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Capt Henry Bradford Crowell

Capt Henry Bradford Crowell

Halifax County, North Carolina, USA
Death 22 Jul 1840 (aged 58)
Fort Mitchell, Russell County, Alabama, USA
Burial Fort Mitchell, Russell County, Alabama, USA
Plot 7
Memorial ID 6628468 · View Source
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VETERAN - War of 1812

Son of
Tabitha Bradford & Major Samuel Crowell
Husband of Sarah Catherine Cantey
(daughter of
Martha Whitaker & Capt. James Cantey)

1. Justice of Peace (1799-1812)
of Washington Co, GA
2. Sheriff (1812) of
Washington Co, GA
3. House of Representatives
and in 2nd Senator of
Crawford Co, GA (1834 & 1835)
4. Owner of Inn & Tavern on
west side of Flint River.
5. Owned the Ferry across the
Flint River and 46 slaves.
6. Instrumental in founding the
Crowell Methodist Church in 1827

Henry Crowell and Sarah Cantey were married, when Sarah Cantey was only sixteen years of age. The romantic tale, handed down thru generations, stated that the runaway marriage of Sarah Cantey and Henry Crowell happened when Henry rode horseback to Sarah's kitchen window and she jumped from the window to the horses' back and they were off with a gallop. They were married in 1808, settling first in Washington County, GA then in Crawford County, GA where they established a home near the Flint River on the Indian Reservation. Later they moved to Fort Mitchell, Russell County, AL. Henry Crowell was a soldier in the War of 1812, as is shown by a letter from him to his wife, dated Nov., 1812. He formed a company, of which Richard and Hardy Whitaker were members. Henry Crowell represented Crawford County in the Legislature in 1834. The story is told that while in the house someone called him an old man. He firmly defended himself and had his wife with a very young baby stand up in the gallery. Sarah Cantey Crowell was originally an Episcopalian, but upon moving to the Indian Reservation found that the nearest church was Methodist. That church was miles from their residence. Because she was a devoted member, would ride the distance on horseback to attend its services. Henry thought that it was too far to go and one day inquired of a Bishop visiting in his home how many members were needed to form a church. The Bishop said "Five or six." At the Bishop's next visit to the Crowell home he was informed that they had the members. Henry Crowell named them: "Sarah my wife, and I will quit swearing and will make Nat Bradford quit swearing, Paddy Carr (the Indian), and Peter, the driver." Henry Crowell built the church, which stands near Roberta, GA. The church burned, but is still called "Crowell's Chapel" and is in the South Georgia Methodist Conference. Sarah survived Henry and with her granddaughter, Kate Crowell, lived first with one, then another of her children. She was quite a favorite with the members of the family and had many namessakes, one of which is the writer. "My Children's Ancestry" by Sarah Cantey Allen


He was candid, generous and charitable

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Henry Bradford Crowell (7 Mar 1782–22 Jul 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6628468, citing Crowell Family Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Russell County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Marigay (contributor 47219241) .