Mary <I>Crownover</I> Rabb

Mary Crownover Rabb

Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 15 Oct 1882 (aged 77)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 1, Lot 154
Memorial ID 66837693 · View Source
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d/o John Crawford Crownover & Mary Elizabeth Chesney
w/o John Rabb - m. 02 Oct 1821
1. Zebulon Montgomery Pike Rabb - b. 07 Oct 1822 (MS)
2. George Washington Rabb - b. 04 Dec 1824 (TX)
3. Melissa Crownover Rabb - b. 26 May 1827 (TX)
4. Marion Rabb - b. 21 Dec 1829 (TX)
5. John Wesley Rabb - b. 14 Feb 1833 (TX)
6. Lorenzo Dow Rabb - b. Mar 1835 (TX)
7. Virgil Sullivan Rabb - b. 15 Feb 1839 (TX)
8. Mary Elizabeth Rabb - b. ~Sep 1844 (TX)
9. Gail T. Rabb - b. 27 Sep 1847 (TX)

The following information provided by flgrl:

Mary Crownover Rabb was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Mary Crownover was living in Jonesborough, Arkansas Territory when she met JOHN RABB, whom she married in 1821. They left Jonesborough October 1, 1823 for "Austin's Colony" to settle with John Rabb's Father, William Rabb and 2 of his brother's were settled.

John and Mary settled on the West Side of the Colorado River just North of the present site of La Grange at a place called Indian Hill. They moved on to a site South at a colony on the Brazos River; only to return to Austin's Colony when John's Father William Rabb received a grant for four leagues to build a gristmill.

1835 John Rabb joined the Fight for Independence in the new land of Texas. Mary and the children were alone to deal with the ever invasion of Indians and survival. Mary and the children were forced to flee with other settlers in the RUNAWAY SCRAPE. Mary kept written records of her pioneer experiences living in Texas, including the many hardships endured.

In the 1875, Rabb Family Papers, reminiscences of colonist Mary Rabb she noted the following:

"then we was all drove out of ouer houses with ouer little ones to suffer with cold and hungry and little Lorenzy not three months old when we started out died on the road … when the Mexicans was invadeing Texas … we alwase calld the invadeing of Texas the runaway trip so your uncle Tommys wife onley lived one day after tha got home thare was many births and deths on that road while we was running from the mexicans."

Lorenza was the child of Mary Rabb and John who died during the Runaway Scrape.


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  • Added: 12 Mar 2011
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Crownover Rabb (8 Apr 1805–15 Oct 1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66837693, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Geno-seeker (contributor 46980386) .