Crumpler Photos and Personal Stories
|This page contains photos and personal family stories of
different lines of the Crumpler family.
Provided by: D'Auan King McNeel
John Asa Crumper and Mary Elizabeth Bailey Crumpler
The following obituary appeared in a local newspaper upon John
IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER
After an illness of four months, the immortal spirit of J.A. Crumpler left its tenement
of clay, called a home by the angels of heaven in the quiet morning hours of April 27,
1926, surrounded by his loved ones and friends. His passing to the new and brighter life
was as peaceful as the gentle zephyrs that fanned his brow--a fitting and most florious
close to a long and useful life spent in going good to his fellow man and faithfully
serving the God to whom he acknowledged all allegiance.
He was born in AL, September 26, 1865. Ten children blessed this union, eight of whom
are living to mourn the going away of a loving father. He became a christian in early
life; united with the Methodist church, and was a zealous and faithful member to the end.
He was liberal with his time and liberal with his money, never allowing the obligations of
his church to go unpaid. Maple Springs, the beautiful little church that stands among the
oaks near his home, would not have been but for the liberality of this good man. It stands
there today as a monument to his splendid christian life.
His work on earth is now finished and he is among the redeemed of the church above. We
laid his body to rest underneath a bed of beautiful flowers, in the little Cemetery that
he had cared for so tenderly so many years. Servant of God, well done, Rest from thy loved
employ; The battle's fought, the victory won, Enter the Master's Joy. Daughter
The inscription on his tombstone read: "His works were kindness, his deeds were
love, his spirit humble, he rests above." John Asa Crumpler's father was born in
Virginia and his mother was born in NC according to census records. He moved to TX in
He married Mary Elizabeth BAILEY, daughter of John W. BAILEY & Huldah HOUSEWORTH,
26 Oct 1865. Born 9 Mar 1850 in Georgia. Died 6 Feb 1934 in Winnsboro, Wood Co, TX. Buried
in Maple Springs Cemetery, Wood Co, TX.
John Asa Crumpler Family, Names are numbered by order of birth
Front row: (9) Arthur, John, Mary, (10) Winnie; Middle row: (6) Lizzie, (7) Emma; Back
row: (5) Dan, (4) Frank, (3) Walter, Sam Jarret, (1) Annie [Due to his mothers death
Sam Jarret was raised by the Crumplers.]
Sarah Susan Samuel Crumpley (1826-1910)
SUBMITTED BY: HAROLD CRUMPLEY
The Samuel family goes back to at least 1735 to Anthony Samuel (I) in Caswell County,
NC. He married a woman by the name of Anne in 1756. He was a prominent citizen and slave
owner. Anthony (I) died in 1782, after being the bondsman for his son's marriage that same
year. His wife, Anne, didn't die until July 19, 1825 in Giles County, TN.
Anthony (II), born Oct. 15, 1759, married Ann Merritt Waters, a widow, in 1882. She was
born in 1764 and lived until 1852. Anthony (II) inherited a slave, cows and property from
his father. He or his father had a 510 acre land grant and this was the basis of his
holdings in TN. Later, in the 1890's, both Anthony and his younger brother Benjamin were
active in the Giles County militia. Benjamin was a Major and a local hero--that story
isn't clear to me, and Anthony was a Captain of militia. Anthony died in Giles County, and
is buried in the Samuel cemetery , on March 3, 1823.
Stephen was Anthony (II)'s third child and eldest son, born Feb. 22, 1792. He married
Sarah B. Sims (1789-1880?) of Granville County, N.C. The Sims (Syms) family was one of the
most prominent families of Granville County. They go back to a Col. George Sims of the
British army who was posted in Antigua, British West Indies in the 1650's. His family was
raised in Antigua and, after his death, the boys migrated to Virginia and N.C. and
established a large estate in Granville County. (The research on the Sims' was done in the
1920's by a descendant who was the President of the American Bar Associaton). Stephen
Samuel and Sarah Sims were married in N.C. in 1815, moved to TN and raised their family
and moved, probably in response to their children's moves, to Missouri in the 1840's.
Their children were: James Bradley, Eliza B., William A., Benjamin B., Nancy P.S., Mary
O., Sarah Susan
(my g.g.grandmother), Lucy, and Jane. Both Stephen and Sarah appear in the census records
of Greene County, MO until 1880.
Sarah Susan Samuel married William Patrick Crumpley in 1849, after he moved to MO a few
years before. William was a giant of a man--military records in the Civil War list him as
6'7" tall and well over 200 lbs. (and he served in the Union army/MO militia as a
cavalryman!). The Crumpley's had lived on the Fairview Plantation of Issac Franklin in
Sumner County, TN since the 1820's. I speculate that John Crumpler/Crumpley, William's
father, was either an overseer or a white laborer on the plantation. When old man
Franklin, one of the most notorious slave traders of the region, died in the 1840's, the
plantation began to break-up. An incident where a slave beat and killed a white overseer
initiated the break-up. It was after this that William, first, and then his parents and
other family members moved to MO (Greene County). Tradition has it that all Crumpley men
have big hands, feet and ears and are tall and husky. This probably comes from William's
mother, Olive O'Neal, who was over six feet tall and well over 200 lbs. She lived until
the 1870's. William P. was 6'7"; his son, William Anthony "Wid" (a renowned
storyteller in the Ozarks--two books have been written about him or with mention of him),
was 6'4"; Luther, his son and my grandfather, was 6'6" and very thin; James
William, my father was only six feet tall.
William Joseph Crumpler and his wife Nancy Pruden
Provided by: Caryl Graham, this is her 3rd great grandfather
Josephine Crumpler Edwards
Provided by: Paul Steveson, this is his great grandmother
Fleet Sam Crumpler with his 3rd wife Eliza Jane Merritt
and their children Janie, Letha, and Joe
Provided by: Ellen Grant, great-grandaughter of Fleet Sam.
Does anyone know who these Crumplers are? We know
that Fleet Samuel Crumpler is in here somewhere, but are trying to identify him
positively, and find out who the others are. Theory is that this could be the John
S. Crumpler family of Sampson County, NC. If anyone recognizes any of these people,
Photo provided by Ellen Grant.