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From Larry Crye in Ohio:
This family history is a written memorial history from Uncle Frank.
||Civil War Martyr (John Shimmon Crye)|
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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