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Ancestors of Myrtle Grace Harris

      28. Gideon Crews, born 1730 in Hanover, VA85; died October 16, 1815 in Pleasant Farm, Oxford, Granville, NC86. He was the son of 56. Joseph Crews and 57. Massey Johnston. He married 29. Jemima Wicker Abt. 1770 in Hanover, Hanover Co., VA87.

      29. Jemima Wicker, born 1739 in New Kent Col, Hanover, VA; died January 1826 in Pleasant Farm, Oxford, Granville, NC88,89. She was the daughter of 58. Benjamin Whicker and 59. Elizabeth Benton.

Notes for Gideon Crews:
Birth Date: LDS ANCESTRAL FILE v4.01 b.1744 ?11 years old when married?
AFN Gideon CREWS B: < 1744 <, Hanover, VA>
M: 1755 , Hanover, VA
Other : MARRIAGE - IGI 1988 v2.15 1755 LDS FILM 7705310 60 CN1059002
Other : MARRIAGE - "The Wicker/Whicker Family" c. 1770
moved to Granville Co. NC
D: Oct 1815 Pleasant Farm, Oxford, Granville, North Carolina

Other : DAR Lineage Book, April 1932, Vol. 66, P. 249
Served in the 6th Virgina Battalion of Continental Forces comanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Hendrick.

He was a private. Patriot, signed Oath of Allegieance, ald solder, North Carolina.

References for Military Record: Vol. War 4, p 140 Vol. (6VR)W.D. p 124, 8, 135, 2

Information from the DAR application of Mrs. Berverly Timberlake, DAR #557394

Jemima Whicker was Gideon's 2nd wife. Nothing is known of his 1st wife. His 8 known children were by Jemima. Gideon signed Oath of Allegiance to State of NC 30 May 1778; was pd. for army service as a
soldier. His musket has been kept in the museum at Guilford Battleground. (Source: DAR notes).

He made his will in Granville Co. NC 16 Oct. 1815. Was proved in Nov. Court 1815. He willed to wife
Jemima. The inventory for both was presented 6 Dec. 1815 by his sons, Gideon and James as Executors. Researcher Randy Crews says that although the inventory was presented does not necessarily mean Jemima was dead as records show she made her will 12 Dec. 1825 & it
was proved Feb. Court 1826. Randy believes Jemima was Gideon's only wife. (See notes for wife, Jemima Whicker.)

Photo-copy of Gideon's will in possession of Hazel Knight. Gideon Crews was buried at Minor Cemetery, Granville Co, NC. (Information provided by Hazel Deane Wicker Knight)

Gideon, along with his brother James, enlisted in the Revolutionary Army on 9 March 1716 in Buckingham Co. VA which is located in the upper reaches of the James River. Since rivers were the main method of transportation in those days, we believe that James (and brothers Gideon and Walter and sister, ?) descended from the Crew(s) who settled at the mouth of the James River. It is possible that James' father was Walter Crew. But, we will never know because the Buckingham Co. courthouse was one of some 190 courthouses deliberately burned by the union army in a conscious attempt to destroy the cultural and civic life of the Southern States.

Yes! Union soldiers, under the command of General George Stoneman, burned the courthouse in Buckingham Co. a few months before the end of the War of Union Aggression. He also burned several other courthouses in Virginia, including the one at Bristol, Virginia. Similar atrocities were committed in some 190 counties throughout the south as part of a deliberate plan by the Union Army, under General Ulysses S. Grant, to destroy the economic, social and legal fabric of the Confederate States of America. These criminal acts were approved by Abraham Lincoln and his Secretary of War, William Stanton.

