BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Autauga, Coosa and Talladega County, Alabama
Maj. Lewis Henry Crumpler was one of the best-known business men in the town of Sylacauga. He was born at Nixburg, Coosa county, Ala., Dec. 27, 1843. His father was Albert Crumpler, a son of Beasant and Elizabeth (Wright) Crumpler, the former of whom was born in England and the latter in Ireland. Beasant Crumpler came to this country with two of his brothers soon after the Revolutionary war. He died in Autauga county, Alabama, in 1845, and his wife died in Coosa county in 1864.
Albert Crumpler was born near Norfolk, Va., Nov. 29, 1808. He came in early life to Alabama, where he followed the occupations of farmer, tanner and shoemaker, in all of which he was successful. He was also an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, but would never take pay for his preaching. He represented Coosa county in the convention that voted to secede, and afterward represented his county in the State legislature. After the war, he located in Talladega county and established a tannery near Childersburg. He was a Royal Arch Mason and did a great deal toward securing the erection of the Masonic hall at Rockford, Coosa county. He died in Talladega county, June 15, 1899. In his early manhood, he married Maria Zeigler, daughter of Nicholas and Catharine (Speigner) Zeigler, who lived near Washington, Autauga county, at a place called “Dutch Bend.” Nicholas Zeigler was born of German parents, in South Carolina.
Major Crumpler received his early education in the common schools and Wewoka academy. He then attended Lowndesboro college, and when the Civil war broke out he was a student at the Southern Military academy. He enlisted as a lieutenant in Company F, Eighth Alabama infantry, under ex-Gov. John A. Winston, and served until November 1861, in Hilliard’s legion. He then resigned and came home, raised a company, of which he was elected captain, and which was mustered into the Confederate service as Company C, Fifty-ninth Alabama infantry. In 1864 he was promoted to the rank of major, and at the surrender of General Lee he was in command of his regiment.
During the war, he fought with his regiment at the first battle of Bethel, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Hatch’s Run, Bean’s Station, Petersburg, and in numerous skirmishes under Kirby Smith. He was wounded at Bean’s Station, Chickamauga and Hatch’s Run, but he remained in the service until the close of the war. He then engaged in farming and merchandising, and for over five years was the manager of the commissary department of J. T. Mathews’ business, which is known as the Sylacauga Hosiery mills.
Major Crumpler was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For fifteen years he was one of the church stewards, and was for about twenty years superintendent of the Sunday school. Politically he was a Democrat, and for over fifteen years he held the office of justice of the peace at Sylacauga.
On Dec. 14, 1865, he was married to Antoinette ‘Nettie: Irene Oden, daughter of Joshua Oden and Charlotte Hampton ‘Charity” (Funderburg) Oden one of the pioneers of Talladega county. To this marriage were born eight children, six of whom were living in 1904,
- Oden Crumpler deceased by 1904
- Katie Lou Crumper (1864-1916) married Capt. W. J. Cannon
- Lottie Maria Crumpler,(1867-1945) married G. W. Phillips
- John Henry Crumpler,
- Emma Irene Crumpler,
- Albert James Crumpler,
- Zulah Bussy Crumpler,
- Otis Zeigler Crumpler
The children were members of the Methodist church, where their father belonged, but Mrs. Crumpler was a member of the Baptist denomination.
Major Lewis Henry Crumpler passed away Feb. 14, 1910 and is buried in Marble City Cemetery, Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama. His wife, Nettie Irene Crumpler passed away Jan 9, 1920 and is buried in Marble City Cemetery along with several children.
- Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
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