Benjamin Crow

Family Group Record                 0034
Husband's Name   Benjamin Crow
 Born:           1757    Place: New Castle County, Delaware
 Died:           1832    Place: Clark County, Arkansas
 Married:    Abt 1780    Place: Augusta County, Virginia
 Father:         Walter Crow
 Mother:         Mary Stuart
Wife's Name      Ann Gregg
 Born:           1759    Place: Augusta County, Virginia
 Died:           1835    Place: Clark County, Arkansas
 Father:         Robert Gregg (Gragg)
 Mother:         Lydia Harrison
 1. Sex Name
     F  Elizabeth (Betsy) Crow
        Born:       Abt 1781    Place: Augusta County, Virginia
        Died:           1862    Place: Clark County, Arkansas
        Married  08 Dec 1799    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  Thomas McLaughlin
 2. Sex Name
     M  Walter Crow
        Born:           1783    Place: Augusta County, Virginia
        Died:           1863    Place: Okolona, Clark, Arkansas
        Married: 20 May 1801    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  Margaret Hutchinson
                        Moved to Tennessee in 1783
 3. Sex Name
     F  Ann (Anna) Crow
        Born:       Abt 1785    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:       Abt 1843    Place: Clark County, Arkansas
        Married: 10 Jun 1801    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  James L. McLaughlin
 4. Sex Name
     M  John Finley Crow (changed to Crowe)
        Born:    16 Jun 1787    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:    17 Jan 1860    Place: Hanover, Jefferson, Indiana
        Married: 23 Nov 1813    Place: Bellevue, Washington, Missouri
        Spouse:  Esther Alexander
 5. Sex Name
     F  Mary (Polly) Crow
        Born:       Abt 1789    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: Bowie County, Texas
        Married:                Place: Bellevue, Washington, Missouri
        Spouse:  Curtis Morris
 6. Sex Name
     F  Lydia Crow
        Born:       Abt 1792    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:       Abt 1818    Place: Clark County, Arkansas
 7. Sex Name
     M  Robert Crow
        Born:    22 Jun 1794    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:    29 May 1876    Place: Auburn, California
        Married  05 Sep 1817    Place: Missouri
        Spouse:  Elizabeth Brown
 8. Sex Name
     M  Benjamin Crow
        Born:       Abt 1796    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: Lafayette County, Arkansas (probate)
        Married:                Place: 
        Spouse:  Nancy Daniel
 9. Sex Name
     F  Nancy Crow
        Born:       Abt 1798    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:    08 Feb 1861    Place: Bates County, Missouri
        Married:                Place: 
        Spouse:  ....... Gregg (Gragg) cousin
10. Sex Name
     M  James Rankin Crow
        Born:       Abt 1800    Place: Greene County, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married:                Place: 
                         Moved to Missouri in 1802
11. Sex Name
     F  Rachel Crow
        Born:       Abt 1802    Place: Washington County, Missouri
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married:                Place: Clark County, Arkansas
        Spouse:  Samuel Gibbins (Gibbens-Gibbons)
                  Moved to Clark County, Arkansas in 1818
Sources of Information: Clark County, Arkansas: Past and Present, 1992,
page 439, 441; Ancestral File (TM) ver 4.10; Copyright 1987, July 1992, The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, All rights reserved: Benjamin
Crow (AFN) Ancestral File Number 9BMC-GV, Family History Library, Salt Lake
City, Utah (12 May 1993); Census Records: Clark County, Arkansas 1830,
1840, 1850; "The Crowe Family" by Reverend John Finley Crowe, Presbyterian
Minister, Founder of Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana (manuscript written
about 1855): "My paternal grandfather, having emigrated from England,
settled in St. George's Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. For a number
of years he kept a public house of some notority at the sign of the 'Three
Tons', but some twelve or fifteen years before the commencement of the
Revolutionary War, he emigrated to Virginia and settled near to the spot on
which Harrisonburg, Rockingham County was afterwards built. He had several
brothers, some of whom settled on the Eastern shore of Maryland, while one
migrated still further South into the Carolinas. They all belonged to the
Church of England. My paternal grandmother, Mary Stuart, was from Scotland
and a Presbyterian. My grandfather raised a family of five sons - James,
John, William, Benjamin and Jacob, and three daughters - Polly, Nancy and
Rachel. The eldest son, James, settled near Abington, Washington Co., Va.,
where, having raised a family of three sons and seven daughters, he died at
a good old-age, a member of the Presbyterian church and in good
circumstances. John and William were among the early pioneers to Kentucky.
After having passed through the privations of a new settlement and the
perils of a savage war, they each obtained a settlement and preemption
(1400 acres) in the immediate vicinity of Danville. John disposed his land
near Danville and became the proprietor of a large tract of wild lands on
Green River. He moved with his family to the Green River country then a
wilderness, and while opening a farm was murdered by his own negro man. He
left a family of four sons and two daughters. William retained his farm,
one mile east of Danville, until the day of his death. He was a shrewd and
energetic man and acquired a handsome property to be divided among three
sons and eight daughters. Near the close of his life, he made a profession
of religion and united with the Baptist Church. The fourth son, Benjamin,
my revered father, whose history I pass over for the present. After the
death of my grandfather, my grandmother with her youngest son Jacob, moved
to Kentucky. There Jacob married and reared a large family. He was a member
of the Baptist church, industrious and frugal and was consequently enabled
to settle his children comfortably in the world. The eldest daughter,
Polly, married in Virginia a man by the name of Underwood. They afterward
moved to Kentucky where Mr. Underwood died in early life, leaving three
sons and two daughters under the care of his widow. She managed her affairs
prudently and lived to see her children all settled comfortably. One of her
daughters married a Demaree, the other a Yount. Nancy, the second daughter,
married my mother's brother, Henry Gregg, and died at middle age after
having given birth to four sons and two daughters. Rachel married Samuel
Harnod. They were among the first proselytes to the doctrines of John
Wesley in that part of Virginia. Having moved to Tennessee, they settled
some ten miles from my father, in Cocke Co., where they lived and probably
