I have very little information pertaining to Nancy Crowley.
The information I have was found in a copy of an incomplete journal/book I was given by Carol Crowley.Where it describes the lives of the 12 children of Thomas Crowley I and Catherine Linville, Crowley is this: "Nancy married Geo. L. Russell, both died in Texas, 1922.One son, Geo. Crowley, lives in Portland, Oregon."
I'm sorry I don't know more about her.However, with this new information; I would start your search again with the one son, Geo. Crowley in Portland, Oregon.If he is no longer living, his death certificate might be found in that county's death records, which may have the information you are seeking about his mother, Nancy Crowley.If you have no luck there, purhaps you might find something by searching the state of Texas death records under the name Russell or Crowley-Russell.I would start searching on a date at least 5 years prior to the reported deaths, which would be 1917.There weren't as many counties in the 20's as there are now, which means, not as many cemeteries.
If I learn anything more during future research, I will, of course, notify you immediately.
As far as my maternal family:My incomplete, maternal family tree is as follows:
John Crowley, Sr. & Elizabeth (McClain) Crowley
Thomas Crowley I & Catherine (g-g-g-g-grandfather)
Thomas Crowley II & Lucinda Orchard (g-g-g-grandfather)
Matilda Leland Crowley-Boyer (g-g-grandmother)
Myrtle Boyer-Baker (g-grandmother)
Mildred Leland Baker-Mallory (g-mother)
Verlie May Mallory-Cox (mother)
My grandmother, Mildred Baker-Mallory, clearly recalls sitting on her g-grandfather's (Thomas Crowley I, son of Thomas II and Catherine) lap while listening to stories about our family and the historic 1846 wagon train journey from Liberty, Missouri to Oregon.Through my research, I've acquired an incomplete copy of a book (more like a combination 'family journal/historic novel/diary') from a distant cousin, who lived, at that time, in or near St Joseph, Missouri. Her name is Carol Ann Crowley.Ironic that my name is also Carol Ann.Although not complete, this book is extremely informative about the Crowleys and their trip to Oregan.I was informed by Carol that the author, Alice (Turnidge) Hamot, travelled around the Country, looking for information about the Crowley Family.I'm not sure if the book was ever published.
Among the stories told to my grandmother, was one about the death of Martha Leland Crowley.Interesting is the fact that my grandmother's middle name was given to her after her g-aunt Martha.Martha Leland Crowley died at age 17 of typhoid fever.She was buried near a creek a short distance from the trail the wagons were travelling.
My grandmother was told that indians had been watching the wagons for some time, in preparation of an attack, when they noticed a sick young women who was vomiting blood (apparently a symptom of typhoid fever).The indians left the area immediately in fear, as they were aware of the highly contageous disease.As a result of that incident, the pioneers lived to reach their destinations. The place of Martha's death was later named 'Leland Station, Oregon' (north of Ashland, Oregon and a just east of highway 5), where today you will find a covered bridge with a plaque with the story about the death of Martha Leland Crowley.I've been there myself.I can't tell you how proud I felt as I stood there reading the plaque dedicated to my aunt Martha.I wanted to shout out to every car that passed me up, "This is the site where my g-g-g-g aunt died saving an entire wagon train!"I probably would have, if I hadn't feared being arrested.
Another story told to my grandmother by grandpa Crowley, was about his own father, Thomas Crowley I, who died of pheumonia after saving their oxen from drowing in a river.Grandfather Crowley I was not old enough to have remembered the actual events of the wagon journey to Oregon.I assume he must have heard the stories from his mother, Catherine or his step-father, James M. Fulkerson, whom his mother married sometime after she settled in Oregon with her surviving children.Young Thomas Crowley, II, was just one year of age when the wagon train reached it's destination in Oregon.He said that his mother, Catherine Linville-Crowley, would not only reach her destination but, would later trade off her oxen for land in Polk County, Oregon.Poetic justice, I think.Thereafter, Catherine Linville-Crowley, married James M. Fulkerson, a man who lost his wife during the same wagon train journey that grandmother, Catherine, lost Thomas Crowley I.
Another story which is in the book I obtained from Carol Crowley has an account of one, Samuel Crowley. The first published history of his father, John Crowley Sr., was that he was born in England and brought to America with his parents, and settled in Georgia in about 1774-5-6.John Sr., Jeremiah Crowley and Elizabeth had 12 children.Among them were Samuel Crowley (born 1791, in Ray County, Georgia; about 4 miles from where the town of Savannah) and Thomas Crowley, I (who later married Catherine Linville, had 12 children and died during 1846 wagon train journey to Oregon.) John Crowley Sr's family migrated to Powell Valley, Tennessee.His son, Samuel Crowley, a judge, continued to live there until 1815, when, with his brother and their families migrated to Howard Co., Missouri, where he remained until 1819, when he moved to Lilliard Co., La Fayette, Missouri.
Samuel Crowley became a judge who held court under a tree near a large river in Georgia.A man (Johnson Woods) was a witness who failed to appear in court to testify.He was brought to court to answer charges before Samuel Crowley.It was learned that Mr. Woods was attending the birth of his child at the time he was needed in court.Samuel Crowley asked the name of Mr. Woods' daughter.Johnson Woods gave the name, Savannah.Judge Samuel Crowley then named the town Savannah, Georgia. the town was originally called 'Union'.
the above account is documented in the Savannah Reporter newspaper of April 30, 1926....."Named by Samuel Crowley: "The Plate purchase was made September 17, 1836, from the Indians and the counties of Platte, Buchanan, Andrew, Hold, Atchaison and Nodaway, were later established....""It was named by one of the first county Judges, Samuel Crowley, after Savannah, Georgia, where he was born."....."The legislature of Missouri passed the act creating Andrew County on January 29, 1841, naming it 'Andrew' in honor of andrew Jackson Davis, late of St. Louis.
I cannot testify as to the truth of any of the foregoing stories as I wasn't there.I can only say these are the stories I was told by my grandmother when I was a young child.Some of the events are documented in the book I was given by Carol Crowley of Missouri and are documented in various newspaper articles in my possession.Also, I have numerous documents which satisfy my interest in birth, death and marriage records for the Crowley family.