Robert White Crump was one of 15 children of Silas and Sarah Hannah (Riggs) Crump. Silas married Sarah Hannah Riggs in 1795 at Stokes Co., N.C. and they were enumerated there in the 1800 US Census of Salisbury, Stokes Co., N.C.
Silas Crump and his wife, Sarah, had moved from Stokes Co., N.C. to Franklin Co., GA by 1801 as their daughter, Malinda "Milly" Crump, was born in 1801 at Franklin Co., GA. Silas was recorded in the 1806 land owner tax list there. Robert and Mary (Parr) Crump III, Silas' parents, moved to Franklin Co., GA from Stokes Co., N.C. about two years later. Silas was recorded as a taxed land owner in Franklin Co., GA in 1806-1811. Silas' sons, Robert W. Crump and Barton Guess (aka Guest) Crump, were born in Franklin Co., GA in 1812 and 1814 respectively. Silas and his brother, John D. Crump, and their families migrated into Mississippi Territory in 1815/16. In the 1816 tax census of Monroe Co., Mississippi Territory, Silas was recorded living in the same household as his brother, John D. Crump. John D. Crump was born in 1770 in Pittsylvania Co., VA and died on 17 Feb 1849 in St. Clair Co., AL at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Burrell and Nancy (Crump) McClendon (Orphans Court Book 1847-1850, p156) John D. Crump married Sarah Cornelius, d/o Roland Cornelius, about 1790 in S.C. (Ref: "Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816" by Dixie Mays Jones, 1955, Pub. by Broken Arrow Chapter, DAR, Pell City, AL) The area of Mississippi Territory they were living in became Alabama Territory on 15 Aug 1817 and subsequently St. Clair Co, AL when Alabama became a state on 14 Dec 1819.
The 1820 Alabama State Census of St. Clair County enumerated the household of Silas Crump which had 15 members including 8 Y/O Robert W. Crump.
Robert White Crump married Martha Hathcock, born in 1821 in Alabama to parents, Dancy and Lucinda (Lawson) Hathcock, on 11 Nov 1845 at St. Clair Co., AL. (See attached marriage record which also shows the marriage record of his brother, Zachariah Crump, to Elizabeth Little)
On 05 Aug 1837, Robert W. Crump of St. Clair Co., AL, received 40 acres of land from the Federal Government and on 01 Mar 1858, he received an additional adjacent 120 acres in St. Clair Co., AL from the same source (BLM-Bureau of Land Management).
The 1850 US Census of District 40, St. Clair Co., AL enumerated the household of 34 [sic] Y/O Robert W. Crump, a farmer born in GA, and his 29 Y/O wife, Martha (Hathcock) Crump, born in AL. Their children living in the household were: 4 Y/O Sarah Crump; 2 Y/O Pleasant Riggs Crump (check below for his somewhat famous history), and 10 months old Nancy Trump.
The 1860 US Census of Townships 14 and 15, St. Clair Co., AL enumerated the household of 46 [sic] Y/O Robert W. Crump, a farmer, and his 30 [sic] Y/O wife, Martha (Hathcock) Crump. Also living in the household were their children: 14 Y/O Sarah Crump; 12 Y/O Pleasant Riggs Crump; 11 Y/O Nancy Trump; 9 Y/O James C. Crump; 6 Y/O Sophronia Lucinda Crump, named after her grandmother, Lucinda (Lawson) Hathcock; 5 Y/O Marion L. Crump and 3 Y/O Hark Columbus Crump.
The 1860 US Agricultural Census of St. Clair Co. (Greensport P.O.), AL shows that Robert W. Crump owned 475 acres located near his brother's, Barton Guest Crump, land.
The 1866 Alabama State Statistical Census shows Robert Crump and his family living in St. Clair, Co., AL.
