Ella Crownover

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Ella Crownover

Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Jul 1938 (aged 70)
Swissvale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Braddock Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 65, Grave 12
Memorial ID 134772824 · View Source
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Born in Perry County, Pennsylvania on 6 May 1868, Ella Crownover was the first born child of Malissa (Harmon) Crownover and Civil War veteran, Sergeant James Crownover.

Her father, 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, had been shot in the chest during the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Caroline on 22 October 1862, and 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 the assassination of President Lincoln in the spring of 1865.


By 1870, Ella's father was working in a tannery and living with Ella and her mother in Jackson Township, Perry County. In October of 1870, Ella's brother Franklin was born, followed by their sister Anna ("Annie") in March 1873 and brother James Oscar in August 1875.

In 1880, Ella's father was supporting his family through employment as a Teamster.

By the dawn of the new century, the family had relocated again, this time to Ward 3 of Braddock in Allegheny County, where Ella's father was supporting his loved ones through work as a mill laborer. Ella's widowed, maternal grandmother, Mary Harmon also lived with the family during this time.

Ella also helped to support the family as a saleswoman) while her brothers Frank and Oscar worked, respectively as a bridge builder and carbon setter. All were all still living at home, as were Ella's sister, Anna Eberhart and Anna's 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, was then born in December of that same year.

Just after the turn of the century, Ella's family would be rocked by the loss of two members of the Crownover clan. After Ella's father died in July 1903, her brother, Oscar, passed away at the Crownover family home in Braddock, Pennsylvania just over a year later, 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 performing stressful and dangerous work as a structural steel engineer. Like their father before him, Oscar was laid to rest at the Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills.

Ella's mother, who would live nearly another decade and a half without Ella's father and brother, passed away from chronic interstitial nephritis at home at 543 Corey Avenue in Braddock at 9 a.m. on 14 August 1917, where she was living with Ella.

By the time of her own death on 17 July 1938, 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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