J O H N    C R O O K

 

(1740-1838)

 

of

 

ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AND WHITE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

 

Compiled by

 Major L. M. Crook Jr.

 

 

Published by

 THE CROOK CLAN

P. O. Box C

McCrory, Arkansas 72101

 

 

February 1975

 

 

 

 

Publication Reference Number - I

 

JOHN CROOK

(1740 - 1838)

of

Rowan County NC and White County TN

 

During the late 1960's I compiled a rather large file on the descendants of John Crook. Since it was not my primary line of interest I did not spend too much time developing it. In the early 1970' I was contacted by a lady from St. John KS who seemed very interested in working with me to develop the John Crook line because it was her ancestor. We briefly exchanged letters and I ultimately sent her all of the material that I had accumulated, I have not heard from her since, even to acknowledge receipt. This was my one bad experience in loaning material in all of my years of researching the Crook family.

Notwithstanding this initial setback, I have redeveloped the file from what few records I retained plus subsequent findings that I have accumulated. The only original research that I now have in my possession is the census data. The vast majority is secondary data obtained from the records and research of others,

The sources which allowed compilation of this brief sketch are:

Source No.

Source of Information

1

My research of census records

2

Correspondence with W. W. Crook Jr., Dallas TX

3

"The Crook History", Given to Mrs. Monroe Hudgens by her father, Calvin Brown Crook on 10 Jun 1926.

4

"A Collection of Facts and Fancies of the Family of James Franklin McFarland and Mary Jane Harper" by Lola (McFarland) Hill: Dallas TX 1966,

5

Unreferenced notes from my 1960's research not returned. Referred to herein as "lost".

This sketch is prepared, not to provide original research, but to assemble various bits and pieces of others to provide a consolidated compilation that can be used in sorting out the various Crook families of North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Nebraska. I cannot attest to its accuracy; but, hopefully, it will provide a service to Crook family researchers.

John Crook, assigned Family Number I-1 in my records, was said to have been born in VA in 1740; moved to Roman Co. NC and then to White Co. TN to a location now in Putnam Co. TN. His parentage is unknown, W. W. Crook Jr. (Source 2) suggests that he may have been a son of Solomon and Martha (Wiley -?) Crook. Mrs. Hill's publication (Source 4) indicates that he was the son of a John Crook that died at age 55 in VA from heart disease

Notwithstanding, John Sr. is generally accepted as being the John Crook of record in Rowan Co. NC from 1787 to 1808 and White/Putnam Co. TN from 1812 to 1838. He supposedly married three times; his first two wives being nameless. The third, Mrs. Frances (also Rebecca) Robinson Hill, widow of Richard Hill, bore him no children. His supposed children by his first two wives were:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-11 Elizabeth Crook
I-12 Jane Crook
I-13 John Crook

>1779

According to the 1850 census of White Co. TN, John Jr. was born in VA in 1782 (versus the 1779 in Mrs. Hill's records). Regardless, this does indicate that John Sr. (I-1) was living in Virginia in 1782 and moved to Rowan Co. NC by 1787 when his daughter Jane was married and he was of considerable land record.

Rowan Co. NC records reveal the following account of John Crook Sr. (I-l):

Date

Recorded Action

Source

6 Aug 1787

Appointed overseer

2

9 Oct 1787

Jane (I-12) md. Wyatt Goolsby

4

9 Oct 1787

Appointed overseer

2

6 May 1789

Served as Petit Juryman

2

Census 1790

Salisbury District:

1

Male 16+

=

ca before 1774
Male 16-

=

ca 1774-90
3 Female
2 Slaves

9 Nov 1790

Purchased 80 acres

2

10 Nov 1790

Purchased 640 acres

2

26 Nov 1791

Received grant #2235 of 123 acres

2

?

