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George Lennox Crookham

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Feb 1857 (aged 77)
Jackson County, Ohio, USA
Burial Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio, USA
Plot lot 9 sec H
Memorial ID 84755285 · View Source
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Born New Carlisle, Cumberland, PA
Died Lick Twp., Jackson, OH
Veteran War or 1812
George Lennox Crookham known as Big George was born on English parents, James Crookham and Hannah Perry. James fought in The Revolutionary War as a Gunner in Col. Flowers Regiment of Artillery Officers. George was born during the war on November 18, 1779 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co, Pa. George qualified himself as a teacher. He moved to a new settlement in the Ohio Territory called Salt Lick Town, and he was the first teacher in the area. He also worked in the salt furnaces to supplement his income. On January 19, 1808 he married Sarah Ann Lake who was from Boone's Lick, KY. Her father, Asa, owned a salt furnace. The Crookhams had 16 children and school teaching is how he supported his family. George became known as the best-educated individual in the county. George bought land in Lick Township and built his home and a school. "The Jack Oak College". He taught a young man, John Wesley Powell, who went on to become the second most famous explorer in the history of the United States and the head of the United States Geographical Survey. George Crookham was also a soldier in the war of 1812. He died on February 28, 1858 at the age of 77 years 3 months and ten days. This man's life, helping to settle a wilderness, at the same time providing an education to those who braved unknown conditions in the Ohio Country, is remarkable. (Information taken from The Jackson Historical Society article on George L. Crookham)

16 children:
Horatio S. Crookham
Martha M. Crookham Hanna
Euclid W. Crookham Montgomery
Horace Crookham, I# 73837762
James William/David Maxwell Crookham
Vashti Crookham Lewis
John Abbott Lake Crookham, Judge
Milton Crookham
Lawrence Crookham
Norval/Norville H. Crookham
Oliver Cromwell Crookham, I 85738567
Emily G. Crookham
Maria/Mary Louisa Crookham McKitterick
Jefferson George Crookham
Sarah L. Crookham Stevenson
Amarillis/Amaryles C. Crookham Stephenson

Gravesite Details Originally buried in Bunn Cem. Jackson Co., OH: Re-interred Fairmount Cem., Jackson, Jackson, OH

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