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John Crowell
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Birth: 1840
Louisiana, USA
Death: 1882
Lincoln Parish
Louisiana, USA

Note: John's wife Ellen Sanders Crowell was not the mother of Robert Virgil Crowell or Sarah Ibor Crowell in spite of the links that are attached to their memorials. The mother of Robert Virgil and Sarah Ibor was Delilah Wheat Crowell of Nevada County, Arkansas.

At least two of the death certificates of the children of Ellen Sanders Crowell state that their father's name was John Crowell and the statement "s/o of John" and Ellen" or something similar also appears on their tombstones.

Although there is no tombstone that has survived, my assumption is that he is buried in the same cemetery as his wife.

Find a Grave Memorials for the children of Ellen Sanders Crowell and John Crowell:

John Crowell 120848130
William Lewis Crowell 23102645
James Jimmy Crowell 120848248
Della Crowell Williams 33930229
Samuel Mixon Crowell 15752740

Further information on the Crowell family is available here:

Joyce P. Hervey, Just Folk: The Crowell Family,
published 1984, revised 2000, for web publication


[Much of the information in this chapter was contributed by Mrs. Mary Crowell Calhoun of West Monroe, Louisiana.]

Ellen Sanders was born on the 15th of August in 1844 or 1846, in Mississippi. She was the daughter of Nancy [Ellison] Stapleton/Crowell and perhaps was adopted by John M. Crowell, as she later went by the name of Crowell.

Ellen's father is not known for certain. [It might have been Isaac Sanders. Isaac was a rev war soldier who at the age of 95 married Nancy Ellison, age 25, in Leake Co. MS on Dec. 29, 1843.] Or it might have been Aaron Sanders, a man who had known John M. Crowell and perhaps Nancy Stapleton/Crowell back in Mississippi and who had moved to Louisiana at about the same time, around 1848. (Census records show that Aaron Sanders took Ellen's brother, Greenbury Sanders, to live with him when he was a young lad, so it is likely that Aaron was related to Ellen in some way.)

Ellen was in Louisiana by 1850 when she was listed on the census of Jackson Parish, in the household of David and Nancy Stapleton, her mother and perhaps her uncle or stepfather. Ellen was called Elender Sanders, and was the eldest of three Sanders children. In 1860, the census showed her still in Jackson Parish, living in the household of John M. Crowell, the next door neighbor of her mother, Nancy Stapleton.

Ellen's name has not been located on the 1870 census. By 1880 she was living in the newly created Lincoln Parish, in Ward 4.

Ellen was the mother of four sons and one daughter: John Crowell, William Crowell, James Crowell, Della Crowell, and Samuel Crowell, all born in Louisiana.

According to present day family members, Ellen lived with her children in her later years. In 1900, Ellen and her son Samuel were living with Ellen's daughter Della, and Della's husband, Richard Williams, in Jackson Parish, Ward 1. She was listed on the census as a widow, 55 years old.

About 1915, Ellen went to live with her son William Lewis Crowell, who lived just across the parish line from Eros, Louisiana in Ouachita Parish. William had lost his wife, and Ellen took over the task of helping to raise four children, who were about 16, 11, 6, and 3 years old when their mother died.

Ellen died of cerebral apoplexy on the 5th or 6th of January in 1930, at Eros, and was buried in the Frantom Chapel cemetery near Eros, where three of her half-brothers were buried. She was about 85 years old at the time of her death.

The five children of Ellen Sanders/Crowell were:

1. John Crowell; born ca 1864, in LA; died at age 18 (ca 1882), buried Antioch Cem., near Eros, LA.

2. William Lewis Crowell; born 23 Oct. 1874, in Lincoln Par., LA.

3. James "Jimmy" Crowell; born Jan. 1877/78, in LA; twin; died 1887.

4. Della Crowell; born Jan. 1877/78, in LA; twin; died 1952, Beaumont, TX; married 2 Nov. 1894 (see Ouachita Parish Marriages) to Richard Williams, who was born Oct. 1873, in LA.

5. Samuel M. Crowell; born May 13, 1882, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana; died March 24, 1951, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana; maried Susan N. Vaughan.

Family links: 
  Ellen Sanders Crowell (1846 - 1930)
  John Crowell (1864 - 1882)*
  James Crowell (1878 - 1887)*
  Della Crowell Williams (1878 - 1951)*
  Samuel Mixion Crowell (1883 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Frantom Cemetery
Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Gary B. Sanders
Record added: Nov 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120851398
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