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Ancestors of John Carson Crow

Generation No. 8


      128. James Sr Crow, born 12 May 1714 in St. George's Parish, Hartford Co, MD; died 16 Jul 1794 in Chatham Co, NC. He was the son of 256. John William Crow and 257. Mary Unick. He married 129. Grace Denson 07 Feb 1742/43 in St. George's Parish, Hartford County, Maryland.

      129. Grace Denson, born Abt. 1722 in St. George's Parish, Hartford Co, MD; died Abt. 1792 in Chatham County, NC. She was the daughter of 258. William Denson and 259. Mary Wife Of William Denson.

Notes for James Sr Crow:
As to the father of James Crow, there is considerable debate. However, it is fair to state that it appears most likely that James was a son of John and only some form of proof needs be attained. Some evidence does exist in that nearly all of John Crow's younger children appear in the Carolina's with James and his off-spring. Some sources say that James and family were in Baltimore County and others claim it was Hartford County. Evidence points toward Hartford.

James was married twice while he was in Hartford County but he was in the Granville area of North Carolina as early as 1753. The Will of James Crow was witnessed on the 16th, day of July, 1792. Names sons John, James, Stephen, Reubin, Isaac, Abel, William Crow; daughters Hannah Brown, Abba Riller Pilkington, grandson Levy Crow, and granddaughter Anna Crow. He appointed two sons John and Stephen Crow sole executor of his will. No mention of a son Joshua. It is believed that Joshua preceded his father in death. Will on file in Chatham County, NC. James Crow must have died sometime prior to 7-16-1792, which is the date his will was probated. He does not appear on the census of 1792 (tax records). He and his family were members of the Baptist Church. See "A Genealogical Study of The William Marion Crow Family" by Reginald Crow, 1963. James does appear on the 1790 Tax records in the Hillsboro District along with John, William, Stephen, and Isaac. Examination of DAR 555815 and of the will of James Crow seems to prove that the men with James were indeed, his son's.

The history of the Crow's in America is an interesting one. In 1666, John and Ann Crowe were transported into Dorchester County, Maryland (transported meaning they would have been indentured and required to repay the cost of their passage). In 1671, one Gournay Crow immigrated (paid his own passage) and settled on the Blackwater River in Dorchester County on an estate he called "Crowe's Nest" or, as it was sometimes called, "Crowe's Lodge". In 1673, a Francis Crow was transported into Dorchester and in 1675, a Ralph Crow arrived. The relationships between these various Crow's is not known but that they were somehow related to Gournay, seems evident. Gournay added to his estate on at least three occasions: (1) Grant #557 - "Addition to Crowe's Lodge, to Gournay Crowe for 44 acres and surveyed on 4-12-1682." (2) Grant # 635 - "East Bilbeny/Billeny to Gournay Crowe for 56 acres, surveyed 9-10-1683." (3) In 1687, a patent was issued to Gournay Crowe in Dorchester County for 116 acres, called The Addition". The name Gournay has not, to date, appear to have been carried down through the family lines and therefore leaves some mystery regarding the man and why his name did not survive. There has nothing been found to suggest that John Crow was of the Dorchester Crow family.

Will of James Crow, dated 16 July, 1792, probated Feb. Term 1795 N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, 1781-1799 Vol. 2 pg. 38. " In the name God amen, I James Crow of the County of Chatham in North Carolina being in body but of sound mind and memory thanks to almighty God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, First and principally I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of the almighty God who gave it hoping through the merits of my blessed redeemer to receive life everlasting and as to my worldly estate wherewith it hath been pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of it as follows - First my will and desire is that all my just debts be regularly discharged.
Item I give to my beloved son John Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son James Crow ten shillings to him and his heirs forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Stephen Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Reuben Crow then shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Isaac Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to my beloved son Abel Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to be beloved son William Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to my beloved daughter Hannah Brown ten shillings to her her heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give to my beloved daughter Abba Riller I believe this is a form of the fairly common name "Averilla" Pilkenton ten shillings to her, her heirs and assigns forever\\
Item I give to my grandson Levy Crow ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to my granddaughter Annas Annis, another common southern name Crow ten shillings to her her heirs and assigns forever\
Item I give to my two sons Reuben Crow and Isaac Crow all the land belonging to the plantation whereon I now live to be divided between them according to the line of agreement as it now stands the upper part
to Reuben and the lower part to Isaac them their heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give to my beloved son Reuben Crow a tract land containing fifty acres lying on Collinses Mountain to him his heirs and assigns forever-
And all the residue and remainder of my estate of what kind or quality soever it may consist my will is that it may be sold and equally divided between the above named persons only with this reserve that
Abbariller Pilkinton have two shares and the rest all an equal share to them their heirs and assigns forever-
Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons John Crow and Stephen sole Executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of July one thousand seven hundred and ninety two. Signed James (his X mark) Crow Seal Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Vachel Clark, Jurat Richard Cate, Jurat Kennon Brown. A Copy Test. John Ramsey C.C. Returned Feb'y Term 1795\\
[Crowfile Shirley Straley.FTW]