Received grant #2681 of 150 acres

2

Census 1800

M & F 45+

=

ca before 1775

1

M 16-26

=

ca 1774-84
M 10-16

=

ca 1784-90
3 Slaves

2 Jan 1801

Sold 200 acres to Robert Noblett (Witnessed by John Crook Jr. and Thongs Stewart)

2

1 Dec 18__

John Sr. & wife received at Jersey Meeting House

2

26 Sep 1806

Sold 150 acres to John Marshall

2

23 Sep 1808

Sold ? acres to Richard Cox

2

29 Oct 1809

Sold ? acres to Richard Cox

2

It was unclear in the records examined, but the 26 Sep 1806 sale may have been made by John Crook Jr. (I-13) rather than John Crook Sr. (I-1). Other questions arising about John Sr. from the early Rowan Co. NC records are:

(1) The 1790 census entry indicates three females. Assuming one to be his wife, who were the other two? Both of his daughters (Elizabeth and Jane) married prior to 1790 and wouldn't have been at home. Did he have two other daughters?

(2) The 1800 Rowan Co. NC census reflects a male, age 16-26 (ca 1774-84) which would be John Jr. born 1779 or 1782; it also reflects a male, age 10-16 (ca 1784-90). Who was he? Also why wasn't he reflected in the 1790 census?

(3) The 1800 Rowan Co. census also reflects an Allin (Allen ?) Crook as follows:

1800 Rowan Co. NC:
M 45+

=

ca before 1755
F 26-45

=

ca 1755-74
3 M & F 0-10

=

ca 1790-1800

Allin was located close to John Sr. in the route of the census taker; exact location of both unknown. Who was he? He was old enough to be a brother to John Sr. but too old to be a son (John Sr. born 1741 could hardly father a son before 1755).

(4) Both John Sr. and John Jr. had moved on to White Co. TN in time for the 1820 census. Yet, remaining in the 1820 Rowan Co. NC census was a William Crook as follows:

1820 Rowan Co. NC:
M & 2 F 16-26

=

ca 1794-1804
F 45+

=

ca before 1775

One can only speculate that this William is a possible son of the 1800 census "Allin" Crook who has died by 1820 with his son William assuming the role of head of the household. One of the two girls could be his sister (dates match with 1800 census as do those for his "mother") and the other his young wife. If so, what happened to the other two males that were in the 1800 census as being born between 1790 and 1800?

(5) Another separate and yet unconnected Crook file of Rowan Co. NC has brothers William, John and Calvin (all born about 1820-30). John married Elizabeth Parks about 1840 and had sons, Richard, Roby and Henry Giles, born 24 Apr 1847.

Do these lest three Roman Co. NC Crook men (Allin - 1800, William - 1820 and the three brothers all tie together? Were they related to John Sr. and John Jr.? I have never researched Rowan Co. records and can't answer the questions posited. Perhaps the answers lie in the Rowan Co. records and unresearched census records of 1810, 1830, 1840 and 1850.

Returning to John Crook Sr. (I-1), the records indicate that he was still in Rowan Co. as late as 1808 and in White Co. TN by 1812. Exactly when he made the move is unknown. He settled near what is now Cookeville (Putnam Co.) TN but was White Co. at that time. He is of considerable land record during the 1812-1833 period owning much of the land now in Cookeville.

The 1820, 1830 and 1840 White Co. TN census entries for John Sr. are as follows:

1820 White Co. TN:
M & F 45+

=

ca before 1775
1830 White Co. TN:
M 80-90

=

ca 1740-50
F 60-70

=

ca 1760-70
1840 White Co. TN:
F 70-80

=

ca 1760-70

Other White Co. TN records reveal:

15 Jan 1812

Purchased 50 acres adjoining his lands on Falling Water Creek, Witnessed by Richard Hill, husband of his third wife.

1 Aug 1812

Purchased 20 acres from Lovelady and Bounds

_ ___ 1812

Purchased 84 acres from Lovelady and Bounds

10 Apr 1817

Sold 40 acres to daughter, Jane Goolsby, part of a grant to John Sr. Wit: John Jr.

_ Apr 1817

Sold 84 acres to his son, John Jr.

by 1820

Second wife died and he married Mrs. Richard Hill.

1837

Deeded a slave (Little Vice) to John III (I-132)

In April 1838 John Sr. died in what is now Putnam Co. TN. I have not examined his will but I understand that it is quite detailed, bequeathing his holdings to wife, the heirs of Elizabeth Yount and his son, John Jr. and children. Jacob Yount, relation to Elizabeth unknown, contested the will on 5 Jun 1838 but his suit was dismissed on 2 Oct 1838.

