11/24/2010 at 11:09 AM
marry Margaret Harmon by 1810 to birth John Harmon Crook by April 11, 1811 in Bedford County --- it seems the first family moved there in 1808, and William perhaps born there shortly thereafter. First wife Fluraney (really Florina?) must have died there, either 1809 or early 1810 . . . whether in childbirth of William or whatever cause.
From the Harmon records, it would appear that a number or the brothers and sisters moved together to Bedford County at the same period. Two of the sisters married Greers in 1811 and 1812, so Margaret's marriage to John Crook in 1810 fits well.
There is a wonderful family story that John Crook's mother, a very clean/particular/sprightly little old lady was living with them, caring for his children at the time. Margaret Harmon is described as easy-going and tolerant, moving in and allowing John's mother to stay and operate about the household without any problems or friction. Margaret is said to have been more fond of reading than of housework . . . and besides, she had plenty of slaves to d the work, anyhow.
Margaret is described as also being honest and God-fearing (as is John Crook, likewise!) . . . having been a Quaker previously . . . and strongly proud of being "Pennsylvania Dutch" in her heritage (although listing herself as "born in Virginia" in the 1850 census).
Another story relates that "John Crook's mother (Betty?) and Mr. Underdown were not very happy, and she continued to divide her time almost equally between John Crook's family and her relatives in Kentucky".