Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Davy Crockett and David Crockett Hart

Davy Crockett portrait
Crockett Hart is, of course, named for the frontiersman, solider, and politician. Davy Crockett was born in Limestone, Tennessee, in 1786.
Davy Crockett grew up in eastern Tennessee and was known as an excellent hunter and frontiersman, a good family man, and a leader of men. He later served in the state legislature and then the US House of Representatives for Tennessee. He opposed some of President Andrew Jackson’s

policies, most notably the Indian Removal Act. He served three terms in Congress, and then after a lost election, decided to move to Texas in 1835.
     He was known for telling colorful stories and tall tales, and claimed among other things that he could whip his weight in wildcats. His last major act in life was to fight in the Texas Revolution. He died in 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo. He was 49 years old.
     Crockett Hart has a lot to live up to in his namesake. There’s something in him that wants to be as well-liked and respected as Davy Crockett. In my story, For Love or Money, he makes a good start by helping an underdog family. He goes into it not looking for glory, but wanting to make a difference in Jane and Ben Haymaker’s lives. What he doesn’t count on is being ambushed by romance.
        One of Davy Crockett’s famous sayings was “Always be sure you are right, then go ahead.” Crockett Hart, once he makes up his mind what’s right, moves ahead. I hope you enjoy reading his story in Seven Brides for Seven Texans.               
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  1. All of the Hart brothers had a lot to live up to. First of all, they were Harts, with a strong family legacy and the expectation to carry the Hart name with pride, as did their father and grandfather before them.

    As if that wasn't enough, each of them bore the name of a famous Texan. As it did for Crockett, that had to put even more pressure on them. Quite a load, but they bear it well, as Crockett does when he comes to Jane's rescue.

  2. So true, Keli! I think the legacy of history put an extra burden on those boys.

  3. :) One of my favorite lines in the entire book comes at the end of For Love or Money.

    Such a fun story!

    1. Now I have to go back to see maybe which line this is! :)

    2. Ben says it near the end...and it's about money. :)

  4. Thanks, Erica and Joy. And Erica fixed the Rafflecopter link for me, the sweetie. More coming tomorrow!

  5. If you are named after someone, I think that there can be a lot of pressure to live up to them. The Hart boys especially had big shoes to fill and I think all of the authors did a fabulous job with the characters living up to whom they were named after. :)

  6. Thank you so much for the chance. Happy New Year.

  7. “Always be sure you are right, then go ahead.” - sometimes what I know to be right and what is.. ?? .. must be my age thing!

  8. Davy Crockett is quite a name to live up to!
    Sometimes you hear about siblings where the younger one doesn't quite live up to the legacy/academic history of an older brother or sister in school and really struggle. Names can be very powerful!

  9. We live about 10 miles from Davy Crockett Birth Place State Park. It is a lovely park with a campground, picnic pavilions, a swimming pool (summer only), and a nice little museum. A replica log cabin on the banks of the Nolichucky River is placed where they think Crockett's cabin could have been.