On the 1860 Greene County, Ark. census three Crews men were listed from Halifax Co., Virginia: Doctor (his first name) John Crews born 1810, William Crews born 1815, and C. J. Crews born 1825. Since they lived in adjoining farms, it is reasonable to think they might be brothers. C. J. did not appear on any other census. The families went from Virginia to Bedford Co., Tenn. and then to Weakley Co. George W. Crews (1810- ) showed up in Clay County the 1870 census. He was also born in Virginia, moved to Weakley Co., Tenn. and came on to Clay County. Today we will discuss William Crews.
William Crews (1815-1868) was born in Virginia to unknown parents and came with his family to Greene Co., Ark. (now Clay) in time to be named on the 1860 census. The family went from Virginia to Bedford Co., Tenn. and then to Weakley Co. before coming to Clay Co. He was married to Marta Ann Conley and their marriage has not been found. They had the following children all born in Tennessee: James A. Crews, William A., a daughter C. E., George Washington Crews, a daughter F. J., Sarah S., and Martha Delilah (Dee) Crews. William and Martha are buried in Scatterville Cemetery, west of Rector.
James Albert Crews (1840-1898), son of William and Martha, married Nancy A. E. W. Daniel Pentecost (1842-1894) who was first married to John Pentecost in Henry Co., Tenn. in Mar. 1860 and had a son, Thomas M. Pentecost. Nancy’s death is listed in the Chalk Bluff Presbyterian Church Records. Nancy was the daughter of John Woodard and Louise Daniel. James and Nancy are buried in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Their children were: John C. who died age 5, William Leroy, Julia Ola married Robert O. Lack in 1889, Leander S., Martha A., Louise, Minnie V., Maggie married Owen L. Dalton in 1903, and Lola M. Crews. Thomas Pentecost (1862- ) married Sarah Clemy Osburn and had Dovie Lee who married Claud Hughes of Campbell in 1912, and they are buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
George Washington Crews (1844-1874), son of William and Martha, married Henrietta Mann (1843-1902), daughter of Wiley P. and Elizabeth Barnett Mann, and had (1) Mary Elizabeth Crews who married Charles Beverly Gatewood and had Nora Edna who married George Andy Deniston, Loren E. married Lela Jane Trammell, Maggie M., Elbert married Dorothy Harbor, Iola married Chester Meloderous Beckley, Henrie Lutius, Ennis Virgie, Theron, Hillery, Winoma, and Rowena. (2) William P. Crews who married Lela L. Watson, daughter of Josiah and Louise White Wilson, and had Flora Estella (Stella) who married Claud Copeland and had Francis and Ralph Copeland; Ruth married George Baker; Rhea married Robert E. McMinn; and William Paul, Jr. married Lillian Cox and had Ronald and Linda Sue. (3) George Riley Crews (1874-1951) married Pearl Emma Hill and had Vernice H., Vera was the second wife of O. L. Dalton, George Raymond married Mary Lucille Thomas, and Floyd T. Crews (1903-1938) is buried by his parents in the Rector Cemetery. George Raymond Crews was a circuit embalmer for the Irby Funeral Home of Piggott, Corning and Rector, Ark. and Holcomb, Mo., from 1931 to 1941, relocating to Sikeston, Mo. in 1941. George Riley Crews was Sheriff of Clay County 1914-1918.
Martha Delilah Crews (1854-1913), daughter of William and Martha, married Robert Lewis Hill, son of William Carroll and Miranda Caroline Gee Hill, in Clay County in 1873 and had William Oscar Hill who married Delilah A. Trantham; Ella Miranda Hill married Thomas A. Moore; Robert Cornelious Hill married Elzita Cate; John Edgar Hill died at 21; James Ephrey Hill married Lois King; Taletha Arletta Hill married Zach B. French; Mary Ethel Hill married George M. Davidson; Nonnie L. Hill; Franklin Thomas Hill married Floy Wimberley; Landis Wallis Hill; and Royal (Roy) Grover Hill married Hattie E. Hardin. (A story on Robert Lewis Hill was published in the Times-Democrat Aug. 1, 2012).