Name: John Watts Crunk
Birth: JUN 1757 in Probably Fort Blackmore, Scott County, Virginia
Death: DEC 1843 in Wilson County, Tennessee
Residence 1 BEF. 1784 Guilford County, North Carolina
Residence 2 1784 Southwest Virginia
Residence 2 AFT. 1784 Davidson County, Tennessee
Military Service: Revolutionary War
John Watts Crunk (1757) was the recorded fifth child of Richard Crank/Crunk (born before 1724 in Orange Co., Va. - d. 1766) and Mary Watson (born before 1725, Onslow Co., NC. - d. 1765, NC) It appears that John Watts was given his mother's maiden name. John's older brother was William (John) (b. 1739, Va) and three sister (triplets) born 1745- Hannah, Eles (Alice), and Mary Jr. William, the brother, was eighteen years old when John Watts was born.
Mary Watts Crunk died in 1765 when John was 8 years of age, and Richard Crunk died the following years. The court directed that John Hunter " take into his possession the Orphant Children of Richard Crunk, ded/d , that they shall be Delt with According to Law at April Court, 1767. The girls were 21 years of age at this time. On Jan. 14, 1768 the court order'd that John Watts Crunk, Orphant of Richard Crunk, be bound to George Fry to larn the Art & Mystry of Blacksmith, to sarve his master from this day for 10 1/2 yrs, being at this time 10 1/2 & Fry to give im L. 10 worth of tools for his trade and comply with Law in such cases.
Note: From the entry Record Book 1737/1770, Land Entries into present Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin and Patrick Counties, it appears Richard Crunk, father of John Watts Crunk, laid claim to public lands and/or purchased a dozen or so tracts there for himself and other family members. Land in southwest Va. was made available to settlers around 1750 with full remission of taxes for 10 yrs and 1/2 taxes for 10 following. Richard was illiterate, signing documents with a mark.
In 1776 John Watts was 19 years old. He was still legally bound to George Fry. In the month of Mar. 1776 in Guilford County, North Carolina John Watts was enlisted by Lieut. Robin Ralston with the company commanded by Capt. Davidson of the 2nd Regiment of the North Carolina line on Continental Establishment commanded by Col. Alexander Martin. That in or about the month of May following, he was transferred to the company commanded by Capt. Armstrong in the same Reg't and was appointed to a Sargeant. That he continued to serve as such in said company until in or about the month of Sept. following when he was commissioned an Ensign in the company commanded by Capt. Knox, in the same Reg't. He received his commission at Charleston, South Carolina and soon afterwards marched under the command of Major White for Savannah in Georgia. On his arrival in the neighborhood of Savannah he was taken ill of a fever and remained hereabouts sick and unfit for duty until the month of April following. Before this time Capt. Knox with his company marched Northward, shortly before this John Watts set out from the neighborhood of Savannah he wrote to Capt. Knox to inform him he would soon be fit for duty again and where he should join him. About the month of June 1777 at Monk's corner John Watts received a letter from Capt. Knox informing him that he believed that John Watts to be dead, that the officers in his company were filled and that if he wished to continue in service it would be as well for him to join some other part of the army. (Note: in 1777 the place was Monks Corner, then named after the Monk religious group that had settled here. In 1863 the town got its charter and was renamed after a prominent family that carried the name Moncks. The pronunciation remained the same just the spelling changed. There is a Monks Monastery that remains near Moncks Corner today. All of this information is from Richard Crank who presently live there). In or about the month of June 1777 and soon after receiving the letter from Capt. Knox, John Watts joined a unit in Camden, South Carolina. He was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in said company and marched with the unit from Camden and joined the regiment at or near Fish Dam Ford on Broad River. He continued in service acting as Lieutenant in said company and Reg't until the month of March 1778 when he resigned his commission and left the Regiment near said Fish Dam Ford and set out to return to Guilford County. On his way he met with Capt. Joseph Bassett of the South Carolina Militia where he was about to march with men against the Cherokees to the head of Pacelot River. At the request of Capt. Bassett John Watts joined his company, went with him on and continued for three months when the company was discharged. In or about the year 1779 John Watts went as a private with the Militia of Virginia on an expedition against the Tories on New River and continued in service until regularly discharged. In or about the year 1779 John Watts reached his home in Lee Co., Va. His house was burnt, together with his furniture and papers. He believes his commission as Lieutenant and Ensign were then consumed. John Watts was 22 years of age at this time.