Note :Could have been born May 12,1714Soldier in the Revolution War in 1776
No te : Birth & Marriage Register ,St George's Parish ,Episcopal Church
,Baltimo re Co.,Maryland Land Transaction from James and Grace Crow to Henry Wilson, M arch 31,1756 . Orange Co., North Carolina Deeds Bk1 film #305824. North Carolin a, Orange Co.,a list of tiltable for the year 1755 film #18072.Land Transaction s from James Crow to William Johnston, Comparison of Signatures marks taken fro m Maryland and North Carolina and North Carolina records were James and Grace C row.As to the father of James Crow .There are considerable debate . It appears most likely that James was a son of John He was in the Granville area of north Carolina as early as 1753 .
FTW Shirley Crow[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

As to the father of James Crow, there is considerable debate. However, it is fair to state that it appears most likely that James was a son of John and only some form of proof needs be attained. Some evidence does exist in that nearly all of John Crow's younger children appear in the Carolina's with James and his off-spring. At least this will hold as evidence given John was his father. DNA studies show there is no relationship between James 1713 and John Crow 1739. Some sources say that James and family were in Baltimore County and others claim it was Hartford County. Evidence points toward Hartford.

James was married twice while he was in Hartford County but he was in the Granville area of North Carolina as early as 1753. The Will of James Crow was witnessed on the 16th, day of July, 1792. Names sons John, James, Stephen, Reubin, Isaac, Abel, William Crow; daughters Hannah Brown, Abba Riller Pilkington, grandson Levy Crow, and granddaughter Anna Crow. He appointed two sons John and Stephen Crow sole executor of his will. No mention of a son Joshua. It is believed that Joshua preceded his father in death. Will on file in Chatham County, NC. James Crow must have died sometime prior to 7-16-1792, which is the date his will was probated. He does not appear on the census of 1792 (tax records). He and his family were members of the Baptist Church. See "A Genealogical Study of The William Marion Crow Family" by Reginald Crow, 1963. James does appear on the 1790 Tax records in the Hillsboro District along with John, William, Stephen, and Isaac. Examination of DAR 555815 and of the will of James Crow seems to prove that the men with James were indeed, his son's.

The history of the Crow's in America is an interesting one. In 1666, John and Ann Crowe were transported into Dorchester County, Maryland (transported meaning they would have been indentured and required to repay the cost of their passage). In 1671, one Gournay Crow immigrated (paid his own passage) and settled on the Blackwater River in Dorchester County on an estate he called "Crowe's Nest" or, as it was sometimes called, "Crowe's Lodge". In 1673, a Francis Crow was transported into Dorchester and in 1675, a Ralph Crow arrived. The relationships between these various Crow's is not known but that they were somehow related to Gournay, seems evident. Gournay added to his estate on at least three occasions: (1) Grant #557 - "Addition to Crowe's Lodge, to Gournay Crowe for 44 acres and surveyed on 4-12-1682." (2) Grant # 635 - "East Bilbeny/Billeny to Gournay Crowe for 56 acres, surveyed 9-10-1683." (3) In 1687, a patent was issued to Gournay Crowe in Dorchester County for 116 acres, called The Addition". The name Gournay has not, to date, appear to have been carried down through the family lines and therefore leaves some mystery regarding the man and why his name did not survive. There has nothing been found to suggest that John Crow was of the Dorchester Crow family.
     
Children of James Crow and Grace Denson are:
  i.   James Crow, born Abt. 1749 in Baltimore County, MD; died Deceased; married Sarah Wife Of James Crow; died Deceased.
  ii.   Joshua Crow, born Abt. 1749; died Bef. 1792.
  64 iii.   Stephen Crow, born 28 Feb 1748/49 in Granville, Orange County, NC; died 06 Aug 1830 in Clarke County, GA; married Margaret Peggy Stroud.
  iv.   Reuben Sr Crow, born Abt. 1751 in Orange Co, NC; died Aft. 06 Jun 1824 in Clarke County, IL; married Abigail Lee; born 20 Mar 1762 in Chatham Co, NC; died 15 Apr 1819 in Clark Co., Illinois.
  Notes for Reuben Sr Crow:
Religion was Quaker. Some info on this family sheet came from family sheet of Sherry Healy, Chatsworth, Calif. Reportedly buried at Darwin Cemetery. Some researchers report a child named Ann, in addition to Nancy Ann.

