This is the writeup that I have on Susannah Lax Childress Crews.
Jefferson M. Moak
Susannah Lax appears in her father's will as Susannah Childress. She was married on 23 May 1781 to Abraham Childress, who apparently passed away in 1791. On 27 June 1791, Susannah Childress filed a bond as administrix of Abraham Childress's estate. John Phelps and John Hilliard were her securities. The inventory of his estate conducted on 13 August 1791 included a rug and be quilt, a parcel of carpenter tools, flat iron, a parcel of pewter, earthen pot and pitcher, 1 cotton wheel & flax wheet, 1 bedstead and cord, 1 chest, 2 iron pots and pair of hooks, a parcel of plantation tools, churn, 1 sow and pigs, 3 shoats and a barrow, and 2 head of cattle. This inventory was conducted by Samuel McCraw, Thomas G. Williams and Peter Crews and returned to court on 24 October 1791. The account of sales, under the hand of Susannah Childress, administrix, occurred on 20 August 1791 by not returned until 25 June 1792.
The 1782 tax list for Halifax County lists Abraham Childress with 10 whites and no blacks. There is also an entry for a Susannah Childress this same year with 5 whites and no blacks. There is no listing for either Abraham or Susannah Childress in 1785. Peter Crews does appear with 7 white souls, 1 dwelling and 5 other buildings. (He also had 7 whites in 1782 and no blacks.) In the 1787 list, Abraham Childress appears with no white males between the ages of 16 and 21, no blacks, 1 horse, and 4 cattle. (Peter Crews has one white male between the ages of 16 and 21, no blacks, 3 horses and 7 cattle in this year.)
On 24 June 1797, Susannah Childress married Peter Crews, who had worked with her on Abraham's estate and earlier with her family on her father's estate. Her surety was Benjamin Lax; the witness was William Lax, two of her brothers. It was a second marriage for both. Peter's wife, Elizabeth, apparently died between 28 June 1790 and 12 March 1793 because she is listed in a deed on the former date involving Peter Crews and George Thompson selling land to John Crews but is not mentioned when Peter Crews transferred some land on Ellis Creek to John Royall.
The only children of Abraham and Susanna Childress who have been identified are (order not certain):
1. Robert Childress. There is a Robert Childress who married Becky Bradley, daughter of James Bradley on 10 July 1796. Jesse Bradley was the surety.
2. Elizabeth Childress. She married John Carmical on 4 September 1798. Her surety was James Watkins, witnessed by David Hix. The consent of Peter and Susanna Crews was necessary for the marriage.
3. Nancy Childress. She married David Hicks on 29 May 1798. Her surety was James Watkins, witnessed by Joseph Hicks. The consent of Peter and Susanna Crews was necessary.
4. Susanna Childress. She married Moses Hicks on 27 November 1798. The surety was James Watkins, witnessed by John Carmical. The consent of Susanna Crews was given.
5. Timothy William Childress, born 1790 in Houston, Halifax County. He married Obedience Lax (1.7.4.). See Obedience Lax for further information about this family.
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