John Watts Crunk married Millie "Polly" Blakemore in 1780. He was 23 years of age at the time of his marriage. Millie was the daughter of Capt. John Blakemore and Ann Tomblin. Capt. John Blakemore and his brother Joseph Blakemore Sr. are credited to have established Fort Blakemore in the year 1773. Note that the original spelling of Blakemore was Blackmore. I am leaving much of the spelling as recorded to illustrate the educational level of these early frontiersmen.
The first child born to John Watts and Millie was John Blakemore Crunk (1786) These early families named their children after family members. It would be safe to assume that he was named for his father and maternal grand father. The 1787 census list John Crunk, 2, 0, Berkeley Co., 2 titheable white males, 0 slaves, residents of Berkeley Co., Va. (Head of household names John, 2nd male unidentified). This second male could be his brother William since he was listed on jury duty in 1783 with John. William was in the same area. On Feb. 13, 1786 John Watts bought 60 acres on both sides of Clinch River- the location of Fort Blakemore.
The year 1787 was a memorable year for the descendent of William Crunk. The second son to John Watts and Millie Blakemore was William (Oct. 11, 1787). William was probably named after John Watts' brother William (John) (1732). The other two sons were Felix and George. The family stayed in this area until William married Mary "Polly" Blakemore, the daughter of Joseph Jesse Blakemore and the niece of Millie Blakemore. William, Mary, and their young son Joseph Jesse Blakemore Crunk (1808) moved from Lee Co., Va. to Petersburg, Tennessee around 1810/12.
Following from Keith Crunk
John Watts Crunk lived variously in the following areas: Rowan Co., N.C., possibly later in the same location that became Guilford Co., N.C.; Henry Co., Va.; Sumner Co., N.C.; Charleston and Monck's Corner, S.C.; Berkely Co., Va., same area as later Washington , Russell and Lee Cos., Va.; Pulaski Co., Ky.; Green Co., Ky.; Madison Co., Ala.; Savannah, Chatham Co., Ga.; Sumner Co., Davidson Co., Lincoln Co., and Wilson Co., Tn. Here, then, in chronological order, is the record we have compiled of this man's life as taken from official documents and records. We call your attention as the first item of unusual interest to the brief account of the land title suit brought by John Watts Crunk under item #9. North Carolina
1) Rowan Co., N.C.; a) 1766; Abstracts of Court Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co. N.C., p.58: Bk. II, p.657, 17 Oct 1766. Dr (directed). That John Hunter take into his possession the Orphant Children of Richard Crunk, dec'd., that they shall be Delt with According to Law at April Court, 1767. b) 1768; Abstacts of Court Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co., N.C., 1753/62, p.75: 14 Jan 1768; order'd. that John Watts Crunk, Orphant of Richard Crunk, be bound to George Fry to larn the Art & Mystry of Blacksmith, to sarve his master from this day for 10 1/2 yrs, being at this time 10 1/2, & Fry to give him L.10 worth of tools for his trade & comply with Law in such cases.
2) Note: From the Entry Record Book 1737/1770, Land Entries into present Cos. of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin and Patrick Cos., it appears Richard Crunk, father of John Watts Crunk, laid claim to public lands and/or purchased multiple tracts there for himself and other family members. Land in southwest Va. was made available to settlers around 1750 with full remission of taxes for 10 yrs and 1/2 taxes for 10 years following. Richard apparently took advantage of that opportunity for low cost land owner ship without reestablishing permanent residence in Virginia. He was illiterate, signing documents with a mark so his surname was We have placed variously spelt as Cronk, Crunk, etc, on deeds & titles.
