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Thomas McCrary, Jr. (b. 07 Jul 1763, d. 26 Jun 1835)Thomas McCrary, Jr. (son of Thomas McCrary, Sr. and Letitia Brandon)565 was born 07 Jul 1763 in Laurens Co SC, and died 26 Jun 1835 in Lawrence Co, AL.He married Cassandra Adair on 1790 in Laurens County, SC, daughter of Joseph Adair, Jr and Sarah Dillard.
Notes for Thomas McCrary, Jr.:
2. Thomas McCrary Jr. born 7 July 1763 who married Cassandra Adair. This family will be detailed further. They moved to Lawrence Co. Alabama.
2. Thomas McCrary Jr
Thomas McCrary Jr was the son of Thomas McCrary Sr of Duncan's Creek South Carolina. He was born 7 Jul 1763. He grew up in Duncan's Creek. As related in the story above, he joined his father in fighting the British during the Revolutionary War. He married Cassandra Adair the daughter of Joseph Adair and Sarah Dillard around 1783-84. He moved with his family to Lawrence County, Alabama ca 1820 and died there 26 Jun 1835. He is buried in the Holland Cemetery.
His will is below:
I Thomas McCrary of the County of Lawrence and State of Alabama do this tenth day of June one thousand and eight hundred and thirty five make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
First I give unto my youngest son Allen McCrary that part of my land whereon he now lives being in Lawrence County and known as the S1/2W1/2 SW qr of Section numbered 19 T5 R6 west which tract contains 40 Acres, and also the S 1/2 E1/2 SW qr S 19 T5 R6 west which tract contains 40 acres, being of the relinquished lands sold at Courtland To have and To hold in fee simple, after my decease which land and other things heretofore given him will make him equal to what I have given my other sons in times past. Then all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal after payment of my just debts I want sold and the money equally divided among my children and that part of my estate that will fall to my daughter Charity's children (as her representatives) I wish to be equally divided among them. And better to provide for them, I hereby appoint my son Matthew McCrary to be their guardian, and as they become of age or marry my will is that he shall pay them their equal part.
And finally I appoint my son Matthew McCrary and my son-in-law John Brown administrators of this my last will and Testament this the day and year above written.
Thomas McCrary (seal) signed sealed published and declared by said Testator as & for his last will and Testament in our presence who at his request in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. T G Dobbins John F Hughston
The sale of Thomas' estate indicates that he and his family were very prosperous. The listing of personal possession lasts several pages. Some of the items of interest are 16 books including a large family Bible, McGradys Sermons, Perry Dictionary, Bucks Theological Dictionary, Watts Hymn Book and Bunyans Works. Furniture included 12 chairs, 1 table, 1 folding table, 1 side table, 1 safe, 1 bureau, 1 clock, 1 mirror, 4 beds with underbeds and bed clothes, 2 chests, 1 tea board, 1 pine table, 5 pieces of carpeting, 1 china press, 1 rocking chair. Tools included, 8 weeding hoes, a loom, 4 spinning wheels, 1 flax wheel, logging chain, 6 poleaxes, 1 lot of blacksmith tools, 1 carey plough single tree and clevis, 1 ox cart and 1 wagon, 1 broad ax, 1 pair of sheep shears, 1 side harrow, 2 bull tongues & stocks to name a few items. Several bee stands were sold. As well as sheep, 51 hogs, 21 pigs, 22 head of cattle, 2 oxen, and 4horses. In the kitchen were 3 coffee pots, 1 lot of queen ware, 7 wine glass and cantor, 17 knives and 21 forks, 8 spoons, 1 decanter, 1 lot of old pewter, 2 wooden bowls, 1 coffee mill, 2 earthen ware pitchers, 1 tea canister, 8 tin pans, 3 pickling tubs, 1 cider barrel, 2 crocks, 1 churn, 4 water pails, and 3 buckets among other cooking utensils.
From the listing of the items, it would appear that their house would have been fairly large to hold so much furniture. And from all appearances they were very self-sufficient and able to grow or raise what they needed to live in the wilderness that was Lawrence County Alabama when they first went there.
