Silas McCrary was born in North Carolina, the son of Joseph McCrary,
in 1806. He married Malinda Whitaker, the daughter of William
and Susannah Sumner Whitaker. They moved to Bowie County, Texas
in the summer of 1852. They traveled one thousand miles from
Buncombe County, North Carolina in a wagon drawn by oxen. They
crossed the Red River at Rocky Comfort, Arkansas. There was
plenty of wild game like turkeys and deer, but there were also ticks,
flies, mosquitoes, and chiggers. They soon began to have chills
and fever. Malinda died in September of 1952 and was buried
at Spring Hill Cemetery. Three of their thirteen children were
still at home. In 1858 Silas married Mrs Nancy A Bateman.
Nancy had four children and two slaves.
The Civil War was very cruel to the McCrary family. As I name
the thirteen children of Silas and Malinda McCrary, notice how many
were lost in that war.
1. Rebecca, 1827-1914, Buncombe County, North Carolina to Bowie
County in 1851, married John M Murray who was killed in the Civil
second Henry C Williams
2. Charles, born in 1829 in North Carolina, married Elizabeth
C ____, second Lucy F Stevens, served in the Civil War
3. Joel married Sarah T McCarson and stayed in North Carolina.
He died after being wounded in the war in 1863
4. Mary A, born 1834 in North Carolina, married Garrison Laney
who was killed in the Civil War, married second James T Fox, died
5. Dorcas J born 1835 Buncombe County, North Carolina, married
William Montville Jones who died of pneumonia as he came home from
married second F Lafayette Bius.
She died in 1894 and is buried at Spring Hill
6. John H born in 1836 in North Carolina, married Mrs Mary J
McBee. He served in the Civil War, died in Spring Hill in 1899
7. William, 1837-1842, buried in Cane Creek Cemetery in Buncombe
County, North Carolina.
8. Female, born about 1838, died in North Carolina
9. Margaret, 1833-1844, buried in Cane Creek Cemetery, Buncombe
County, North Carolina
10. Jesse, born about 1840 in North Carolina
11. Alexander, born 1842, died 1862 in the Civil War
12. Francis J, born 1844 in North Carolina, married Nancy J Fox, lived
in a double log house in Spring Hill, died in 1909
13. Susan, born 1850 in North Carolina, just two years old when her
mother died, married Jonathan D Bateman, second married Miles F Phillips,
One person who attended school at Spring Hill was Silas Pinckney
"Pink" Murray, a grandson of Silas McCrary. He first
attended school there in 1852. He got a whipping nearly every
day for being at the foot of his spelling class. That was 139
years ago in the Spring Hill School in Bowie County.