Mary Elizabeth Emmons is a daughter of Julius Emmons (b. 1812) and wife #2 Susan Parker-Hildebrand (d. c1847 MO) who were married in 1839 in Franklin Co., Missouri.
Robert Crews and Mary Elizabeth Emmons were married September 20, 1860
in Missouri. Their children are:
|Roswell||b. 1861 MO||d. a child - diphtheria|
|Martha Susan||b. 1864 MO||d. 1905 CA||m. in 1883 to Oscar Gustav Brauer of Burney Valley, CA|
|James Edwin "Ed"||b. 1866 MO||d. 1948 CA||m. Ackie Sheridan of Millville, CA|
|Maleta "Leta" Belle||b. 1868 KS||d. 1954 Santa Cruz Co. CA||m. #1 1884 John Lewis Brauer of Burney Valley, CA; m. #2 George Hill|
|Louisa Elnora "Nora"||b. 1870 KS||d. 1959 Santa Cruz Co. CA||m. John Adams Snell of Cayton Valley, CA|
|Mary Etta||b. 1872 KS||d. 1953 Santa Cruz Co., CA||m. #1: ? Lane; #2: Billy Birnes; #3: Dr. Pierre; Etta taught at the Oak Grove school in Shasta Co. for several years|
|Maude||b. c1873 CA||d. c1876 Bunker Hill, Shasta Co., CA|
|Twins||b. Mid -1870s||died at birth at Bunker Hill, Shasta Co., CA|
|Robert Austin||b. 1879 CA||d. 1959 Shasta Co., CA|
In the mid 1870s, Robert Crews moved his family up to Burney Valley. He bought a store in Bunker Hill and did well enough to acquire two more ranches - the Brewster and the Beutal places. However, this prosperity changed with the election of Cleveland. Robert crews closed the Bunker Hill store, took up a homestead on Burney Creek, and opened a store on the eastern edge of Burney. However, this store went down-hill rapidly as Tim Desmond's store in the center of town got most of the trade. Robert Crews' income came then mostly from putting up teamsters who had known him at Bunker Hill. After closing the Burney store, he tried to start a store at Hat Creek near Cassel, but again, didn't do well. Four years, he gave up storekeeping. In the 1900 Shasta County census, he gave his occupation as "farmer".
In 1892, the Crews family traded their Burney homestead for a ranch on Old Cow Creek about a quarter mile from the Oak Grove school house. They accommodated teamsters at this location, too. Being fifteen miles from the nearest town, the neighbors in the Oak Grove district petitioned for a local post office. The new post office was named Pawnee by Mary Elizabeth Emmons-Crews, the post mistress, and was located in the Crews' home. Robert and Mary Elizabeth lived the rest of their days on the ranch in Pawnee.
Robert Crews and Mary Elizabeth Emmons, along with other family member, are buried in the Old Masonic Cemetery in Millville, Shasta Co., California.
Source: Shasta Historical Society