died in the Methodist church, leaving four or five sons and one daughter.
My maternal grandfather, Robert Gregg, was from the County of Dury in the
north of Ireland. He emigrated, a single man, to the colony of Virginia
and married into a respectable family by the name of Harrison and settled
in the neighborhood of Staunton, Augusta County. He was a respectable
farmer, a member of the Presbyterian church and the father of seven sons
and five daughters. His eldest son, William, fell about the close of the
Revolutionary War in a battle with the Indians, at the mouth of the
Kanawha. His sons, Thomas, Henry, Robert and Samuel after having married
moved into my father's neighborhood in East Tennessee. In a few years they
were followed by their father with his two youngest sons, John and
William. The old gentleman purchased a fine tract of land and for a number
of years lived as a patriarch, surrounded by six sons and four daughters,
their contiguous farms covering several miles square. At a good old age
he was gathered home to his fathers amid the tears of his descendants who
at the time numbered over three score and ten. In a few years after the
death of the patriarch, my father moved to Missouri, which seemed to be the
signal for the breaking up of the neighborhood and the posterity of Robert
Gregg soon scattered over some half dozen of the Western and Southwestern
states. The old homestead is still held by a grandson, Marshall Gregg. I
now return to the history of my father who, after having served four years
in the army of the Revolution, married Ann, the eldest daughter of Robert
Gregg of Augusta County, Virginia. His first settlement was made near to
his father-in-law, but after the birth of their second child my parents
mingled with the tide of emigration that was beginning to flow westward. My
father purchased five hundred acres of land on Meadow Creek south of
Nolachucky, a tributary of French Broad, and settled on in 1783. Shortly
afterwards a war broke out with the Cherokee Indians and a station was
formed at my father's called "Crowe's Station". I will explain what is
meant by a "Station". All the families of a neighborhood collected on a
convenient spot, built as many cabins as were necessary for their
accomodation and enclosed the whole by a stockade which was entered by two
strong gates. From these stations, the men went out in companies to
cultivate their farms, a part laboring and a part standing as sentinels or
guards. On this farm my father lived until the year 1802, when he moved to
what was then called the District of St. Genevieve, Upper Louisiana, now
Washington County, Missouri. I had four brothers and six sisters. The two
eldest, Elizabeth and Walter were born in Virginia. Ann, myself, Mary,
Lydia, Robert, Benjamin, Nancy and James Rankin in Tennessee, and Rachel in
Missouri. Elizabeth, Walter and Ann married in Tennessee. Elizabeth married
Thomas McLaughlin, Walter married Margaret Hutchinson and Ann, James L.
McLaughlin brother to Thomas. When my father moved to Missouri, they all
went with him and settled in the same neighborhood in a beautiful cove
called Bellevue. There my sister Mary married a man by the name of Curtis
Morris. Robert and Benjamin both married after I left Missouri. The name of
Robert's wife I have forgotten, but the name of Benjamin's was Nancy
Daniels. My sister Nancy married a cousin ... a son of Robert Gregg. In
1818 my father moved to Arkansas, having but three unmarried children,
Lydia, James and Rachel, but the two McLaughlins and Morris and my brothers
Walter and Benjamin moved about the same time to the same place. Robert
settled in Illinois and my brother-in-law Gregg, in the Platt country,
Missouri. My brother Benjamin died shortly after settling in Arkansas,
leaving a widow and one son called John. Lydia died shortly afterward,
unmarried. James R. married in Arkansas and his wife died leaving some six
or eight children. Sister Rachel married a man by the name of (Gibbins). I
know nothing further about him than that they have a number of children.
Thomas McLaughlin raised three sons, Henry, William Finley and Benjamin
Crowe, and three or four daughters. James McLaughlin raised but one child,
a son called Thomas Jefferson. My brother Walter raised four sons,
Benjamin, James, John and William, and I think six daughters. Curtis Morris
died some twenty years ago leaving my sister three sons, Seth, Lee and
Robert, and three or four daughters. These brothers and sisters, so far as
I know, are still living in Arkansas, except Ann McLaughlin who died some
twelve years ago. They are all in humble circumstances and almost all of
them members of the Methodist church. Robert who is in California, has a
large family of both sons and daughters, but I know nothing about sister
Nancy since her marriage and settlement in the northwest of Missouri." ...
Transcript provided by Barbara B. Thompson, Warren, Oregon postmarked (12
May 1993); FamilySearch(tm), Ancestral File ver 4.19, Family Group Record,
Benjamin Crow (AFN) Ancestral File Number 9BMC-GV (update), internet access
(17 Jan 2000).
Benjamin Crow, Warren County, Indiana, May 1867: "Walter Crow was from
Rockingham Co., Virginia. He had five sons James, John, William, Benjamin
and Jacob. I. James raised a family in Virginia and died there. II. John
lived and died in Kentucky. He was killed by one of his own slaves with an
axe. He was twice married. By his first wife he had Joel, Jane and Nancy.
By his second John, Benjamin (who makes this statement), Elijah and Jesse.
He had no daughter(s) by his last wife ... John's children are all dead but
Benjamin ... Benjamin, just mentioned, has three sons and one daughter ...
John who lives in Iowa; William living in Warren, has a large family,
several of his children married with families. He is quite wealthy and a
prominent citizen; James living in Illinois; Mary Ann married Akiu (and) is
now a widow with a family and lives near William. III. William had children
as follows: Walter, James and Benjamin. James the only son living resides
in Hardin Co., Ky. (He) had eight daughters, viz: Rachel, Elizabeth, Anna,
Mary, Sarah, Margaret, Maria & Matilda. IV. Benjamin was Dr. John Finley
Crowe's father. V. Jacob had several sons and one daughter, James, John,
Walter, Jacob and Benjamin (the last two twins) and Nancy. Nancy married
Bromfield. Benjamin had ... family in Kentucky, among them Sarah who
married Felix Rogers, Martha Ann married Caldwell, Elizabeth married
Hobison, Nancy married William Johnson. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Johnson were
living in Bardstown, Ky. in 1862." Transcript provided by Barbara B.
Thompson, Warren, Oregon postmarked (12 May 1993).
                    Clark County, Arkansas Census 1850
Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in Caddo Township in the County of Clark,
State of Arkansas enumerated by me on the 27th day of November, 1850.
Jas. S. Ward, Ass't Marshal.

