I am hoping that whomever reads this posted message would dig real deep into their family tree archives to see if they could help me solve this mind boggling 125 year old mystery of the Crittendon family.
During the early 1870's, two brothers were born in Arkansas. John Crittendon (1872) and Benjamin Franklin Crittendon (1874).
Now, I have seen various spellings of their last name; so I don't know which one is set in stone; but on Benjamin's death certificate it is spelled Critendon.
Sometime later; possibly during the 1880's, these two boys left Arkansas for Texas without their parents and any other known siblings.
They came to Texas with Alexander Harvey Jerrells, his wife Amelia Viola Parr-Jerrells and the Jerrells kids.
Benjamin Franklin Crittendon was married in 1895 Bastrop County, Texas to Ida Mae Linder. On the marriage certificate, Benjamin is listed as F. C. Crittendon.His grandchildren called him Frank.
On the 1900 census and his death certificate, Benjamin's place of birth was listed as Arkansas. He said that Brinkley, Arkansas was the place that they left from for Texas. Not sure if he was born in Brinkley.
On Benjamin's death certificate, his father is listed as Dolf (maybe short for Adolphus) and his place of birth was Arkansas; but, his father's place of birth is listed as N. S. on the 1920 Bastrop Co., TX census Could this be the abbreviation for Nova Scotia?
One more clue to the puzzle. Alexander Harvey Jerrells (of New York) and his wife Amelia Viola Parr are on the 1870 Texas census. I cant find them on the 1880 census; but on the 1900 Bastrop Co., TX. census, they have a son that was born in March of 1880 in Arkansas. The next Jerrells child was born few years later in Texas. So, the Jerrells and the Crittendon boys left for Texas durig this time frame.
Would love to hear any thoughts, hunges, possible scenerios and definetly a family connection.