Crew ~ First Generation

  The first known generation of the Crew family commences with Joseph CREW and Mary, surname unknown, of Somerset. It is not known where Joseph came from. There are different possibilities, for example Joseph Crew bap 21 Feb 1737 at Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, son of William & Elizabeth (ref fmp Gloucestershire Baptisms). There was a family legend about some connection with the "Earl of Crewe" but this must have been just wishful thinking. See below for more details from Wikipedia.

The most likely marriage is that of Joseph Crewe (or Crowe) to Mary GOULD on 20 Apr 1769 at High Littleton, Somerset (ref fmp Somerset Marriage Index). The marriage was by Banns (one of the dates being 2 Apr 1769), both were resident at High Littleton, and the witnesses were Isaac Davis and John Cock (ref fmp Somerset Archives, again as Crowe). High Littleton is less than 2 miles from Timsbury. A possible baptism for Mary Gould is on 1 Apr 1749 at Clutton, Somerset, daughter of John Gould & Betty (ref fmp Baps & Burials, Somerset Archives). This date matches quite closely (c1747) the Mary Crewe who was buried in 1817 at Timsbury.

It is worth noting that son William and his daughter Susanna have the middle name of Gould.

There were several Crew families at Timsbury at the time and all of the baptisms in Timsbury found from Freereg and fmp have been listed on page 2. Several are given as Crow or Crowe but it is uncertain as to whether this is unclear handwriting or a genuine variant.

There is a possible burial for Joseph Crew on 15 Jul 1805 at South Stoke, Somerset (ref fmp). No age is given. South Stoke is near Bath and about 7 miles from Timsbury. Other burials of a similar name in Timsbury relate to his son and grandson.

Burial of Mary Crewe, 30 Dec 1817, age 70. Buried Timsbury, Somerset at the Anglican church of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Timsbury, Somersetshire (ref National Burial Index, Somerset & Dorset Family History Society in findmypast). Other family records are at Timsbury. This means Mary was born c1747.

1. John CREW bap 1770 at High Littleton, Somerset  
2. Susannah CREW bap 1773 at Timsbury, Somerset  
3. Jane CREW bap 1777 at Timsbury, Somerset  
4. Joseph CREW bap 1782 at High Littleton, Somerset  
5. Mary CREW (1) bap 1783 at Timsbury, Somerset  
6. Mary CREW (2) bap 1785 at Timsbury, Somerset  
7. William Gould CREW bap 1791 at Timsbury, Somerset  
The purpose of adding this entry is to allow for further investigation of the claim in the line of Phoebe Crew that there was some connection with the following family or with an Earl of Crewe. No connection has yet been found.

Baron Crewe, of Crewe in the County of Chester, was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 25 February 1806 for the politician and landowner John Crewe, of Crewe Hall, Cheshire. This branch of the Crewe (or Crew) family descended from Sir Ranulph Crewe (1558–1646), Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. He was the brother of Sir Thomas Crewe, also Speaker of the House of Commons and the father of John Crew, 1st Baron Crew (a title which became extinct in 1721; see Baron Crew). Sir Ranulph's grandson John Crewe was the father of Ann Crewe, who married John Offley, of Madeley Manor, Staffordshire. Their son John assumed by Act of Parliament the surname of Crewe in lieu of his patronymic in 1708. He sat as a Knight of the Shire for Cheshire. His son John Crewe also represented Cheshire in Parliament. The latter was the father of the first Baron Crewe. Lord Crewe died in 1829 and was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He was a General in the British Army. The title became extinct on the death of his son, the third Baron, in 1894.

The Honourable Annabella, daughter of the second Baron, married Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton. Their son Robert succeeded to the Crewe estates on the death of his maternal uncle in 1894 and assumed the same year the additional surname of Crewe by Royal licence. He became a distinguished Liberal politician and was created Earl of Crewe in 1895 and Marquess of Crewe in 1911. See the latter title for more information.


Last modified 6 Feb 2018