242-242   James L. McLaughlin        72  m     Farmer        Unknown
          Susanah McLaughlin         60  f                   Virginia
          Jesse L. Sprowl            23  m                   Alabama

James L. McLaughlin and Sousan Sproul married 01 Feb 1846, Clark County,
Arkansas Marriage Book C, page 20; Susannah McLaughlin vs. James L.
McLaughlin, divorce, 17 Sep 1851, Clark County, Arkansas Circuit Court
Book B, page 396-405; Reference: Clark County, Arkansas Annotated Census of
1850, Bobbie Jones McLane, 1985, page 32.
                    Clark County, Arkansas Census 1850
Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in Antoine Township in the County of Clark,
State of Arkansas enumerated by me on the 9th day of December, 1850.
Jas. S. Ward, Ass't Marshal.

334-334   Thomas McLaughlin          74  m     Wheelwright  Maryland
          Betsy McLaughlin           68  f                  Virginia
          Andrew J. McLaughlin       31  m     Farmer       Arkansas
          Anna McLaughlin            21  f                  Arkansas
          Betsy McLaughlin            9  f                  Arkansas
          Benjamin L. McLaughlin      5  m                  Arkansas
          Walter C. McLaughlin        3  m                  Arkansas
          John Thomas McLaughlin      1  m                  Arkansas

337-337   William Crow               31  m     Farmer       Arkansas
          Elizabeth Crow             26  f                  Tennessee
          John T. Crow                1  m                  Arkansas
          Walter Crow                67  m     Wheelwright  Tennessee
          Nancy Elizabeth Smart       6  f                  Arkansas
          John Crow                  40  m                  Missouri
                    Clark County, Arkansas Census 1850
Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in Missouri Township in the County of Clark,
State of Arkansas enumerated by me on the 23d day of December, 1850.
Jas. S. Ward, Ass't Marshal.

461-461   Samuel Gibbins             58  m     Farmer        North Carolina
          Rachel Gibbins             48  f                   Missouri
          Isaac W. Gibbins           21  m     Farmer        Arkansas
          Betsy A. Gibbins           19  f                   Arkansas
          Mary Jane Gibbins          15  f                   Arkansas
          Martha M. Gibbins          12  f                   Arkansas
          Robert L. Gibbins          10  m                   Arkansas
          Elvira Gibbins              7  f                   Arkansas

National Archives Microfilm Publication, Microcopy T-432: Arkansas, Clark
County, Roll 25.
Update 03.08.00              David Kelley 2000                 FGR-0034.HTM