3) Guilford Co., N.C. 1776; see item #8, Alabama pension application. It seems John W. Crunk lived in that portion of Rowan Co. that became Guilford Co., N.C. in 1775, probably near the border of Henry Co., Va. Virginia
4) Berkeley Co., Va.1785; Virginia Taxpayers 1782/87, p. 31: John Crunk, 2, 0, Berkeley Co.; 2 tithable white males, 0 slaves, residents of Berkeley Co., Va. (Head of hshld named John, 2nd male unidentified
5) Washington Co., Va.; Annals of Southwest Virginia, Vol. II, Washington Co.; a) 1783; p. 1145: At a Court for Washington Co. May the 20th, 1783; Wm. Wynn, Plaintiff, against Henry Willis, Defendant, This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came also a jury, to wit; John Patterson, ... , John W. Crunk, William Crunk, ... b) 1786; p. 1206: 13 Feb 1786, John Watts Crunk, 60 acres both sides Clinch River. c) 1794; p. 1325: Record of Deeds, Bk. I, p. 69, 3 Sep 1794; Henry Hamblin of the Co. of Lee to Rich'd. Daniel of the Co. of Washington, L 20 for 281 acres in Russell Co. on the S side of the Clinch River. Wit: John W. Crunk, Wm. Huston, Aaron Huston.
6) Sumner Co., North Carolina (Sumner Co., Tennessee after 1792); 3 Dec 1787, Sumner Co., Tn. Archives: case #9182, Edward Douglass vs. John Watts Crunk, see full text below.
7) Washington Co., Va./Kentucky; East Kentuckian Mag, Vol. IV, 1968: from Deed Book I, Pulaski Co., Ky. at Somerset, Ky.: a) 1790; p. 29/30,24 xx 1790; "know all men by these presents that I, Wiatt Adkins of the Co. of Washington and State of Virginia, hath sold for L400, onto Jeremiah Clounch, 300 acs on N. side of xxx River at the fish shoals known by the name of Oen (Owen) Adkins Cabins. (signed) Wiat Adkins (SS), his mark. Wit.; Jno. W. Crunk. b) 03 June 1797; I assign the within bond to John Watts Crunk. Jeremiah Clonch (x). wit: John Johnson, Senr, John Johnson, Junr., xxx Price (no given name). c) 23 Dec 1797; (I assign) the within obligation to Thomas M. McClain. (signed) John W. Crunk, wit: Ann Claypole. d) 07 Mar 1798; Received in full the within bond of Wiatt Adkins. (signed) Thomas (x) McClain, wit: Rich'd Singleton. e) ditto above mat'l., Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. VI, no.2, p. 45.8) Holston Past Finder Magazine: a) Washington Co. Execution Book I: aa) Mar 1783, p. 3: Frederick Friley to Clerk of Washington Co. Petition and Summons vs. Crunk and Cowan. (from H.P.F. 6:26) ab) Apr 1787, p. 29: Wm. Robinson Dr., letters of Administration of Roberts Estate; (10 suits,1 of which was) vs. John W. Crank. (from H.P.F. 11:12). b) Washington Co. Judgement Book I: ba) date xxxx, p. 6: Wm. Robinson vs. John W. Crunk, executes and Replevied, A. Donaldson DS. (from H.P.F. 7:11) bb) Nov 1783: Frederick Friley vs. Warrington Spiller and John W. Crunk, executed and Replevied, A. Donaldson DS. (from H.P.F. 10:13). bc) Oct 1785: John Campbell vs. John Ws. Crunk and William Blackmore. Interest from 29 Oct 1783, executed & Replevied Robert Craig DS. (from H.P.F. 19:11). bd) Note: son of John B. Crunk, b. 05 Mar 1786, wife, Eliz. Little Conner Crunk, b. 1798, N.C. named their first son James Blakemore. Indicates possible link of John B. as son of John Watts Crunk.**