Mrs. Frances or Rebecca Robinson Hill Crook died in 1840. Settlement of her estate by William Hill and Sam Brown (Executors) indicated that her first husband, Richard Hill, died in 1818 and that she and John Crook Sr. did not have children.

Thus ends this brief sketch of John Crook Sr. His parentage, possible brother Allin and other possible children represent come of the unanswered questions storming from his life. Perhaps the answers will be found someday.

Elizabeth Crook (I-11). Little is known about Elizabeth, daughter of John Crook Sr. She married _______ Yount in Rowan Co. NC on _ ___ 1773 per Mrs. Hill's records (Source 4). With John Sr. born in 1740 and his daughter married 33 years later, one or both of them married quite young.

The only other data found on Elizabeth was that she had a daughter, Nancy (Fam # I-111), who was born __ ___ 1791 and that Elizabeth died 8 May 1846. She was buried in Lovelady Cemetery. (Source 2)

Jane Crook (I-12). Little is known about Jane Crook also. She must have been born about 1770 or so and presumably in VA based upon her marriage and her brother's birthplace. A Rowan Co. NC marriage bond dated 9 Oct 1787 shows her marriage to Wyatt Goolsby. He is of record in White Co. TN as Wade Goolsby (Sources 2 and 4).

John Crook Jr. (I-13). He was born 1779 in VA according to Mrs. Hill's records. The 1850 White Co. TN census agrees with the birthplace but shows the year to be 1782. His grandson, Calvin Brown Crook, (I-1322) stated that his birth was 1782.

He supposedly married twice but his first wife is unknown. Mrs. Hill states that he married Mary Lee in Roman Co. NC in 1803. Another researcher has Mary Leigh and my "lost" records reflected Hannah Lee. Her birthyear is also questionable. Mrs. Hill (Source 4) says 1784 in Rowan Co. NC; Calvin B. Crook (Source 3) said 1790; and the 1850 White Co. TN census (Source 1) reflects ca 1790. Calvin B. Crook also stated that she was Scottish from Holland, used Quaker brogue and was reared in East Tennessee near the North Carolina border.

John Jr. preceded his father to White Co. TN. He was there by 1809 according to the 1850 birthplace of his son, John III. Mrs. Hill states that he own a considerable amount of land with recorded purchases for acreages of 3,000, 200, 163, 500, 162, 500, 183 and 300 during the 1839-54 time period.

He died in now Putnam Co. TN on __ ___ 1859. No record of Mary Lee Crook's death. Their children, compiled from Sources 3 and 4 were:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-131 Nancy Crook

1805

I-132 John Crook

1809

I-133 Isaac Crook

1810/1/2

I-134 Allen Crook

1814

I-135 Charles Crook

1817

I-136 William Crook

1820

I-137 Ruth Crook

1822

I-138 Mary Crook

1824

I-139 Jesse Crook

1826/7

I-1310 Rebecca Crook

1828

I-1311 Elizabeth Crook

1831

Census records pertaining to John Crook Jr. (I-13) are:

1820 White Co. TN:
M & F 26-45

=

ca 1775-94
4 M 0-10

=

ca 1810-20
1830 White Co. TN:
M 50-60

=

ca 1770-80
F 40-50

=

ca 1780-90
2 M 15-20

=

ca 1810-15
M & F 10-15

=

ca 1815-20
F 5-10

=

ca 1820-25
M & F 0-5

=

ca 1825-30
1840 White Co. TN:
M 60-70

=

ca 1770-80
F 50-60

=

ca 1780-90
2 F 15-20

=

ca 1820-25
M & F 10-15

=

ca 1825-30
F 5-10

=

ca 1830-35
M & F 0-5

=

ca 1835-40
1850 White Co. TN:
Crook, John

68

VA

1782

Mary

24

NC

1790

Charles

33

TN

1817

Sally

19

TN

1831

John

17

TN

1833

Allen

15

TN

1835

Viney/Milly (f)

12

TN

1838

The last two children in the 1840 census and the last four in the 1850 census create a problem. All other census data checks out with the children presented earlier from Mrs. Hill and Calvin B. Crook's records. The two census records would imply that these questionab1e persons were children of John and Mary Crook Jr. Were They? Why weren't they included in Mrs. Hill's or Calvin's records? John Jr.'s oldest boys were old enough to have children born in the 1830's but both John III and Isaac and their children are accounted for and must be ruled out. This leaves Allen (I-134) born 1814 who could have children born in the 1830's. Either they were John Jr.'s or Allen's according to my analysis. Sally (age 19 in 1850 = ca 1831) could be Elizabeth (I-1311) with a wrong or nickname in the 1850 census; the year of birth matches; but the other three -?

