Matthew Crumpler Sr.

Matthew Crumpler 1743-1815 heads a family full of secrets. Matthew was the son of John Crumpler Sr., and his first wife. He also had a family full of secrets about who his family married. Katy descends from John Sr. and I descend from Matthew. I also descend from John Honeycutt and so does Katy, but her path is in a tangled web.

The first order of business is to look for Sampson deeds and Wills on the key players. John Crumpler Sr. 1712-1782 and son Jacob Crumpler1751-1817 have wills and Sheriff John Crumpler 1770-1830 had an 1834 family deed. This means that Matthew is a little short on helping us find his family.

Matthew first patented land in Duplin-Sampson in 1771. By that time, his dad, John Sr. had patented 500 acres in Bearskin. Matthew was taxed on 350 acres in 1784 when Sampson was created. Matthew in 1790 US Census had himself, one son over 16 and one under 16 and 6 females. Son Raiford Crumpler was on his own and not married.

Micajah Autry died in the Alamo in 1836. His mom was Elizabeth Crumpler Autry who died in 1840. For years she has been giving credit as being a daughter of John Crumpler Sr. She was for real a daughter of Matthew Crumpler Sr. and a granddaughter of John Crumpler Sr. Micajah was first schooled at the Grove Academy in Kenansville and lived in Sampson.

A second daughter of Matthew Crumpler is identified in a book on the Butlers of Sampson Co. A Lucy Crumpler married a John Butler. All the children were born in Sampson. and soon after that they moved to Dooly GA. She named one son Matthew Crumpler Butler. She named a 2nd son Philip Raiford Butler. That is clear to me that she was a child of Matthew Crumpler Sr. Lucy and John Butler were still alive in 1850 Dooly.

Death notice from 1840 Fayetteville paper.

Known issue of Matthew Crumpler 1743-1815

  1. Matthew Crumpler Jr. 1765-1740 TN deed 12:357 TN
  2. Raiford Crumpler 1767-1827 deed 12:275 TN
  3. Elizabeth Crumpler 1769-1840 M:1791 Theophilus Autry 1766-1837 Son Micajah Autry.
  4. Sheriff John 1770-1830 d16:5 M;1791Margaret Holmes.
  5. Daughter 1773-
  6. Daughter 1777-
  7. Daughter 1780-1830 M;

Lucy Crumpler1784-1850+M:1804 John Butler 1782-1850+Dooly GA.

  1. Issue of Lucy Crumpler Butler:
  2. Isaac Butler 1806.
  3. Adam Butler 1808.
  4. Robert Butler 1810.
  5. Matthew Crumpler Butler 1812.
  6. John Butler 1815.
  7. Penny Jane Butler 1817.
  8. Annie Ellierar Butler 1819.
  9. Philip Raiford Butler 1821.
  10. Gabriel Butler 1825.

Matthew Jr. purchased 231 acres of land in 1801 and brother Raiford was given 250 acres of land in 1804 by his dad. Raiford gave a POA to Sheriff John, in 1808, to sell his 746 acres of land. Matthew Crumpler Jr. served in the War of 1812 for Tennessee. His muster list is online on Fold3. Also serving for Tennessee was Edmond Crumpler. Likely Matthew’s son born 1792. Raiford is listed in the 1830 Census and Matthew is listed in 1840 with Ann Crumpler, Ann, likely widow of Raiford. Edmond Crumpler not found after War of 1812.

Matthew Jr. and Raiford broke their parents hearts when they left North Carolina. Things did not turn out, all that good. Matthew Jr. lost his son Edmond in War of 1812 and his wife is not listed in 1820c. Raiford was dead soon after 1830 and Matthew Jr. died soon after 1840. Matthew Jr. patented 100 acres of land in 1837. In 1830 Matthew Jr. had 2 sons about 20 and 3 daughters and a wife. Matthew J. Crumpler married Roberta Adeline Brown in 1834 in Dickson Co. TN. This Matthew was born 1813 in TN,

Micajah Autry at the Alamo in Texas in 1836.

We did not learn about the wife of Matthew Crumpler Sr., likely she was a Raiford.

A final word on Raiford Crumpler. I have no proof that he served in the RW, but he could have served in the militia. Raiford Crumpler purchased a RW military land grant of 640a from the family of David Williams in 1796. David died in the RW. That land was in Davidson Co. TN, next to where he moved in Dickson Co. TN. He did not move out there until 1810. They likely would not have moved there, if he did not have that land. Remember, they had land in Sampson. Most who got these grants, sold them. I think that 640 acres sold for about 200 pounds. This was new land and a long way to move.


  1. “Duplin to 1810” by Wm Dickson. Edited by J. Tew, Published in HH c2009.
  2. My Butler Beginnings by Evelyn Butler Clifton 2007.
  3. Fold3 War of 1812 Rosters for Tennessee.
  4. data on military land grants in TN and North Carolina.