Family Newsletter
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 VOL 6

April 2002

      Hello everyone from Tennessee.  First, let me apologize for sending you so many newsletters in a clutch.  I simply haven’t had the time or money to do separate mailings this year.  Since our June reunion in 2001 my husband who is a minister, and I have accepted the duties at another church located in Townsend, TN and have moved there.  We had to store our belonging for several months in a storage building and I didn’t have access to my records or research.   Therefore, the newsletter became a secondary duty for me and I wasn’t able to get the job done.  I tried to get the papers ready and on time, but didn’t have the facilities to print, nor the finances to mail them.  So, I have just kept them together and when the time availed, I began the process of getting these mailed to you.  I apologize for the inconvenience and delay in sharing our family history with each of you.  This has always been a labor of love for me, and I will continue to share information as long as I can.

      I am enjoying living in the outskirts of Maryville, Blount County Tennessee and am finding the people here very friendly and a pleasure to know.  It is a little strange that the first reunion planned was here in this lovely area of the mountains where two of our ancestors settled, beginning their lives and giving us our heritage.  I could never have planned this journey to turn out this way.  But, I have found, like our ancestors, to be ready for anything.

      The research is coming along pretty well, however, I am not finding a lot of information on the side lines.  It seems that those of us who are sharing, have shared out.  I continue to look and have subscribed to computer research web sites in order to try to find more information that will help us link our lines together.  This is challenging, but I am digging deeper into the past, trying to shed a little light on our future. 

      Several people emailed me and ask that I place them on the mailing list for the newsletter.  I did loose all data on my computer twice in this move and therefore do not have those requests.  If someone you know has ask for me to send this to them, please have them contact me again.  My life has been turned upside down with this move, but I am getting my feet back on solid ground now.  It is amazing how long it takes to get the boxes unpacked and all material back in order. 

      I look forward to hearing from some of you, in hopes of new information to trace.

Words you might find in documents while tracing family lines

NIECE - Daughter of one's brother or sister.
NONCUPATIVE WILL - One declared or dictated by the testator, usually for persons in last sickness, sudden illness, or military.

ORPHAN - Child whose parents are dead; sometimes, a child who has lost one parent by death.
ORPHAN'S COURT - Orphans being recognized as wards of the states, provisions were made for them in special courts.

PASSENGER LIST - A ships list of passengers, usually referring to those ships arriving in the US from Europe.
PATENT - Grant of land from a government to an individual.
PATERNAL - Related to one's father. Paternal grandmother is the father's mother.
PATRIOT - One who loves his country and supports its interests.
PEDIGREE - Family tree; ancestry.
PENSION - Money paid regularly to an individual, especially by a government as reward for military service during wartime or upon retirement from government service.
PENSIONER - One who receives a pension.
PERCH - See measurements.
POLE - See measurements.
POLL - List or record of persons, especially for taxing or voting.
POST - Latin prefix meaning after, as in post-war economy.
POSTERITY - Descendants; those who come after.
POWER OF ATTORNEY - When a person in unable to act for himself, he appoints another to act in his behalf.
PRE - Latin prefix meaning before, as in pre-war military build-up
PROBATE - Having to do with wills and the administration of estates.
PROGENITOR - A direct ancestor.
PROGENY - Descendants of a common ancestor; issue.
PROVED WILL - A will established as genuine by probate court.
PROVOST - A person appointed to superintend, or preside over something.
PROXIMO - In the following month, in the month after the present one.
PUBLIC DOMAIN - Land owned by the government.

QUAKER - Member of the Religious Society of Friends.
QUITCLAIM - A deed conveying the interest of the party at that time.

RECTOR - A clergyman; the ruler or governor of a country.
RELICT - Widow; surviving spouse when one has died, husband or wife.
REPUBLIC - Government in which supreme authority lies with the people or their elected representatives.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR - U.S. war for independence from Great Britain 1775 - 1783.
ROD - See measurements.
ROOD - See measurements.

SHAKER - Member of a religious group formed in 1747 which practiced communal living and celibacy.
SIBLING - Person having one or both parents in common with another; a brother or sister.
SIC - Latin meaning thus; copied exactly as the original reads.  Often suggests a mistake or surprise in the original.