Both the questionable John (born 1833) and Allen (born 1835) appear to be the same individuals as those in the 1870 census of Richardson Co. Nebraska. Two of John Jr.'s known sons, Isaac (I-133) and Jesse (I-l39) were in Richardson Co. Nebraska in both the 1860 and 1870 census records. There is a slight possibility that the questionable children were those of Isaac (I-133). See his write-up later herein. I have to rule them out as being children of John Jr. because he already had living sons named John and Allen. They must be either Isaac's or Allen's children.

The Richardson Co. Neb. census records pertaining to these two questionable children are:

1860 Richardson Co. NEB:
Crook, John; Farmer, Salem

27

TN

ca 1833

Martha J.

24

TN

ca 1836

M. A. (Male)

5

MO

ca 1855

Ben F.

3

NEB

ca 1857

John

1

NEB

ca 1859

1870 Richardson Co. NEB:
Crook, John; Farmer, Elmore

35

TN

ca 1835

Martha

31

TN

ca 1839

Wm

14

NEB

ca 1856

Benjamin

12

NEB

ca 1858

Douglas

10

NEB

ca 1860

Mary F.

8

NEB

ca 1862

Albert

3

NEB

ca 1867

John

2/12

NEB

ca 1870

Crook, Allen; Framer, Township 2

32

TN

ca 1838

Rebecca

27

IL

ca 1843

Gustina (Male)

4

NEB

ca 1866

Thus, in addition to the questions raised earlier regarding John Sr. in Rowan Co. NC, these questions regarding the White Co. TN and Richardson Co. NEB exist: Who were they? How were they related to John Crook Jr.?

The remainder of this sketch on the children of John Crook Jr.'s children are based on the combined records of Mrs. Hill and Calvin B. Crook's disposition (Sources 3 and 4) except where specifically stated otherwise.

Nancy Crook (I-131). She was born __ ___ 1805 in White Co. TN. She married Robert Howard. Either Mrs. Hill's records or my interpretation of them are conflicting. In one place it is indicated that Nancy died in 1852 and had ten children. It is also stated that she died in 1889. A known son was Robert Howard (I-1311). He married Julia _____ and had a son, Dodd (Fam # I-13111) who had sons, Billy (I-131111) and Glenn (I-131112) and a daughter, _____ (I-131113) that married Wymath Fletcher.

John Crook III (I-132). He was born _ _ 1809 in White Co. TN to John Crook Jr. (I-13). He married Sallie, also Saroah, Brown about 1828 and presumably in or near White Co. TN. Calvin B. Crook, their son, said that his mother was of Irish descent and that her mother was _____ Ramsey that married _____ Brown. He also stated that Sallie was living in Overton Co. TN (just north of the current White Co.) at the time of her marriage to his father. Sallie was born ca ___ 1809 per the 1850 White Co. census.

Calvin also stated that his parents never left Tennessee; his father was a stockman and large landowner; and that the family moved to near Sparta (White Co.) about the end of the Civil War. He added that John III spent the last seven years of his life in bed from a stroke before passing away on __ ___ 1889. No record of Sallie's death.

Census records pertaining to John Crook III (I-132) are:

1830 White Co. TN:
M & F 20-30

=

ca 1800-10
M 0-5

=

ca 1825-30
1840 White Co. TN:
M & F 30-40

=

ca 1800-10
F 10-15

=

ca 1825-30
M & F 5-l0

=

ca 1830-35
M & 2 F 0-5

=

ca 1835-40
1850 White Co. TN:
Crook, David Crokett

41

TN

ca 1809

Saroah

41

TN

ca 1809

Jane

21

TN

ca 1829

Calvin

19

TN

ca 1831

Mary

17

TN

ca 1833

Eliza.

15

TN

ca 1835

David C.

