My Crow family originated in England.    The surname may have first appeared in the Norfolk area.   Common use of surnames began during the mid to late 1200's.     English surnames were taken from several sources, including localities or land features (such as Dale, Marsh, or Ford), physical features (such as Longfellow or Short), names of animals and flowers (such as Robin and Thorne), from occupations (such as Cooper, Carpenter or Clark), and sometimes from nicknames.

Early immigration records show numerous Crow surname listings, beginning as early as 1620.    Some of the earliest immigrants we have found include William Crow to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620; Henry Crow to Virginia in 1636; James Crow to Virginia in 1657; John Crow to Virginia in 1662; Thomas Crow to Virginia in 1673; John Crow to Maryland in 1666; Francis Crow to Maryland in 1673; and Thomas Crow to America in 1679.

My thanks to William Mattingly, Bill Elliott and Dale Morgan who contributed much of this early genealogy. 

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Although there is much disagreement on the matter, it is believed my 5th great grandfather was John Crow, born about 1683, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, Maryland.   

John first married Mary (maiden name unknown) in 1713, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore County.    Mary was born about 1687.    She died on November 16, 1713, in St. George's Parish, just five days after giving birth to her only child.    (Note: Many researchers believe Mary was Mary Unick.    Dale Morgan has documentation of a marriage for a William Crow and Mary Unick.    We will allow you to draw your own conclusion.)

Marriage records indicate that John married his second wife, Margaret Compton, on April 6, 1719, in St. George's Parish.     We have no information on this marriage or any children that may have been born from this union.

It appears that John Crow married my 5th great grandmother, Judith Magee, sometime around 1732, probably in Baltimore County, Maryland.    Judith Magee was born about 1707, probably in Maryland.   

John died February 16, 1744, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, leaving Judith with several small children to raise.     An inventory of the estate of John Crow was made on February 17, 1745.

Child of John Crow and Mary (maiden name unknown)

1. James Crow was born Nov 11, 1713, in Baltimore Co, MD.

Children of John Crow and Judith Magee

2. Margaret Crow was born Jan 9, 1734, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore Co, MD.

3. John Crow was born Feb 23, 1736, in Baltimore Co, MD.      (my line)

4. James Crow (a twin) was born Apr 14, 1740, in Baltimore Co, MD.

5. Thomas Crow (a twin) was born Apr 14, 1740, in Baltimore Co, MD.

6. Mansfield Crow was born Nov 23, 1742, in Baltimore Co, MD.


I am not a professional genealogist and although I have researched much of the information found at this site, some of it was given to me by other researchers and may not have been documented. Each bit of information found here should be carefully researched and proved or disproved by you, the researcher. Researchers may copy information found at this site for their own personal use and to share with other researchers or genealogical organizations. Any commercial use or distribution without the written consent of this author is prohibited.

Others researching the Crow line:
Dale Morgan
Melvin Vinson's genealogy homepage
William Mattingly (descendant of James Crow, b. 1713)
William Mattingly's genealogy pages
Steve Strickland (descendant of James Crow, b. 1713)
Bill Elliott (descendant of James Crow, b. 1713)
Flora Bass (descendant of James Crow, b. 1713)
David McCarley (descendant of James Crow, b. 1713)
Phillip D. Crow
Hazel (descendant of Mansfield Crow, b. 1802)
Tabby Schloemer (descendant of James Crow(e), b. 1827, Clarke Co, GA)

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