            Continued in the next issue


Isaiah Crye 57th Inft Co. E, Indiana Civil War

This Isaiah Crye appears to be the son of John and Edith Davis Crye, who was the son of Joseph and Anna ______ Crye, son of William and Sarah Hagins Crye. 

January 17, 1883 Isaiah states that he entered the Indiana Volunteers on May 17, 1862 and immediately contracted measles and was sent to Evansville Indiana hospital and to Bardstown, KY hospital.  Later, near Pittsburgh he contracted the piles and was discharged for phthisis pulmonalis which resulted from the measles.  A shoulder, side of breast and neck is badly affected.  He claims he contracted the piles while on march from Nashville to Pittsburgh Landing.  Records of the hospital in Bardstown KY, and Evansville IN furnished no evidence to his stay.  Records of the regiment are not on file.  Thus began a long process to prove his infirmity and receive pension for his duties from his service in the Civil War. 
Documents listed state that Isaiah Crye was enrolled on October 18, 1861 at Fairmont, IN for 3 years and he was reported on the rolls to April 10, 1862 as present.  May and June of 1862 he was absent, sick at Evansville, IN.  Subsequent rolls to October 30, 1862, November and December 1862 he is present.  He was discharged for disability by Secretary of War July 27, 1862 at St. Louis, MO.

In June of 1889 Isaiah Crye applied for a pension stating he was 45 years old and was receiving $4.00 a month under Pension Certificate 256263 by reason of disease of the lungs. 

In April 1898 Isaiah Crye gave this statement.  “Yes, he was married to Mary Harrold on November 13, 1873 in St. Croix, Co. WI by William W. Hopkins.  The record should be recorded in the office at St. Croix, Co.  He was not previously married and he has five children living:  James born January 4, 1875; Jonathan born November 16, 1876; Jacob born August 26, 1878; Effie born July 8, 1884; and Jessie born December 25, 1887.  He signed his name

There are several affidavits acknowledging a relationship with Isaiah Crye.  The first in the file was from a Mr. Wilbur.

John H. Wilbur age 60 of Dunn Co WI, claims he had known Isaiah for twenty eight years and lived within one mile of him all of that time.  He worked with him almost daily since Isaiah came out of the army and knew that he had always complained of having piles and rheumatism.  He knew the illness was not due to any vicious habits.  As to his knowledge of any bad habits, Mr. Wilbur knew of none.  Isaiah was strictly temperate and his only bad habit might be using tobacco.  This was dated October 2, 1883.

In 1883, John W. Harrold of Wilson, St. Croix Co., WI and Miles Harrold of Knapp, Dunn Co., WI, testify and give oath that Miles has known Isaiah Crye continuously since July 1862 and that he has been afflicted at “diverse and sundry times” with his illness.  John states that he has been acquainted with Isaiah Crye since November 1865 and that he has at various times worked with him and at such times he has observed and knows that the applicant was unable to perform manual labor to the extent of more than one half that an able bodied man. 

On April 22, 1892 Thomas Scott age 23 and Henry Wagner age 29 of Dunn Co. WI gave a statement as follows:  “We were working in Thomas Teagarden’s saw mill in the town of Lucas County of Dunn and state of Wisconsin in the Spring of 1893 that on the 10th day of March, 1893 when working in said mill, Isaiah Crye who was also working in said mill on the edger, when turning around slipped and fell and his left hand came in contact with the edging saw which resulted in his losing two joints of his index finger, three joint of his second and third fingers, and the joints of thumb of his left hand becoming stiff.  We were witnesses to said accident and know that said injuries are in no way due to vicious habits.”  Both men signed their names. 

November 1892 David M. Love and John H. Wilbur of Dunn, WI states that they are well and personally acquainted with Isaiah and has been since the year 1865.  They have worked with him and have lived near as neighbors with the soldier all this time.  That the soldier has complained since they have known him of an affliction of the right shoulder, neck, and side.  His right shoulder is considerably smaller than his left shoulder and is considerable lower.  The soldier in their opinion is incapable of earning his substance by manual labor at least half of the time. 

On August 1, 1893, Levi Teegarden age 34 a resident of the town of Lucens in Dunn Co. WI claims that he has known Isaiah for twenty-five years.  He attests that Isaiah has been sick with piles and rheumatism for the past twenty years.

