Name: Benjamin CROWNOVER 1 2
Birth: 14 NOV 1794 in Union County, South Carolina 3 4 2
Death: 12 DEC 1864 in Long Creek Settlement, Dallas County, Texas, CSA 3 4 2
Burial: Long Creek Cemetery, Sunnyvale, Dallas County, Texas 3
Military Service: Private, Mounted Volunteers, Illinois Militia, War of 1812. 5 3 2
Military Service: BET 26 NOV 1838 AND 26 FEB 1839 Captain W. B. Stout Company of the Rangers 1st Regiment, Red River County 4th Brigade Miltia of The Republic of Texas
Census: 1830 Hempstead County, Arkansas 6
Census: 6 SEP 1860 Precinct 6, Scyene, Dallas County, Texas 6 7
NATI: Born in the United States
NATI: Citizen of Mexico
NATI: Citizen of the Republic of Texas
Occupation: 1860 farmer 7
Below is a list of the things that I think I know about Benjamin and Nancy Robins Crownover.
1. Benjamin was born in Union County, South Carolina on 14 Nov 1794. This information comes from his letters to his sisters and his tombstone. Nancy was born in Tennessee on 12 Oct 1798. This info comes from the 1850 and 1860 census and her tombstone.
2. The Crownovers migrated to Hopkins County, Kentucky by 1807 when Benjamin (father of John Crawford Crownover) is included on a tax list there.
3. Sometime before his enlistment in the Illinois Militia, Benjamin and family move to St. Clair County, Illinois. The Chesney’s moved with them.
4. In 1815 two significant events happen to Benjamin; he is released from active duty in the Illinois Militia and his grandfather, Benjamin Crownover, dies in St Clair County, Illinois.
5. Also, in the 1815 Tax list for Lawrence County, Missouri Territory (Northern Arkansas), John, Nathaniel and William Robins are listed. They are also listed in 1816.
6. In 1818 Benjamin’s other grandfather, Robert Chesney, dies. I have been told, but have not documented that Robert is buried near Columbia, Missouri.
7. Some of John Crawford’s siblings stay in St Clair County, Illinois, some stop in Missouri and one goes on to Louisiana, but John and his family go to Miller County Arkansas. (various sources)
8. Col George W Wright, the founder of Paris, Texas and a local historian, stated that John Crownover and Nathaniel Robins and families were living in Pecan Point, Miller County, Arkansas by 1817. He further states that one of Nathaniel Robins’ daughters was married to Benjamin Crowner/Cramer. The concerns regarding this info center around the fact that Col Wright’s history was written many years after the events took place and are the recollections of an old man. There are also concerns about the transcription of Col Wright’s handwriting. Assuming, however that Col Wright’s facts are accurate, it would seem that our Nancy Robins must be related to the Nathaniel Robins of Pecan Point. The point being that if Benjamin was in Pecan Point in 1817 and he married Nancy on 16 April 1818, she must have been in Pecan Point with her family. Nineteen-year-old women did not travel around the frontier by themselves. Personally, I believe Nancy is Nathaniel’s sister and not his daughter. Additionally, the Crownover’s presence in Pecan Point is supported by the fact that Mitchell Crownover was an officer in the Pecan Point Militia. The Major of the this unit was Nathaniel Robins.
9. Nancy Robins and Benjamin Crownover were married on 16 April 1818. I get this date from the Dan Crownover website. However, I believe the original information came from John Crawford Crownover’s Bible. I have not seen the Bible, but it was in the possession of Mrs. John Shirley of Uvalde, Texas in 1939.
10. Benjamin and Nancy had a child that died in infancy. Benjamin mentioned this in one of his letters to his sisters.
11. In 1825 Benjamin and his brother, Mitchell (if Mitchell is in Pecan Point Benjamin must be there also) sign a petition to the US Government concerning the settlers in Miller County, Arkansas. Also signing the petition are John Robins, Nathaniel Robbins, and Joshua Robbins.
12. Benjamin’s family moved deeper into Texas. Mary Crownover Rabb left Jonesboro on 1 Oct 1823. John Crawford, John Chesney, Arter, and Malissa Crownover followed later. John Chesney Crownover entered into a marriage bond with Nancy Castleman on 29 Apr 1824 in the Austin Colony.
13. The obit for Benjamin Beverly, stated that his mother, Rebecca Crownover, was the first Anglo child born in Red River County, Texas. (Dallas Morning News, 30 Jul 1939, Sec I, page 12). Rebecca Crownover was born 16 Apr 1824, and the census do indicate that she was born in Texas.
14. Benjamin Crownover appears in the 1830 census for Hempstead County, Arkansas. He has two sons under five; two daughters between five and ten; one daughter between ten and 15. Both he and his wife are between 30 and 40.