After the war, Lincoln and Stanton ordered the hanging of about 10,000 Confederate soldiers and sympathizers. Most of these murders were carried out in the Washington Navy Yard, where I worked before my retirement. The museum there, has pictures of some of this slaughter, including one gallows that could hang ten people at a time! The hanging of men, women and children went on, day and night for over two years. (Elmer A. "Bud" Houser)

James and Gideon moved to Knox Co. Tennessee in 1796, where the name was
corrupted to "Cruze." (Source: Elmer A. "Bud Houser

More About Gideon Crews:
AFN: HKPS-6690

  Notes for Jemima Wicker:
Pat Ray had sent me a xerox copy of "McCoy-Crews Families and Descendants ca 1650-1976", "compiled at Amarillo, Potter Co TX by Margaret Crews Norman" and it states that "Jemima (Gemina or Jamina) Wicker" was one of 8 ch of Mary Hester and Thomas Wicker. : (MRS JOANNE R BLACK)
dob DAR Lineage Records
Death Date: Will probated GRANVILLE CO Feb. Court Book 21/106 or 10/98
Other : DAR Lineage Book, April 1932, Vol. 66, P. 249
DAR Lineage records. Jemima died after her husb. Both Gideon & Jemima's inventories were presented 6 Dec. 1815 according to "The Bell Book", pg. 403.

Other sources including Dr. Wicker's book, 1st edition, pg. 46 says Jemima died Granville Co., 1826. Jemima's will was written 12 Dec. 1825, proved Feb. Court 1826, Granville Co., NC. Inventories presented does not necessarily mean one is deceased at that time. Jemima buried as is Gideon, on the homeplace of land purchased in 1806. See "Historical Data of Granville County" as it appeared in the
Oxford Public Ledger, Oxford, Oxford, NC newspaper dated 25 June 1929. It states this land was the homeplace of his father-in-law, Thomas Wicker, Sr. however, his father-in-law was Benjamin Whicker as established by Dr. Wicker in his book, as well as other sources. The land was purchased by Gideon from Daniel & Co. who had purchased it from Peyton Wood. Thomas Wicker had sold it to Daniel & Co.. Dec. 1795 Thomas Wicker (son) sold 20 acres to Gideon Crews. (See Dr. Wicker's book, pg. 43, 1st edition for more details of land transfers.) The Bell Book,pg. 404, says Jemima was the dt. of Thomas & Mary (Hester) Whicker but DAR lineage record says dt. of Benjamin Whicker & 2nd wife as does Dr. Wicker's book agrees with the DAR lineage record. Jemima Wicker is buried at Granville Co, NC.
(Information provided by Hazel Deane Wicker Knight) __________________________________________________________________

More About Jemima Wicker:

More About Gideon Crews and Jemima Wicker:
Marriage 2: Abt. 1755, Hanover, Hanover, Virginia
Children of Gideon Crews and Jemima Wicker are:
  i.   Mildred Crews, born 1772 in Granville CO. North Carolina91; died 1841 in Stokes Co. North Carolina; married (1) John Hester December 23, 1793 in Granville, North Carolina; born 1766 in Virginia or North Carolina; died November 1813 in Stokes County, North Carolina92; married (2) John Hester December 23, 179393; born WFT Est. 1748-177593; died Bef. 181593; married (3) John Hester September 03, 1829 in Stokes Co., North Carolina94; born WFT Est. 1762-180094; died WFT Est. 1833-188694.
  Notes for Mildred Crews:
Granville County is East of Stokes County. There are two counties in between.
Mildred "Milly" CREWS- Dr. Wicker's final Newsletter issue says Mildred should read Mary. This needs documentation as to which is correct. All other info. regarding Milly or Mary is in agreement & correct. The Newsletter also states the 1st born child was named Nancy, b. 1795, Granville Co., NC., md. 30 Jan. 1813, Stokes Co., William Wicker.

UPDATE: Dec. 1996: Gideon's will names his 8 children and refers to his dau., Milly Hester.
(Information provided by Hazel Deane Wicker Knight)

  Notes for John Hester:
John was from Winston N.C. which is very close to where the land records of William Wortman are to be found. In fact John sold land to William.

