By The Jonesborough Genealogical Society
John Melvin Crosswhite, Sr., called John, b. Feb. 18, 1797, d. 1847; married Betsy Stone. Their children: 1) Abraham Crosswhite, M.D. 2) George Crosswhite, M.D. 3) Jesse Crosswhite, “Dunkard” preacher, b. 1820; d. 1891; md. Lavina Thomas (1824-1902); these two were parents of Albert Graham Crosswhite, also a “Dunkard” preacher, who died in Indiana. 4) John Melvin Crosswhite, Jr., called Melvin, b. 1837, d. 1894, “Dunkard” preacher. And three girls; Sarah, Anna and Mary, making a total of 8 children.
William Crosswhite, b. 1799; md. Nancy Lindsay; after death of William, Nancy was married second to Wm. Johnson, brother of Sarah Johnson, Reuben’s wife. Children of Wm. And Nancy Lindsay Crosswhite: 1) Alfred Cornelius Crosswhite, whose wife Martha died Nov. 12, 1892, in Kansas City, Kansas. Alfred Cornelius was taken prisoner in the Civil War and confined at Appomattox Court House, then after the war ended was one of the men traded. Their children were Dr. John Webster Crosswhite, City Physician of Kansas City, Kansas in 1892-94, but later lived in Texas; Smith Crosswhite; Rose Crosswhite, d. 1960, who md. Mr. Cass; Robert Henderson Crosswhite, md. Ethel Eustace, who was the widow of Robert Henderson, is still living in K.C., Kansas. 2) John Crosswhite. 3) Conrad Crosswhite. 4) Isaac Crosswhite, killed by a “brush shooter” in the Civil War. 5) Mathias Crosswhite, d. 1862 at Nashville (killed in the Civil War) and buried in the National Cemetery there.
Here are two interesting excerpts, combined by Lucille Crosswhite Isaacs, from two old and yellowed but undated letters lent to Mr. Isaacs by Mrs. Ethel Eustace Crosswhite. The letters are said to have been written by Alfred Cornelius Crosswhite but appear instead to have been written about him by one of his sons. (Note that the writer of the letters calls the above William Crosswhite grandfather, not father). “George Crosswhite, deceased, was my great grandfather. And those negroes were kept back from the general sale to wait on his wife, my great-grandmother, who was to live with my Grandfather William Crosswhite, who inherited the old homestead, and was also the owner of a number of stores. My grandfather decided to move from his East Tenn. Home near the present town of Elizabethton. His mother decided to live with his daughter near by, and decided to sell the two negroes. The sale took place at my grandfather’s home. The two Administrators were great uncles of mine. My father was only 12 years old at the time. He never owned or believed in the institution of slavery, grew up to be a Whig and was an ardent Union man. A volunteer in the 4th Tenn. (Union) Regiment, serving from 1862 to 1865 and was a public official of his county as Sheriff and tax Collector. Moving to Johnson Co. and was a well-known public man, an active politician of his county and died near Stillwell in Johnson Co., Kan., where he and my mother are buried in the family plot near this place. P.S. moved to Johnson Co., Kansas in 1877. Held the office of Justice of the Peace until his death.”
Mary Crosswhite, b. Nov. 4, 1801, d. 1848; no further record found.
Jesse Crosswhite, b. Apr. 18, 1804, d. 1848; wife’s name not found but children were: 1) Thomas Crosswhite, 1827-1912, a Christian preacher. 2) Landon Crosswhite. 3) Solly (record not clear-could be Sally or Solly as a nickname for an uncle Solomon). 4) Susi Ann Crosswhite. 5) Mary Ann Crosswhite.
Reuben Crosswhite, b. 1806, date of death unknown; wife was Sarah or Susan Johnson. Their children: 1) George Crosswhite. 2) John Crosswhite. 3) alex Crosswhite. 4) William Crosswhite. 5) Sarah Crosswhite. 6) Mary Crosswhite. Reuben settled in Gentry Co., MO and raised his family there.
Annie Crosswhite, md. John Loyd (their record follows).
Uriah or Urey Crosswhite, b. Oct. 15, 1812; md. a Blevins.
Agnes Crosswhite, b. Dec. 27, 1816, d. July 12, 1847; md. a Kilby.