About 1960, during the Crow Family Reunion which was held at Alabama Landing on the banks of the Ouachita River, the subject of the origin of the Crow Family arose. Some of those present thought that the Crow Family were among those who landed at this point and later settled in the community known as Marion, Louisiana. Before the days of railroads the Alabama Landing was a very popular place for boats bringing supplies for distribution in many North Louisiana parishes, including Union. The consensus of opinion is that it’s name came from early settlers in Union Parish who migrated from the State of Alabama and until that date it was my impression that John Crow, my great-grandfather, was from Alabama, The discussion promptly created an interest which was responsible for this study.
Rusha Savage Strother found in a bible belonging to her grandmother, Jerusha Crow Savage, a most helpful letter written to Jerusha in 1892 by Mrs. Lucy A. Wilkinson. Mrs. Wilkinson lived at Rex, Clayton County, Georgia, and she referred in the letter to the fact that she lived near the place from which the Crows departed when they moved to Louisiana. Census records of Henry County from which Clayton County was later formed confirmed the fact that John Crow lived in that county in Georgia in 1840; also, the 1860 Census of Union Parish informed us that John Crow and his four oldest living children were born in Georgia. This information pinpointed the area to make further studies.
The manuscript contains genealogical material on the Crow and allied families of Stroud, Parker, and Kean.
Other sources of information:
- D.A.R. Papers of Louise Wert Dunavant, National No. 248,897.
- D.A.R. Papers of Lula Hitch Chapman, National No. 60,825.
- Lee’s History and Genealogy of New Jersey.
- Strode and Stroud Families in England And America.
- Genealogy of Some of the Vail Family.
- History of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, By R. B. Keller.