13

TN

ca 1837

Isabell

11

TN

ca 1839

Margaret

8

TN

ca 1842

Nancy

6

TN

ca 1844

Saroah

5

TN

ca 1845

Subsequent census records have not researched except for 1880 Soundex listing. There was a S____ Crook in Putnam Co. but I failed to record the entry. If John lived until 1889 and was an invalid for his last few years, the entry could be S. for Saroah or Sally. It needs to be researched.

Children of John and Sallie (Brown) Crook III (I-132) were:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-1321 Jane Crook

ca 1829

I-1322 Calvin Brown Crook

ca 1831

I-1323 Mary Crook

ca 1833

I-1324 Elizabeth Crook

ca 1835

I-1325 David Crockett Crook

ca 1837

I-1326 Isabelle Crook

ca 1839

I-1327 Margaret Crook

ca 1842

I-1328 Nancy Crook

ca 1844

I-1829 Sallie/Saroah Crook

ca 1845

I-18210 Emma Crook

ca 1850

Jane Crook (I-1321). Jane was born ca ___ 1829 in TN. She married Alvin Trewitt and later Jonas Fooshee. Her children were:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-13211 ______ Trewitt

e 1847

I-13212 ______ Trewitt

e 1849

I-13213 ______ Trewitt

e 1851

I-13214 Joseph Fooshee

e 1855

I-13215 Robert Fooshee

e 1857

I-13216 George Fooshee

e 1859

Calvin Brown Crook (I-1322). He was born ca ___ 1831 in TN. On __ ___ ____ he married Sarah Kemmer by whom he had nine children. He later married Lucinda Bruster Earl who bore him two more children. He died 11 Nov 1926. His children were:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-13221 Florence Crook

e 1851

I-13222 ________ Crook

e 1853

I-13223 ________ Crook

e 1855

I-13224 ________ Crook

e 1857

I-13225 Elizabeth Crook

e 1859

I-13226 John Crook

e 1861

I-13227 Charles Crook

e 1863

I-13228 Isabelle Crook

e 1865

I-13229 Sallie Crook

e 1867

I-132210 Claude Crook

e 1870

I-132211 Kitty Crook

e 1872

Little is known on his children. Florence died at age three and the next three unnamed ones died at or shortly after birth. Elizabeth (Lizzie) married Isaac Broyles and had five children; John married _____ _____ and had three children; and Charles never married. Sallie married Calvin Martin and no record on Claude.

Isabelle married Harvee or Herbert Martin and had five children. One of these, Maggie Belle Martin (Fam # I-132281) married Harvey C. Wilhite. Her son, _____ Wilhite (Fam # I-1322811) married Joy _____ and resided at 124 East 15th St., Cookeville TN. However, my letter was returned indicating that it was a bed address.

Kitty married Monroe Hudgens and was the one that recorded her father's disposition shortly before his death. (Source 3). Kitty had at least one daughter, Christine Hudgens (Fam # I-1322111).

Mary Crook (I-1323). She was born ca ___ 1833 in TN; married Sommerfield Broyles and had 10 children.

Elizabeth Crook (I-1324). She was born ca ___ 1835 in TN; married Andrew Kemmer and had eleven children. A descendant by marriage that is interested in genealogy is Mrs. Robert W. Kemmer, North Hillcrest Drive, Spring City TN 37381.

David Crockett Crook (I-1325). He was born ca ___ 1837 in TN. Calvin B. Crook provided a rather interesting account of David Crockett Crook's experiences during the Civil War which is quoted as follows:

"During the Civil War my brother Crockett and Myself served as officers. Crockett went out as a Captain, but was promoted to Colonel and was said to be one of the most gallant officers in the South. During the Battle of ______ he was shot almost entirely through the body and left for dead on the battlefield, but a wealthy lady, Mrs. Grant, going through the wreck, discovered life in his body, and ordered her coachman to carry him to her home where she nursed him back to life and while he was never strong, yet he lived and preached the gospel as a minister in the Methodist Churches. After his obituary and a number of clippings referring to his death were published in the papers of that time. The obituary is on file in the museum at Nashville, Tennessee, being repeatedly asked for by officials of the State, as with most other southerners. Mrs. Grant's wealth was swept away and it was the privilege of my brother to send her a monthly allowance so long as she lived." (Source 3).

