Clark Crocker [older and the younger]
In my research, I refer to the two men as the older and the younger to the two Clark Crockers just to keep them straight in my mind!
Clark Crocker [the older]:
Clark Crocker was born about 1776 died 21 October 1854 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi. He married Ann [probably Beason, from Hancock Co Georgia].He along with Arthur Crocker and William Crocker were in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery.
Clark Crocker was on the 1807 Tax List in Baldwin Co Ga; served in Captain Hamilton's Company, Artillery, Georgia Militia, War of 1812; Perry Co Alabama 1820; Marengo Co Alabama 1830; Sumter Co Alabama where he and wife Ann were two of 9 charter members of Bethany Baptist Church July 6, 1833; Kemper Co Mississppi 1845; Lauderdale Co Mississippi 1850. Clark Crocker's death date is taken from Military Bounty-Land Warrant Application File - Warrant No. 87463 as per the following:
"Clark Crocker served from 14th Nov '14 to 9th March '15"
"Clark Crocker aged about Seventy four years the husband of Ann Crocker, the said Clark Crocker Died about the 21st day of October A.D. one thousand Eight hundred and fifty four ... from Mrs. Ann Crocker vs Pension officer for Bounty Land, Claim Filed June 25 1856 ... the Death of her husband being required to be Proven ..."
"...that She is now the widow of Clark Crocker who died the 21st of October last and has never married Since his death."
Source: Copy of complete National Archives file (16 pages) which I received on 16 Dec 2011 for Clark Crocker, Veteran War 1812, Capt Hamilton, Georgia Militia. Served 14 Nov 1814 to 09 Mar 1815; Military Bounty-Land Warrant Application File - Warrant No. 87463.
Clark Crocker Land sale 1835 in Sumter County, Alabama:
I am indebted to Martha Blount of Naperville Illinois who supplied me via email in 2011 with copies of the original documents pertaining to Clark Crocker's sale of land to her gggg-grandfather John Evander Brown in Sumter County, Alabama in 1835. John E Brown built The Cedars on the land which was still in her family in 2011.She noted that Clark Crocker legibly signed his own name to the documents and that his wife Ann Crocker made her mark on one of the documents.He signed his name:Clark Crocker [no e].
Clark Crocker [the older] sold land in Sumter County, Alabama:Sale of land to John E. Brown by Clark Crocker; approx 80 acres from Crocker's land patent 2324 in T20 R2W SE¼ of S19; October 1, 1835.
Page 1:The value received I Clark Crocker of Sumter County State of Alabama do hereby assign transfer and set over unto John E. Brown of Sumter County State of Alabama all my Right Title claim and demand to a Tract of Land purchased by me on the nineth [sic] October Eighteen hundred thirty four as per Receivers Receipt no Two thousand three hundred & twenty four designated as the orth East half quarter commencing at the South East corner running west Twenty Rod from thence to the north line. Twenty Rod East form the 20 rod = 330ft= 1/16 mile North West corner of the South East quarter of section Nineteen Township Twenty Range Two West situated in the District of Land subject to sale at Demopolis and request that a Pattent [sic] may be issued to said John E. Brown his heirs or assigns.
Witness my hand this 1st of October 1835
Signed and delivered in the present of us Lewis S. Brown James McClure assigned, attested and acknowledged before me Waid R. Thomas an acting Justice of the peace of Sumter County Ala. the 1st October 1835
W. R. Thomas J.P.
Page 2 (on the back of the document):
John E. Brown
Book A page 336
Note: Patent 2324 for entire SE¼S19 T20 R2W issued to Clark Crocker, May 15, 1837
P. Attorny [sic]
John E. Brown
Received in office 23 Jany 1835 Recorded in Book No 1. P 154
D. Womack Clk
Know all men by these presents that we Clark Crocker & Anne Crocker of the county of Sumter and state of Alabama for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars to us in hand paide by John E. Brown of the county of Sumter and State of Alabama have and by these presents do make nominate constitute and appoint Lewis S. Brown of the county and State.Lewis S. is John E. Brown's brother afforesaide our true and lawful attorney for us and in our name and stede [stead] to convey to the saide John E. Brown his heirs and assigns forever the following discribed [sic] tract of land viz north East half commencing at the south East Corner running viz=namely west Twenty rod from thence to the north line Twenty rod east 20 rod = 330ft = 1/16 mile from the north west [corner] of South East quarter of section 19 Ts 20 Range 2W in the Demopolis land District containing One hundred and sixty acres more or less the title for which tract has been obtained by the afforesaide Clark Crocker under the premtion [sic] law of the Ninetwenth [sic] June Eighteen hundred & Thirty Fore [sic] and the afforesaide Anne Crocker executes this Power of attorney in conjunction with her husband the saide Clark Crocker for the purpose of relinquishing any Claim in Right of Dower that she may have to the above discribed [sic] tract of land and for the better completion of the same and for the consideration afforesaide we do hereby make this our power of attorney irrevocable In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hand and affixed our seals this 22nd Day of Jany AD 1835
Dan Womack Clerk
Clark Crocker seal
Anne X Crocker seal
The State of Alabama Personly [sic] came before the Sumter County undersigned Justice of the peace for the county and state afforesaide [blank space] who acknowledges that he signed sealed and delivered the written letter of attorney to [blank space] for the purpose therein mentioned also came at the same time and place [blank space] wife of the saide [blank space] when having been by us examined separately and apart from her husband the saide [blank space] acknowledges that she signed sealed and delivered the written letter of attorney to [blank space] for the purposes therein mentioned freely and voluntarily and without any threat or coercion from or on the part of her saide husband the [blank space]
In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hand and affixed our seals this [text ends]
The State of Alabama
Sumter County Personally appeared before me Daniel Womack Clerk of the County County Court of the Countyaforesaid Clark Crocker and Anne Crocker whose names appear to the forgoing [sic] power of attorney who acknowledge that they Signed Sealed and delivered the same on the day and dates therein mentioned and for the purposes therein expressed and Anne Crocker wife and consort of Clark Crocker being by me examined separately and apart from her said husband says that she relinquishes all of her right of dower to the within described tract of land as her own free will who accord and without any threats fear or cumpulsion [sic] of said husband
Given under my hand & seal of office this 23 day of January AD 1835
Dan Womack Clk
Re Clark Crocker [the younger]:
Clark Crocker's brother was Arthur Crocker who married Elizabeth Wakefield and settled in Shelby County, Illinois where they died after 1830. Arthur and Elizabeth Crocker had a son they named Clark Crocker who was born about 1793 in Georgia (age 57 on the 1850 census).Clark Crocker [the younger] married Mrs. Anna Carpenter on December 22, 1826 in Fayette County, Illinois. (Source Information: Dodd, Jordan. Illinois Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.) Clark Crocker and wife are found on the 1830 federal census in Sangamon County, Illinois; 1840 federal census in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana; 1850 federal census in Township 23 Ward 3, Bossier County, Louisiana. I have not yet found a death death or burial site for either Clark Crocker or his wife Anna Carpenter Crocker, not do I yet know her maiden name.
Clark Crocker [the older, 1776-1854) had a son Nathaniel Crocker born about 1807 in Georgia, married Icy Phena Anderson, and died before 1860 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. At this stage of my research, I can only surmise that Clark Crocker (1793-aft 1850) may have moved to live near his cousin Nathaniel Crocker. Shreveport and Bossier City Lousiana adjoin.
I hope this information will assist other Crockers in their research.
Re: Clark Crocker [older and the younger]
Paul Crocker 2/01/13