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Mother of Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crow(e) and wife/wives of Isaac M. Crow(e)???
Posted by: William Crow (ID *****3218) Date: June 08, 2009 at 11:58:09
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I’m searching for information that would correctly and completely identify the mother of Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crow(e) and the wife or wives of Isaac M. Crow(e). Here’s what we think we know so far:

Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crow was born February 04, 1862 and died December 19, 1930. We have found his name as Thomas Jefferson and as William Jefferson and of course the last name as both Crow and Crowe. Although his death certificate shows his name as simply Jeff Crowe, census reports show his full name as Thomas Jefferson Crow.

Jeff married his first wife, Laura Hill, December 19, 1886 in Dade County, Georgia. Laura was born in November 1869 in Sand Mountain, Alabama and died about 1905. They had 5 children: Emma Bell, Asa Forest (Sr.), Stacey E., James Mason, and Gracy.

Jeff’s second wife was Lucy Childress Smith. She was born March 15, 1871 in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia. They were married December 18, 1906 and had 4 children: Charles Edgar, William Thomas, Dolly Mae, and Walter Jefferson. Lucy died August 03, 1936. Both Jeff and Lucy died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama and are buried in Oakland Cemetery in Birmingham.

According to his death certificate, Jeff was born in DeKalb County, Georgia. However, it could possibly have been DeKalb County, Alabama. His father, as entered on the death certificate, was Isaac Crowe (Birthplace: Georgia) and the maiden name of his mother was Sarah Elizabeth (Birthplace: Georgia).

From DNA testing, census reports, a letter from Jeff’s cousin Bessie (daughter of Thomas Martin Van Buren Crow), and various other sources, we believe our Jeff Crow was the oldest son of Isaac M. Crow (brother of Thomas Martin Van Buren Crow).

However, there seems to be some confusion as to exactly who “Sarah Elizabeth” was and how many wives and children Isaac M. Crow had.

Isaac M. Crow was born 1839 in Union County, Georgia. The 1860 census from Valley Head, DeKalb County, Alabama shows Isaac (age 21) living with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth Logan Crow and his wife, “Sarah A.” (age 16). We have not found Isaac in any 1870 census and the only “Sarah Crow” we have found in the 1870 census was living in Fricks Gap, Walker County, Georgia (age 27) with 4 children: Harriet C., Thomas J. (age 8), George, and Elizabeth. The 1880 census from Jasper, Marion County, Tennessee shows Isaac (age 41) and wife “Almeada” (age 36) with 8 children: Mack, James A., William A., Mary A., Charly G., Viola, Joseph, and Carrie B. (Carrie married David Newsome on November 09, 1901 in Grundy, Tennessee). We have found a reference that Isaac was the Postmaster in Battle Creek, Marion County, Tennessee in the "late 1800's". He died in 1900 in Marion County, Tennessee.

In her letter to Jeff, cousin Bessie refers to Carrie Newsome (daughter of “Almeada”) as “One of your half-sisters”. (Bessie also mentions a Dennis Crow and his brother Tom. But we have not found any other reference of Dennis or Tom anywhere.)

Based on everything we know, it seems Isaac M. Crow was (1) married at least twice and possibly to two different women named “Sarah” or (2) married to one woman named Sarah A. Elizabeth Almeada (maiden name unknown) Crow(e). But we have not found any evidence to confirm either theory.

We have much more information on this line of Crow(e)s. Our current tree goes back to, and dead-ends with, John Crow Sr. and Elizabeth Clarke. I don’t know how much of it is accurate, but I’m willing to share what I have.

ANY answers, information, corrections, or leads on the identity of the mother of Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crow(e) and the wife or wives of Isaac M. Crow(e) will be greatly appreciated.


William Crow,
Great-Grandson of Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crow(e) and Lucy Childress Smith

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