Isabelle Crook (I-1326). She was born ca ___ 1839 in TN and married Lawson Simms. They had a son, Jeff (Fam # I-13261), who had a child, M____ Simms (Fam # I-132611), that married _____ Mitchell.

Margaret Crook (I-1327). "Maggie" was born ca ___ 1862 in TN; married Robert White; and had a son and two daughters.

Nancy Crook (I-1328). "Nannie" was born ca ___ 1844 and married Lewis Cass. No children.

Sallie/Saroah Crook (I-1329). She was born ca ___ 1845; married Thomas Mitchell; and had three sons and a daughter.

Emma Crook (I-13210). She was apparently born after 1850 because she was not reflected in her father's (John III) household in the 1850 White Co. TN census. She married Felix Howard of Arkansas and had two sons and two daughters.

Isaac Crook (I-133). He was the third child of John Crook Jr. (13) and was born 1810/11/12 in TN. He apparently married twice; the first time to _____ _____ and prior to the 1830 White Co. TN census where he was reflected as Isaac Crook, male and female, age 15-20 (ca 1810-15).

Some confusion exists regarding his second wife, A remaining note from my lost files states that he married Lucinda Kirby in White Co. TN on __ ___ 1853 and moved to Missouri shortly thereafter. According to my note, she was born __ ___ 1837. The 1860 census of Richardson Co. Nebraska reflects Isaac with wife, Lucinda (age 36=ca birth 1826), and six children, five of which were born in Missouri between 1843 and 1853. Lucinda, at age 34, would have been old enough to have mothered the Children (eldest 17 years old).

Thus, two theories can be put forth on Isaac. The first is that he married _____ _____ prior to 1830; moved to MO by 1843 and had four children by his first wife prior to 1853; returned to TN and married Lucinda Kirby in 1853 and had a second family of three more children. The second theory is simply that he only had one wife, Lucinda, whom he married about 1842, and had seven children with her. (See the discussion on page 5 regarding the unknown John and Allen Crook; they could conceivably be Isaac's children by his first wife.)

Notwithstanding these uncertainties, Isaac and his family are reflected in the 1860 and 1870 census records of Richardson Co. (Falls City) Nebraska as follows:

ca

1860: Crook, Isaac

49

TN

1811 Farmer; Real Estate-$2,550; Personal Estate-$2,700.
Lucinda

34

1826 Personal Estate-$300
William

17

MO

1843
Elisabeth

15

MO

1845
Franklin

12

MO

1848
Jackson

10

MO

1850
Jesse

7

MO

1853
Charles

1/2

NB

1860
Schoenheit, A

37

1823 Born in Germany; residing in Isaac's household; real estate-$5,000; personal estate-$1,000
1860: Crook, Isaac

60

TN

1810 Farmer; RE-$6,000; PE-$3,000
Lucinda

45

1825 Keeping House
William

25

MO

1845 Farm Worker
Frank

22

MO

1848 Farm Worker
Jackson

19

MO

1851 Farm Worker
Jesse

16

MO

1854 Farm Worker
Charles

10

NB

1860 At home
Belzona(f)

8

NB

1862 Attend School
Wesley

6

NB

1864 Attend School
Douglas, Rebecca

56

TN

1814 At home
Hoffinger, Pauline

17

OH

1853 Domestic Servant

Thus, Isaac's known children, excluding the possible John and Allen discussed on page 5, were:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-1331 William Crook

1843/5

I-1332 Martha Elizabeth Crook

1845

I-1333 Franklin Crook

1848

I-1334 Jackson Crook

1850/1

I-1335 Jesse Crook

1853/4

I-1336 Charles Crook

1860

I-1337 Belsona Crook

1862

I-1338 Wesley Crook

1864

William Crook (I-1331). He was born ca 1843 in MO per the 1860 Richardson Co. NB census and ca 1845 in MO per the 1870 census. Believe 1843 because the 1860 census reflects his sister (Martha Elizabeth) as being born in 1845. No other data found.

Martha Elizabeth Crook (I-1332). She was born ca 1845 in MO per the 1860 census. She married John William Brown and apparently prior to the 1870 census. Aside from her death on 21 Feb 1881, no other data found.