9) Russell Co., Virginia a) 1786/88; Chronicles of Scotch/Irish Settlement in Va., p. 90: Crunk vs. Allord, OS 51, NS 17, Appeal from Russell Co., Bill filed in Russell, 1788; In 1786 John Watts Crunk bought land from Enos (Amos) Ellird who died before title leaving James, his son an infant, at heir. Amos was murdered in 1786* b) 1787 census of Virginia, p. 486: Russell Co., Tax List "B"; John W. Crunk, 0 0 0 1 2. person responsible for tax = self, 0 wm 16/21, 0 blacks, 1 horse, 2 cattle. bb) do ref., next line: Richard Crunk, 1 0 0 0 0 (noted 'not tithable', indicating Richard probably established as a separate hshldr. but under 21 yrs of age. c) 1791; Early Settlers of Lee Co., Va. & Adj. Cos., Vol. II, p. 428: Petition for road; waggon road of 30 miles between Big Mocassin Gap and Benedict Yeary's . . . From Russell Co., Va. Order Book I, p. 234: 23 Aug 1791; (signatures) . . . , Rufus Crunk, John Watts Crush (?). ** Note; scholarship of this book is more than a little shaky and these two men certainly Richard Crunk and John Watts Crunk. d) 1807; Russell Co., Va. Deed Book IV, 1806/14, p. 531: heirs of John Blackemore (Blakemore ?), dec'd. of Davidson Co., Tn. to Wm. Rhea of Russell Co., Va; 518 acres in Russell Co., Va. granted . . . 26 Aug 1807. Acknowledged at Court of Robertson Co., Tn. 10 Aug 1812. John W. Crunk one of several witnesses & not clear whether he was resident in Russell Co., Va. or Robertson Co., Tn. in 1807.
*See Milly's notes
10) Lee Co., Virginia a) 1799 Lee Co., Va. Personal Property and Land Tax; Samuel Slaughter, Commissioner; . . . , John Watts Crunk, 1 (white male tithable). From Early Settlers of Lee & Adjacent Cos., Virginia. b) 1799; see affidavit, pension application, made 1819 in Madison Co., Alabama. c) Note: Within Lee Co. records, have found John Watts Crunk on only the 1799 tax rolls. W. John Crunk appears on both the land tax roll (200 acres) and personal property tax list as responsible for tax for 1 white male, no blacks & 2 horses. There were two individuals, William John Crunk & John Watts Crunk & the recorders made a conscious effort to distinguish between them. Kentucky
11) Green Co., Ky. a) 1792/1800; A History of Kentucky, Wm. B. Allen (1872), p. 400: "I have omitted mention of many names connected with the early settlement of Green Co. (Ky.) equally noted . . . I subjoin more for curiosity than any other purpose, a list of uncommon names which appear on the record books of Green Co. Court during it's first 8 years after organization of the county. . . . John Rock, Abijah Stone, Bailey Corder, J. W. Crank, . . . (Green Co., Ky. established by first legislature of Ky. after formation of the state constitution in 1792, ie: the period covered in court records was 1792/1800.). b) see Item 6, above.
12) Henry Co., Va. a) 1791; Jan term of Court, John Crunk against Layne; judgement. Tobacco tax levied against Layne. John Crunk was paid as a witness in court. (area adjacent Guilford Co., N.C.)
