Less than two weeks after Crockett's 1821 election to the General Assembly, a flood of the Tennessee River destroyed Crockett's businesses.  In November, Elizabeth's father Robert Patton deeded 800 acres (320 ha) of his Carroll County property to Crockett.  Crockett sold off most of the acreage to help settle his debts, and moved his family to the remaining acreage on the Obion River, which remained in Carroll County until 1825 when the boundaries were reconfigured and put it in Gibson County.  In 1823, he ran against Andrew Jackson's nephew-in-law William Edward Butler  and won a seat in the General Assembly representing the counties of Carroll, Humphreys, Perry, Henderson and Madison.  He served in the first session, which ran from September through the end of November 1823, and in the second session that ran September through the end of November 1824, championing the rights of the impoverished farmers.  During Andrew Jackson's election to the United States Senate in 1823, Crockett backed his opponent John Williams.