Reuben received 10 shillings in his father's will, 50 acres of land on Colbeser Mountain, and the upper 1/2 of the plantation where his father was living. Records show that on January 11, 1790, Ruben Crow, a hatter, of Chatham County, North Carolina, sold to John Crow, his brother, 320 acres of land in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on the waters of Little Hickory Creek.

Reuben's will, filed on July 5, 1824 in Clarke County, Illinois, Estate Box #9, named children: Reuben, Nancy, Ann, Naomi, Rebecca, Jane, Rachael, Grace, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Joshua M., John, James, and William.[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

Religion was Quaker. Some info on this family sheet came from family sheet of Sherry Healy, Chatsworth, Calif. Reportedly buried at Darwin Cemetery. Some researchers report a child named Ann, in addition to Nancy Ann.

Reuben received 10 shillings in his father's will, 50 acres of land on Colbeser Mountain, and the upper 1/2 of the plantation where his father was living. Records show that on January 11, 1790, Ruben Crow, a hatter, of Chatham County, North Carolina, sold to John Crow, his brother, 320 acres of land in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on the waters of Little Hickory Creek.

Reuben's will, filed on July 5, 1824 in Clarke County, Illinois, Estate Box #9, named children: Reuben, Nancy, Ann, Naomi, Rebecca, Jane, Rachael, Grace, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Joshua M., John, James, and William.

  v.   Abraham Abel Crow, born Abt. 1753 in Chatham Co, NC; died Bef. Mar 1833 in Roane Co, TN; married Henrietta Marsh; born Abt. 1760; died Deceased.
  Notes for Abraham Abel Crow:
[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

At least one researcher has Abel's date of birth as Abt, 1765, another has it as 1756. Either might be correct. A key researcher has been Jim Vereggee. This researcher also states that Abel had a son named James. The names of two children shown on this report are in question and may likely be mistakes: James, and Samuel Houston. By 1824, Abel was 69 years of age when Samuel was born and his wife not of child bearing age. Some researchers state that Abel married a second wife named Henrietta Marsh in 1824 but Sarah reportedly didn't die until about 1845. This too is likely a mistake and it is believed that the Abel who married Henrietta was this Abel's nephew and son of his half-brother, John (Son of James 1713 and his first wife, Hannah Simpson). Other researchers show Abel had two sons named William and that both men married Patsy Bowers. The William born in 1802 is considered a mistake. Abraham is mentioned in very few Roane County records but he is mentioned in Tennessee Land Grant issued to James Buckhannon in 1825. A web site with info can be found at: <http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/crowplace>.

  vi.   William Crow, born Abt. 1754 in Orange Co, NC; died Deceased; married Frances Wife Of Williiam Crow; born Abt. 1775; died Deceased.
  Notes for William Crow:
[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

The 1790 census records show William Crow in the same vicinity as his brothers, Stephen, Isaac and James, Jr. The number of his children in the household also mesh correctly with the number he should have had. Future studies are needed to verify this is the son of James Crow and Grace Denson.

  vii.   Isaac Crow, born 24 Mar 1759 in Orange Co, NC; died 30 Sep 1845 in Walton Co, GA; married Elizabeth Betty Stroud 23 Jan 1783 in Georgia; born 18 Jul 1767 in Hillsboro, Orange Co, NC; died 03 Mar 1835 in Clarke County, GA.
  Notes for Isaac Crow:
[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

Was a Revolutionary War patriot. LDS gives birth date as 3-21-1759. He appears on the 1820 census for Clarke County, Georgia with the following: One male under 10; and himself over 45. Females, wife over 45.

  viii.   Hannah Crow, born Abt. 1760 in Orange Co, NC; died Deceased; married N N Brown; born Abt. 1756; died Deceased.
  ix.   Abba Riller Crow, born Abt. 1762 in Orange Co, NC; died Deceased.
  x.   James Crow, Jr., born 1748 in North Carolina; died Bef. 1820.
  Notes for James Crow, Jr.:
[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

James was listed in his father's will of 1795 to receive a portion and to serve as Executor of the will. Children Anna and Levi do not appear on some records but may have died young. Info: Dale Morgan, Abstract of Wills by Fred A. Olds, research notes of Virginia T. Fowler. Believed to have married an Indian and moved to the Indian lands in North Georgia. He was evicted by the government. Information from a descendant shows that James was in Jackson County, Georgia during 1805 per the land lottery and in Elbert County, Georgia (along with his brother, Stephen) as early as April 28, 1791 where he and wife, Hannah, sold land to William Gordon. The child named Sion is found in Hall County along with the other Crow's and is believed to have been a son of James. Proof of this connection has yet to be found.