13) Sumner Co., Tennessee; Sumner Co., Tn. Archives; a) lawsuit #139 filed Mar 1805, Mero District, Gallatin, Tn.; James Hazelton vs. John W. Crunk. aa) To John Gooch, one of the Constables of sd ct, the sd County . . . an order directed by Isaac Walton to enforce judgement for fifty dollars & costs against John W. Crunk. (signed by) David Shelby, clk. ab) 03 Jun 1805, petition to set aside judgement filed by John Watts Crunk. Lists expenses incurred in cultivation of corn crop planted on shares with Hazelton (2/3 share to Crunk, 1/3 share to Hazelton). States Hazelton abandoned project after 15 days (5 years later jury would concur and assess Hazelton for all court costs). John Watts Crunk cost list included; "work lost by Joseph Crunk in the crop @ 8.0.0; for work lost, ditto, William Crunk, two weeks lost @ 5.0.0; . . ." ac) aprox 25 Jun 1805, summons for witnesses to appear. ad) aprox 25 Mar 1806, summons for Anderson White, wit. ae) 24 May 1806, levy against John W. Crunk af) Jun 1806, stay order issued against levy. b) lawsuit #7990, countersuit filed 15 Jul 1806 by John W. Crunk and Joseph Jones vs. James Hazelton. ba) 6 continuances from Nov 1806 through May term 1809. bb) 13 April 1810, jury decides in favor J. W. Crunk bc) ** See paper files for full text these 2 cases (30 pages). Alabama
14) Note: From Nat'l Archives microfilm M804, Roll 706D: copies of numerous letters and documents relating to John Watts Crunk's application for pension and replacement of lost pension certificates are contained in this file. Some are illegible or nearly so. The initial filing could be construed to have been made for a Wm. Crunk, possibly the cause of confusion in some texts. No other man named Crunk is recorded filing for a Rev. War pension or bounty land warrant. a) 1819; the first short letter of application is slightly at variance with the application below. b) 1819; from Nat'l Archives film M 806, Roll 706D, Rev War. Pension & Land Warrant Application Files: Application for Pension (rec'd. pension no. S 38646). The Declaration of John W. Crunk of Madison County in the Alabama Territory made this 11th day of January 1819 before me, Leroy Pope, one of the Judges and Chief Justices of the County Court of said county. Said John W. Crunk declares and says that in the month of Mar. 1776 in Guilford Co., North Carolina he was enlisted by Lieut. Robin Ralston with the company commanded by Capt. Davidson of the 2nd Regiment of the North Carolina line on Continental Establishment commanded by Col. Alexander Martin. That in or about the month of May following, he was transferred to the company commanded by Capt. Armstrong in the same Reg't. and was appointed to a Serjeant. That he continued to serve as such in said company until in or about the month of Sept. following when he was commissioned an Ensign in the company commanded by Capt. Knox, in the same Reg't. He received this commission at Charleston, South Carolina and soon afterwards marched under the command of Major White for Savannah in Georgia. On his arrival in the neighborhood of Savannah he was taken ill of a fever and remained hereabouts sick and unfit for duty until the month of April following. Before this time Capt. Knox with his company marched Northward, shortly before this affiant set out from the neighborhood of Savannah he wrote to Capt. Knox to inform him he would soon be fit for duty again and where he should join him. About the month of June 1777 at Monk's Corner this affiant received a letter from Capt. Knox informing him that he had believed this affiant to be dead, that the officers in his company were then all filled and that if this affiant wished to continue in service it would be as well for him to join some other part of the army. This letter as well as the affiant recollects was dated from Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania where this affiant believes Capt. Knox's company then was. In or about the month of June 1777 and soon after receiving the aforesaid letter from Capt. Knox, this affiant joined the company of Dragoons commanded by Capt. Duff of Col. William Fair's Reg't., and at Camden in South Carolina received the commission of 1st Lieutenant in said company and marched with said company from Camden and joined the regiment at or near Fish Dam Ford of Broad River. He continued in service acting as Lieutenant in said company and Reg't. until the month of March 1778 when he resigned his commission and left the Regiment near said Fish Dam Ford and set out to return to his connexions in Guilford Co. On his way thither he met with Capt. Joseph Bassett of the South Carolina Militia then about to march with his men against the Cherokees to the head of Pacelot River and at the request of said Capt. Bassett, joined his company, went with him on said service and continued for three months when the company was discharged. In or about the year 1779 this affiant went as a private with the Militia of Virginia on an expedition against the Tories on New River and continued in said service until regularely discharged. In or about the year 1799 when this affiant resided in Lee County, Va., his house was burnt, together with his furniture and papers and as he believes his