January 1905 James S. Crye and Jacob Crye of Dunn Co. WI and at age 30 and 26 respectively, testify that they are the sons of the soldier Isaiah Crye and Isaiah was never in the Army or Navy before October 18, 1861 and they both sign their names. 

Mary Crye, Isaiah’s wife, appears in 1905 stating that she is 53 years old and that she is Isaiah’s widow.  She says that their marriage certificate was accidentally burned by her children and she is unable to procure a copy.  The minister, Rev. Mr. W. W. Hopkins performed the ceremony and his last address was in St. Louis, Missouri, but she has received no reply from her letters to him.  She is asking for pension and land that belonged to Isaiah.  As of 1905 she claims that she has five children living. 

In 1905 Marian Lightfoot of Eau Clare, WI testified that he is 73 years old and was personally acquainted with Isaiah Crye.  He also signed his name. 

In the same year, O. F. Cole attests that he is from Dunn Co., WI and is age 53.  He declares that he knew the soldier Isaiah Crye for thirty years and lived as near neighbors for the greater part of that time.  Isaiah Crye owned two pieces of property at his death and Mary, his wife, was not co-owner.  The property is now in probate court and Mary is suffering from asthma and could use the financial help from the government. 

In the same year Theodore King (gave his mark) from Dunn Co. WI is age 50 and has lived as a near neighbor and is acquainted with Isaiah Crye and family for twenty-seven years.  At the death of the soldier he thinks Isaiah has left behind one forty acre tract of land and one village lot in the village of Knapp with an old dilapidated dwelling thereon, not habitable.  That Isaiah’s wife is Mary Crye who is suffering from asthma and cannot work to support herself. 

In the same year, J. D. Klingman of Dunn Co. WI is 55 years old and states that he was present at the marriage ceremony of Isaiah and Mary Harrold Crye at Wilson St. Croix County, WI on November 13, 1873 officiated by the Rev. W. W. Hopkins.  J. D. Klingman has lived as near neighbors continuously since the marriage and knows that they have been together since that date.  He also states that she has had asthma all this time and has been unable to work part of this time.

Also an Effie Eastwood, age 40 of Dunn, WI states that she was also present at the wedding of Isaiah Crye and Mary Harrold which was performed at her father’s residence near Wilson, St. Croix Co., WI on the November 13, 1873 and that she has known them continuously since that and they have lived continuously together since the marriage.  She signs her name. 

John Q. McCullouch of Bayfield, WI is 58 and states that he was present at the marriage also.  He states that “I know of my own knowledge that neither one of the contracting parties were previously married.  That from the date of said marriage I lived near them continually until the death of the soldier Isaiah Crye and can truthfully say they lived together during the soldiers life.  I was a subscribing witness to their marriage certificate and I know that she is in limited circumstances and her health is very poor.”

September 6, 1882, Isaiah Crye was examined by a doctor S. E. Farnsworth and he stated that he was 5 foot 9 inches, weight 151 pounds, with light complexion, age 38, pulse 85 and respiration 20.  The doctor finds upon examination of him, consoli-dation of lower lobe of right lung to quite an extent.  He finds no evidence of disease of shoulders and such chest or side except what arises from disease of said right lung.  He finds slight evidence of piles though not sufficient to warrant a disability.  Rate of disability from disease of right lung is one half.  Eight years later his examination shows quite an enlargement of the thyroid gland.  His diagnosis is chronic bronchitis and hypermyopathy of heart and hemorrhoids. 

In August 1903 the doctor gives another report stating Isaiah is now 59 years old, 68 inches high, weight at 145, complexion is sallow and his eyes are gray and he has brown hair.  His occupation is a farmer.  Isaiah now has a heart murmur, goiter, rectal vessels engorged, 2 internal tumors, ulcerated and bleeding.  Index finger amputated at 2nd distal joint and middle and ring fingers amputated at metacarpo-phalangael articulation.  No other disabilities are found. 

His death certificate reads as follows:  Full name of deceased:  I. S. Crye; color:  white; Sex: Male;  Race: white;  Occupation: Laborer;  Age: 61 years, 11 months, 12 days;  Name of father: John Crye;  Birthplace of father: Indiana;  name of mother: Edie Crye;  Birthplace of mother: Indiana;  Birthplace of deceased: Indiana;   Married;  name of wife: Polly Crye;  Date of birth: January 25, 1843;  Date of death: January 12, 1904;  Residence at time of death: Knapp Co. WI; Primary cause of death: disease of heart;  Burial:  Tea Garden Cemetery, Dunn Co. WI.