The children of Thomas and Cassandra are: 2-1) Thomas b. ca 1785 2-2) Frances b.
ca 1787 md. John Brown 2-3) Joseph b. ca 1790 md. Elizabeth_____. 2-3-1) Efford
Allen m. Eliza W. Neill on 30 March 1837 in Lawrence Co., AL. 2-3-1-1) John D.
McCrary b. 27 Jun 1849 m. Annie Laura Smith 2-4) Jane b. 13 Oct 1793 md.
Benjamin Milam 2-5) Charity born 20 Nov 1795 died 13 Nov 1831 and is buried in
the Holland Cemetery. She married Thomas Holland. 2-6) Matthew b.17 May 1798
and died 29 Mar 1855. He m. Mary O. Holland the daughter of Rezin Holland and
Mary Low. Matthew died without a will. Mary's dower portion of the estate was 590
acres and 14 slaves which she sold to move to Arkansas with her children. Mary and
Matthew had 2-6-1) Louisa Ann born 1819 in SC m Andrew K. Davis 2-6-2)
Reason Pinkney born 1821 in SC 2-6-3) Irvin Patterson b. 1823 in Al m. Mary Killian
2-6-4) Thomas Marion born 1826 became an attorney and moved to Sevier Co, Ark
2-6-5) Matthew Pollard born 1828 2-6-6) Lyman Beecher born 1830 settled in
Cannon County Tenn and practiced medicine.The following appeared in the Life and
Legend of Lawrence County, Al. "Lyman Beecher McCrary, physician and
Confederate soldier, was born September 1830 near Courtland, of Scotch-Irish
descent, son of Matthew and Mary C. McCrary, who had emigrated from South
Carolina in 1806. His grandfather, Thomas McCrary, Jr., and great-grandfather, had
fought in the Revolutionary War. Dr. McCrary attended school at Irving College in
Warren County, Tennessee, graduating in about 1852. He studied medicine at the
University of Virginia at Charlottsville and also at the University of Nashville, graduating
at the latter in 1855. He was married to Miss Martha Permelia Martin February 28,
1856, and to this union eight children were born, the first four dying in infancy. Those
reaching manhood were Lee Holland, Mayne Bernard, Lynwood Martin and Mercer
William. The physician practiced medicine in Alabama and in Tennessee from 1856 to
1861, enlisted in the Confederate army as a surgeon and was assigned to Carnes
Battery December 31, 1861 at the Battle of Stone's River. He served throughout the
war and died August 2, 1916." 2-6-7) Mary Cassandra b. 31 Mar 1835 d. 8 Dec
1846 2-6-8) America E. born 1837 m. Nathan Cook 2-6-9) John K b. 8 Apr 1840
d. 20 Nov 1842 2-7) Allen b. 25 Dec 1802. He married Phoebe D. Young on 27 Aug
1822 in Lawrence Co. by her he had the following children 2-7-1) Harriett F. born 19
Aug 1823 2-7-2) Frances G. born 3 Jul 1825 2-7-3) Elisabeth J. b. 17 Oct 1827 m.
12 Sept 1844 to Dewitt Clark and had son John. 2-7-4) Martha A. born 13 Aug
1830 2-7-5) William b 4 Dec 1832 2-7-6) Thomas b. 12 Feb 1835 2-7-7) Lonner
(Lonar B.) born 4 July 1837 m. Martha Snipes 2-7-8) Henry b. 27 Dec 1840 next he
married Susan B. Tuttle on 13 Nov 1850. They had 4 children 2-7-9) Luther? b. 28
Nov 1851 2-7-10) Thomas b. 20 Jan 1853 2-7-11) James Jones 18 Jun 1854
2-7-12) George 18 Jun 1854 next he married a widow named Telitha Ford Tucker,
daughter of Middleton Ford and Jane Reeves. By her he had two more children:
2-7-13) Thomas Marion b. 22 Nov 1862 m. to Willie Etta Crow died Nov 15, 1950
2-7-13-1) James Allen McCrary b. 9 Apr 1888 d. 22 May 1889 buried in Petty, TX
2-7-13-2) Cora B. McCrary b. 2 Jan 1886 m Horatio B. Castle. Cora died 31 Dec
1976 and is buried in Ladonia, Fannin Co, TX . 2-7-13-3) Minnie O. McCrary b.
