The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 131
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Committee on the Texan Declaration of Independence 131
Colonel Elijah Robertson had married Sarah Machlin, and they
reared four children,"47 one of whom, Elizabeth, became the mother
of George C. Childress. Her aunt, Ann Robertson, was presented
with a grant of land by the Government in recognition of her
services in the Revolution.48 Elizabeth's brother, Sterling C.
Robertson, was the founder of Robertson's Colony in Texas.'49
Elizabeth Robertson married John Childress of Nashville.
John Childress's name does not appear among the original set-
tlers of Nashville,150 Tennessee, 1789, but he is named as one of
the "Men of Nashville at an Early Day." He was a devoted friend
of General Andrew Jackson.151 He was marshal of Nashville,
1809-10, and was one of the most prominent and wealthy men of
that time. With other property he owned several business lots in
early Nashville which yielded "ground rent" from some of the
occupants of the village's first brick buildings.'-* He was com-
missioned Justice of the Court in Nashville in 1812,158 became
somewhat interested in law as a profession, and in 1834, was ad-
mitted to the Davidson County Bar.'54
George Campbell Childress was born in Nashville, January 8,
1804. Very little is known of his youth. In temperament, how-
ever, he was of an earnest disposition and subject to occasional
fits of melancholy which at times made his behavior rather
violent."5 Yet all the evidence that has been ascertained indicates
that his temperament was never other than admirable from adult-
hood to the time of his death.
He studied law and was admitted to the Davidson County Bar
mortally wounded at the battle of Germantown, October, 1777. (Clayton,
History of Davidson County, 195.)
'47Colonel Willoughby Williams, "Recollections of Nashville," in Clay-
ton, History of Davidson County, Tennessee, 200.
48Mrs. Cone Johnson to the author, March 9, 1926.
"4Williams, as cited, 200.
"'Clayton, History of Davidson County, Tennessee, 57.
"Clayton, History of Davidson County, Tennessee, quoting Colonel W.
"'Williams, as cited, 200.
"'Clayton, History of Davidson County, Tennessee, 88-89.
"4Williams, as cited, 200.
""J. Cabron, Nashville, to Dr. Ashbel Smith, Galveston, November 20,
1841. Ashbel Smith Papers, University of Texas.
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