Index to Ancestral Stories
Collection of Stories about my Ancestors
(Stories collected from other researchers)
In memory of
Jack Crenshaw Grantham (8/26/1921-3/26/2001),

One of the most brilliant family historians with whom I have ever had the pleasure to correspond.


Couch Stories
Jacob Couch - my "oldest" known Couch ancestor (date of birth unknown - 1797, Greene Co., TN).  This story tells of the cabin in Greene Co., TN believed to be that of Jacob Couch and now a Tennessee state historical landmark.  This cabin stood in a spot which, over time, was located in four states (first PA, then VA, then NC, then TN) and also in the "failed" state of Franklin (which was never approved by Congress or its parent state of NC).  This page also relates a family "lore" story (not documented, but passed down many generations from Jacob's grandson, William Couch (1820/TN - 1890/MO)) of the Couches being already there to "welcome" Daniel Boone to Tennessee...

John Couch, Sr. - Jacob's son and my great-great-great-great-grandfather (1760/? - 1846/TN).  Disputes the claim some have made that he was a Baptist minister.  However, he did donate land for a church, as well as for a cemetery - the first occupant being an itinerant preacher, who died in the Couch home.  John Couch, Sr.  was a successful plantation owner and, typical of that place and time, a slave owner...

Jacob Couch's possible ancestry - Jacob's parents and place of origin have not been identified, but this page presents some possibilities - the one thing that is known, as this page indicates, is that the earliest family Bibles were in German...
 

Crowley Stories
The Family of John and James Crowley - the text of an email sent to me by Jack Grantham of Dallas, TX, a well-known researcher of his ancestor, James Crowley (c. 1760 - 1830) who was the brother of my great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Crowley (1767-1847).  This page covers John's and James' parents, spouses, brothers and sisters and their migration from Powell Valley, TN to Clay Co., MO.  This page also tells of a connection to Daniel Boone, but this one is potentially more than just "family lore"...

James Crowley's Rev. War Pension Hearing - Another email to me from Jack Grantham describing how my ancestor, John Crowley, testified in court in Liberty, Missouri to the service of Jack's ancestor, James Crowley, in the Revolutionary War, helping James to gain a veteran's pension...
 

First-hand Account of Migration on the Oregon Trail
"Crossing the Plains in 1846" - This story was posted by a distant cousin of mine, Debbie McCray, on a private web site maintained by some more distant cousins of mine.  It is a first-hand account by her ancestor, Elizabeth (Munkres) Estes (my great-great-grandmother's first cousin), told to her daughter by the fireside on  Christmas Eve of 1916...
Malott Stories
Thomas P. Malott (1810-1879) - Quoted from a genealogy compiled by Mary M. Everhart on Thomas' father, Joseph Malott, and his descendants.  The last paragraph is a statement made by Thomas P. Malott (my great-great-grandfather) which was printed in the Liberty (MO) Tribune in the Summer or Fall of 1870.  Apparently printed in a pamphlet published by the Liberty Tribune of statements made by Confederate sympathizers of northwestern Missouri.  Such public declarations were often required of Confederate sympathizers after the Civil War, for them to regain their right to vote, or in the case of preachers, to regain the right to preach in the pulpit.  It is unclear whether this particular pamphlet was designed to give such men a chance to "renounce" their sympathies to the Confederacy, or not - if that's the case, Thomas' statement doesn't sound terribly conciliatory to me - you be the judge...

Joseph Malott (c. 1759-1834) - Thomas P. Malott's father.  Again quoted from Mary Everhart's Malott genealogy, this text also includes a story of migration - this time from Kentucky to Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri (my father's ancestry all comes together in northwestern Missouri - Clay, Ray, Livingston and Jackson Counties)...


Storms Ancestry

This is the first five pages of a letter written by Judge Forrest Calico in 1960.  Forrest also descended from my great-great-great-grandfather, Randolph Huston Storms (c. 1807-1847).  After the cover page, written to a distant cousin, Virgil Storms, the next four pages detail the Hall genealogy of Randolph's mother, Nancy (Hall) Storms.  Although it is obvious that Judge Calico's research was quite thorough, the letter is very disjointed and hard to follow - I have tried to maintain the original punctuation, layout and general "feel" of his letter as much as is possible in converting it to HTML web page code.  Randolph Huston Storms was killed by a horse kick (cause of death: "kicked by a sorrell filly") ending his young life at the age of about 40 - discounting this, there are five generations of Storms men in my line who lived past the age of 83 (even going back to the mid-1700's)!...

Stay tuned!...more to come in the future...