The 1870 US Census of Subdivision 39, Precinct 8, St. Clair Co., AL enumerated the household of 60 [sic] Y/O Robert W. Crump, a farmer, and his 53 Y/O wife, Martha (Hathcock) Crump. Also living in the household were: 23 Y/O Sarah Crump; 19 Y/O James C. Crump; 17 Y/O Sophronia Lucinda Crump; 13 Y/O Marion L. Crump; 12 Y/O Hark Columbus Crump; 11 Y/O Cordelia E. Crump and 6 Y/O Henrietta Crump. NOTE: Living 3 households away from Robert W. Crump residence was a household headed by 56 Y/O Barton Guest Crump, a farmer born in GA, and his 33 Y/O wife, Elizabeth (Gibson) Crump, born in AL. They had 5 children in the household at the time. Barton Guest Crump was a brother of Robert W. Crump.
The 1880 US Census of Greensport, St. Clair Co., AL enumerated the household of 70 [sic] Y/O Robert W. Crump, a farmer, and his 55 [sic] Y/O wife, Martha (Hathcock) Crump. Their children living in the household were: 32 Y/O Sarah Crump; 27 Y/O James C. Crump, a farmer; 25 Y/O Sophronia Lucinda Crump; 20 Y/O Cordelia E. Crump and 16 Y/O Henrietta L. Crump.
The 1880 US Agricultural Census of St. Clair Co., AL reveals that Robert owned 300 acres. Robert had remained a farmer throughout his lifetime.
Robert W. Crump died in 1883 in St. Clair Co., AL and was buried there (Ref: "The Heritage of St. Clair County", 1998, p172).
Children of Robert W. Crump and Martha (Hathcock) Crump were:
1) Sarah Crump, b. 1846 St. Clair Co., AL.
2) Pleasant Riggs Crump, b. 23 Dec 1847 St. Clair Co., AL, d. 31 Dec 1951 Talladega Co., AL, m. 1) Mary E. Hall Crump (1851 - 1902), 2) Ella Crump (1867 - 1942)
3) Nancy Crump, b. Aug 1849 St. Clair Co., AL.
4) James C. Crump, b. 1852 St. Clair Co., AL, d. 1926 St. Clair Co., AL, m. 1881 Bethany Ellen Phillips.
5) Sophronia Lucinda Crump, b. 1854 St. Clair Co., AL.
6) Marion L. Crump, b. 1855 St. Clair Co., AL d. 09 Sep 1880 St. Clair Co., AL, m. 1878 Josephine C. Dickerson.
7) Hark Columbus Crump, b. 1857 St. Clair Co., AL, d. Aft. 1880.
8) Cordelia E. Crump, b. 1860 St. Clair Co., AL, d. 1900
9) Henrietta (Exie) L. Crump, b. 1864 St. Clair Co., AL.
One of Robert W. and Martha (Hathcock) Crump's children was Pleasant Riggs Crump. He was named after his grandmother, Sarah Hannah (Riggs) Crump and his uncle, Pleasant Riggs Crump (brother of his father, Robert W. Crump).
The story of their son's, Pleasant Riggs Crump (1847-1951), involvement in the Civil War, although exemplary, probably would have gone unnoticed except for his exceptional longevity, 104 years. He lived to be recognized as the last surviving Confederate Civil War Veteran. Among other notable events, he was at Appomattox Court House to witness the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. See Find A Grave Memorial #13397843. (Source: "The Heritage of St. Clair County" Heritage Publishing Consultants, Clanton Al, 1998, p174.)
The descendants of Robert White Crump are eligible for membership in the "Alabama Genealogical Society's" certificate program of the "First Families of Alabama" resulting from his having lived in Monroe County, Mississippi Territory prior to it becoming part of the State of Alabama on 14 Dec 1819.
1) "First Families of Saint Clair County and Northeast Alabama" by Jerry Bartlett Jones, Sr., p118.
2) "The Heritage of St. Clair County" Heritage Publishing Consultants, Clanton Al, 1998, p172.
3) "Early St. Clair County, Alabama Records" Compiled by Mrs. C. P. McGuire, Sr., 1962, p39.
Bio by Gresham Farrar.
Martha Hathcock Crump