradition, that in the reign of Malcolm IV., A.D. 1153, Hugh Padvinan obtained a grant of the barony of Kilpeter, from Baldwin of Biggar, sheriff of Lanark, and hence called Hughstown, corrupted into Houstoun. These Houstons were of great consideration in Renfrewshire.
6. SIR HUGH OF PADINIAN6 HOUSTON (SIMON FITZ ALAN5, SIR ALAN FITZ4 FLAALD, SIR FLAALD FITZ3 GORDON, SIR GORDON FITZ2 ALAN, SIR ALAN1 FITZ-ALAN) was born 1140 in Scotland, and died 1190 in Palestine, Israel, Holy Land. He married DAUGHTER OF SCOTTISH-CHIEFTAIN 1169 in Scotland. She was born Abt. 1145 in Scotland, and died Bef. 1200 in Scotland.
Children of SIR HOUSTON and DAUGHTER SCOTTISH-CHIEFTAIN are:
7. i. REGINALD DE HUGH7 HOUSTON, b. 1170, Kilpeter, Scotland; d. 1238, Scotland.
ii. BORTHWICK HOUSTON, b. Abt. 1171, Scotland; d. Bef. 1250, Scotland.
iii. ARCHIBALD HOUSTON, b. Abt. 1172, Scotland; d. Bef. 1250, Scotland.
Houston Castle is located in the village of Houston ,Renfrewshire,Scotland to the southwest of Glasgow and Paisley. It is about 200 yards from Houston Kirk or the Village of Houston church. There are stone effigies of two of the ancient Houstons in the church. The castle was long ago detroyed and today Houston House stands in its place.
Hugo de Padinan,ancestor of the Houstons of Houston,was granted a charter of the barony of Kilpeter,by Baldwin de Bigre towards the end of the reigh of Malcolm IV(1153-65) or very early in the reigh of William the Lion(1165-1214).Sir Hugh was born in England of either Norman or Anglo-Norman parents. The lands of Kilpeter became the Parish of Houston. It was known as villa Hugonis or Huwestoun (Hugh's town).