According to the Internet Surname Database, the Crow(e) surname has its origins in either England or Gaelic Ireland. I’m not sure which mine is, but if it’s Irish (fingers crossed), it apparently is an Anglicized version of the patronymic Mac Enchroe.
Surname in my Tree
My closest Crowe ancestor is my grandmother, Mary Lucile Crowe Gallagher, who passed away in April 2013 at the age of 87. Her father was Harold John Crowe (1899-1971); his father was Charles C. Crowe (abt 1869-1945); his father (my 3rd great grandfather) was John W. Crow (abt 1837-1874); and his father (my 4th great grandfather) was Ira Crow (abt 1813-?).
Ira Crow was likely born in North Carolina, possibly Rowan County. His family migrated to Washington County, Indiana, where he met and married his wife Martha Wilson in 1834. The couple had 7 known children. I don’t think Ira and Martha ever left Washington County. His son John W. Crow married Susan Barnett in 1860 and had at least 6 children. At some point prior to 1870, John moved his family to Linn County, Kansas, and three of his children were born there. Family lore says that John died in 1874 in a logging accident, but I think I found him on the census working as a blacksmith in 1875. His son, Charles C. Crowe married his first cousin, Ida M. Gray (daughter of John’s brother James) in 1891 in Bates County, Missouri. Linn County, Kansas is directly across the state line from Bates County, Missouri, so I imagine it was out of convenience that they were married there, but I’m not sure. Charles and Ida moved to Breckinridge County, Kentucky, then on to Perry and Spencer Counties, Indiana. Charles died in Decatur County, Indiana in 1945.
I happened upon some information while I was at the Allen County Public Library last summer, and I’m only now getting around to revisiting it. There is mention of land in Rowan County, North Carolina, and possibly some probate records as well – so I guess I’ll be planning a trip soon. I also need to do further research on Charles C. Crowe – he was apparently a member of the IOOF, but I haven’t been able to find any person or any record that can provide confirmation. I am still trying to find my “gateway” ancestor (the one who came to America) and I’m already back to the very early 1800s, so I’m hopeful that this is the branch of my tree that will provide me with a Revolutionary War ancestor (it’s my last hope!).
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