Christopher Houston Carson, better known as Kit Carson, was an American frontiersman. He was a fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. Army officer. Carson left home in rural Missouri at 16 to become a mountain man and trapper in the West. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. Carson was married three times and had ten children.
About Kit Carson in brief
Christopher Houston Carson, better known as Kit Carson, was an American frontiersman. He was a fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. Army officer. Carson left home in rural Missouri at 16 to become a mountain man and trapper in the West. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. Carson was married three times and had ten children. He died at Fort Lyon, Colorado of an aortic aneurysm on May 23, 1868. He is buried in Taos, New Mexico, next to his third wife, Josefa. During the late nineteenth century, Kit Carson became a legendary symbol of America’s frontier experience, which influenced twentieth century erection of statues and monuments, public events and celebrations, imagery by Hollywood, and the naming of geographical places. Kit Carson has also become a symbol of the American nation’s mistreatment of its indigenous peoples. He fought Indians on the American frontier and lost two fingers on his left hand in a battle with the Fox and Sauk Indians. His understated nature belied confirmed reports of his fearlessness, combat skills, tenacity, and profound effect on the westward expansion of the United States. The family moved to Boone’s Lick County, Missouri, when Kit Carson was about one year old, because of his small size. The new mother and father decided quickly their son should be named Christopher Houston after Captain Christopher Houston, who owned a tract of land in North Carolina. The couple named their son Kit Carson after Captain Houston, because he was of small size and because of the small size of his lungs, and because his name was a common name in the area.
They had a son named Christopher Carson, who was born in 1809 in Hunting Creek, North Carolina, and died in 1868 in Fort Garland, Colorado, at the age of 63. He had a daughter named Rebecca Carson, and a son called Christopher Carson. He also had a stepson named John Carson, whose father was a farmer and a cabin builder, who died in the Civil War. Carson’s son Christopher Carson was born on Christmas Eve, 1809 at the Home of Christopher Houston in hunting Creek, N.C., and was named after his father’s father, Christopher Houston. The Carson family had an annual family tradition to celebrate Christmas by having a party at their fashionable home in Hunting creek, Houstonville. The Houstons would always invite friends and close neighbors. In addition to their own family, the family also invited friends and neighbors. It was to that occasion that Lindsay and Rebecca Carson were invited. Early in the evening, the hostess, Mrs. Sarah Houston noticed Rebecca in some distress and took Rebecca upstairs where she could be in a comforting environment and attended by a helpful attendant, a woman who was an African-American slave who was more than a century old. It wasn’t long until the sound of a new child sounded out the alarm that a new baby had been born to Lindsay Carson and Rebecca.