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 Ann <I>Cravens</I> Roberts

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Ann Cravens Roberts

  • Birth 5 May 1807
  • Death 29 Dec 1897
  • Burial Longview, McDonald County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 6451988

Ann Cravens was born in Greene County Tennessee in 1807. She was the 5th child (out of 8) and 4th daughter of James Cravens (1773 -1821) and Nancy Ann Love (1776 -1821) Cravens. Her parents were married in Greene County, TN on 12-20-1797. The family moved to Selma, Alabama about 1821, and shortly afterwards, both parents died (1821) of a fever. Ann was 14 when her parents died. She and her unmarried sisters and one brother soon returned to Greene County, TN, and the support of extended family.

The children were taken in by their maternal aunt, Mary Love Gordon and her husband, George Gordon, who was an iron master. The Gordons had no children of their own. George Gordon operated Bright Hope Furnace. Ann's only brother, Robert Cravens, age 16 (born 1805) was suddenly head of the family. Robert Cravens entered the iron business under his uncle's tutelage. Robert Cravens was a very successful iron master, and about 1828 moved 100 miles down the Tennessee River in the vicinity of Roane County, TN to open a new furnace. Ann moved with him and met her husband, William Roberts. On 7-24-1829, Ann Cravens married William Roberts in Roane County, TN.

Ann and William Roberts had one daughter , Eliza Roberts, who was born 12-25-1830, in Tennessee. Sometime afterwards they moved West.

In the 1850 US Federal Census, Ann and William and Eliza were living in Benton township in Newton County, Missouri. William is listed as a school teacher. In the same census township, a few pages later, Eliza's future husband, Isaac Plumlee, is living with his father, Denton Plumlee, and family.

In the 1860 US Federal Census, Ann and William Roberts are living by themselves in the Pineville township in McDonald County, MO. Williams Roberts is listed as a school teacher. According to family, William Roberts was born in Pennsylvania about 1799. Not sure when he died. During the Civil War, the Courthouse in Pineville, MO was burned down and many records lost. In the 1870 census, Ann is living with her daughter, Eliza Plumlee, and is probably a widow.

Ann's daughter, Eliza Roberts Plumlee, had seven children. (See Isaac Denton and Eliza Plumlee bio). As a grandmother, Ann was instrumental in the upbringing of her grandchildren. Her oldest grandson, (John) Cravens Plumlee was a prominent McDonald County physician and the County Medical Examiner.

Ann's paternal grandparents were John Cravens (1722- 1778) and Nancy Hiatt (Hiett) (1727 - 1797) . Maternal grandfather was Thomas Love (1745 - 1810). Paternal great grandparents were (Captain) Robert Cravens Sr. (1696 - 1762) and Mary Harrison (1696 - 1781) of Rockingham Co. (formerly Augusta Co.) Virginia.

Per the "House of Cravens" by Ruth H. McConathy (1972), "Mary and Robert Cravens contributed at least two sons as soldiers in the cause of Indepenence, and supplies were furnished by Mary....for the Continental Army."

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  • Maintained by: Janice McGarrah
  • Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
  • Added: 27 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6451988
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Cravens Roberts (5 May 1807–29 Dec 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6451988, citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Longview, McDonald County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Janice McGarrah (contributor 48800866) .