Franklin Crook (I-1333). He was born ca 1848 in MO according to census data. No other data found.

Jackson Crook (I-1334). He was born ca 1850/1 in MO per census data. He married _____ _____ and had at least one child, Anna Crook (I-13341).

Anna Crook (I-13341). She was born e 1870 and married Archibald Weaver. They had seven known children:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-13311 Paul B. Weaver

e 1890

I-133412 Archibald Weaver

e 1892

I_133413 Martha Catherine Weaver

e 1894

I-133414 Mary Ann Weaver

e 1896

I-133415 Lawrence Weaver

e 1898

I-133416 Christiba1 Weaver

e 1900

I-133417 Doris Weaver

e 1902

The only additional information regarding these Weaver children is that Mary Ann married _____ Neal and Doris married _____ Glenn.

Jesse Crook (I-1335). Born 1853/4 in MO.

Charles Crook (I-1336). Born 1860 in NB.

Belsona. Crook (I-1337). Born 1862 in NB.

Wesley Crook (1-1338). Born 1864 in NB.

(The only reference to these children of Isaac Crook (I-133) was their inclusion in his 1860 and 1870 census records.)

Allen Crook (I-134). He was born 1811 in TN; the fourth child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). He is said to have settled in Andrews Co. MO for a brief period before moving on westward to Denver, Colorado where he raised a large family. The only known child is Zeno Crook (Fam # I-1341) who is supposedly credited with inventing the pressure cooker.

Charles Crook (I-135). He was born 1817 in TN; the fifth child of John Crook Jr.(I-13). He remained in Tennessee and died in 1882 per family stories; however, neither the 1850 or 1880 indexed records of Tennessee census data reveal a Charles Crook born 1817 in TN.

William Crook (I-136). He was born 1820 in TN; the sixth child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). He supposedly went to Missouri and died "soon". One record indicates 1845 and another, at age 21 = 1841.

Ruth Crook (I-137). She was born 1824 in TN; the seventh child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). She married Robert Gilliam and remained in Tennessee where she died on __ ___ 1907.

Mary Crook (I-138). She was born 1824 in TN; the eighth child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). She married Anthony McBroom and remained in Tennessee.

Jesse Crook (I-139). He was born 1826/7 in TN; the ninth child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). He supposedly remained in TN; married Elizabeth _____ in 1846 and moved to Nebraska via Missouri with his brother, Isaac (I-133) about 1853/4. My "lost" records stated that his wife was Elizabeth Whitacre. Comparative census data of 1850 Jackson Co. TN, 1860 and 1870 Richardson Co. NB reveals the following:

1850 Jackson Co. TN1

1860 Richardson Co. NB

1870 Richardson Co. NB

Jesse

30

TN

ca 1820

Jesse

33

TN

ca 1827

Jesse

43

TN

ca 1827

Eliza

25

TN

ca 1825

Eliza

30

TN

ca 1830

Eliza

40

TN

ca 1830

John

3

TN

ca 1847

John C.

13

TN

ca 1847

Sally

1

TN

1849

Sarah E.

11

TN

1849

L. E.

22

TN

ca 18482

Wm. H.

9

TN

ca 1851

Wm.

19

TN

ca 18513

1 Don't know this to be the same Jesse yet he is the only unaccounted for Jesse in the 1850 indexed Tennessee census records. Ages off considerably for Jesse and Eliza. May not be same Jesse.

2 L. E. is shown as the wife of A. Schoenheit in the l870 census. It is known that Sarah E., daughter of Jesse, married A. Schoenheit so the L. E. is apparently a misreading of S. E.

3 Wm. is shown as a separate entry in the 1870 census by himself.

The 1860 census shows Jesse as a farmer with real estate valued at $3,300 and his personal estate at $250. The 1870 census reflects a real estate value of $1,000 and a personal estate of $200. Jesse died __ ___ 1908 in Richardson Co. NB. No record of wife's death.

Children of Jesse and Elizabeth Crook were:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-1391 John C. Crook

ca 1847

I-1392 Sarah E. Crook

ca 1849

I-1393 William H. Crook

ca 1850/1

John C. Crook (I-1391). No record of John C. Crook was found aside from the census date regarding his father.

