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The Rabb Family is important to Texas History as well as to the Crownover family. Mary "Polly" Crownover Rabb was John Chesney Crownover's sister. John's daughter Leona went to live with the Rabbs after John and Nancy both passed on.

Polly also wrote down the story of the Rabb's coming to Texas so that her children and grandchildren would know the hardships they had faced. The original is in The Barker History Center in Austin, Tx. There are several versions of he writing; some have had the spelling corrected and put into paragraphs (such as the one mentioned below)but some are still in the frontierswoman's vernacular (such as the one attached to the link below) There are a lot of other letters, news clippings, pictures, etc. about the Rabbs in Barker's as well. She wrote phonetically and her handwriting was crude, but the story is wonderful! I wanted to post a particular edition of her story from Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine "Voices of Frontier Women" sent to me by my cousin Betty Roween Russell Byman; however, I haven't been able to figure out just how to do that yet. In the meantime, you can read one version here .

Also, in John Chesney Crownover's will dated June 16, 1845 (Nancy died in 1844, which is why he doesn't mention her, and why his minor children had to be "parceled" out to relatives.) he names his six children as beneficiaries, "...namely: Chesney Crownover, Arter Crownover Jr.(John's brother was Arter Crownover Sr.-see below), Leony(Lonie) Crownover, Marion R. Crownover, Ruffana (Fana or Fanie)Crownover, John Crownover Jr." His will further states that he "wishes Arter Crownover Sr. to be gardien for my six children and manage my hole estate." (Spelling is his)

Several of the Rabb sons served during the Civil War. John Wesley served as a member of Company F, 8th Texas Calvary (the famed "Terry's Texas Rangers") and attained the rank of Sergeant. You can view some of the letters he wrote to his mother on the Terry's Texas Rangers website. Please click here.

Copies of letters that Virgil wrote home are also available in "'Bully for Flournoy's Regiment, We Are Some Punkins, You'll Bet': The Civil War Letters of Virgil Sullivan Rabb, Captain, Company 'I,'Sixteenth Texas Infantry, C.S.A.," edited by Thomas W. Cutrer, pp.161-90 (part 1)

I'm sorry I haven't been able to find a source to see those letters on the Internet.

I do have a couple of letters that Virgil wrote in trying to assist Mrs. Marion Crownover (Emily J. "Palm")in collecting her widow's pension as the surviving spouse of a Civil War veteran. Marion Crownover also served in Flournoy's Regiment, Company I, 16th Texas Infantry. The letters (one to George W. Kyser, Pension Commissioner, Austin, TX, dated September 13, 1913 and one to Emily J. Crownover) are both on stationery of V. S. RABB, Dealer in Rough and Dressed Lumber, Shingles, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Hardware, Paints and Oils of West Point, Texas.

In the letter of Sept. 13, 1913, Mr. Rabb states that Mrs. Crownover is "here in West Point. She came to see her sister, aged 77, and husband G. W. Karnes, age 81, both of whom have been very sick, but are now improving!" He goes on to say that Mrs. Crownover is very anxious to hear before leaving whether or not her Pension has been granted. The letter to Mrs. E. J. Crownover, dated Sept. 26, 1912, can be seen here.

I also have a copy of a letter that Virgil wrote to his mother during the Civil War in which he states that he has seen Marion (Crownover) and that Marion had told him of "Little John's" death,(Marion's brother) and expresses sorrow over hearing the news. That particular letter is not of good enough quality to post here.