The following info has been posted in various places. At least some sources have been indicated.Notice that the Stewart Co. GA uses the term "orphan."Generally minor children whose parent had died were called "orphans." If an estate was involved a guardian was appointed to represent the childs rights in the estate. Because of the orphan terminology and guardian appointment I believe their father, John Crutchfield died before May 1839 and that he is not the one who married Mary Jackson.If he was he had abandoned his family.
Wilkinson Co. Ga. Court of Ordinary, Minute Book A page 86, 1835-1858, May 1839 Term, Justices: Jesse Peacock, Wm. Fisher, and Solomon Arnold. D. Clerk: Augustus B. Raiford. JOHN CRUTCHFIELD, Children - The L(icense?} of G(uardian?) are revoked for Meredith, John, Thomas, and Sarah Crutchfield. Crutchfield, Wards - Richmond Statham is app. Gdn. for Meredith, John, Thomas, and Sarah Crutchfield.
The above also reported as: It is ordained that the letters of guardianship of John Crutchfield children be revoked for Meredith, Thomas, John and Sarah Crutchfield. It is ordained by the court that "Richmond Statham: be appointed guardian for the prosperity of Meredith, Thomas, John and Sarah Crutchfield.
Bond abstract, page 121 of History of Stewart Co. Ga., by Dixon & Clark, Bond Book B, No. 62 - Meredith, Thomas, John, and Sarah Crutchfield, orphans of John Crutchfield: Date July 1, 1839: Guardian, Richmond Statham, Bond, $3000; Bondsman, Garland Statham.