  Marriage Notes for Mildred Crews and John Hester:
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 23, Ed. 1, Tree #3544, Date of Import: Aug 22, 1999]

Granville is very close to Winston North Carolina

  ii.   Abigail Crews, born 1775 in Granville Co, NC95; died Aft. November 30, 1850 in Granville Co, NC; married William Daniel September 21, 1807 in Granville Co. NC; born WFT Est. 1755-178796; died WFT Est. 1810-1847.
  More About William Daniel and Abigail Crews:
Marriage 2: September 21, 180796

  iii.   Gideon Crews, Jr., born September 02, 1779 in Granville Co, NC97; died May 06, 1859 in Granville, North Carolina; married (1) Parthena Heggie Glover; born 1811; died 1897; married (2) Nancy Lloyd December 24, 180198; born WFT Est. 1763-178798; died WFT Est. 1796-1879; married (3) Temperance LeMay December 19, 180598; born 178698; died 185298.
  More About Gideon Crews and Temperance LeMay:
Marriage 2: December 19, 1805, Granville Co. NC

  iv.   Elizabeth Crews, born 1780 in Granville Co, NC99; died Aft. November 30, 1850; married Lemuel Currin March 04, 1802 in Granville Co. NC; born Bef. 1786 in Granville Co, NC; died May 04, 1844 in Granville Co, NC.
  More About Lemuel Currin and Elizabeth Crews:
Marriage 2: March 04, 1802100

  v.   Joseph Crews, born 1782 in Granville Co, NC101; died Bef. 1810; married Elizabeth Currin WFT Est. 1787-1807102; born Abt. 1785102; died WFT Est. 1787-1868102.
  More About Joseph Crews and Elizabeth Currin:
Marriage 2: WFT Est. 1787-1807, Granville Co. NC103

  14 vi.   James Crews, born July 20, 1785 in Granville Co, NC; died September 28, 1875 in Granville, North Carolina; married Sarah Jane Earl February 02, 1808 in Granville, NC.
  vii.   Littleberry Crews, born Abt. 1787 in Granville, NC; died October 01, 1855 in Maury, Madison Co., TN; married (1) Elizabeth Earl September 21, 1807 in GRANVILLE, NC104; born Abt. 1791 in GRANVILLE, NC104; died Abt. 1821 in NC104; married (2) Nancy Cheatham December 18, 1824 in Granville, North Carolina; born WFT Est. 1770-1794; died WFT Est. 1811-1865.
  Notes for Littleberry Crews:
(Source: Thomas Randolph Crews,
"Electronic," I have done significant research on him using microfilm of the original records, wills, deeds, marriage bonds, etc. I found him referred to as Littleberry, Littlebury, Little Berry, Barry, and even L. B.
But I never found an original document with the first name of William.), born 1787 in Granville Co, NC (Source: Randolph Earl Richardson 580 Inverlane Dr. Sagamore Hills, OH 44067 (216) 467-1328 (1996) Yates Publishing Hazel Wicker Knight);

I don't know anything about the Mayfield and Elizabeth Earl marriage but William Littleberry Crews m. Nancy Cheatham, dau. of James Cheatham & Catherine Johnson, on 18 Dec. 1824 in Granville Co., NC. so Elizabeth Earl was dead by then. Littleberry Crews was the son of Gideon Crews and Jemina Wicker. He and Nancy moved to Maury Co., Tenn. and he was dead before 1859.
Their children were: James Crews, b. abt 1827 in NC.; Thomas Anderson Crews, b. 9 Oct. 1829 NC.; Isham J. Crews b. 22 July 1835 Tenn.; Gideon Crews b. abt 1836 Tenn.; and Andrew Crews b. abt 1840 Tenn.

(Above received by e-mail from (Alice Cheatham) and signed Betty.)

  More About Littleberry Crews and Nancy Cheatham:
Marriage 2: December 18, 1824, NC104

  viii.   Jemima Crews, born 1787 in Granville Co, NC; died March 09, 1824 in Granville Co, NC; married Wyatt Currin October 16, 1810; died WFT Est. 1814-1857.
  ix.   Mary Crews, born 1793105

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