William Carroll Crabtree

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About William Carroll Crabtree

In the note below his photo is not legible, it reads "This is a print from a very early glass negative (1855 or perhaps even earlier). William Carroll was born 1/6/1819 and would be about 35 in this photo. He had one brown eye and one blue eye. Wm. Carroll was the son of Wm. and Mary London Lee Crabtree, grandson of James and Nancy Stanley/Standley Crabtree, and gr-grandson of William III and Hannah Whitaker Crabtree. He was the great-grandfather of Jerry Hogan Crabtree. He was named for the (future) governor of Tennessee, William Carroll, with whom his father (William Crabtree, who married Mary London Lee) had a nail manufacturing business in Nashville around 1810.

WCC's parents were living in Jackson County, TN when he was born.

(reference: Navarro County History Vol II c1978, pgs 27-28; Old North West Texas, Historical-Statistical-Biographical Vol 1-B, Navarro County 1846-1860, pgs 404-405, 707; Daughters of the Republic of Texas Patriot Ancestor Album, pg 42; Bible Records of WCC Family Bible in possession of Norma Sue Smith Overturf of Livermore, CA in 2011 given to Sue by her mother Katie Belle McAdams-Smith)

1820 Jackson Co., TN census lists two other males and four females as children under 15. 1820 Washington Co., IL lists no Crabtrees.

1830 Washington County, IL census pg 186, Line 7: William C. Crabtree - males 1 @5 to 10 yrs, 2 @ 10 to 15, 1 @ 40 to 50; females 2@ 5 to 10, 1 @40 to 50 (Whitaker Crabtree is also listed on same census page, line 4)

"Old North West Texas" Vol I, by Nancy T. Samuels & Barbara Knox, pgs 404 & 405: William C Crabtree born 1818 Jackson Co., TN to Washington Co., IL in 1830. Wm fought in Texas Revolution, sold his land certificate which was patented in Davie County. Lived in Newton County, MO. Back to Texas in 1846-1847. William C. arrived in Navarro County in late 1846, evidently returned to MO 1851-1853, back to Navarro County 1858-1859. His 3rd CL-AC Certificate located in 2 320 acre tracts, pat. both others: 1 by Alexander Beaton in Dreaden area; the other by Alfred M. McFall north of Richland Creek m. adjacent to John Mason survey.

1840 Newton Co., MO (page 252)

1841 married Mary Ann Estes, a native of MO, in Neosho, Newton County, MO. Their first child Naomi born 1844.

1847 April, Record of Marks, #19, Book 1, page 225, line 3: Crabtree, WC, brand "W"

1848 Came to Texas; listed as one of the first jurors in Navarro County, Texas

1850 Census - Navarro County, District. Navarro County, TX pg 229, line 5, dwl 1/fam1

          Crabtree, Wm      27 yrs m w  blksmith TN
                 "        , Mary     25 yrs    f   w                   MO  (1st wife Mary Estes)
                 "        , Naomi    5 yrs   f    w                   MO
                "         , Wm D     3 yrs   m w                   TX  (William DeKalb Crabtree)
                "         , John       1 yr     m w                     TX (Jackson Herd Crabtree)

Also listed on 1850 census - Hyram Estes, 53, VA (father of Mary Estes-Crabtree)

1852 left TX for MO where son Aaron was born

1853 Photo of WCC was taken (subsequently broken and lost in accident in 20th century)

1959-60 left MO for Navarro County, TX supposedly with Uncle Jim. Uncle Jim joined Confederate Forces in Arkansas and William Carroll Crabtree never heard from him again.

1860 Census Navarro County, TX page 103, lines 2-26

    Crabtree, Wm          41 years  m  w   blacksmith        TN
         "          , Mary E      31            f     w                                MO
         "          , Neoma     16            f     w                               MO   (Naomi)
         "          , John          12           m  w                                TX    (Jackson Herd Crabtree)
         "          , Hiram          9           m   w                               TX    (James Hiram Crabtree)
         "          , Aaron           7          m    w                               MO  (Amos Aaron Crabtree)
         "           , Lafayette    3          m   w                                 MO  (Marion Lafayette Crabtree)
         "           , Augustus   4 mos m   w                                TX   (Augustus Barry Crabtree)

1862 Navarro County, TX - Williamm C. Crabtree's wife Mary Ann Estes Crabtree dies in December, one month after giving birth to son George Lilburn Crabtree.