Sept 1889 m. Eliphas T. Shelton died 6 Dec 1976 and is buried in Honey Grove, TX
2-7-13-4) Irene McCrary b. Oct 1890 m. Houston McNutt 2-7-13-5) Mabel b. Oct
1893 m. George Braddock died 28 Feb 1879. 2-7-13-6) Henry Rather McCrary b. 8
June 1896 in Petty, TX. Married on 22 Aug 1915 in Bokchito, Bryan, OK to Ira
Zonel Sauls. Henry died 11 Mar 1977 in Garland, Dallas, TX and is buried in
Rockwall Cemetery, Rockwall, TX. 2-7-13-7) Jobie "Joe" b. 1898 in Delta Co, TX
2-7-13-8) Mae McCrary b. 1906 in Delta Co, TX md. ___Martindell. Thomas
Marion McCrary's obituary in the newspaper is as follows: "Friday Nov 17, 1950
Former Pecan Gap Citizen Dies Thomas M. McCrary, 88, a former Pecan Gap
citizen, died late Wednesday of burns suffered when he had a heart attack and fell
while burning grass a week ago. He was found some time afterward by Negroes
passing by a lot, his clothes being almost burned off. His death occurred at 6 PM
Wednesday in Wolfe City Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Church at Ladonia with Rev. T. A. Minga of
Burkburnett assisted by Rev. Crandall Hunt of Ladonia, Delta Funeral Home made
interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Ladonia. Mr. McCrary, a retired farmer,
would have been 89 years old, Nov. 22. He was born in Morgan County, Alabama in
1861. Survivors are his wife and these children: Henry McCrary, Rockwall; Jobie
McCrary; and Mrs. Cora Castle, Ladonia; Mrs. Irene McNutt, Dallas; Mrs. Minnie
Shelton, Honey Grove; Mrs. Mabel Braddock, Howland; and Mrs. Mae Martindale,
San Diego, Calif, besides 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and five great,
great grandchildren and one brother George McCrary, Leonard." 2-7-14) George
Washington b 15 Feb 1865 m to Mary Ratliff on 6 Jan 1887. For children see below.
2-8) Matilda b. ca 1807 2-9) Harriett b. ca 1808 md. David McCord
Thomas McCrary, Jr.* b: 07 July 1763
Probably Duncan Creek
area, SCsrc: 1830 Census, Lawrence Co, AL,
National Archives Microfilm
M19,#1 (P. 285/286). Head of household 1-70Female 1-601-151835 in Laurence Co,
AL Father: Thomas McCrary, Sr.* Mother: Letitia
More About Thomas McCrary, Jr. and Cassandra Adair:
Marriage: 1790, Laurens County, SC.
Children of Thomas McCrary, Jr. and Cassandra Adair are:
- Thomas Elmore McCrary III, b. Abt. 1785, Laurens Co SC, d. date unknown.
- +Elizabeth McCrary, b. 23 May 1788, Laurens Co SC, d. 10 Dec 1843.
- Joseph McCrary, b. Bef. 1790, Laurens Co SC, d. date unknown.
- Jane McCrary, b. 13 Oct 1793, Laurens Co SC, d. date unknown.
- +Charity McCrary, b. 20 Nov 1795, d. 13 Nov 1831, Lawrence Co, AL.
- Matthew McCrary II, b. 17 May 1798, Laurens Co SC, d. 29 Mar 1855, Lawrence Co, AL.
- Allen McCrary, b. 15 Dec 1802, Lawrence Co, AL, d. Abt. 1865, Laurens Co SC.
- Matilda McCrary, b. Abt. 1807, Laurens Co SC, d. date unknown.
- Harriet McCrary, b. Abt. 1808, Laurens Co SC, d. date unknown.