J. M. CROW, a prosperous merchant of Cleveland, was born in McMinn County, July 1, 1830, a son of John H. and Susan (WAGONER) CROW. The father was born in County Feramanuer, Ireland. When young he immigrated to North Carolina, where he married. Soon afterward he came to McMinn County, Tenn. He was a farmer by occupation, and at one time a constable. His death occurred in 1866. The mother died in 1852. Their family consisted of four sons and five daughters. Our subject was educated in the old field schools, and raised on the farm. In 1852 he began the mercantile business at Athens, continuing till 1857, when he came to Cleveland, and engaged in the foundry business. During the war he was bookkeeper for Gen. GREEN. After the surrender he returned to Cleveland, walking from Knoxville. Thirty five cents was the amount of capital he possessed. After clerking, he opened a store in 1866, and has since been engaged in the mercantile trade. He has been very successful, and is an able business man. He owns a large brick building, and carries a first-class stock. He is a stanch Democrat, a Mason and an Odd Fellow. In 1867 he married Miss Susan BOWER, a native of Cleveland, by whom he has had seven children, of whom five sons and one daughter are living. Mr. and Mrs. CROW are consistent and highly respected members of the Methodist Church South.
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