The following information was originally listed in Newsletter #4 which is Issue 4 Vol 1.  
I thought I would repeat this information with new information regarding their company units and the battles they fought in. 


James J. Crye from GA, Co. C, 9th Battn GA Artillery Confederate

His first enlistment consists of five cards, stating he enlisted in Columbus, GA April 1, 1862 for three years.  Born in NC, height 5ft 6in, with black hair, and black eyes with dark complexion.  He was a farmer weighing 135 pounds, age 34.  April/May roll call he is listed as present and charged a tailor bill for his uniform, costing $18.00.  June 10, 1862 he is listed with a Bounty Payroll card paying $50.00 and he is present, May & June 1862 he is listed as present last paid by H.T. Massingale.  Remarks say he died May 21, 1862.  Index to GA pensioners states, James Crye, served Co C 9th Battn GA ART, see Francis Spinks, wd of, Marion Co. GA.  (William Spinks married Francis Reddock Crye 10/26/1865 in Marion Co. GA..)  Originally, I listed him as the son of David and Holly Elizabeth Tuck from Cumberland Co. TN, David being the son of Sarah Hagan & William Crye.  However, this appears to be the son of David and Holly ??? Crye found in Talbot Co. GA, Louisiana, and Scott Co. MS. 
9th Battalion, Georgia Artillery
The 9th Artillery Battalion was formed during the summer of 1862 with five companies. Some of the men were from Augusta and Richmond and Gwinnet County.  After serving in Georgia the battalion moved to Tennessee and reported to General H. Marshall.  It was active in Southwest Virginia and later the Knoxville Campaign.  Ordered back to Virginia during the spring of 1864, it was assigned to Department of Richmond and for a time stationed at Chaffin's Bluff.  The unit participated in the Petersburg siege north of the James River, then served as infantry under C.A. Evans in the Appomattox Campaign.  On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 1 officer and 19 men. Major A. Leyden was in command. 
James Cry Co. B 16 Batt'n (Neal's) Confederate
 His military record consists of four cards.  He enrolled in Athens TN May 31, 1862 for three years.  He was on roll May to August 1862 and was charged $36.80 for use of horse, and Sept and Oct 1862 he was transferred to Co. I, 12, TN Vols.  His military papers there consist of nine cards and he is in Lillard's TN Mtd Inf. from May to August 1863 he is present in Decatur, TN, he was captured at Big Black May 17, 1863 by the Army of the Tennessee and sent to Memphis TN May 25, 1863, the last six cards he is listed as a Prisoner of War, sent from Camp Mort, IN to Fort Delaware, June 22, 1863.  Apparently he tried to escape in Memphis because the next card states he was captured in Raymond, MS May 22, 1863.  The next card says he was sent from Fort Delaware, DE to City Point, VA for exchange, however a hand written note at the bottom of the card states he died in the hospital in Ft. Delaware June 23, 1863.  The last two cards were dated in June with no additional information.  This is the James Crye buried at Finn's Point, Salem New Jersey.  (James Crye is the son of William and Elizabeth Barker, son of William and Sarah Hagan Crye).
16th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Neal's)
16th Cavalry Battalion was organized in October, 1862, with four companies, later increased to six.  The men were from Roane, McMinn, Rhea, Greene, and Hawkins counties. It served in Pegram's, J.J. Morrison's, H.B. Davidson's, Grisby's, and Vaughn's Brigade. From June, 1863 to March, 1864, the 12th and 16th Battalions were consolidated into a field organization known as Rucker's Legion.  This command saw action at Chickamauga and in Tennessee, and on January 31, 1864, it totaled 171 effectives.  During April 1864, the 16th had 147 members and moved into the Valley of Virginia where it was engaged at Piedmont. It went on to confront the Federals in Virginia and Tennessee, moved to North Carolina, and probably disbanded in Georgia during the spring of 1865.  The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel John R. Neal, and Majors F.J. Paine and Edmund W. Rucker. 
Joseph B. Crye, Co. H, 59th TN Mtd Inf.  Cooke's Regt. Confederate
 He enlisted in Athens, TN, McMinn County April 14, 1862 for twelve months.  He was age 25.  He appears on Roll for May & June, 1862 as absent, the note says he is sick at home in McMinn Co. TN.  On the Sept & Oct roll he is listed as present and on the November & December roll he is listed as deceased November 23, 1862.  (Joseph B. Crye is the son of William and Elizabeth Barker, son of William and Sarah Hagan Crye).
59th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Cooke's)
Joseph Crute's compilation of the Confederate Army contains no history for this unit.
Jonathan Crye, TN 62nd Mtd Inf Co F, Confederate - only three cards available. 
 He enlisted September 24, 1862 in Loudon, Loudon County, TN under Capt James Blair for three years.  He was present January 1, 1863 for roll call.  He is listed present March and April roll call for 1863 but the handwritten note at the bottom lists: “died April 9, 1863 in Regimental Hospital.”  Following this company we found the battle was in Vicksburg, MS.  McClure's group fought in the December conflict and February listed nine wounded and nine killed.  The next skirmish was in May/June so Jonathan was one of the nine wounded in the February conflict and died in April.  This was my gggrandfather.  No additional information is known of his military activity.  None of the Tennessee Crye's were pensioned.
