|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1782|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1840|
Henry Crowell was born in Halifax Co., NC the son of Samuel Crowell and Tabitha Bradford.
Henry Crowell and Sarah Cantey were married, when Sarah Cantey was only sixteen years of age. A romantic tale has been handed down from one generation to the next concerning the runaway marriage of Sarah Cantey and Henry Crowell. It is said that the ardent young lover rode on horseback to his lady's kitchen window and that his lady, Sarah Cantey, jumped from the window to the horses' back and they were off with a gallop. They were married in 1808, settling first in Washington County, Georgia, then in Crawford County, Georgia, where they established a home near the Flint River on the Indian Reservation. Later they moved to Fort Mitchell, Russell County, Alabama.
Henry Crowell was a soldier in the War of 1812, as is shown by a letter from him to his wife, dated Nov., 1812. He formed a company, of which Richard and Hardy Whitaker were members.
Henry Crowell represented Crawford County in the Legislature in 1834. The story is told that while in the house someone called him an old man. He firmly defended himself and had his wife with a very young baby stand up in the gallery.
Sarah Cantey Crowell was originally an Episcopalian, but upon moving to the Indian Reservation found that the nearest church was Methodist. That church was miles from their residence. She, however, was a devoted member and would ride the distance on horseback to attend its services. Mr. Crowell thought that it was too far to go and so he inquired one day of a Bishop, visiting in his home, how many members were necessary to form a church. The Bishop's reply was "Five or six." At the Bishop's next visit to the Crowell home he was informed that they had the members. Henry Crowell named them thus: "Sarah, my wife, and I will quit swearing and will make Nat Bradford quit swearing, Paddy Carr (the Indian), and Peter, the driver."
Henry Crowell built the church, which still stands near Roberta, Georgia. It is still called "Crowell's Chapel" and is in the South Georgia Methodist Conference. (The church burned)
Mrs. Crowell survived her husband a number of years. She, with her granddaughter, Kate Crowell, lived first with one, then another of her children. She was quite a favorite with the members of the family and had many namessakes, one of which is the writer. "My Children's Ancestry" by Sarah Cantey Allen
Elisabeth Crowell Leonard (1813 - 1877)*
Mary Emma Crowell Whitaker (1820 - 1906)*
Ariadna Cantey Crowell Alexander (1826 - 1864)*
"He was candid, generous and charitable."
Crowell Family Cemetery
Created by: Becky
Record added: Jun 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14528390
Rest in Peace, Henry Bradford. See you and your family in Heaven.|
Added: Aug. 25, 2010
Kimberley Terrill (inactive)
Added: Nov. 27, 2006
REST IN PEACE|
Added: Jul. 6, 2006