The story of the Mississippi Crockers begins, at least as far as I can tell so far, with Clark(e) Crocker, who appears to have been born in 1776 near Spartanburg, SC. There is actually a Crocker Family Cemetery in Spartanburg County that was overgrown and nearly bulldozed a few years back until someone realized it held graves; I believe (and I’m still working on this) this cemetery contains the remains of a number of Clarke’s siblings and possibly his father. The Crocker family name is well established in the Upstate region of South Carolina, and most are no doubt descended from Clarke’s brothers.
At some point Clarke and his family appear to have moved to Alabama by way of Georgia, where he stopped for a while. In Marengo County, AL he and his wife had several children, among whom was John Callaway Crocker. John eventually moved to Mississippi and settled near Philadelphia, MS. He served in the Civil War and is buried near Philadelphia.
-Michael Eugene Crocker
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