15. On 1 Aug 1837 and again on 10 Aug 1837, Benjamin received land certificates in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
16. Benjamin received a 2nd Class Land Certificate in Red River County on 4 Oct 1838. This would indicate that he arrived in Texas after 2 Mar 1836 and before 1 Oct 1837.
17. Benjamin served in Capt W B Stout’s Company of the Red River Rangers from 26 Nov 1838 to 26 Feb 1839.
18. Benjamin’s oldest daughter married Capt A W Webb on 3 May 1841 in Blossom Prairie, Red River County, Texas. Blossom Prairie is now Blossom, Lamar County, Texas.
19. Benjamin and family followed his son-in-law, Capt Webb, to Bird’s Fort in 1841-1842. Bird’s Fort is located near modern day Arlington, Texas. Benjamin appeared on the revised roster of men who served at Bird’s Fort. The Crownover’s presence at Bird’s Fort is substantiated by James Beeman’s memoirs. He stated that A W Webb was at Bird’s Fort with his family. The only family that A W Webb had in Texas were his in-laws, the Crownover’s.
20. In 1849, “Benjamin Crownover of Dallas County” sold his land in Red River County to James J Ward. Witnessed by A W Webb. James J Ward was married to Lavenia Robbins.
21. Benjamin and Nancy appeared in the1850 census for Dallas County
22. In an 1862 letter to his sister, Mary Crownover Rabb, Benjamin stated that John Robbins died. This date is consistent with the death of John Robbins of Red River County, brother to Nathaniel Robbins and, significant at least in my mind, well known to Mary Rabb.
23. On 7 Dec 1864 Benjamin executed his Will. Witnesses were C L Summers and Andrew McMeans. Andrew McMeans was the father of C A McMeans, husband of Lavinia Webb.
24. Benjamin died on 12 Dec 1864 in Dallas County, Texas. Nancy died on 30 Nov 1866 in Dallas County, Texas. Both are buried in the Long Creek Cemetery.
Father: John Crawford CROWNOVER b: 7 OCT 1775 in North Carolina
Mother: Mary Elizabeth CHESNEY b: 21 JAN 1778
Nancy ROBINS b: 11 OCT 1798 in Tennessee
16 APR 1818
in Arkansas 4 8
- Infant Son CROWNOVER b: 1818
- Lucinda CROWNOVER b: 23 MAY 1820 in Arkansas
- Elizabeth Leona CROWNOVER b: 9 MAR 1822 in Coahuila y Tejas, Mexico (Red River County, Texas)
- Rebecca CROWNOVER b: 16 APR 1824 in Coahuila y Tejas, Mexico
- John B. CROWNOVER b: 3 JAN 1827
- Robert CROWNOVER b: 6 JAN 1829
- William CROWNOVER b: 24 FEB 1831
- Elizabeth CROWNOVER b: 8 FEB 1833 in Arkansas
- Benjamin CROWNOVER , Jr. b: 21 APR 1835 in Arkansas
- Jane CROWNOVER b: 15 AUG 1837 in Arkansas
- Louvenia CROWNOVER b: 9 MAR 1841 in Red River County, Republic of Texas
- Cynthia Ann CROWNOVER b: 20 MAR 1843 in Red River County, Republic of Texas
- Title: The Descendents Of Hiram Bennett- Pioneer Settler of Dallas County
Author: Inez Moore Bennett
Publication: B & W Printing and Letter Service 1315 West Davis Dallas, Texas USA 1972
Note: Copyright September 1973 Inez Moore Bennett
Note: Mesquite Public Library, Robert Bennett
- Title: tombstone
Author: Robert N. Bennett
Note: Tombstone information viewed, photographed and/or transcribed by Robert Bennett. Check www.findagrave.com for photographes.
Note: Robert Bennett
- Title: Dallas Co.- Cemeteries-Long Creek Cemetery
Author: Gloria Yager and Gail Carter
Publication: Copyright. All rights reserved. ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/dallas/cemeteries/longcr.txt
Note: Gloria Yager <firstname.lastname@example.org> & Gail Carter <email@example.com>
- Title: BlakeBethanyMeagan
Author: Terry Weldon
Publication: Dec 8, 2002
- Title: Long Creek Cemetery Website
Author: Sandra Stone
- Title: Crownover Family information
Author: LaVera Crownover
Publication: 13 Aug 2005
Note: Long Creek Cemetery Association
- Title: 1860 Federal Census
Note: Visit your local library to get a password to use Heritage Quest online free.
Note: Heritage Quest online
- Title: Old Timer Finds Time To Reminisce
Author: The Texas Mesquiter
Publication: 10 Sept 1948
Note: submitted by Marilyn Kosanke 25 Jul 2006
Story taken from the notes of S. B. Jacobs, Sr.
Note: Robert Bennett