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Mary CROW (b. 1763, d. date unknown)Mary CROW (daughter of John CROW and Jane WHITLOW) was born 1763 in Buckingham County, Virginia, and died date unknown.She married Jesse (Sr.) BLACKWELL on Jan 08, 1776 in St James Northam Parish, Goochland Co., VA, son of John BLACKWELL (son of John) and Mary Ann MELLOR.
Notes for Mary CROW:
Mary Crow is thought to have been full blooded American Indian. Several differerent people have noted that she is. *I remember hearing from my grandparents that there was a Choctaw woman in the family. Some people have said she was Cherokee. This might be because some Choctaw were listed on the Cherokee rolls.
I have also read that her last name was actually Crouboth, and shortened on a minister's return as Crow.
More About Mary CROW:
Burial: Post Oak Springs, Roane County, Tenn.
Died 2: Near Kingston, Tn..
More About Mary CROW and Jesse (Sr.) BLACKWELL:
Marriage: Jan 08, 1776, St James Northam Parish, Goochland Co., VA.
Marriage Notes for Mary CROW and Jesse (Sr.) BLACKWELL:
Due to son William's obituary listing Mary Crow and Jesse Blackwell as his parents (William was the last child born), I have added all children to
Mary Crow as mother. There is a lot of confusion as to whether Mary Crow was even married to Jesse. Knowing that there are several Jesse Blackwells living during this time period, I am pretty sure that all the Blackwell decendants aren't from the same line!Our family always knew of Mary Crow, and until recently I never heard of Elizabeth Smith being married to Jesse Sr. I will give the information on a marriage to Elizabeth below.
Fact 1: There is a Virginia document of Jesse Blackwell's marriage to Mary Crow in 1776.
Fact 2: There is another Virginia document of a Jesse Blackwell marrying Elizabeth Smith in 1783. In a different County!
Fact 3: If "our" Jesse Blackwell remarried in 1783, why have we always been told that Jesse Jr was born to Jesse and Mary? He was born over 1 year prior to that marriage of Jesse and Elizabeth
Fact 4: The obituary for last child of Jesse, named William, states that his parents were Jesse and Mary Crow!
Fact 5: Why would Jesse be buried next to Mary Crow?
***Conclusion: I believe there was another Jesse Blackwell who married Elizabeth Smith. Whoever did the research in Virginia most likely crossed the
two paths. Whether or not "our" Jesse purchased land from John Smith is a matter that will need to be researched again.
The confusion of the Jesse's is part of the problem in proving our family link to the American Revolution! To get into the SAR/DAR we have to have records that can be notorized, and be able to prove that each record does belong to the person we are saying is part of our genealogical line. I am looking for anyone who has legitimate records!
Elizabeth's parents gave their consent for this marriage. Information of this bond is found in the marriage bonds register from 1771-1815 for Chesterfield County, Viginia.Jesse later moved to Tennessee where he established residence in Roane Co in 1802 where he purchased 102 acres of land, the purchased another 200 acres the next year from John T. Smith. 1807 his land was sold to Thomas Clark, who later sold it to David Blackwell. Jesse moved to Cook Settlement, Cape Girardeau Dist. MO. In 1828 he deeded all of his land to his children and returned to TN after being declared incompetent. In 1829 he returned to Roane Co TN where he was later buried next to his first wife, Mary Crow in an unmarked grave at Post Oak Springs Burial Ground.
The marriage of Jesse to Elizabeth Smith: February 25, 1783 Chesterfield County, VA; Marriage contract: Marriage bond issued by bondsman James Nunnally.
Children of Mary CROW and Jesse (Sr.) BLACKWELL are:
- +Jesse (Jr.) BLACKWELL, b. Jun 29, 1784, Goochland County, Virginia, d. May 24, 1855, Caldwell County, Texas.