62nd Mtd Inf Co F  TN Infantry
The 62nd (also known as 80th and Rowans) Reg. TN INF was organized October 8, 1862 and was mustered into service of the Confederate states November 11, 1862.  It was captured and paroled at Vicksburg MS in July 1863 and after being exchanged was assigned to “Brigader General Vaughn’s Brigade” and mounted by order of the Sec. Of War.
Richard Crye, GA 12th Inf Co. K. Confederate
 His military record consists of only four cards.  He enlisted June 15, 1861 in Buena Vista LA under Capt Breedford, was present for roll call, never paid.  His name appears on a register of claims of deceased officers and Soldiers from Georgia March 17, 1862.  He was due $114.96.  In October 1861 he is listed as “killed October 3, 1861 at the battle of Bartow.”  In a book entitled Roster of GA Conf Soldiers I found:  Richard Crye, Pvt 6/15/1861, killed at Greenbrier River WVA, October 3, 1861.
12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
12th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in June 1861, at Richmond, Virginia.  Its members were from the counties of Sumter, Jones, Macon, Calhoun, Muscogee, Dooly, Putnam, Bibb, Lowndes, and Marion.  Moving to Western Virginia, the unit was assigned to H.R. Jackson's command and shared in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign.  Later it served in General E. Johnson's, Elzey's, Trimble's, Doles', and Cook's Brigade.  The 12th participated in Jackson's Valley Campaign, then fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor.  Later it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign.  This regiment lost 175 at McDowell, 45 at Groveton, and 59 at Sharpsburg.  Its casualties were 12 killed and 58 wounded at Chancellorsville and sixteen percent of the 327 engaged at Gettysburg.  Only 5 officers and 60 men surrendered in April, 1865.  The field officers were Colonels Z.T. Conner, Edward Johnson, and Edward Willis; Lieutenant Colonels Mark H. Blanford, Isaac Hardeman, Willis A. Hawkins, T.B. Scott, and Abner Smead; and Major John T. Carson. 
H.C. Crye, Co. K 43rd Tenn Inf Confederate/Union
 He has 14 cards in his military file. The first card May & June states he joined for twelve months, enlisting December 12, 1861 from Cleveland, TN.  The card is dated May & June 1862, H.C. is present with the remark, “Joined by transfer from 36th Regt Tennessee Vol on June 23, substituted by Gen M.M. Cooper.”  He is present July & August 1862.  On the Sept & October 1862 card it states he joined in Ooltewah, TN (which is about 30 miles from Cleveland, TN), he is present on each of the following cards through May & June 1863.  July & August he is listed as absent, the remarks state he was paroled at Vicksburg and has not reported to his company.  The next card is a Roll of prisoners of war.  It lists he was captured July 4, 1863 at Vicksburg.  There is a list of one prisoner of War record dated July 9, 1863 stating:  To all whom it may concern, know ye that I H.C. Cry, a private of Co. K 43rd Regt TN Vols, CSA being a prisoner of war, in the hands of the United States Forces, in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its garrison, by Lieut. Gen John C. Pemberton, CSA, commanding on the 4th day of July, 1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulations, give this my solemn parole under oath--- That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military, police, or constabulary force in any Fort, Garrison or Field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, nor as guard of prisons, depots or stores, nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers, against the United States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities.”  Attested by J.N. Hickin?  H.C. Cry (his mark), Sworn to and subscribed before me at Vicksburg, MS, this 9th day of July 1863.  20th Regt Illinois Vol, Capt and Paroling officer.
43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry
43rd Infantry Regiment [also called 5th East Tennessee Volunteer Regiment] was organized at Knoxville, Tennessee, during December, 1861.  Its members were recruited in the counties of Polk, Rhea, Meigs, Bledsoe, Hawkins, Roane, Jefferson, McMinn, Bradley, and Hamilton.  It moved to Virginia, Kentucky, then Mississippi where it was assigned to A.W. Reynolds' Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.  The unit fought at Champion's Hill and Big Black River Bridge, then was captured in the fight for Vicksburg.  After being exchanged and reorganized as mounted infantry, it was attached to General Vaughn's Brigade and during April, 1864, contained 215 effectives.  It joined General Early in the Valley of Virginia and was active in the battles and skirmishes of his campaign.  Later the regiment fought at Russellville Tennessee, returned to Virginia, moved to North Carolina where it joined President Davis' escort, and ended the war at Washington, Georgia, in May 1865, with a force of 123 men.  The field officers were Colonel James W. Gillespie, Lieutenant Colonel David M. Key, and Majors Lawson Guthrie and William H. McKamy. 

