Like many American icons, when you dig deeper into their past to try and understand who they really were, you are often surprised. I found it interesting to learn that his grandparents were killed by Indians whom he despised as a very young man. Later, he became very ill at one point and was nursed back to health by Natives he lived with and came to understand. This led to a better understanding and appreciation of Native culture. When he eventually became a United States senator, he was an avid supporter of Native American rights which created a rift between he and President Andrew Jackson. This contentious relationship may have played a role in Crockett’s desire to disappear when the opportunity came after the Alamo.
Our theory that both Crockett and Santa Anna used the Masonic sign of distress to save their lives takes on added significance when you consider that Crockett likely wasn’t the only person whose life was saved at the Alamo through Masonic connections. Our guest at the Scottish Rite Temple in Minneapolis, Jack Roberts, who also happens to be a Texas native in addition to a Freemason, relayed a legendary story about how two of the three only known survivors walked away from the Alamo. Those survivors were the wife, Susanna, and infant child, Angelina Elizabeth, of Captain Almaron Dickinson. According to Jack, the legend within the Craft is before the final assault, Captain Dickinson reportedly gave his Masonic apron to his wife and told her to cover herself with it when the enemy captured them. There are a couple of versions of this story you can read at these links, but the premise of soldiers and their family members surviving vicious battles throughout history due to Masonic affiliations is nothing new.
If Crockett did survive and live on, the question becomes why did we never hear about it? There are all kinds of possibilities, but one idea that makes sense to me is the United States Government propaganda machine didn’t want news to leak out about any survivors. They likely feared the now famous slogan, “Remember the Alamo” might not been the powerful inspiration it came to be had a famous person like Crockett been known to survive. That all the soldier’s died at the Alamo served to ‘fuel the fire’ of soldiers in subsequent battles that led to important victories.
Part of me that wants to believe this courageous American hero did survive, and at the age 50 after the bloody battle at the Alamo he decided he had had enough. If anybody out there has any more clues that could shed additional light about Crockett, I’d love to hear about it.
Director Raul Cadena gets serious at the altar in the Scottish Rite Temple in Minneapolis.
Joy Bland's husband, Mike Hartzell, Will Yates, Brandon Boulay, Joy Bland and Scott.
Archaeologist Michael Arbuthnot gets his drone ready for a flight
at the suspected Davey Crockett property.
An interesting AVM keystone at the entrance to the Alamo.
Which Mary was it supposed to honor?
An arrowhead found by Scott near the homestead of Davey Crockett.
Scott proudly diplays his jasper arrowhead.