aforesaid commission as Lieutenant and Ensign were then consumed. He believes that the aforesaid company of Capt. Duff and Col. Fair's regiment were on the Continental Establishment, and well recollects that said Second Reg't. commanded by Col. Martin was. This affiant is now a resident citizen of the United States residing in the county of Madison. He owns a horse and four cows and some few articles of Household furniture but neither land, negroes, nor any other property to the value of Five Dollars except as mentioned. And he has no other evidence now in his power, to prove his having been in service as above stated. Said John W. Crunk further saith that by reason of his reduced circumstances in life he is in need of assistance from his country for support. The foregoing Declaration was on said 11th day of January 1819 at Huntsville, sworn to and suscribed by said John W. Crunk before me, LeRoy Pope, J.Q., (signed) John W. Crunk. LeRoy Pope states that from evidence aforesaid it appears that John W. Crunk served in the Revolutionary War as above stated in the 2nd Regiment of N.C. from Mar.1776 to Apr.1777, during a part of which time he served as an Ensign of said Reg't. (Also, from Valley Leaves mag., Dec 1970. Contributed by Pauline Jones Gandrud (Mrs. B. W.), 311 Caplewood Terrace, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401, who says that John W. Crunk did not long remain in Madison Co., Ala. but did leave descendants there.). c) from Marj. C. Anderson: John W. Crunk, resident of Madison Co., Ala. received a pension of $254.45. He owned a house, 4 cows & a few articles of household furniture but no land or negroes nor any other property to the value of $5.00 Tennessee
15) 1820 census Tennessee, Lincoln Co., old p. 13, new p. 120; a) line 13: John W. Crunk, 000001 30100 00, 1 wm over 45 (b.bfr. 1775), 1 wf 16/26 (b.1794/1804), 3 wf under 10 (b.1810/20). no occupation listed. ** Note; This entry is for John W. Crunk, not W. John Crunk. b) line 7; William Crunk, 310010 01100 01, 1 wm 25/45. c) line 2; Elijah Wright, 000001 00001 02, father of Jemima Wright Crunk. d) old p. 12, new p. 119, line 20: Felix Crunk, 000100 01100 01, 1 wm 18/26. e) old p. 12, line 18; Ira Crunk, 200010 00100 01, 1 wm 26/45. f) old p. 12, line 16; Jacob Wright, 200010 00100 02, brother of Jemima Wright Crunk.
16) 1826, Lincoln Co.; from Nat'l Archives Film M 804, Roll 706D Rev War Pension & Land Warrant Application Files: a) 7 Apr 1826; John W. Crunk made affidavit in Lincoln Co., Tn. wanting his pension changed from Alabama to Tennessee; that he owned only the clothes on his back and a stallion & $30 or $40 due him for stud service, the collection of which was doubtful; he was sick and old and had a covenant with his children to be cared for in Tn. The affidavit was attested to by R. I. (Irey) Crunk, a man of veracity who knew the claimant. b) 1827, Davidson Co.; Request for triplicate of pension cert. ba) On this 2nd day of July 1827, Before me the suscriber, a Justice of the Peace for said county of Davidson (Tn.), personally appeared John W. Crunk, who on his oath, declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the company commanded by Capt. John Armstrong in the regiment commanded by Col. Alexander Martin, in the service of the United States; that his name was placed on the pension roll of the state of Alabama, that he received a certificate of that fact, under the signature and seal of the Secretary of War, which certificate was lost or destroyed and a duplicate issued sometime in the year 1825, he made application for a transfer from the state of Alabama to Tennessee. In March 1826 he was transferred from Alabama to be paid at Nashville the 4th of March 1826. About the 24th day of October 1825 he was assaulted in the house where he lived by four men and cruelly beaten, he believes they done this with the intention of robbing him, believing he had drawn his Pension money as the pension certificate cannot be found since that attact. It is believed they robbed me of the certificate and some other things that he has not been able to draw his pension since for want of his certificate and now asks for a tripiclate. Sworn and suscribed before me the day and year aforesaid; Stephen Cantrell, J.P. (signed) John W. Crunk (seal). bb) This may certify that I have been well acquainted with the deponent, J. W. Crunk as above, and have no doubt what he is the same person that was placed on the pension Roll for the state of Ala. as stated by him. (signed) Stephan Cantrell, J.P. bc) Be it known that on the 3rd day of July 1827 before me, Willoughby Williams, an acting Justice of the peace in & for said county above named, personally appeared Harvey Cobler who declares on oath that he was well acquainted with John W. Crunk, who has signed the foregoing oath of Identity & knows him to be the same person now on the pension roll of the United States. (signed) Harvey (x) Cobler, his mark. bd) Note; misspelling true to printed copy. (Also, Valley Leaves mag., Dec.1970.) c) Two War Dept.Certificates, not clear but seem to be indicate payment of pension from date of issuance to 1827; ca) War Dept Cert.; 18 Mar 1818. P'd. John W. Crunk $1,827. cb) " " " ; Invalid, 18 Mar 1818.
