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The Crockett Letters

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The Crockett Letters

From the desk of Teresa Carr

This letter has been edited and updating for accurate recording.

Asher Crockett(1).

Subj: My Revolutionary CROCKETT
Date: 2/21/2000 9:20:34 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: (Lynda Davis-Logan)
To: (WVA List),, (WVKANAWHA List), (WVHAMPSHIRE), (BLANKENSHIP-L), (CROCKETT List),,, (Wayne County Genalogical Society), (Teresa Carr).
E-mail me if you have any questions or comments.

Dear List Members,

Some of you may have seen our queries before but we have just obtained new information that may or may not have any bearing on our search.

We are the CROCKETTs that are researching 'James ASHER CROCKETT'. Asher served in the Revolution for two terms. He states in his pension application that he was born in Hampshire County VA in 1760. When he was about 16 years old he ran away from his cruel master and enlisted in the

Instead of writing all of this again will quote from various sources:

Subject: RE: CROCKETT ties in Hampshire Co, VA
From: *new address at this time*
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 1996 00:47:59 -0400

"Does Asher CROCKETT have connections in Hampshire Co, VA where he was born?
Who were his parents ANDERSON or CROCKETT?

He had an alias name, why did he use the name Asher CROCKETT or James ANDERSON?

His parents were possibly dead at that time before the revolution, said he was bound by his master in his declaration for rev. pension when he left western VA to join the army. Some of this info was obtain from a bible record.

Jas. Anderson alias Asher CROCKETT, file #2533 VA (12-762), Pvt. army, VA
Troop Regiment under Capt. Fitzpatrick, VA Line under Colonel Hite command.
Pension granted to Sarah BLANKENSHIP CROCKETT wife married Sept 8, 1800 VA.
Served 3 years. Discharged 1781 rank Pvt. dated Jan. 1, 1836 pension, born Sept 1760 left Hampshire Co, VA in 1784.

In 1776 left western VA went to Penn. and NJ joined Washington's army served 1st term as camp boy. Ca. 1778 returned to Hampshire Co, VA learns of former master getting him back he returned to the army again until he was
discharged in 1781.

Some children were mentioned on pension application Andrew Johnson CROCKETT, Sylvester (actually son of Andrew J.) CROCKETT, Nancy, others. (Note: Asher and Sarah had five children: Peter m. Nancy Garrett - they moved west to Shawnee Territory in Kansas; Mary possibly m. a MILLER in KY; Charlotte m. Edward MILLER; Elizabeth m. Joseph KELLEY; and Andrew Johnson m. Eliza Blankenship.)

John Wesley CROCKETT s/o Andrew Johnson CROCKETT,
b. Aug. 1830 m. Mary “Polly” STAFFORD. John served in the Union army during the Civil War from Wayne Co. VA (WV). He had a brother I think James in the Confederate army.

Children of John Wesley CROCKETT & Polly STAFFORD
-------Tennessee CROCKETT b. WV
-------Nancy CROCKETT b. ca. 1860, WV m. James K. BONDS, Mar 7, 1880
-------James CROCKETT b. WV, m. Cynthia ASBURY, Jan 10, 1888
-------Eliza J. CROCKETT b. May 1872 m. Samuel L. BLANKENSHIP (b. Oct 1826,
Franklin Co, VA s/o Levi BLANKENSHIP & Polly WILLIAMS), Mar 10, 1892 d.
-------Margaret CROCKETT b. WV, m. W.H. "Bill" WALKER, June 7, 1881
-------Andrew CROCKETT b. WV m. Louise_______
-------George CROCKETT b. WV m. Katie DUNN, d. 1956, cancer

Does anyone have any connections with this CROCKETT line? In the meantime, thanks for all your replies.

Regards, Teresa Carr"
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Patriot Minorities at the Battle of Cowpens

How many minorities were at the Battle of Cowpens?

A diverse group of individuals met on the field of battle on a bitterly cold Wednesday morning, January 17, 1781. Of the more than two thousand men who fought this battle, the National Park Service can document fifteen black males who fought with the Americans. In addition, there is one famous black male who the NPS cannot document.

Who were the known minorities in the Battle of Cowpens?

The names of minorities that the National Park Service can document at the Battle of Cowpens are as follows: James Anderson (or Asher Crockett), Julius Cesar, Lemerick Farr, Andrew Ferguson, Fortune Freeman, Gideon Griffen, Morgan Griffen, Drury Harris, Edward Harris, Allen Jeffers, Berry Jeffers, Osborne Jeffers, Andrew Peeleg, Dick Pickens, and Record Primes (or Primus Record.)

Is any additional information available on these people?

There is not a lot of additional information available on most of the minorities. However, the information available is interesting.

James Anderson or Asher Crockett ran away from his master in 1776 and joined General Washington's army, remaining with it for two years as a camp boy and waiter. He then returned to Hampshire County, Virginia, where his old master attempted to reclaim him. In order to avoid that fate, he rejoined the army as a substitute for someone who had been drafted. At Hillsborough, North Carolina, he came down with smallpox. His unit left him behind when the departed. After his recovery, he returned to fight at Hanging Rock, South Carolina. In his pension record, he stated that he was on the field at Camden and was a witness to the mortal wounding of Baron de Kalb. He was in the battles of both Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse. He stayed behind at Guilford with the sick and then joined General Lafayette and was present at Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. After Yorktown, he marched with the baggage to Winchester, Virginia. Under Captain Fitzpatrick, he guarded the magazine and public stores at Powhatan Courthouse. After the war ended, he was under the command of General Clark in Kentucky. Anderson (or Crockett) married Sarah Blankenship the daughter of Peter and Jemima Perdue Blankenship from Giles County, Virginia on September 11, 1800. He filed for a pension on November 26, 1832.; Last Updated: 7/24/99 12:09PM; HTML donated by volunteer: John Robertson"

My question now is: does anyone on this list have any information on a CROCKETT family that would have been living in Hampshire County in 1760 through 1776 that might have had slaves?

Was ASHER CROCKETT a slave? We have always just assumed (for the last 25 yrs.) that he was bound out to learn a trade or that he was an orphan.

Since finding this latest information about the 'Battle of Cowpens' I'm beginning to wonder if this is why he has been such a 'BRICKWALL'.

Was he a slave, a free person of color, mulatto, or Melungeon?

If anyone out there has any information that could be of help to us or any ideas of where to search next OR if this is your family - would love to hear from you.



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