The Mississippi Crockers

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.

One of John’s sons was Lorenzo (b. 1867), the father of Rev. William Robert Crocker, my grandfather.

-Michael Eugene Crocker

P.S. This site is a work in progress, so please check back often to see additional information.

21 Responses to The Mississippi Crockers

  1. GRAHAM CROCKER says:

    This is Graham and glad to see you working on this.

  2. melissa (crocker) barrett says:

    This is neat, I was trying to look up the civil war for my oldest for school, would love to read about more. He can write about his families past if its ok.

  3. Johnny Thomas says:

    Do you have any information about a Charlie Crocker in Texas?
    Thanks
    Johnny

  4. James Crocker Jr says:

    Trying to find out if you can go to the Crocker Family Cemetery in Spartanburg SC in the Richland Creek. I am from Elgin SC. My father’s name is James Crocker- his father’s names is Robert Doc Crocker-his father’s name is Thomas Marshal Crocker-his father’s name is John Crocker-his father’s name is Solomon Crocker, which means Solomon is my 3 times great grand father. I am trying to go and see Solomon Crocker’s grave which is suppose to be at the Crocker Family Cemetery in Spartanburg SC. I just wanted to see and learn more history of my family and their plantation. Thank you for any information you can give.

    • MCrocker says:

      James, I tried to find it but couldn’t because I don’t think it is maintained or very visible any longer. Someone very familiar with the area might be able to point you in the right direction.

    • Ken Crocker says:

      James, my name is Kenneth L. Crocker. My father’s name was Jackie J. Crocker. His father was Simeon (Jack) Walter Crocker. His father was Simeon Marshall Crocker. His father was Solomon Marshall Crocker, from South Carolina, making him my 2 times great grandfather. He was born in either 1815 or 1820. Solomon also had a son named John born in Alabama in 1858. Could this be the same Solomon Crocker that is your 3 times great grandfather? I am just getting started in this genealogy journey. I’m looking to learn much more about my family. Thank you for any information you can provide.

  5. Barbara Sue Crocker Lay (of Memphis, TN) says:

    I am about to retire and seeking to start my Crocker family history. I was told my family came out of Spartanburg, SC, so I am starting there to connect links. My great grandfather was born and raised in Gibson County, Tennessee and so was my great grandmother. They were Oscar Berry Crocker and Fannie Wallis Crocker. I believe that Fannie Wallis’ parents were also in Gibson County, but I do not know where they were born. They were Thomas Benton Wallis and Susan Foster Wallis.

  6. Terry S Crocker says:

    I from the Crocker’s of Spartanburg SC. The Crocker’s cemetary is visvly from the road with 30 plus graveside’s marked. Its a work in progess too….

  7. Donald L crocker says:

    I’m looking for relatives I am Donald Lee Crocker from Madison Co. Mississippi, my Greatgrandfather was William Riley Crocker, and my Grandfather was Rev. Silas Monroe Crocker from Neshoba Co. Mississippi

    • MCrocker says:

      Hi, Donald, I don’t have any information on William Riley Crocker or Silas Monroe Crocker, but if you have information I’d love to add it to the site.

  8. Conner Runyan says:

    I am interested in “speaking” with anyone who has actually visited the old Crocker Cemetery.

    Although not a Crocker, I am deeply interested in researching the tradition of the murder of “Dau Crocker”. I currently contribute to the Journal of the American Revolution and am working on an article about Col. John and Jane Thomas.

    This has lead me to Solomon Crocker, his sister “Dau” and the events that take place in 1779-17780.

    Would you please email me if you are interested in “talking” about this.
    Conner Runyan

  9. Conner Runyan says:

    I am interested in “speaking” with anyone who has actually visited the old Crocker Cemetery.

    Although not a Crocker, I am deeply interested in researching the tradition of the murder of “Dau Crocker”. I currently contribute to the Journal of the American Revolution and am working on an article about Col. John and Jane Thomas.

    This has lead me to Solomon Crocker, his sister “Dau” and the events that take place in 1779-17780.

    Would you please email me if you are interested in “talking” about this.
    Conner Runyan

    • Dwight Crocker says:

      The story I have , is she was sent to the creek to get water and startled a British soldier , that killed her to keep from being found . That is from a clipping out of The Spartanburg Weekly . The DAR may have better records as they dedicated a monument to him at Bethesda Church.

  10. Sandy Alvis Scarboro says:

    Searching for an Ozeliah Crocker
    From Cowpens or Spartenburg SC
    Gave up nine year old son Lee Crocker at age nine
    He was adopted by Edward and Maude Alvis in Gaffney, SC around 1928
    He changed his name to Lee Roy Alvis
    Not sure if that was her first name

  11. GD says:

    I’m very glad I found this page! I have ancestors from Mississippi from the Stovall and Crocker families. I have found a considerable amount of information about the Stovall family (Kemper and Neshoba counties) but am having difficulty finding information about the Crockers. My family tree frustratingly stops at James Crocker. Supposedly, James T. (Terrell or Tyrell) Crocker was born in 1819 in Monroe Co. Mississippi. He married Margaret Edwards. They had a son named Thomas Jefferson Crocker, born in 1860 in Kemper County.

    One of my Stovall ancestors served in the 11th Mississippi Infantry, Co. D. There was a private in the same company, Silas Crocker, who died in Richmond, VA, two months after enlisting in 1861. I can’t help but think Silas or his family are somehow connected to James, my ancestor. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  12. Dwight Crocker says:

    Greetings Crocker Kin: I am Dwight Crocker from Amarillo Tx and as far as I can tell we all came from the same bunch of South Carolina Crockers ( Solomon and his ancesters) . Solomon is my GGGGrandfather ,he enlisted on March 29th 1776 under Capt Frank Prince and Col Hugher. He served at Prince’s Fort in Spartanburg District and was on the Snow Campaign. Was sent to Charleston SC to assist in repelling Clinton and was stationed at Fort Johnson. Also was in the battle at Fort Moultrie , later was sent to help construct Fort Seneca by Col Roebuck. He served with his brother , Anthony , and was in the battle at Cowpens. Arthur was their father. Solomon deeded a portion of his land to the Bethesda Church , which is still active and is where the burial of Solomon and several family members are. The Crocker Family cemetary is located 1/4 mi se of Richland Creek . The first buried there was Solomon’s 4 yr old sister . The story goes , she was sent to the creek to get water and startled a British soldier who killed her to keep from being found. Hope this help’s someone in search of Solomon’s service/life. There is also a Crocker Family cemetary in MS. near Paris MS. on CR 428 1 1/2 miles east of town. Its on the left side in thetrees ff road. Miles Crocker , one of many Civil war veterens , is buried here and has a mounument stating his service. The first known Crockers came from England to James City VA in 1621 . The Crocker’s have been proven to be among thr Founding Families before statehood of the Carolinas .

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