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  1. I would also like to know why Jane Craze moved from DeKalb Co. to Jackson County and settled on Sand Mountain overlooking the Tennessee River, where we still have Craze family in 2022. Did something happen in the 1850s in Valley Head? DeKalb? The Craze family has Bouldins, Blevins, Coopers, Blancetts, in the lineage, and lived near Allen Lea and Alfred Ellis, and the Painters…a lot of names in Valley Head are witnesses on Jane Craze’s pension application for John Craze’s service in Co. C AL Vidette Cavalry. He died in Dec. 1863 after serving just 3 months for the Union.

    1. According to my census research John and Jane Craze “Craise” were in District No24, Northern DeKalb County, Alabama 1850, along with three children Jaminrah E. age 7(1842), Alexander age 5(1846) and Martha E. age 4(1848). In 1860 they were annotated in Anawicka ( now known as Sulphur Springs) north of Valley Head, closer to the Alabama-Georgia State line with additional children, James age 8 (1852), Nancy age 6 (1854),George age 3(1857) and Louisa age 1(1859). This was a time of great conflict for this country. Many men were lost to the war, as were non combatants for many reasons. Survivors, it appears, grouped together to share the burden to those troubling times. I 1870 census in Sulphur Springs (Township 4, Range 9) there is three households of Crazes’:

      Elizabeth Craze Female 45 1825 Tennessee White
      Margaret E Craze Female 41 1829 Tennessee White
      Geo W Craze Male 6 1864 Alabama White

      Louisa Craze Female 53 1817 North Carolina White
      Daniel Craze Male 26 1844 Alabama White
      Jane Craze Female 36 1834 Tennessee White
      Lucy E Craze Female 7 1863 Alabama White
      Margaret Craze Female 4 1866 Alabama White
      James Craze Male 2 1868 Alabama White

      William Craze Male 24 1846 Alabama White
      Emily Craze Female 22 1848 Alabama White

      BY 1880 it appears Jane was raising grandchildren. Probably moved into the home of a son or daughter:

      Name: Jane Craze
      Home in 1880: Jackson, Alabama
      Age: 55
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1825
      Birthplace: Kentucky
      Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
      Father’s birthplace: Kentucky
      Mother’s birthplace: Kentucky
      Occupation: Keeping House
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Jane Craze 55
      Nevva A. Craze 18
      John Craze 16
      Year: 1880; Census Place: , Jackson, Alabama; Roll: T9_16; Family History Film: 1254016; Page: 161.1000; Enumeration District: 113; .

      Name: Jane Craze
      Home in 1900: Kash, Jackson, Alabama
      Age: 76
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824
      Birthplace: Kentucky
      Relationship to head-of-house: Head
      Race: White
      Occupation: View Image
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Jane Craze 76
      William Craze 17 Grandson
      Minerva Adkins 20 Granddaughter
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Kash, Jackson, Alabama; Roll: T623 19; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 24.

  2. I found Jane Craze on the list of Valley Head Residents that was update in 2011, but am unsure what year that census was taken. She is my GGgm, wife of John Craze. She was born in 1824 in KY and died in 1903. She received a pension for John’s service in the Civil War as a private in Co. C TN & AL Vidette Cavalry, along with his brother, James Craze, and nephew Daniel Craze. I cannot understand why there is nothing about the Crazes in DeKalb Co, because they were one of the first landowners there in the 1840s and probably entered the area as “Intruders” because we see them on petitions from early years in AL. James & Lucinda (Lucretia) Cooper also are found in Valley Head. They were Jane’s parents and we believe that the Coopers (Isaac) intermarried with Nancy Black Fox, according to Daniel Panther-Yates. I would like to submit our story to the DeKalb Co. Historical Society to be included in their next genealogical Volume.

    1. The PDF under the Resources portion of this site labeled VHF (Valley Head Families) is a composite of census records from 1850 to about 1910.

      The links below may be of some help to you:

      Sometimes church histories can tell you about your family and there lives. An old Baptist church was established at Head Springs, a place just north of Valley Head. The Primitive Baptist Church of Christ was constituted in 1835 before DeKalb County existed, and the area was considered part of Jackson County. Most of the founders of the church came from Kentucky. Blevins, Lewis, William Krays (Craze?),Barns, Bookout and many more.
      Many stories and much information has been lost because record keeping was not necessarily the task of the day. My understanding is that very few records where kept in the state of Alabama before 1909. So it is a challenge to track down the elusive family members. However, every time a story is shared, a new clue comes to light. A note of interest is that Daniel Craze married my great great grandmother, Cansada Lewis Pinkham Craze. She was a widow with 4 children. Her husband, Matthew Coffin Pinkham, died Aug 1882, we think in Hot Springs, Arkansas while working on the Mississippi River. As far as I can tell Daniel R. Craze (1844-1809) was married three times, Jane Tinker (1840-1887) in 1862, they had five children. Then Cansada Lewis Pinkham (1847-1897) no children and number three Martha Johnson (1875-1923) they had five children. So Daniel was the father/step father of 14 children.
      Your James and Lucinda Cooper are buried in the Old Valley Head Cemetery. The site of the original Valley Head Baptist Church, at the time called Mount Zion, constituted in 1845. There are many unmarked graves and, again, story lost to time.

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