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[Begins on the right column - page 7.  Crye/Cry Family Newsletter Issue 3  Vol. I   Summer, 1998  Anita Green Crye ed.]

From Larry Crye in Ohio:
    This family history is a written memorial history from Uncle Frank.

Colonial Immigration
Civil War Martyr (John Shimmon Crye)

        For the first generation of which I have any knowledge of are the three Crye brothers that set sail from Ireland in the latter part of the 17th Century for the shores of America and perhaps there might have been a fourth of which we have no name which will be mentioned more extensively in these articles, at least his ancestors will get honorable mention later on in these writings, but for the present we shall endeavor to set forth our knowledgeable information of the three brothers who, after landing on the bleak shores of New England, made their way to what is now called Blount County, Tennessee and took up residence on the fertile soil of Nine Mile Creek bottoms.  There great grandfather, whose name was John Crye reared his family which consisted of seven children; six girls and one son.  Their last baby's name was John Shimmon Crye, my grandfather.  (The name Shimmon gets into the picture because he married a girl whose maiden name was Shimmons.)  The first John Crye herein mentioned, the father of these six girls consisting of two sets of twins.  Two of these girls married Carpenters, who also were citizens of Blount County, TN.  Elisha Carpenter and Mathew Carpenter.  I have heard my father mention their names quite often referring to them as Uncle Lish and Uncle Matt.  Another of these six girls married a Lee which gave my father a host of cousins also.  Another one of these girls married a Scott.  Allison Scott, a farmer and a blacksmith, living in the region of Greenback.  I remember seeing him quite often there.  My father John Riley Crye had more  cousins, one named Joe Scott, whom I loved dearly, about the age of my father.  Allison lived in Louden Co, TN.  in a town then known as Morgantown situated on the bank of the Tennessee River and was a shipping point by boat to other markets.  That town is now extinct.

      I remember each of these elder folks as my father would visit them.  Tom's wife's name was Mahalla.  They had one son named John Anderson, an M.D. I remember Mahalla's bushy hair.  It stood East, West, North, South.  She never would comb it down like other girls did.  It really looked very odd.  I might add that the Joe Scott mentioned was a merchant in Greenback for years, a city in Louden County which still is a thriving whistle stop.  The sixth and perhaps the youngest of these girls married a Matt sloan.  They have visited with us.  Her name was Josephine.  They They had one son named Obie who was my senior by approximately six of seven years.  They lived across the Tennessee River in a town known as Vonore, in Monroe County, which is yet a bustling little town.  This concludes the history of John Crye and his family.  He rests in the home cemetery known as Williamson cemetery.  His other two brothers were also residents of that  community of Blount County called the first district.  They were also farmers.  I shall not try to give any history of them or their families, only to say the woods was full of Cryes, descendants of Elihew (Elihu) and Elais Crye, but they especially the latter descendants have scattered hither and there, but these two elderly gentlemen's graves are marked with headstones in Williamson cemetery, same as my great grandfather, the first John Crye, whose grave is there in this cemetery in the first district of Blount Co. TN.

    I might add , the Crye farm on Nine Mile Creek was entered by the first John Crye, my great grandpa.  John Shimmon Crye, that has been mentioned earlier as the brother of these six girls fell heir to this creek farm of 300 acres, more or less, and owned it until his death.  I shall elaborate more fully upon, who he married, and his family, the three children of whom my father was the youngest.

        "Grandpa" John Shimmon Crye married a lady whose name was Caroline Best, usually called Sally.  She had four brothers, Riley, John, Jim, and Daniel.  Its easy to see who she named her last baby after, John Riley Crye, my father.

        To this union of Shimmon Crye and Caroline Best were born two other Crye Children.  George the oldest and Martha Jane, the girl.  Father being the youngest of the three children.  Please bear in mind the six girls that I have mentioned along with John Shimmon Crye their brother are of the second generation we are talking about.

        Grandpa, John Shimmon Crye was not a religious man, but Grandma was a devoted Christian. My mother told me grandma's knees were black from kneeling on the floor to pray.  Oh how I loved my Grandma Crye.  I am sure she prayed often for me because she told my mother she loved me more than she loved any of her grandchildren.  She took me to a picture gallery and had our pictures made together when I was around five years old.  It's a tintype with her arm around my waist as she sat posing for that picture.  I was ten years old when she passed away.  That really broke my little heart, her going.  Still, so often I think of her.  My love for her has never died, the little things she would do for me shall live on as long as I live.  Grandpa Shimmon Crye was 33 years old when he was martyred.  That's what it says on his tombstone. "Martyred."

        The Civil War was at white heat in 1863.  Grandpa Shimmon hadn't yet enlisted, still around home waiting for his third child to be born, John Riley Crye, my father.  He was born  July 13, 1863. In October, grandpa and two other friends of his were persuaded to go with these strangers who wanted also to enlist.  There were four of them attired in Union uniforms.  They were Rebel bushwhackers, strolling over the neighborhood pilfering, stealing, and killing.  Grandma Crye was very  much opposed for him and his two friends to leave with these characters.  She even told them to their faces that they were nothing but a pack of Rebels, but they won out and Grandpa and his two friends left with them. Grandma never saw grandpa Shimmon Crye alive any more.  In about an hour and a half all three of the men were killed only 3-1/2 miles from home.  The other two men's names were Loss Fields and Lark Anderson.  There Grandma Crye was left a young widow with three little children, but she had a good home and a good farm to support here and the children.  Then at her death, all three of her children inherited a farm a piece.  Grandpa Crye was buried at Williamson's Cemetery and Loss Fields is buried in the same grave with grandpa Shimmon Crye, but no recognition of him is mentioned on the rock, all because the Field people would not help pay for the tombstone.

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