Leo Crews 6
- Born: 2 Oct 1902, Lake Park, Lowndes Co., Georgia, USA 7
- Marriage: Teeny Elizabeth Melton on 11 Sep 1932 in Jasper (Hamilton) FL
- Died: 21 May 1962, Lake City, Columbia Co., Florida, USA at age 59 7
- Buried: Memorial Cemetery, Lake City, Columbia Co., FL 8
Leo Crews was born in Lake Park, Georgia 2 Oct. 1902 to Samuel Crews and Sallie Carter. Samuel was a son of Samuel Crews and Sarah E. (Sallie) was a daughter of Allen and Sarah Carter.
Little is known about Leo's early years, as he did not speak very often of his upbringing. What is known is he and sister Laura must have had very difficult early years. They lost their mother Sallie, 12 May 1909. Leo was 6 years of age and Laura was one. Laura likely never knew her mother and barely remembered her father. Leo being five years older likely did have some memories of both parents.
Leo was enumerated in the 1910 Census with his father Samuel and sister Laura in Lake Park, Georgia. Leo was 7 and Laura was 23 months. During the period of time that the 1910 census was taken, sister Laura was taken in and raised by Sallie's brother, Wylie Carter, wife Beulah, and their only remaining grandparent Sarah Corbett Carter. Sallie appears in both households during the 1910 census of Echols and Lowndes Counties. Tragedy struck again as Samuel passed away a little more than four years after his wife had passed away leaving the Leo and Laura orphans. The date of Samuel's death is listed as November 16, 1913.
With daughter Laura already in good hands with the Wylie Carter family, son Leo was taken in by Martin T. Carter Jr. and raised on "Uncle Bucks" farm in Echols County, Georgia. Leo's son, Harry, stated that Martin T. Carter Jr. raised Leo to maturity.
The Carter and Crews families appear to be closely woven during the early 1900s. Leo's grandfather (Allen W.) Carter was a brother to Martin T. Carter Sr. Martin T. Carter Jr's eldest daughter Bula married Wiley Carter, son of Allen W. Carter and brother to his mother Sallie. Leo's Sister Laura as well as Rachel Corbett were enumerated with the Wiley Carter family in the 1910 and 1920 census in Echols County.
Leo's father Sam, mother Sallie, sister Laura, grandmother Sara (Corbett) Carter and grandfather Allen W. Carter, grandmother Morgiana "Annie" Waldron Crews along with Wiley and Bula Carter, Martin T Carter Jr. are all interred at Sardis. All except Martin T. are all buried next to one other. "Uncle Buck" Carter is interred with M.T. Sr. and that branch of our family, 2 rows away in what is known as "The Carter Family Cemetery" at the Sardis Baptist Church in Echols.
Leo had not been enumerated in the states of Georgia or Florida in the 1920 census. Leo would be 17 at the time of the census and still living with the Carters in Echols. Leo is listed as a boarder in the 1930 census in Martin T Carter's household in the Wrights Chapel area of Echols County, GA. The farm was located off what is known today as Austin Road in western Echols County.
Leo married Teeny Elizabeth Melton, born 3 Aug 1907, the youngest daughter of David Franklin Melton and Mary Louella Hines, 11 May 1932 in Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida. After Leo and Teeny's marriage, the couple lived briefly in Blount's Ferry, Florida (near the Georgia-Florida line). Sometime in 1933 the couple moved to Benton and started their family. They lived in a house on property owned by Teeny's father, Frank Melton. The couple had three boys:
1.Grady Eugene - b. Jun 8, 1933, m. Betty Jo Bush, d. May 2, 1966, d. May 2, 1966
2.Harry Lee - b. Aug 17, 1934, m. Gretchen Rebecca Van Duzer, d. Mar 9, 2004.
3.Charles Alvin - b. Sep 17, 1938, m. Gloria Ramona Smithy, d. Mar 20, 2004.
All three boys were born on the same property, in a different, newer, house in which their mother was born. The Crews were enumerated in the state of Florida census in 1935 in Benton. In 1938, the family rented a farm in the Needmore area and farmed there until they moved to another farm in Benton where the family is found during the 1940 census, living next door to Teeny's mother, Ella Melton and sister. Gertrude. This is likely the property Frank Melton acquired as a land grant from the Government and the boys Uncle Tommie acquired after his father's death. Uncle Tommie and his family lived on the other side of Ella and Gertrude. During 1940, Leo was doing roadwork on county roads, likely for the CCC. The family moved to the Fairview community in 1942. The family remained in Fairview until 1944.
Leo and family were enumerated in the state Florida census in the Bells Mill area (most likely Winfield) in 1945. He is listed as head of household, age 40, born in GA and his occupation is listed as Foreman. Leo worked as a foreman for the boys Uncle Bob (Robert Mallory Milton) on at J.C. Marsh Turpentine Camp in Winfield. Also listed in the household is wife Teeny age 38, 10th grade education, born in Florida (Melton place in Benton), and sons Grady age 11, 6th grade, Harry Lee age 10, and Charles age 7, 2nd grade, sister-in-law Gertrude Melton, and mother-in-law Ella Melton.
Sometime during the late 1940s, the family moved back to Needmore, the circumstances are unknown at this time. About 1951, with the two oldest boys leaving home, Leo and Teeny purchased a home in Lake City. This home is where the grandchildren would come and visit "grandpa and grandma". They remained in this home until their untimely deaths.
Leo passed away May 21, 1962 at home, from a Cerebral Hemorrhage, and was buried in Memorial Cemetery in Lake City. Leo was 59 years young. A little over a year later, on July 9, 1963, Teeny passed away, age 55, at the Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny, Florida, after a stroke, and is interred next to her husband in Memorial Cemetery.
Monument Inscriptions. Leo and Teeny Crews, Memorial Cemetery, Lake City, Florida.
Monument Inscriptions. Sam and Sallie Crews, Carter Family Cemetery, Echols County, Georgia.
1910 Census, Lowndes County, Georgia
1910, 1920, 1930 Census, Echols County, Georgia
1910, 1920, 1940 Census, Columbia County, Florida
1935, 1945, State of Florida Census, Columbia County, Florida
Marriage Certificate, 11 May 1932 Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida.
Interviews, Harry Lee and Charles Alvin Crews.
Leo married Teeny Elizabeth Melton, daughter of David Franklin Melton and Mary Louella Hines, on 11 Sep 1932 in Jasper (Hamilton) FL. (Teeny Elizabeth Melton was born on 3 Aug 1907 in Benton, Columbia Co., Florida, USA,9,10 died on 9 Jul 1963 in Lake City, Columbia Co., Florida, USA 11 and was buried in Memorial Cemetery, Lake City, Columbia County, Florida 12.)