17) 1830 census Tennessee, Wilson Co., p. 266: hshld John W. Crunk ** Invalid; entry from index of 1830 census. Microfilm Roll #182, No.19: Wilson Co. census runs from p. 60 to 172 & line by line examination does not show John Watts Crunk. Page 266, Williamson Co., shows John W(illiam) Crunk, age 40/50. Have retained entry to indicate error for future avoidance.
18) 1835; Lincoln Co., Tn: from Pension Roll of 1835, printed by Duff Green, 1835; reprinted 1968 by Gen. Pub. Co., LC.67 28096
John Crunk, 78,
Head of Household: John Crunk, Wilson Co., Tennessee, Middle District"
Source: 1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services
Williamson County, Tennessee County Court Min: John W. Crunk- Williamson Co. in July 14, 1812- Fined 75 cents for profane swearing. (May be John Watts Crunk 1757)
Source: TN Pension Roll of 1835
John W Crunk, Lincoln Co., Tennessee, Sergeant, North Carolina Cont'l Line, $96.00 Annual Allowance, $1,454.13 Amount Received, July 21, 1821 Pension Started, Age 79, Transferred from Madison County, Alabama, March 4, 1826, John Crunk/Crank*, b. 17xx Virginia
** Note: Think this reference is to John Crank, b. bfr.1725, Va./Pa. who was a soldier in the French-Indian Wars 1750/63.
1) from Virginia Historical Index, Vol. 1, A-C: Virginia Historical Mag., Vol. 30, p.191; John Crunk. Mag. article note the Loyal Co. of Va. sued John Crunk, one of the earliest settlers, as resident of land he occupied and to which he claimed ownership under grant to soldiers of the French Indian war, land to which the Loyal Co. claimed title under grant from Va. legislature.
2) This reference is something of a problem as the lawsuit is referred to elsewhere as Loyal Co. vs Cronk, et al and Loyal Co. vs Crank, et al. Since John H. Crank is the man who would best qualify as an "early" settler & who definitely served in the French-Indian War it would seem logical he was the target of the lawsuit. However, the John Watts Crunk family also abruptly departed the area controlled by the Loyal Co. Will try to resolve identities in future.
Source: History of Scott County, Virginia p 289
Ordered that William Huston view the best way for a road from the Kentucky Road in Big Mocqueson Gap to Huston's Mill, Oct 17, 1787. (Court Minute Book, 1-80).
Ordered that John Watts Crunk be overseer of the road from John Blackmore's Old Fort to the Flat Lick. (Court Minute Book, Russell, 1- 246.)
Father: Richard Crank\Crunk b: BEF. 1724 in Orange County, Virginia
Mother: Nancy Watts b: BEF. 1725 in Onslow County, North Carolina
Milly Blakemore b: ABT. 1760
in Her first husband
- John Blakemore Crunk b: 5 MAR 1786 in North Carolina
- William Crunk b: 11 OCT 1787 in Lee County, Virginia
- Felix Crunk b: ABT. 1794 in Virginia
- George Crunk b: 1794 in Sumner County, Tennessee
BET. 1840 - 1843