Connecting the Crowes….

In 1975, when I first met Thomas Wayne Crowe, he told me his grandmother was “full blooded Cherokee.” In 1978, I married his grandson. In 1982, we had our first child and I really wanted to find out about this. T. W. clammed up on me, and for years I could find out nothing.

This month, Mark’s grandmother, Gladys, died. The family let me have the Bible that always sat on her coffee table. And, below is one Genealogy Page.

Photo of family Bible

So now I have the two grandmothers’ names:
Arminta Foster Crowe, born in Arkansas and Julia Ann Jolly May. One of these women could be of the Cherokee tribe. But which one?

Using,, and it does not take me long to find the parents of both of them. I found census, marriage and death records that helped.

  • Arminta’s parents are Margaret Dunn and Jesse Forrester, according to several records, and several sources have her first name as Margaret.

  • Julia Ann’s parents are Joseph Jolley and Elizabeth Perkins, who possibly had a first or second name as Frances. Also, I find that Julia Ann was born in Tennessee, according to her death record.

So that is a start. Some very good clues. But a mystery….

I’m going to blog about what I find over the next few days….

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5 Responses to Connecting the Crowes….

  1. I’m very curious to see where this goes, Elizabeth. One of the members of my genealogical society brought some information on a Native American ancestor (I’m pretty sure Cherokee) to the meeting last month. The surname of one of the Cherokee women was Jolly, probably from northwest Georgia/southeast Tennessee. Our next meeting is on March 13. I’ll be happy to see if I can get a copy of what he had if you like.

  2. Libbi says:

    Oh yes that would be wonderful!! Thank you!!

  3. I didn’t want to forget, so I sent him an email. Hopefully he will contact you shortly 🙂

  4. Rufus Williamson says:

    I am the person referred to by Jenny Lanctot. My GG grandmother Mary Ann Jolly was said to be 100% Cherokee. Her husband is said to have met her on The “Trail of Tears”. They were married in Cincinnati OH. She died in White Co. IL in 1897. She is said to have been born in OH which is unlikely if she was Cherokee. No death records for IL for 1897. She is a recent find, so I am still working on background. I have searched Cherokee rolls for 1835 of likely TOT marchers, but no Jollys listed. Rufus

  5. Libbi says:

    Interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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