History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

Col. A.H. Crowell and A.M. Crowell Houses & Family

Col. A.H. Crowell Residence - Jefferson St.
Stack & Beasley Photograph
A.M. Crowell Residence - Crowell Died in this Jefferson St. House in 1922.
At some point, both of these were demolished. Stack & Beasley Photograph
Gray's 1882 Map notes Crowell one block east of the 
County Jail on Jefferson Street. This was most likely the 
home of Col. Abram H. Crowell with perhaps a 
storefront next door.

"A.M. [Alexander Monroe] Crowell, one of the largest property owners and most public-spirited men of Monroe, first saw the light [was born] in Union County, N.C., February 20th, 1841. He came to Monroe in 1874, and with Col. A.H. Crowell, his father, and began merchandising. After running with great success for twenty years they retired from business on account of the advanced age of Col. Crowell. Since 1894, Mr. A.M. Crowell has been principally engaged in the management of his large private interests, although he has often been called to serve the public in different capacities. He has been alderman two terms, a justice of the peace, city tax collector and treasurer and trustee of Monroe's excellent graded school. Mr. Crowell is a public spirited gentleman and a model citizen, enjoying the esteem and friendship of all who know him." Stack & Beasley

Abram Hill Crowell was born December 22, 1817 in Mecklenburg County to George Michael Crowell (1795-1865) and Elizabeth Jane Pyron (1798-1887). (Jane Pyron was born in Rowan County to William Pyron (1757-1850) and Mary Jane Powell. William Pyron, resident of Caswell County, fought in the Revolutionary War; he was receiving pension in 1832 in Mecklenburg County.)

A. H. Crowell was a veteran of the Civil War and reached the rank of colonel. He married Margaret Malindy "Peggy" Burnette (1818-1892). Their children: Jane C. Crowell (1839-1844), Israel Alexander Monroe Crowell (1841-1922) and Amanda J. Crowell (1842-1854) and Emanuel Crowell.

Ancestry.com, Rootsweb, J.H. Ganis
Son, Israel Alexander Monroe "A.M." Crowell, was born February 20, 1841 in Goose Creek Township in Union (then Mecklenburg) County. Union County farmer A.M. Crowell enlisted July 3, 1862, in Company I, 48th North Carolina Infantry; promoted to full sergeant in November; Confederate allegiance. He married Beatrice Lee, daughter of James Francis Lee, on February 26, 1864. Family trees note his death on September 27, 1922 at his home on Jefferson Street, Monroe, Union County, NC.

Children of A.M. Crowell and Beatrice Lee: Infant Daughter (1867-1867), Walter C. Crowell (1871-1932) married Virginia Newby, Infant Daughter (1873-1873), Louis Fry Crowell (1875-1900) died
on a train while enroute to Atlanta, Tony "Tom" Lee Crowell (1881-1958) married Leah E. Broadway, and Maggie Harwood Crowell (1883-)

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