What I typically do is scroll about in my family names until I find someone that has a long list of descendants. When I settle on one name, I then check to see if I have enough facts to properly connect everyone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't! Perhaps it did this time.
Daniel Crump is the earliest of that surname in my file. He was born c1830 in Caldwell Co., NC and married Matilda Setzer, also born in Caldwell in c1836. I have not found a death date or place for either, nor have I found a marriage date. They must have married sometime in early 1850 because their first child was born Jul. 15, 1851.
That child was David who married Mary (or, Mahulda) Jane Clarke on Dec. 29, 1869 in Caldwell Co. She was born Sep. 10, 1849 in Hudson Twp., Caldwell Co., and died in the Globe on Jan. 23, 1929. David died on Jan. 5, 1931 in Caldwell Co. Both are buried in the Globe but I know not exactly where.
The children of David and Mary - as I know them - were: Mary Jane, born Jul. 9, 1872 in Avery Co., died Aug. 11, 1968 in Banner Elk, Avery Co.; Theodore H. "Steve", born Jun. 15, 1881 in Caldwell and died in Lenoir on Jan. 27, 1975. Theodore married Cansadia [sic] Coffey c1910, the daughter of Rabon Scott and Margaret E. Hollander Coffey; and Martha Etta Destimonia "Dessie" Crump who married (2d wife) David William Coffey, a son of Joseph Reubin and Martha Elizabeth Gragg Coffey.
David William and Dessie were the parents of at least seven children, all but one living to marry and raise their own families.
Jennie Decola, born Dec. 22, 1903, died Apr. 17, 1972, married William Sidney Joplin, born Mar. 7, 1903, died Jun. 28, 1974. They lived and died in Lenoir. I do not yet know who their children were.
Joseph Howard, born Mar. 7, 1905, died Oct. 14, 1990, married Florence Oleen Hartley, born Jun. 13, 1910, died Feb. 12, 1994. They also lived and died in Lenoir. Florence was the daughter of Granville Monroe and Cora Jane Tester Hartley.
Leonard Gilbert was born Feb. 10, 1907 and died Dec. 8, 1985. He married Beulah Crump, born Jul. 26, 1919 in Buckingham Co., VA and died Jul. 26, 1998 in Blowing Rock, Watauga Co.
Daniel Jerome, born Mar. 19, 1909, died Mar. 20, 1983 in Boone, Watauga Co. He married Lela L. (LNU), born c1914, died 1990.
Lewis B. is the only known child of David and Dessie no died young. He was born Dec. 27, 1910 and died Nov. 29, 1913.
Dillard Greene, born Dec. 7, 1912 in Avery Co., and died Aug. 10, 1988. Dillard married a distant cousin, Nancy Elizabeth Coffey, born Oct. 6, 1919, died 1989. She was the daughter of William Carlton "Will" and Bessie Mae Townsend Coffey.
Nell Verlene was the last known child of David and Dessie. She was born c1915 and died Jan. 12, 2010 in Burke Co., NC. Her husband was Samuel Leroy Beck.
Obituary, The News-Topic, Lenoir, Caldwell Co., NC, Jan. 19, 2010
Nell Verleen Coffey Beck 94, of Morganton, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Carolina Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Beck was born in Avery County to the late David W. Coffey and Martha Dessiemona Crump Coffey. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Leroy Beck; a son, Henry M. Beck Sr.; five brothers, Howard, Dillard, Ivey, Leonard and Jerome Coffey; one sister, Jennie Coffey Joplin.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Beck was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Swenson of Colorado and Desta Ureel of Michigan; one daughter-in-law, Joann Beck of Casco Mich. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Beck were Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Randy Gibson officiating the service. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
The family received friends at Pendry's Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.