• Donna Hechler Porter

Jeremiah Crews, Possible Children, Part 3: Elizabeth Crews Boon

This is the third installment in a continuing series detailing the possible children of Jeremiah Crews and Elizabeth Harland/Harlan. This research is courtesy of Marian Kay Abbott who is diligently searching for a link proving the Jeremiah Crews of Vigo County, Indiana, was the son of David Milton Crews and Annie Magee of Madison County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Crews, who married Josiah Boon (spelling of cemetery marker, see below) in Shelby County, Kentucky on 31 July 1813, is named in the marriage record as a daughter of Jeremiah Crews. The bondsman for the marriage was Zachariah Crews. If she is a daughter of Jeremiah and a granddaughter of David and Annie (Magee) Crews, she was likely born in Madison County, Kentucky, about the year 1792 and probably on Otter Creek, as that was where her father was living at the time (see Metes & Bounds II: David Crews, Ancestors & Descendants).

Sarah Rockenfeld in her book Our Boone Families: Daniel Boone's Kinfolk (Whipporwill Publications, Evansville: 1987, pgs 71-72, extracted and shared by Marian Kay Abbott), gives Josiah's name as Josiah Boon III. At the time of his marriage to Elizabeth, he was a veteran of the War of 1812, having served as a private in the 1st Rifle Regiment (Allen's), Kentucky Volunteers. According to Rockenfeld, Elizabeth later received 80 acres of bounty land on Josiah's service.

Josiah and Elizabeth moved with the families of Nelson, Adams, and Crews, in the 1820s, into Vigo and Sullivan Counties, Indiana. Here, Josiah owned 80 acres in Haddon Township in Sullivan County, Indiana (NE N FR, Sec. 3, T6N, R9W, Rockenfeld does not indicate this 80 acres was part of his bounty warrant.) Sullivan County was directly south of Vigo County. The Wabash River borders the county on the west, with the state of Illinois across the river.


The map to the right is of Sullivan County. The red portion is Haddon Township.


Josiah is enumerated in the 1830 Sullivan County, Indiana, census as having 1 male 40-49, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 10-14, 4 males 5-9, and 2 males under 5. Females in the household included 1 between the ages of 30-39, 1 female 10-14, 2 females 5-9, and 1 female under 5. Obviously the oldest male is Josiah and the oldest female is Elizabeth. This is the only census available for Josiah, for he died on 4 September 1836 in Sullivan County, Indiana. He was buried in the Boone Cemetery in that county, and a War of 1812 monument marks his grave.


Elizabeth is subsequently enumerated in the 1840 and 1850 Sullivan County, Indiana, censuses in Haddon Township, but with son David Boon, aged 34, as the head of the household in the 1850 census. Others enumerated with her and who were likely her children were: Joseph Boon, 24, Pearcus Boon, 22, Nancy Boon, 19, Thomas Boon, 17, and William Boon, 14. William must have been born shortly before or after his father's death. Six year old Elizabeth Boon was probably a granddaughter, and carpenter Willis Milam, 34, was living with them as well.

According to Rockenfeld, Elizabeth (Crews) Boon, five of her children, and two small grandchildren died in August of 1851 of the "flux," which was caused by eating meat that had been undercooked and thus the parasites had not been killed. Rockenfeld states this was probably wild meat, and that the meat was probably eaten on a Sunday while the family was at Elizabeth's house visiting. Those who died were Elizabeth (Crews) Boon, George Boon, David Boon, Mary E."Polly" Boon Boatman and her baby, Levi Boatman, Nancy Boon, William Boon, and a grandson Columbus W. Lowdermilk, the baby of Leah Boon Lowdermilk.

They were all buried in the the Boone Cemetery in Paxton, Sullivan County, Indiana, and all have entries on www.findagrave.com.




Josiah Boone Headstone, Boone Cemetery, Paxton, Sullivan County, Indiana.

Picture from www.findagrave.com.

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