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History of McNairy Co., TN
Robert C. Houston remained in McNairy County, Tennessee.  In 1822 he married Rebecca Chambers, daughter of Sam Chambers. This Samuel Chambers was a brother of "White House" John Chambers who lived a little north of where Acton is now located.  His unusual title was given to him because of his white house and to distinguish him from a kinsman and contemporary of the same name.  For many years his home was known as the "White House" place.  The Chambers family came to McNairy County from Giles County before the Houstons.  Samuel Chambers had two daughters, Mary who married Henry R. Sharp and Elizabeth who married John N. Barnhill.  Samuel Chambers also had two sons, John and Sam.  Sam was the father of S.T. Chambers.
Robert C. and Rebecca Chambers Houston lived near what is now the Mt. Vernon Church.  It was here that Houston constructed his first home, a one-room log hut, in the midst of a dense wilderness.  Lacking tools and materials with which to make a shutter for the door of this rude habitation, they used quilts and blankets to cover the entrance.  His wife lived and "kept house" much of the time alone by night as well as by day, braving and literally fighting the wolves to keep them away from poultry and pigs, while Robert C. Houston cultivated their first crop on land several miles away.  Later he established their permanent home a short distance south of that point.  This home was later referred to as the George Houston place.
Robert C. Houston was one of the original members of the Mt. Vernon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the first church of that faith in the county.  He was a Whig in politics.

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