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Benjamin Crowley II and Catherine Annie Wiley


Benjamin Crowley II was born in 1758 in Halifax County, Virginia. He was the son of Benjamin Crowley I and Sarah Strong. His grandparents were Jeffrey and Effie Crowley of Orange, Lunenburg, Bedford and Halifax Counties. His other grandparents were William and Ms. Cape Strong. From 1795-1800, Benjamin II is listed in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. In 1810 he is listed in Christian County, Kentucky. On 9 Aug 1808, Benjamin Crowley patented 200 acres in Christian County, Kentucky. By June 16, 1827, Benjamin Crowley was in Lawrence County, Arkansas, which is noted when he was administrator for his deceased son John. Benjamin died in 1842, and is buried at Shiloh (AKA Pioneer) Cemetery at Crowley's Ridge State Park, Walcott, Arkansas. The park encompasses his estate. The Ridge bears his name and runs through Arkansas and Missouri.

Above is Benjamin Crowley II's grave at Shiloh Cemetery.


On 15 Dec 1795, Benjamin married Catherine Annie Wiley. She was born in 1771 in Augusta County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Peter and Mary Sharkey Wiley. Her grandparents were John and Catherine Chambers Wiley, and Patrick and Anne Sharkey. Catherine died in November 1850 and is buried with her husband.

Benjamin and Catherine were the parents of Thomas, Samuel, John, Wiley, Polly, Benjamin III, Margaret and Sarah.

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