Re: cmw12635@aol.com: Charles.

  xi.   Stephen Crow, born 28 Feb 1749/50 in Orange County, North Carolina; died 06 Aug 1830 in Clarke County, Georgia; married Margaret Peggy Stroud 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina; born 11 Jun 1757 in Suffolk, VA; died Abt. 1834 in Clarke Co, GA.
  Notes for Stephen Crow:
[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

Some info from Dale Morgan, Census records, Court records from Clark Co. GA. Stephen is listed as a Revolutionary War soldier, with metal. Grave stone says Georgia Troops Revolutionary War. On the 1792 Chatham Co. NC census, Stephen Crow, plus 4 males under 16 years and 2 females. Also in that census were Isaac, James, John, William Crow. 1800 census Chatham Co. NC. 12101-00001-02. On the 1820 Clarke County Georgia census, he appears with one male child between 16 and 26, himself as over 45 and one female between 10 and 16 and wife, over 45. 1830 Clarke Co. GA. census.

In May 1796, Stephen and his wife Margaret, sold 150 acres of land at Stumpy Mountain to his brother John. In November of that same year Stephen bought 200 acres of land on Haw River from his brother Isaac, and his wife Elizabeth. The property was on the "North side of Haw River, to Ruben Crow's line." Also included was 30 acres with all the houses, orchards, and gardens. This was probably the portion of property left to Isaac in his father's will. It included the old home place. It is believed that Stephen went to Georgia after selling his property. The deed was witnessed by his brother John. Stephen moved to Clarke County, Georgia between 1800 and 1804. He participated in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. One of the requirements to be eligible to draw in the lottery was to have been a resident of Georgia for at least one year. He was not successful in drawing any land in 1805 but drew again in 1807 as a resident of Brown's District, Clarke County. He received land in Wilkinson County, Georgia. In December 1808, as a resident of Clarke County, he sold 250 acres of land in North Carolina to his brother John. The land was on the North side of Haw River, by Wilkinson Creek. In 1827, Stephen drew in another Georgia land lottery and drew land in Muscogee and Coweta counties, Georgia.

Two records state that Stephen served in Knight's Revolutionary Soldier's and McCall's Roster of Revolutionary Soldier's, both in Georgia. These records are likely incorrect as he was not in Georgia at the time. Most likely he did service in Chatham County, North Carolina and he was listed as Stephen Cron in Captain Isiah Hogan's Company. His name mis-spelled as was the names of his brothers, John, James, and Joshua.

Stephen reportedly came to Georgia around 1801 but it may have been earlier. He was active in land deals, buying his first land, 150 acres, in 1783. He is one of the executors of his father's will in 1792. His father does not bequeath to Stephen any land. There were at least eight tracts of land registered to Stephen Crow in Clarke County, Georgia prior to 1800.

Stephen was admitted to the membership of Mar's Hill Baptist Church on 1801/1804, by experience and excluded from the membership on Jan. 17, 1806. There was no explanation given for this but just few months earlier, Stephen and his father-in-law were fishing and John Stroud either fell from a boat or a foot bridge (I've heard two versions) and drowned. Stephen was possibly considered a drunkard. His sister-in-law, Elizabeth Stroud, apparently never forgave him.

Will of Stephen Crow. Names wife Margaret, sons Abner, Aaron, Martin, Joshua, Eli, daughter Rachel Burnett. Appoint wife Margaret Crow, Issac Crow, and William Stroud, my executors. Will witness 8th day of June 1830, and proved July 7, 1834. On file in Clarke County, Georgia, book B page 135.

Stephen Crow is buried on the outside of the fence to the Stroud cemetery lot. Elizabeth Stroud Crow did not think that Stephen was "quality" so refused to allow him to be buried in the Stroud plot. Elizabeth was married to Stephen's brother Isaac Crow. The death date is in question because his will was not probated until 1834.

1827 Lottery drew as Rev. soldier, 2 draws. 1805 Lottery, GA. 2 draws, Clarke Co. GA. (now Oconee County).

Key researcher for this family has been Sydney Davis.

  More About Stephen Crow:
Burial: Mars Hill Baptist Church, Athens, Georgia

  Notes for Margaret Peggy Stroud:
Her son Aaron administered her estate July 1838. No tome stone has been found for her. Her land was sold to Littleberry Burnett for $76.00, believed to have been a grandson, the son of daughter Rachel Burnett. One researcher gives her place of burial at Mars Hill Baptist Cemetery, Athens, Georgia.[Mattingly2crowhistory.FTW]

Her son Aaron administered her estate July 1838. No tome stone has been found for her. Her land was sold to Littleberry Burnett for $76.00, believed to have been a grandson, the son of daughter Rachel Burnett. One researcher gives her place of burial at Mars Hill Baptist Cemetery, Athens, Georgia.

Family Puzzlers #1382. One source (LDS) says Margaret died in Rome, Carroll Co. GA. and is buried there. Rome is now in Floyd Co.

  More About Margaret Peggy Stroud:
Burial: Mars Hill Baptist Church, Athens, Georgia



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