1863 - WCC marries wife #2, Eugenia James Valeria Wray on February 25. She died at birth of first child. "Navarro County, TX, Marriages book 1 1860-66."

1865 - WCC marries wife #3, Paralee Boyd Jenkins, a widow with a young daughter, on Jan 25 (Navarro County, TX, Marriages book 1 1860-66). Paralee's father, Francis Lindsay Boyd, had fought in the Mexican War in 1848. Paralee's daughter, Molly Jenkins, passed away shortly after her mother's marriage to WCC. Paralee's first husband died in the Civil War.

1865 - William Francis Crabtree is born on December 3 in Navarro County, Texas.

1865 - WCC deemed to old to fight in Civil War so he became a blacksmith to shoe horses for Confederate soldiers. (Told by his daughter Eliza Cassinda Belle Crabtree to her granddaughter Kate Belle McAdams).

1870 - Census Navarro County, TX Comm. Beat #5, pg 30 Crabtree, Wm 48 yrs m w blksmith TN

      "        , P.J.             33 yrs        f      w    wife                    TN (3rd wife Paralee Boyd-Jenkins)
      "        , Jackson    21 yrs       m    w                               TX (Jackson Herd Crabtree)
      "        , J. H.           19              m    w                               TX (James Hiram Crabtree)
     "         , Aaron         16             m    w                               TX  (Amos Aaron Crabtree)
     "         , Lafayette   13             m    w                                TX  (Marion Lafayette Crabtree)
     "         , Augustus   10            m   w                                 TX (Augustus Barry Crabtree)
     "         , G. L.             8              m   w                                TX  (George Lilburn Crabtree)
     "         , W. F.             4              m   w                                 TX (William Francis Crabtree)
     "         , Belle            1               f     w                                TX (Eliza Cassenda Belle Crabtree)

1870 - 4 July, Warranty deed from A. A. Houston to W. A. Crabtree, Vol T, pg 860, Navarro County, TX 3 miles NW of the town of Dresden, TX

1870 - moved to Grayson County, Texas and back to Navarro County, Texas by 1880 Census.

1880 - Census, Navarro County, Texas, pg 24, Dwl 137, Fam 202 Crabtree, W C 62 yrs m w TN (William Carroll Crabtree)

      "        , Paralee  41 yrs        f          w    TN (3rd wife Paralee Boyd Jenkins)
      "        , Gus         20 yrs       m        w    TX  (Augustus Barry Crabtree)
     "         , Wm. F.     15             m        w    TX (William Francis Crabtree)
     "         , Belle        11             f          w    TX  (Eliza Cassenda Belle Crabtree)
     "         , Ledora      8              f           w    TX  (Lee Dora Crabtree)
1883 William C. took his family on a trip down around Lampassas, where Mrs. Cassida Paige, his sister, lived with her druggist husband, Dr. Paige.  Then on with Hiram and Mary (Boyd) Cummins to Mason City.

1884 returned to Navarro County, TX. Bill and Dora (Belle's younger sister) married and left home. E.C. Belle married Thomas Newton Orrell in 1887 at age 18.

Paralee and William Carroll made their home with Thomas N. Orrell and Belle until William Carroll's death in December 1889. He died at age 71. On January 06, 1890 he would have been 72. He was buried at White Church Cemetery near Blooming Grove, Texas. Paralee died at age 54 and was buried beside him.

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William Carroll Crabtree's Timeline

January 6, 1819
Jackson, Tennessee, United States
June 3, 1844
Age 25
Neosho, Newton County, Missouri, United States
May 25, 1847
Age 28
TX, United States
April 22, 1848
Age 29
TX, United States
March 17, 1851
Age 32
Navarro, TX, United States
March 23, 1853
Age 34
Neosho, Newton, MO, United States
April 27, 1855
Age 36
Neosho, Newton, MO, United States
June 27, 1857
Age 38
Neosho, Newton, MO, United States
August 14, 1859
Age 40
Navarro, TX, United States