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John C. Crunk

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 541 & 542.

JOHN C. CRUNK - Milam county has many men whose services in behalf of the public entitle them to the grateful remembrance of her people, and one of these is the subject of this notice. Mr. Crunk has been a resident of the county for twenty-five years, a considerable portion of which time has been spent in the service of his fellow-citizens, in one official capacity and another; and, whether in office or out, he has always labored with a willing hand and an earnest heart for the people of his adopted county, doing a vast amount of work of a public kind for which there was no statutory salary, and much also for which the stipulated pay was no adequate compensation. While the public profits from the labors of such men, their names too frequently fad from memory and are no more. Possible this brief biographical notice will perpetuate a name well worthy of perpetuation in this connection.

Mr. Crunk is a native Texan, having been born in what is now Burleson county, then part of Milam Land district, February 9, 1842. His parents were Nicholas D. and Emaline (Rice) Crunk, the father being a native Tennessee and the mother a native of Alabama. The father came to Texas in 1833. He served in the war by which Texas won its independence, being present at and taking part in the battle of San Jacinto. He married and settled in what was afterward Burleson county, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying March 9, 1852. The mother, Emaline Rice, was a daughter of Laban Rice, who moved to Texas about 1835 and died here at a later date. After the death of her husband she married E. Ridgeway. She died in 1865.

Six children were born to her and her first husband, five of whom became grown, these in order of their ages being: John C. Crunk, the subject of this notice; Levine Crunk, now the wife of R. G. Broadus, of Caldwell, Burleson county; Ophelia Crunk, the wife of B. G. Evans, of Alvin, Texas; Richard Crunk who died in Milam county in 1868, leaving a widow and one child; and Virginia Crunk, who was married to James Schaffer, of Milam county, and died in 1875.

John C. Crunk was reared in Burleson county, where he received a meager education. In 1861 he entered the Confederate army, enlisting for twelve months in Company E. McCulloch's regiment of mounted rifles, with whom he served on the Texas frontier until the expiration of his term of enlistment, when he entered Company A, Seventeenth Texas Infantry, with which command he served in Arkansas and Louisiana until the close of the war. He was wounded in the engagement of Milliken's Bend and was for a time disabled from service, but remained in, the field, and received his discharge at Hempstead, this State, in May, 1865.

At the close of the war he went to Bell county and engaged for two years in the stock business, after which he settled at Davilla, Milam county, where for three years he filled the offices of Constable and Deputy Sheriff. He was then elected Justice of the Peace and ex officio County Commissioner, which office he held for four years, when the offices were separated, and he continued to hold the justice's office for thirteen years longer. For eight years during this time Mr. Crunk was also Postmaster at Davilla. In the meantime he engaged in farming and merchandising, still owning a farm of 200 acres, 125 acres of which is in cultivation, and considerable property in the town of Davilla, most of which represents his own labor.

On June 8, 1865, Mr. Crunk married Miss Sallie A. Johnston, a daughter of Judge Thomas Johnston, of Burleson county. Mrs. Crunk is a native of Mississippi, born in Woodville, Wilkerson county.

Mr. and Mrs. Chunk have had no children born to them, but have raised an adopted son, W. B. Elliott whom they have educated and provided well for. Both are member of the Methodist Church, and Mr. Crunk belongs to the Masonic fraternity, being a Democrat in politics and a staunch supporter of the principle of his party.

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas for typing this biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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