Malissa Frances <I>Harmon</I> Crownover

Malissa Frances Harmon Crownover

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Aug 1917 (aged 70)
Braddock, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Braddock Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 65, Grave 2
Memorial ID 134771675 · View Source
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Born in Pennsylvania on 16 May 1847, Malissa (Harmon) Crownover was the daughter of John Harmon, a native of Germany, and Mary Vanhorne, a native of England. An alternate spelling of her maiden surname was "Harman."

In 1868, Malissa married Civil War veteran, Sergeant James Crownover. Crownover, who had served with Company D of the 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers from 31 August through the regiment's muster out on 25 December 1865 at the close of the Civil War, had been wounded in the chest during the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina in October 1862, and then captured by Confederate forces after being shot in the right shoulder during the Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana on 9 April 1864. Held as a prisoner of war by the Confederate Army until he was released during a prisoner exchange between the Union and Confederate armies on 25 November 1864, he was later promoted to the rank of 1st Sergeant. During his time with the 47th Pennsylvania, he also saw action at the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina (1862) and the Battle of Sabine Crossroads (part of the same Red River Campaign by Union General Nathaniel Banks that included the Battle of Pleasant Hill, and helped to defend the nation's capital following President Lincoln's assassination.


From 1870 to 1877, Malissa's husband, James, was employed at the large tannery in Henry’s Valley, located roughly ten miles south of Blain, and living with her in Jackson Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania, along with their three-year-old daughter, Ella (1868-1938), who had been born in May 1868 (and was shown on other federal census records as Frances E. or Ellen).

In October 1870, son Franklin was born, followed by daughter Anna (“Annie”) in March 1873, and son James Oscar in August 1875.

By 1880, the Crownovers had relocated to East Huntingdon Township in Westmoreland County where James, the elder, supported his larger family through employment as a teamster.

By the turn of the century, the family had relocated yet again, this time to Ward 3 of Braddock in Allegheny County. Ella, Frank and James (now shown on the census as “Oscar”) all still resided at home, as did daughter, Anna (Crownover) Eberhart, and her son, Laird Eberhart. (Annie, who was living at her parents’ home without her husband, had married an Ohio native sometime in the early months of 1894. Their son, Laird, had been born in December of that same year.) In addition, Malissa’s widowed mother, Mary Harman, also lived with the Crownover clan in 1880.

By 1900, James Crownover had landed a job as a laborer at a local mill, while his children Ella, Frank and Oscar were employed, respectively, as a saleswoman, bridge builder and carbon setter.

Just three years later, James widowed Malissa, passing away in Braddock in July of 1903. Within a year, she had also lost son Oscar, who passed away at the Crownover family home in Braddock, Pennsylvania, succumbing to complications from valvular heart disease on 25 July 1904. He was just 27 years old, and had suffered from the condition for two years, having developed it while performing stressful and dangerous work as a structural steel engineer. Like his father before him, he was laid to rest at the Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills.

Malissa went on to live nearly another decade and a half without her husband and son until she passed away from chronic interstitial nephritis at home at 543 Corey Avenue in Braddock at 9 a.m. on 14 August 1917. She was interred with James at the Monongahela Cemetery on 16 August. Her daughter, Ella Crownover of the same address, was the informant. The Marshall Brothers Funeral Home in Braddock handled her arrangements.

By the time of her own death on 17 July 1938, daughter Ella Crownover had made her home at the Ladies G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) House. After succumbing to pneumonia, her funeral was handled by the W. L. Dowler Funeral Home of Braddock. As were her parents and brother before her, she too was then interred at the Monongahela Cemetery.


1. Bates, Samuel P. "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5"; Harrisburg: State Printer’s Office, 1869.

2. Crownover, James, in "Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans," in "Records of the Office of the U.S. Quartermaster General" (Record Group Number 92). Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

3. Crownover, James, in Camp Ford Prison Records. Tyler, Texas: The Smith County Historical Society, 1864.

4. Crownover, James, in Civil War Veterans’ Card File, 1861-1865. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania State Archives.

5. Crownover, James, in Pennsylvania Veterans’ Burial Index Card File. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

6. Death Certificates (Ella Crownover and Malissa Crownover), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Vital Statistics

7. Ellis, Franklin and Austin N. Hungerford, ed. "History of That Part of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys, Embraced in the Counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Vol. I." Philadelphia: Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886.

8. Hain, Harry Harrison. "History of Perry County, Pennsylvania. Including Descriptions of Indians and Pioneer Life from the Time of Earliest Settlement." Harrisburg: Hain-Moore Company, 1922.

9. Oscar Crownover (obituary). Pittsburgh: "The Pittsburgh Press," 26 July 1904.

10. Schmidt, Lewis. "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers." Allentown: Self-published, 1986.

11. "New Bloomfield Times" (Perry County, Pennsylvania), in "Historic Newspapers Collection." U.S. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: 1840-1922.

12. "The Exchange of Prisoners.; The Cartel Agreed Upon by Gen. Dix for the United States, and Gen. Hill for the Rebels. Supplementary Articles." New York: "The New York Times," 6 October 1862.

13. U.S. Census. Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania: 1870, 1880, 1900.

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