Davy Crocketts watch 18823 article
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From NY Dunkirk Evening Observor9/13/1883
Davy Crockett's Watch
The Gold watch owned and carried by Davy Crockett, the hero of the Alamo, is now in the possession of his great grandson , J. W. Crockett of De witt Arkansas.
The watch was purchased by David Crockett before he left Tennessee after he was defeated in his last race for congress.He wore it for some time, and just before going on that fated expedition which terminated with his death at the Alamo he gave it to his eldest son, Mr. John W. Crockett. The latter also went into public life, and was three times a member of congress from the Volunteer state.He afterward went to New Orleans, where he engaged in mercantile life. Upon his death the watch descended to his eldest son, Robert.He was also a citizen of Tennesee until about twenty-eight years ago, when he removed to Arkansas, where he has since resided.He is still living, but has turned the watch over to his eldest son the present owner.The ancient time-piece is a noteworthy one apart from its associations.It is of ordinary gentlemans's size but rather thicker than the watches of the presnet day and is open-faced.The dial-plate is a white one, with no inscription, and it has only the hour and minute hands, the second had not being employed in the construction of time-pieces of that day.The case is perfectly plain and smooth, and long use has worn it very thin.It is of solid gold, and on the back are engraved the names of its different owners.the inscription is cut deeply in ordinary letters. The names having been placed there by each possessor from the time of the first Crockett and is as follows:
John W. Crockett
Robert B. Crockett
J. W. Crockett
Very little of the movement can be seen, but it bears tthe stamp of Robert Roskell., Liverpool, and is full jueweled.It is still in excellent running order, never having had any parts renewed but a winding chain or two and keeps accurate time.