America Unearthed returns for a third season on the History Channel H2 asking the question, did Davy Crockett die at the Battle of the Alamo? According to the ′history′ books, Crockett was killed when the Alamo fell on March 6, 1836. But our favorite forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, isn′t so sure. He received a tip from Jason Nelson of Winston County, Alabama who claims that David Crockett obtained a land grant in Winston County many years after the Alamo. Wolter travels there to meet Jason and his mother, Glenda Alexander. They show Wolter the land grant, signed by President James Buchanan, in 1858. They also show Scott a clipping from a local newspaper from April, 1836 saying that Col. Crockett is still alive and recovering from a wound. They also claim that Crockett was buried on the property, which they now own.
Wolter contacts an archeologist, Mike Arbuthnot, to assist in the search for the truth. Mike suggests using ground penetrating radar, GPR, to hunt for the burial site, as well as for any other artifacts. Theories as to why Davy Crockett may have gone into hiding in Alabama stem from the falling out between himself and President Andrew Jackson over Indian policy. Jackson forcibly moved five tribes from their native homelands, causing much death and misery. The area in Winston County where the land grant is for was once part of the Cherokee Nation. It should also be noted that Winston County was one of the pro-Union locales in ′The South′ during the Civil War.
The initial GPR search only results in finding a rock. While Mike continues, Scott heads to San Antonio, Texas to visit the Alamo. Wolter notices several Masonic and Templar symbols on the site, including an AVM, also known as an Ava Maria. Scott meets with a local historian, Michael Wallis, for more info on Crockett and the Alamo. Wallis believes that Davy Crockett did die at the Alamo, but also confirms that Crockett, Sam Houston and even General Santa Anna were all Freemasons. Oh-oh! He also tells Scott that Crockett had visited Alabama before on a hunting trip, so Davy may have a connection to the region.
Intrigued, Wolter flies back to his home in Minnesota and meets with John Roberts of the local Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Temple. Roberts tells Scott that, according to the legend, when Santa Anna was taken captive by the Texans after the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, he gave the Freemason ′Sign of Distress; to Sam Houston, who then spared the Mexican general′s life. Could Davy Crockett had done the same weeks earlier at the Alamo? Who can say?
Before returning to Alabama, Scott visits the Davy Crockett cabin in Rutherford, Tennessee. He meets with an actual blood relation to Crockett, a great-great-great-great-granddaughter, Joy Bland. She has no doubt that Davy Crockett did die at the Alamo, and tells Wolter that there were several David Crocketts in Tennessee at the time. She provides Scott with an authenticated handwriting sample to compare with those in Alabama. Back in Winston County, Wolter gives the locals the bad news. The experts say the signatures do not match. Wolter thinks it may be due to age and the 20-year time difference. But Michael Arbuthnot says that it is another person, David Crockett Cagle, who obtained the land grant in Winston County, Alabama. Oh well! Another Masonic conspiracy bites the dust! When will Scott Wolter give the Freemason ′Sign of Distress′?