Christian Co. KY - FHL 465561

James Crabtree married Elizabeth Wells Book 1 p. 22  no return would have been summer of 1821.

Samuel Crabtree married Polly Gambill p. 26  March of 1821 no return

Emsley Crabtree married Elizabeth Pyle p. 30  22 November 1821

William Crabtree married Nancy McCullough p. 50  15 May 1828 by Samuel Youngblood

William A. Crabtree married Polly Mezo p. 124 18 December 1832

Benjamin Crabtree was listed on the 1830 census of Christian County, Kentucky, p. 35, where his household consisted of 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15 (Mason?), 1 male 40-50 (Benjamin); 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15. No other Crabtree families were in the immediate vicinity. The first piece of property purchased by Benjamin in Christian County was between 1814-1816 and his last parcel was sold on 1 March 1837 to James Cooper.[1] He was taxed on the Pond River by 1816. The Pond River forms the eastern border between Christian and Muhlenberg counties and then runs into Hopkins county on the Christian's northern border. Washington Crabtree married in Hopkins County, but Benjamin married 19 October 1831 in Christian County, Parthenia Redding. She was at least a second wife.

Benjamin Crabtree lived in the same area as John in 1840 and was enumerated in Polk County, Missouri, with 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 50-60; 1 female under 5, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 50-60. In 1840 in Polk County, Missouri, was also Zimri Crabtree with 1 male 20-30, 2 females under 5, 1 female 20-30 and 1 female 40-50. They were in Madison Twp., p. 193. In 1850 Zimri was living in Cedar County, Missouri, in household #54. He was 33 years old, born in Kentucky. A few doors away in household #28 lived Washington Crabtree, age 42, born in Tennessee.

Lane County, Oregon, Marriages

Martha Crabtree m. John Benson 23 Dec. 1855

Louisa Crabtreee m. W.H. Mulkey 13 Nov. 1855

Cedar County, Missouri

Isaac Crabtree married Elvira Simmons 7 June 1869 p. 312

Benjamin may have had sons: Washington, Zimri, John, Isaac and Mason.

                i.   Washington Crabtree was b. 1 October 1806 in Washington County, Tennessee; d. 13 September 1901 in Stayton, Marion County Oregon; m. 24 February 1831 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Susannah Crabtree b. 4 February 1810 in Hopkins County, Kentucky; d. 3 February 1892 in Stayton, Oregon. He arrived in Oregon 18 September 1853 and settled on 318 acres in Linn County, Oregon. His first two children were born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, and the remaining five born in Cedar County, Missouri.[2]

               ii.   John Crabtree b. 1815 in Kentucky m. 31 May 1836, Polk County, Matilda Barks, probably a daughter of Hilary. John was enumerated in Polk County in 1840 in Madison Township with 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30; 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-30. They were in Dade County in 1850 in household #70 in 1850.

                iii.  Zimri Crabtree b. 4 April 1817; d. 8 June 1884; bur. Oak Hill Cemetery west of Eugene in Lane County, Oregon; m. Mariah Jane Crabtree b. 20 April 1821; d. 1 October 1873; m. 25 January 1838 in Christian County, Kentucky Maria J. Crabtree. Zimri was living in Oregon by 1854 when he attested to James T. Chesher's land application in Lane County. The following is a brief abstract of Zimriís will dated 23 March 1883, in which he named his wife Mary C., step-son Frank W. Miller and Wm. L. Miller. His daughters were Louise Mulkey, L. Ebbert, Mary Fisher, Sarah Fisher, Marg. Jean, Clara Ann, Susan Caroline. He named his son as George Crabtree and grandson Zimri Mulkey. Exr: son-in-law Wm. P. Fisher. Wit: G.B. Dorris, J.K. Bristow, T.W. Shelton. (DAR FHL Film #857015-typescript)

                iv. James Crabtree d. by 1849 in Cedar Co. Missouri; m. Minerva Lindley daughter of Jonathan Lindley. On 21 February 1849, Minerva Crabtree made application for letters of Administration on estate of her husband James Crabtree, deceased.

Minerva Crabtree was head of household in Cedar County in 1850. She was mentioned in the will of her father Jonathan Lindley, recorded in Dade County on 27 Sept. 1843. Zimri Crabtree was a witness to that will. (Will Book A:31) (Minerva Crabtree m. 22 September 1853 in Lane County, Oregon Robert Alexander.

Probate Book A of Cedar County, Missouri: Sep. 1848 Zimri Crabtree received letters of administration on John Lindley, Sr. decíd. However, he was released by request the following term.

Cedar Co. Deed Book A:358 28 June 1852 Mason Crabtree and his wife Amanda sold to Washington Crabtree for $300  the following tracts SW quarter of SE quarter of S15-T35-R26 and NE of N quarter of S22-T26-R35 containing 80 acres.

Zimri and wife Mariah Ann sold his land 28 March 1853 (A:367) to Felix G. Linsey. Washington and Susan also sold on 28 March 1853 to Samuel W. Horn. Washington also resigned as county commissioner, so they may have been getting ready to move to Oregon.


     [1] Christian County, Kentucky Deed Book E:3 and Book X:71.

     [2] Linn County Oregon Pioneer Settlers