Continued from the last issue  [Issue 1   Vol 6]
     In previous issues of this publication I began a discussion of the children of John and Catherine Shimmin Crye.  I have been trying to complete sharing information on this family so this article is continued from the previous issue.  In John’s  will he lists his children as William, David, John, James, Isabella, Sarah, Catherine, and Margaret.   An additional son Hugh has been identified to me by LDS researchers but was not mentioned in the will.


William Crye born ca 1755 m/Sarah Higgins/Hagan

Children are:
Catron born 08/27/1780 NC        Mary born 01/20/1794 GA/TN
William Jr born 05/19/1782 SC     John born 06/18/1796 GA/TN
Hugh born 11/05/1784 GA/TN    Isabel born 08/10/1798 GA/TN
Mary born  12/08/1786 GA/TN    James born 01/07/1801 GA/TN
Joseph born 03/05/1789 GA/TN    David born 02/05/1803 GA/TN
Sarah born  09/12/1791 GA/TN    Jonathan born   09/07/1806 GA/TN

Child number 11 is David Crye, born in 1803.  Records for this child begin in Blount Co. TN

David married Elizabeth Tuck, daughter of John Tuck and Susannah Crowder on January 2, 1833 in Blount Co. TN.  In 1840 David and Elizabeth Crye are found in Blount Co. TN with one male under 5, one male 5 to 10, and one female under 5.  These children appear to be William M., John Alexander, and Emeline. 

In 1850 the family is in Bledsoe Co. TN, page 34, household 634 page 396b and the children listed this time are William, John A. Emeline, Hough, Susannah, and Joseph. 

In 1855 Cumberland County was formed from Bledsoe County, thus giving the appearance that they moved.  However, it was probable that the boundaries moved, not the family.  Records show that in 1858 David was deeded 1500 acres in Cumberland Co. by a bounty land grant.  I haven’t found any record of how the family disposed of this property after the death of David in 1861 and Elizabeth in 1863. 
The year of 1860 also lists another child in the household, James, born 1851.  David is buried in the Crye Cemt in Crossville and his wife Elizabeth is buried beside him.  James would have only been 12 and a minor when both parents died.  I haven’t found who raised him, or where he settled. 

William M. Crye, David & Elizabeth’s first son, married Mary Jane Robinson.  William and Mary are found 1870, 1880, and 1900 in Blount County with children Joseph M, Elizabeth, Mary E. Martha V., John R. and William Earl. 

The second child was John Alexander.  He married Sarah Peterson in 01/16/1879 in Blount Co. TN.  John A. and Sallie (Sarah) had the following children:  William Tobias, Nannie, Ira, David H., and Etta.  John died the first day of July 1889.  Sarah married William Hammontree 02/081894 in Louden Co., TN

I have found no records of Emeline.  I only know she was alive in 1850 at age 12, but by 1860 she could have married.  I simply have not found any records like marriages, deaths, etc to identify this daughter.  If you have any family lore or stories about what happened to Emeline, please let me know.  It would truly help in the search.

