|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1815|
North Carolina, USA
Gideon, along with his brother James, enlisted in the Revolutionary Army in Buckingham Co. VA which is located in the upper reaches of the James River. Since rivers were the main method of transportation in those days, we believe that James (and brothers Gideon and Walter and possibly a sister) were descended from the Crew(s) who settled at the mouth of the James River. It is possible that James' father was Walter Crew.
During the Revolution, he served in the 6th Virgina Battalion of Continental Forces commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James Hendrick. He was a private. He signed Oath of Allegiance to State of NC against George III 30 May 1778; was paid for army service as a soldier. His musket had been kept in the museum at Guilford Battleground Courthouse site for years until it was mysteriously stolen.
Gideon Crews married Jemina Wicker in 1755 in Virginia. Around 1770 they moved to Granville Co., NC. Jemima Whicker or Wicker may have been Gideon's 2nd wife. Nothing is known of his 1st wife. His 8 known children were by Jemima.
He made his will in Granville Co. NC 16 Oct. 1815 and it was proved in the November Court of 1815.
Will of Gideon Crews:
"In the name of God amen, I Gidion Crews of Granville Co & State fo NC being very sick but of perfect mind & memory, thanks being given unto God, calling into mind the mortal of my body & knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is to say principally & the first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it & my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God & as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life.
I give & devise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form.
Item I lend to my well beloved wife Jemina Crews during her natural life the tract of land whereon I now live with the mansion house & kitchen & all the out houses with all the appertnainces in any wise thereto belonging.
Item I likewise lend to my well beloved wife Jamina Crews during her natural life my two negroes Betty & Burrell my felix sorrel horse & sorrel mare & colt & her choice of seven head of my stock of cattle with three sows & pigs & twelve head of sheep & all the fowls on the plantation.
Item I likewise lend to her during her life such of my plantation tools & Utensils as she thinks proper to take with her two fetherbeds & one half of her choice of my household & kitchen furniture with my Cart of & yoke of steers.
Item is that my executors hereafter named shall sell at Public sale & twelve months credit all my negroes with all the property found on the plantation not hereto fore divided by my loving wife Jemina Crews & the money arising from such sale after all my just debts are paid off be equally divided amongst my eight children (To Wit) Milly Hester, Elizabeth Currin, Joseph Crews, Gideon Crews, Abby Daniel, James Crews, Littlebury Crews, & Jamina Crews to them & their heirs & assigns forever.
Item my will & desire is that my executors after the decease of my loving wife Jemina Crews should sell all my property devised to her during her natural life at public sale & the money arising by such sale to be equally divided amongst my eight children before named to them & their heirs & assigns forever.
Item I nominate & appoint my two sons Gideon & James Crews my sole executors of this my last will & testament...in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 16th Oct one thousand eight hundred fifteen."
Witness: John Lamay, Richard D Lamay
Signed: Gideon X Crews
Probated Nov Court 1815; Household goods of Gideon Crews divided so that widow might take her 1/2 of furniture, etc Inventory of estate of Gideon Crews, Dec 6 1815.
There was a sale of estate of Gideon Crews, Sr Deceased, Dec 20 1826, after the death of Jemima. Sale was on credit till Dec 1827; mentions as buyers; Gideon, James, Wyatt Currin, Littleberry Crews.
The following article written by the Hon Archibald A Hicks, Pres of the Granville Historical Society, & Miss Jeanette Biggs, County Historian, indicates Gideon bought land in Granville as early as 1778.
"Gideon Crews, from the family history & reports believed to be true about him, was a wide awake, hustling farmer. When he first came to this county he bought 101 acres of land on Harold's Creek, now in Salem Township, & near the place where the Pleasant brothers now live. He later bought a tract of land adjoining this farm from the State in 1779. Another 100 acres he bought from Nathan Bass adjoining the others in 1778. He bought an additional tract of 62 acres from Reuben Talley in 1794, & still another tract from Thomas Wicker, supposed to be his brother in law, in 1795.
"In 1806 he bought 130 acres of land from Daniel & Co, which had been the homeplace of his father in law, Thomas Wicker, Sr. He later moved to this place & remained there during his life, & he & his wife are buried there.
"It is described as follows: "The said Daniel & Brothers in consideration of the sum of $450.00 to them in hand paid, have bargained & sold, granted & conveyed unto the said Gideon Crews a certain tract of land called & known by the name of Wicker's Tract, conveyed to us by Payton Wood in a deed bearing date of Sept 6, 1806, being in county aforesaid & lying on the waters of Fishing Creek." This deed is found in Bk T, Pg 90.
"Gideon did not buy land for purposes of speculation, but only as he needed it for himself & his large family.
"The said Gideon was a Methodist in religion, lived & served his day & generation well. He died in Oct 1815, his wife in Jun 1825. They are both buried at the grave yard on the Pleasant farm, now occupied by Mr Charles Pleasant & his brothers about three miles NE of Oxford."
"The best impression we can obtain from the deeds is that the Gideon Crews lands & the John Earl lands adjoined, around & just east, north & northwest of where Salem Church now is, three miles east & northeast of Oxford; and that James Crews bought them & more, comprising more than a thousand acres, & lived there until his death in 1875."
Gideon Crews Sr. and his family are buried in an unmarked, un-fenced family cemetery on the property of their last residence. The graves are in a small patch of young (in 2002) woods, overgrown with brush, & the only evidence that someone was buried there is the fairly regular intervals between medium sized rough hewn, un-engraved stones placed at the head & foot of the graves. There are no other makers of any kind."
Jemina Wicker Crews (1739 - 1825)*
Gideon Crews (1779 - 1859)*
James Crews (1785 - 1875)*
Note: Since the article was written by A. A. HIcks, a stone has been placed for Gideon who is my fourth great grandfather
Crews Family Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: RosalieAnn
Record added: Jan 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33282645
Added by: Anonymous
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