Slaves in My Crews Family

Tar River Plantation House and Family, at Tally-Ho, Granville County, North Carolina

Greek Revival Plantation House of James A. Crews, built about 1830 by the famous Antebellum architect Jacob Holt. This is the homeplace as it appeared in a photograph taken before 1917. Pictured in the photo are; standing at gate on right; LeRoy Lafayette Crews, at gate on left; Ellen Hamill, LeRoy’s second wife, African-American child on porch on left is “Cora”, whose parents were born into slavery on the plantation, and on the porch on the right; an unidentified child who is probably a relation of Ellen Hamill.


Family Lore:

“Cora” and her family at Tar River Plantation, and later in Thelma, North Carolina

Former Slave Naratives:
Rev. J.M. Taylor (of the James A. Crews “Tally Ho at Tar River” Plantation in Granville County, North Carolina)

Isham Crews (of the James A. Crews “Tally Ho at Tar River” Plantation in Granville County, North Carolina)

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Wills:
1] Will of Gideon Crews – November 1815

Excerpt: “Will of Gideon Crews of Granville County, North Carolina…. . I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Item  I lend to my well beloved wife Jemima Crews during her natural life the tract of land whereon I now live with the mansion house and kitchen and all the out houses with all the appurtenances in any wise thereto belonging.

Item  I likewise lend to my well beloved wife Jemima Crews during her natural life my two negroes Betty and Burrell, my felix sorrel horse and sorrel mare and colt and her choice of seven head of my stock of cattle with three sows and pigs and twelve head of sheep and all the fowls on the plantation.

Item  I likewise lend to her during her life such of my plantation tools and Utensils as she think proper to take with her two featherbeds and one half of her choice of my household and kitchen furniture with my Case of and yoke of steers.

Item  Is that my executors hereafter named shall sell at Public sale and twelve months credit all my negroes with all the property found on the plantation not heretofore divided by my loving Jemima Crews and the money arising from such sale after all my just debts are paid off be equally divided amongst my eight children. To Wit, Milly Hester, Elizabeth Currin, Joseph Crews, Gideon Crews, Abby Daniel, James Crews, Littlebury Crews and Jemima Currin to them and their heirs and assigns forever…

GIDEON X. CREWS. His mark signed sealed published … November Court A.D. 1815”

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Census Data and Slave Schedules:
1] James A. Crews – 1850 Census

On the 1850 Census, Slave Schedule – for James A. Crews, the following data was recorded:

Schedule 2. – Slave Inhabitants in Ragland District in the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 19th day of August, 1850. (Signed) Tro (illegible) E. A. Jones, Ass’t Marshal.

Page 18 – Columns on Left Side of Page

Line #1  – James Crews

No. of Slaves     Age        Sex         Color

1                              37           M            Black

1                              36           M            Black

1                              28           M            Black

1                              30           M            Black

1                              28           M            Black

1                              20           M            Black

1                              11           M            Black

1                              7              M            Mulatto

1                              4              M            Mulatto

1                              1              M            Mulatto

1                              70           F              Black

1                              30           F              Black

1                              27           F              Black

1                              25           F              Black

1                              24           F              Black

1                              14           F              Black

1                              11           F              Black

1                              8              F              Black

1                              6              F              Black

1                              4              F              Black

1                              1              F              Black

1                              5              F              Black

1                              4              F              Black

1                              2              F              Black

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24

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2] Meredith Crews – 1850 Census

Schedule 2. – Slave Inhabitants in Ragland District in the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 19th day of August, 1850. (Signed) Tro (illegible) E. A. Jones, Ass’t Marshal.

Page 8 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #10 – Meredith Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              80           F              Black

1                              50           F              Black

1                              33           F              Black

1                              28           F              Black

1                              18           F              Black

1                              17           F              Mulatto

1                              12           M            Black

1                              8              F              Mulatto

1                              5              F              Black

1                              4/12       F              Mulatto

1                              4/12       F              Mulatto

1                              23           M            Mulatto

1                              21           M            Black

1                              13           M            Black

1                              12           M            Mulatto

1                              10           M            Black

1                              8              M            Black

1                              6              M            Black

1                              3              M            Black

1                              3              F              Mulatto

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20

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3] Elijah T. Crews – 1850 Census

Schedule 2. – Slave Inhabitants in Ragland District in the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 17th day of August, 1850. (Signed) Tro (illegible) E. A. Jones, Ass’t Marshal.

Page 16 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #29 – Elijah T. Crews 

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              24           M            Black

1                              16           F              Black

1                              13           F              Black

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3

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4] Edward Crews – 1850 Census

Schedule 2. – Slave Inhabitants in Ragland District in the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 17th day of August, 1850. (Signed) Tro (illegible) E. A. Jones, Ass’t Marshal.

Page 16 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #38 – Edward Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              24           M            Black

1                              22           F              Black

1                              12           M            Black

1                              8              F              Black

1                              5              F              Mulatto

1                              1              M            Black

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6

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5] Gideon Crews – 1850 Census

Schedule 2. – Slave Inhabitants in Ragland District in the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 17th day of August, 1850. (Signed) Tro (illegible) E. A. Jones, Ass’t Marshal.

Page 18 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #23  – Gideon Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              55           M            Mulatto

1                              27           M            Black

1                              35           F              Black

1                              24           F              Black

1                              20           F              Mulatto

1                              16           M            Mulatto

1                              12           F              Black

1                              8              M            Black

1                              5              M            Mulatto

1                              2              M            Mulatto

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10

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6] Henry Crews – 1850 Census

Page 18 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #33 – Henry Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              21           F              Black

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7] Jane A. Crews – 1850 Census

Page 85 – Columns on Left Side of Page

Line #40 – Jane A. Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              80           M            Black

1                              26           M            Black

1                              20           M            Black

1                              10           M            Black

1                              7              M            Black

1                              2              M            Black

1                              1/12       M            Black

1                              65           F              Black

1                              43           F              Black

1                              21           F              Black

1                              19           F              Black

1                              20           F              Black

1                              14           F              Black

1                              10           F              Black

1                              3              F              Black

1                              1              F              Black

1                              2              F              Black

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8] Benjamin F. Crews – 1850 Census

Page 103 and 104 – Columns on Right Side of Page

Line #38 – Benjamin F. Crews

No. of Slaves      Age        Sex         Color

1                              22           F              Black

1                              21           F              Black

1                              16           F              Black

1                              6              M            Black

1                              1              F              Black

1                              6              F              Black

1                              1              M            Black

1                              12           M            Black

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9] James A. Crews – 1860 Census
On the Granville County Census of 1860, taken on the 8th of August, 1860, on page 116, lines # 23 – 33, the James Crews personal property value of $27,175 was probably largely made up of the value of his slaveholdings. His real estate (land) was valued at $6800.

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[Eds. Note: I still have many pages of census data and slave schedules to go through, as well as countless pages of former slave narratives to read in order to find persons associated with the Crews family. Please check back, as this area of the site is a work in progress.]


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