THOMAS DOUGLAS CROW
The following bio was taken from pages 167-168 of the book entitled "Rusk County History" (1982) compiled and edited and used with the permission of the Rusk County Historical Commission
Transcribed by Gloria Riley
Submitted by Gloria Briley Mayfield, Rusk Co. TX Coordinator
Thomas crow was born in 1749. First records show him living in Maryland. He was married to Susannah Britton. This couple moved to Wythe County, Virginia, on the Clinch River. According to records, Thomas Crow during the latter part of his life became convinced of the wickedness of slavery and, therefore, set free all of those who belonged to him. His neighbors, who were slaveholders, made life so unpleasant for him that he took his wife and youngest son and went to Ohio. Here he settled in Pickaway County near Kingston.
Thomas and Susannah had eleven children. They were: John, Samuel, Thomas, Robert, Mary, who died early, Susannah, William, Mary Rush, Sarah, Joseph, and David.
Samuel Crow married Mary Douglas, daughter of Thomas Douglas, of Washington County, Virginia. Samuel and Mary moved from Virginia to Kentucky in 1815. After the Black Hawk War they moved to a place near the Wabash River in Illinois. The children of this couple were: Thomas Douglas, George, Sarah, Robert, John, James, Mary, Samuel, William, and Cyrus.
Thomas Douglas Crow married Mary Adams in Kentucky. He and Mary moved to Hendrix County, Indiana. After living in Indiana nine years, he and his wife and three oldest children left for Texas. They went in a wagon to Edinburg, and then took a train on the first railway built in Indiana, to a point near Madison. From there they sailed in a boat named "Tennessee" on the Ohio River. They changed boats at the mouth of the Red River and landed at Shreveport, Louisiana, April 16, 1846, thence to Greenwood, Caddo Parish, by wagon. My grandmother, Mary Elizabeth, was born at Greenwood in July of that year. They lived here for three years, then moved to Texas, settling at Belleview (Pirtle), Rusk County on July 4, 1849.
Thomas was a cabinetmaker. Mrs. Frank Taylor has a cabinet made by him in 1850.
The children of this couple were: James, who died in Indiana; Phebe, who married Sam Thomas; Robert, who married Maggie Baton Inge; William Jefferson, who married Elizabeth Trammell; Sarah, who died in Indiana; and Mary, who married Sloan Russell. After the death of Mary, Thomas married Sarah Mitchell. To this union was born George Crow.
William Jefferson Crow was a cotton buyer and merchant in Henderson for a number of years. His children were: Douglas, Thomas, Jefferson, Emily, Mary Eva, who died young, Madison, Davis, and Benge. Jefferson Crow built and lived in for a number of years the house that was recently demolished across from the hospital on Wilson Street. It was later sold to the Goulds.
Jefferson and Robert Crow both served in the Confederate Army. Mary, who was an orphan at this time, lived with a family named Mayfield during the war and their house still stands in the Rocky Mt. Community. It is now known as the old Mullikin house. Mary lived in a little attic room of this house. During the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill in Louisiana they could hear the cannon being fired. The family has copies of the letters that Jefferson and Robert wrote to their sister, Mary, while they were in service. These letters contain much brotherly advice to their little sister.
Many of the descendants of Jefferson Crow live in Dallas and Houston. Many descendants of Mary Crow Russell live in Rusk County and bear the names of Beasley, DeGeurin, and Russell. Descendants of George Crow bear the name Bean and Searcy.
Written by Georgia Nell Russell Betts