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James Crownover
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1810
Franklin County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1870
Reynolds County
Missouri, USA

James Crownover history
Per Dan McCorkendale (
James Crownover was born July 17, 1810 in White, Franklin County, Tennessee. According to History of Early Reynolds County, Missouri by James E. Bell, published 1986 by Turner Publishing Company, James Crownover was probably the first Crownover to come to Missouri. He must have arrived between 1832 and 1834 according to census information in regards to the birth place of his children, Levi born in 1832 in Illinois and Mary Ann born in Centerville, Missouri in 1834.
The following on James Crownover is quoted from the Crownover section, written by Floyd F. Crownover, and included in Mr. Bell's book:
"Little if anything is known of James' childhood. The circuit court records, dated January 17, 1825, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, states that he was a bound apprentice to Levi Brawley to learn the trade of caninetmaker. He was married to Sally Jordan, (born April 26, 1813, in Franklin County, Tennessee, died (1848-1850), the daughter of Levi and Fanny Townsend Jordan, on December 16, 1830, in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois. Their first born was a son named Levi, born in 1832 in Illinois. James and his family moved to Missouri between 1832-1834 and settled in an area called Barnsville, which is now Ellington, Missouri."
"Reynolds County was formed on February 25, 1845. Quoting from 'Old Reynolds', published in Reynolds County, Missouri: 'Serving on the first county court by appointment of the governor were Landon Copeland, William C. Love, and James Crownover, all to serve until the first election the following year.'
'Also appointed by the governor were two other men who were to have key roles in the new county called Reynolds. He made Marvin Munger the first sheriff and John Buford the first surveyor. C.C. Campbell was appointed by the clerk as the first clerk of the county and circuit courts. These six pioneers _ Copeland, Love, Crownover, Munger, Buford and Campbell _ formed the first government of Reynolds County.
"The first clerk of the county was Clooin C. Campbell, appointed to the office on May 5, 1845, to serve until the first election. This office was combined with that of clerk of the circuit court. Campbell held both positions. He was elected to the offices in August of 1846 and won a six-year term in the election in 1847, but he resigned in 1850. Next was James Crownover, who was elected in 1853, after being appointed to fill out Campbell's term. Crownover was elevted in 1866 and held this office for many years.'
'The county and circuit clerk was one of the most demanding jobs during the early years of Reynolds County government. While the responsibilities of the county court changed from time to time, the work of this office was essentiail to maintan a stable situation in the county. In addition to clerking for the two courts, this office holder for a long time handled these chores for the probate court. Several years passed before Reynolds County had two distinct offices, one to clerk the county court, and another to clerk the circuit court. From the beginning the circuit clerk also was recorder of deeds.'
"The Reynolds County archives gives the exact date of James Crownover's election to county and circuit clerk, November 27, 1849. James held these offices until his death in the latter part of 1869 or early 1870. He was also postmaster in Centervilled, Missouri, for the years 1854-1859 and justice of the peace of Reynolds County. He was a member of the Black River Baptist Church."
This book goes on to say that James Crownover owned 31 lots in Centerville, Missouri and 1, 213 acres of land in Reynolds County, Missouri.
Centerville, Missouri property as follows:
Block 9-Lots 3,4&5
Block 10, Lots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8
Block 16 - Lots 1,2,7 and 8
Block 18 - Lots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 &8
Block 23 - Lot 4
Block 24 - Lots 1,2,7,&8
Block 25 - Lots 1,2,and fractional lots 7 & 8.
Reynolds County, Missouri property as follows:
1. November 16, 1857 - Theodore Crownover and wife Hannah to James Crownover, 240 acres.
2. December 1, 1858 - U.S. Patent by President James Buchanan to James Crowonver, 40 acres.
3. September 1, 1859 - U.S. Patent by President James Buchanan to James Crownover, 160 acres.
4. January 18, 1870 - Edwards Barnes to James Crownover, 680 acres
5. May 11, 1865 - Tax sale to James Crownover, 3.20 acres
6. October 20, 1869 - Sheriff deed to James Crownover, 10 acres.
7. U.S. Patent by President James Buchanan to James Crownover, 80 acres.
