Below is the story of my Great Great Grandfather and his family that I recently wrote for publication in the New
Hall County Georgia Heritage Book to be published in 2001. If anyone reading this story has any information on
Johnathan Wilson Crow's parents and sibling, or any comments, I would like to hear from you. I would also like to thank all the Cousins that helped me get to this point.
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The Johnathan Wilson Crow Family of lower Hall and Whitfield Counties Georgia
According to various census and Confederate States Army (C.S.A.) records, Johnathan Wilson Crow was born between 1815-1817, in what was then Franklin County and is today Hall County Georgia. His parents and siblings are currently unknown. In the late 1830's he married Martha C. Fenn, born between 1815-1817, daughter of George Fenn and wife Margaret. On 3 March 1853, George Fenn deeded 50 acres of Lot 137 in the 8th Land District, near Flowery Branch in Hall County, to Johnathan for services rendered during George and Margaret Fenn's old age. According to Hall County's 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1880 Census Records, Johnathan
and Martha were living in Roberts Government Militia District (GMD 413) near the Chattahoochee River in Hall
County. Census records state he was a farmer; family lore indicates he was also a cobbler. Johnathan was a veteran of the Civil War, volunteering for duty on 24 September 1861 at Hog Mountain Georgia with Company H, 35th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate States Army, Gwinnett and Hall Counties Georgia, County Line Invincibles. According to C.S.A. records, Johnathan was 6' Â½" tall, light complexion, blue eyes, and black hair. He was discharged with a disability on 12 April 1864. According to
Georgia's 1867-1868 Returns of Qualified Voters, Johnathan was registered to vote on 5 August 1867 in Precinct #1233, Mill Creek GMD, Whitfield County, Georgia. The record states he had been a resident of the County for twelve months. According to Tax Digest Records, Johnathan lived on Utility Road in the Mill Creek District until 1879, when he returned to Hall County and was recorded there on the 1880, Roberts GMD 413, Census. By 1886, Johnathan appears back on the Tax Digest Records in the Trickum GMD 863 of Whitfield County. In 1887, he appears in the Mill Creek GMD1233 of Whitfield County on Utility Road again. He last appears on the Tax Digest Record for that District in 1894, the year he probably died. As determined from census, tax digest, probate, voter registration, and family records, Johnathan and Martha had eight children.
(1) Alfred Milton Crow, my Great Grandfater, was also a Confederate Veteran of Company H, 35th Regiment, born 29 January 1841 and died before 1894 around Rocky Face GMD1433 (formerly part of the Tunnel Hill District) of Whitfield County Georgia. CSA records state he had a light complexion, brown hair, gray eyes, and was 6' Â½" tall. He was captured near Petersburg Virginia on 25 March 1865 and released from Point Lookout Maryland 24 June 1865. Alfred first married Saleta Ann Frances Holcombe (7 May 1848 to 22 March 1881) on
13 September 1868. They had six children; Mary Emma, George W., Henry Milton, Minnie L., Charles Alfred, and Martha Frances Crow. After Saleta's death, Alfred married Laura E. Pope on 26 June 1883 in Whitfield County Georgia. They had one son, Thomas Vinton Crow, 19 January 1889 to 24 December 1934. He was the father of seven sons. Thomas is buried at West Hills Cemetery in Dalton Georgia.
(2) Nancy Elizabeth Crow, nicknamed Nicy and Nicia, was born in December 1841 and died 21 August 1926 in the Mill Creek District of Whitfield County Georgia. Nancy married Raymond Henson White, also a Confederate Veteran, on 6 March 1872. Henson had four children by a previous marriage; Atlanta (Aunt Lant), Mary Lou (Aunt Lou), Steve and Jim. Nancy and Henson had four more children; Charles Shaffer, Perry Andrew, Hardy Washington, and Horatia Crow White, fondly remembered as "Uncle Ratia". According to family members,
Nancy and Henson are buried at Dunagan Cemetery in Whitfield County Georgia.
(3) Samuel J. Crow, also a Confederate Veteran of Company H, 35th Regiment, was born 15 April 1843 and died 7 May 1924. The Record states he had a light complexion, light brown hair, gray eyes, and stood 5' 10" tall. He was captured near Petersburg Virginia on the same date as his brother, Alfred Milton, and released from Point Lookout Maryland on 26 June 1865. In 1864 Samuel married Melvina Orr (4 October 1841 to 3 February 1921) the daughter of Thomas Orr and his wife Lydia of Hall County Georgia. They had two known children, Lula and Henry Crow. Samuel and Melvina are buried at Sugar Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County Georgia.
(4) Margaret E. Crow, born in October 1846, is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hill County Texas. It appears that Margaret never married, living her later years with her brother, Henry Lafayette Crow and family in the "Crow Community" near Whitney and Hillsboro, Hill County Texas.
(5) Henry Lafayette Crow, born 30 January 1849 and died 5 August 1923, married Cornelia Jane Childress (1851-1937) on 25 January 1873. They had nine children, Johnathan Eli, Levi Young (Doc), Martha, Henry Elizabeth (Lizzie), George Washington, Alford White, Samuel Lafayette, Susanna, and James David (Jim) Crow. Henry and Cornelia are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Hill County, Texas.
(6) Reverend Harrison Freeman Crow, born ca.1852 and died 27 September 1894, married Malinda Carolina Loner, (8 October 1856 to 15 January 1931) on 21 September 1876. They had eight known children; Flavious L., Venna Eula, Jesse Freeman Anderson, Mattie Endora, Myrtice Izora, Fannie Lee Ella, Carl Bunyan, and Maud Gertrude Crow. Harrison and Malinda are buried at Dunagan Cemetery in Whitfield County Georgia.
(7) Martha Arilia Crow, born in May 1854 and died 15 April 1939, is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hill County Texas. As far as is determined, Martha, like her sister Margaret, never married and lived her later years with her brother, Henry Lafayette Crow, and family in Hill County Texas.
(8) Johnathan E. Crow, born ca.1857, died in late 1892 according to Probate Records of Whitfield County Georgia. Evidently Johnathan E. Crow never married. He lived on Utility Road in the Mill Creek District of Whitfield County Georgia.
All eight of Johnathan and Martha's children are presumed born in Hall County Georgia, except Henry Lafayette Crow, who reportedly was born in Franklin County Georgia. Burial places for both Johnathan Crows, Martha Fenn Crow, Alfred Milton Crow, Saleta Holcombe Crow, and Laura Pope Crow, have not been determined. Since many other family members are buried at Dunagan Cemetery on the "Westside" of Whitfield County Georgia, near where they lived, one might assume they are also buried in some of the unmarked graves there, but this is not proven.
Georgia State Archive Records, Atlanta Georgia
Gwinnett, Hall, Walker, and Whitfield County Georgia Census Records.
Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield County Deeds and Mortgages Index and Deed Records
Whitfield County Probate and Tax Digest Records
Walker and Whitfield County Georgia's 1867 & 1868 Returns for Qualified Voters
Hill County Texas Census records
Confederate States Army records
Cemetery visits Whitfield, Hall and Gwinnett Counties Georgia
Whitfield, Hall and Gwinnett County Georgia Cemetery Books
Family records of Alfred Milton Crow
Many Cousins and other Family members