Sarah E. Crook (I-1322). She was born ca __ ___ 1849 in TN. She married A. Schoenheit about 1864 in Richardson Co. NB. He was a boarder in her Uncle Isaac's household in the 1860 census as age 37 (ca 1823), an attorney born in Germany, with estate holdings totaling $6,000. He and Sarah had at least four children:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-13921 A. J. Schoenheit

ca 1865

I-13922 J. N. Schoenheit

ca 1867

I-13923 J. C. Schoenheit

ca 1870

I-13924 Sallie Schoenheit

e 1872

The only information on these children is that Sallie married _____ McKee and had a son, David McKee (I-139241). My "lost files" contained considerable detail on this family in the Falls City (Richardson Co.) NB vicinity.

William H. Crook (I-1391). He was born ca 1850/1 in TN and came to Nebraska with his father and mother as a very young boy. He rose to great prominence in the Falls City NB vicinity per my recollection of the lost files. He married Lydia _____ and had five children:

Fam #

Name

ca Born

I-13931 John Crook

e 1870

I-13932 William Crook

e 1872

I-13933 Edna Crook

e 1874

I-13934 Elizabeth Jane Crook

e 1876

I-13935 Guy A. Crook

e 1878

Little is known on these children. John married Minnie _____ and had a daughter, Constance (I-139311). William married Marion _____, Edna married _____ Hurst and had a son, Buster (I-139331). Guy A. married Florence _____ and had two sons, Bill (I-139351) and Bob (I-139352).

Rebecca Crook (1-1310). She was born __ ___ 1828 in TN; the tenth child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). The only other data known about Rebecca is her marriage to Milton (Dink) Stanton.

Elizabeth Crook (1-1311). She was born ca 1831 in TN; the eleventh child of John Crook Jr. (I-13). On __ ___ 1850 she married George Washington Harper ( -1866). "Betty" latter married _____ Clark, She died __ ___ 1913. Her children were:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-13111 Mary Jane Harper

26 Feb 1852

I-13112 Jasper Harper

1856

I-13113 Robert Harper
I-13114 Scott Harper
I-13115 Eldorado Harper

1862

I-13116 Washington Allen Harper

1865

Mary Jane Harper (I-13111). She was born 26 Feb 1852 in _____. On 4 Feb 1872 she married James Franklin McFarland in _____. He died 4 Feb 1872; she died 31 Oct 1935. Their children were:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-131111 Samuel Jackson McFarland

23 Nov 1872

I-131112 Nancy Elizabeth McFarland

23 Oct 1874

I-131113 Florence Cordelia McFarland

9 Nov 1876

I-131114 Mary Arabella McFarland

28 Jan 1879

I-131115 Rutha Tennesse McFarland

22 Aug 1881

I-131116 Lillie Rado McFarland

29 Sep 1884

I-131117 James Robert McFarland

27 Nov 1886

I-131118 John Allen McFarland

14 Jun 1889

I-131119 Gordon Burnett McFarland

21 Feb 1893

I-1311110 Lola Winifred McFarland

17 Apr 1895

The last child, Lola, is the author of source 4 which can be obtained from the Tennessee State Library. It contains much more on the family names of Harper, McFarland, Pence and others.

Jasper Harper (I-13112). He was born __ ___ 1856 and died __ ___ 1938. His children were:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-131121 Lula Harper

e 1877

I-131122 Robert Harper

e 1879

I-131123 Ruthie Harper

e 1881

Eldorado Harper (I-135). She was born __ ___ 1862 and married Robert Taylor Bartley. She died __ Dec 1935 in Ladonia TX. They had two sons:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-131151 Samuel Edward Bartley

e 1883

I-131152 Hubert Dean Bartley

e 1885

Samuel Edward Bartley (I-131151). He had two sons:

Fam #

Name

Born

I-1311511 William Rayburn Bartley
I-1311512 Robert Taylor Bartley

Source:
The Crook clan : devoted to research of the Crook, Crooke, & Crooks lines. McCrory, AR : L.M. Crook, Jr.,
v. ; 28 cm. Vol. 1, issue 1 (Mar. 1977)-
Tennessee State Library & Archives Call No. CS71.C947 1977-

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