Mr. Bell's book goes on to state, "The writer had copies of several 'documents of great interest' from the old jail in Centerville, Reynolds County, Missouri, namely: U.S. land grants to James Crownover, signed by President Buchanan and to his sons, Levi and Theodore Crownover; documents written in longhand by James Crownover while he was in office as county clerk (He had beautiful handwriting.); also, the probate will to the heirs of James Crownover, dated 1872, after his death."
The great grandson of James Crownover, Otto James Bowles, may have inherited this ability and or interest in beautiful handwriting of James Crownover. Otto James (O.J.) Bowles also had beautiful handwriting and was very interested in the art of calligraphy and penmanship.
The wife of James Crownover, 'Sally' Sarah Jordan, died after the birth of their daughter, Cynthia Elizabeth Crownover. This would have been on or about September 17, 1848.
James Crownover next married Eliza Ann Davis, one of at least 15 children born to William A. Davis and Abigal Davis, all born in Tennessee. James and Eliza Crownover had five children. Eliza Ann Davis died before the 1870 Federal Census. James Crownover died February 21, 1870. The Crowover children were taken in by other families. (See notes that follow)
Notes - 2nd wife
The following appear to be the children of James and Eliza Davis Crownover:
Mahola or Mahala Jane Crownover b. abt. 1854
Julia Ann Crownover b. 03/13/1856
Margaret Emily Crownover b. 09/25/1858
James HARRISON Crownover b. 09/18/1860 (pre-deceased his parents in 1868)
William Allen Crownover b. 01/22/1864
Eliza Ann Davis died in 1870 which would mean the children were in age from 16 to age 6. Husbandm James Crownover died February 21, 1870. (He and both wives are buried in the Centerville, MO. Cemetery. ) The eldest child, Mahola/Mahala was on the 1870 census as in the household of ELVIS HARRISON and family. This was probably before the death of the mother. Elvis Harrison was her guardian, according to notes from Jackie Parks, Crownover descendant and researcher of many Reynolds county families. Nnotes from another Crownover descendant indicate that the Crownover children were foster children of Elvis Harrison. None of the children are on the 1880 census with Elvis Harrison. The youngest would have been abt. age 16 which I suppose was old enough in that time to be working and living with some household as a laborer, etc.
Another HARRISON/CROWNOVER connection seems to be with the Reynolds Co. family of a WILLIAM R. HARRISON m. to LUCY B. STEWART HARRISON, both born in KY. They had a son b. 1856, named JAMES CROWNOVER HARRISON.
This William R. HARRISON is about 6 years older than Elvis and about 15 years younger than Elvis' father, Thomas D. Harrison. Both Harrison's and this William R. Harrison were born in Kentucky. William R. could be a first cousin to either Thomas or Elvis, but nothing has been found to connect them though.
Eliza Davis appears to be the daughter of William J. Davis b. 1805, TN., (son of Aaron and Polly Jones Davis) and Abigail Williams b. 1815 TN. and died about 1918 (age 103). Eliza was one of 17 children. It appears this family -William and Abigail- came to Reynolds County between 1830 and 1836, between the births of their 3rd and 4th child. The Crownovers came to Reynolds County Missouri, between 1832 and 1834, and were from Tennessee as was the Davis family. I wonder if they traveled together.
History of Early Reynolds County, Missouri by James E. Bell, Turner Publishers, 1986 - Page: 154
Text: James Crownover, born July 17, 1810, in White of Franklin County, Tennessee, was probably the first Crownover in the State of Missouri.

History of Early Reynolds County, Missouri by James E. Bell, Turner Publishers, 1986 - Page: 155
Text: James, Sally (Jordan) and Eliza Ann (Davis) Crownover are all buried in the Centervile Cemetery in Centerville, Missouri. A memorial in their honor was erected over their grave sites in June of 1984. The memorial was made possible through contributions of many of the Crownover descendants and related families.
Obituary in the "Enterprise" of Thursday, February 24, 1870 (Ironton Missouri Newspaper) Text: James Crownover, County Clerk, died last Monday. Resided in Centerville.
Family links: 
  Sally Sarah Jordan Crownover (1813 - 1848)*
  Eliza Davis Crownover (1826 - 1870)*
  Margurett Emily Crownover Jackson (1858 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Reynolds County Clerk 1849-1869
Centerville Cemetery
Reynolds County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Nov 28, 2006
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For James Crownover, my 3rd great grandfather.
- Brenda
 Added: Jun. 7, 2015
James Crownover, 17 Jul 1810 - 21 Feb 1870, son of Theodore & Mary (Brawley) Crownover, husband of Sally Sarah Jordan.
- Gary Johnston
 Added: Dec. 9, 2007

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