Sunday, June 29, 2008

Martha Monroe m. Peter Crews 1824

I've started work on the Martha Monroe married 1824 Peter Crews line. They moved to Wayne Co., IL from Barren Co., KY between 1828 and 1830. I have 203 descendants for them but have not acquired a lot of the needed supporting documentation so it's time to go back and do that as well as follow these families on down through the 1930 census. I owe a great deal of thanks to Martha & Peter's great-granddaughter Mary Ellen (Crews) Brach (1901-1994) who compiled the _Genealogy Survey of the Crews Family_ in 1968. After Mary Ellen died her sister Evelyn Alene (Crews) Donoho (1913-?) updated this survey. This document is wonderful because it tells who moved where and when. I wonder what Mary Ellen would have done had she had access to the Internet and all the wonderful family history information available today.

I haven't looked at these Wayne Co., IL surnames for a while so it's like discovering a whole new set of cousins with names like Pharr, Sams, Fishel and more. But there are also familiar names from the Barren Co., Kentucky area like Martin, Shaw, Bradshaw, Young, Shelton and Owen.

I hope while I do this research I will make contact with a cousin or two in this line to join us in our research.


Judith Finnell said...

Peter Crews and Martha Monroe were the parents of my great great grandfathers second wife. Nancy Crews who married Nathaniel Travers they were the parents of two children Mary and John Travers who you will find in the 1860 census with their Crews grandparents. Nathaniel Travers and his two wifes are buried in the Travers Cemetery.

lyn said...

Judith, thank you for your comment. As Wayne Co. is a "burned" county I didn't know what happened to Nancy or who she married. I saw Mary and John Travers/Travis in the 1860 census and assumed they might be her children but had no proof. I'd love to chat with you about Wayne Co., IL families. I'm related to more than just Peter and Martha's descendants. Please email me at if you would like to share.