Hugh H. is the fourth child.  He married Susan A. Crisp in 1877 and is found in the 1870 and 1880 Blount County Census, and then in 1900 in Cumberland Co. TN.  Hugh died in 1914 so I assume he is still in Cumberland Co. in 1910.  Hugh and Susan had the following children:  Dora A., who died before 1890, David Robert who never married, Joseph Harrison and Nathanael Garfield who were twins, Sarah Elizabeth and John Franklin.

The fifth child is Susannah L. who married Joseph Hyder.  Joseph and Susannah are found in the 1870 & 1880 Cumberland Co. TN census (1880 page 308A with sons John 15 and Alfred 10).  By 1881 Joseph had remarried to Nancy Stevens and had another child, Mary.  I am not certain if Susan died, or if they divorced.  These records were sent to me from Florida, a descendant from Joseph’s second wife, Nancy Stephens.

I have no information on Joseph the sixth child born in 1847 or on child number seven, James, born in 1851.  I haven’t found them past the 1860 census.  Many of this family went North for jobs and they stayed there, but even with the children marrying, these three brothers and sister were not living with extended family that I have found.  My searching has unearthed many family links, but these three children remain illusive.  Also, I haven’t located additional families that belong to David and Elizabeth after 1900.

A Note of interest about this family:  Family lore has it that the boys of this family fought on different sides of the Civil War, some for the Union and some for the Confederate.  This brought much division to the family. 

Records for the time frame of 1860-1885 were destroyed leaving only speculation as to what happened to the mountain property David received in 1858, if there was a will, who some of the children married, and what happened to the minor children after the parents death.  The two youngest boys were too young to have served legally in the Civil War, and Emeline just disappears.  If there are those of you related to this family, I would appreciate some input.

A little history on Union and Confederate soldiers in Cumberland Co. TN. 

Cumberland County was divided in the Civil War.  It has been said that brother even fought against brother and neighbor against neighbor as members of the same family and neighborhood fought for the Confederate and Union sides.  No figures exist to show how many people in Cumberland County supported the Confederate or Union side

The Crossville Times on March 21, 1889 discusses the organizational meeting of the Grand Army of the Republic John R. Swan Post No. 55.  These individuals were men who fought for the Union in the Civil War.  The charter members were: J.H Beadle, John B. Haley, Azariah Dorton, Walter Dickson, M.L. Mitchell, J.W. Lowe, Wm. Whitlock, I.N. Watson, James Miller, B.T. Monday,.   Philip Beyer, R.C. Swan, A.B. Lowe, W.C Campbell, James Music, J.P. Anderson, and W.C. Hogue.  The second meeting admitted the following men: Calvin Kearley, Benj. F. Kearley, E.P. Akin, S.H. Hall, John J. Brewer, and G.W. Weaver.

On November 7, 1889 the Crossville Times identifies the following partial list of those receiving pensions in Cumberland County: Eliza R. Lisk, Walter Dickson, Richard R. Miller, Orion N. Wilcox, Martin L. Mitchell, Eunice C. Winnie, William C. Barron, Joseph Stevens, Cyntha Woody, Mary Renfro, Philip Beyer, J.H. Beadle, Joseph Fitzgibbons, Robert C. Swan, James Mitchell, Edward Good, John Hedgecoth, W.C. Campbell, John Brewer, Benjamin Brewer, and James McCullough


     Regarding your message about William Crye, I have spoken to an old relative and have some more information which may help our search.  I have told Gill Gilbert about this so she will have the same information.  I am now told William Edward Crye, born 1860/1 was actually born in Pittsburgh USA as was his father John, who could have been quite a bit older than we thought.  This great Uncle has photos of both William and John and says they were in the Mercantile Navy.  William was somehow connected to a Mrs. Hunter and it is thought William used a nickname of Billy Fratts.  He says William hit an officer in the Navy and escaped to the UK by boat living in a boarding house in Liverpool where he met his wife.  She was a maid there.  If any of this rings a bell, I would be grateful to hear from you.  William was 39 when he was married, but I don’t know what year he came to UK.  I don’t think it was much before 1899.             Pam.