S. W. Crook

Submitted & Transcribed by Eric Stack
Source: "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 592
Author: Brant & Fuller (1893)
S. W. CROOK, one of the pioneers of Calhoun county, was born in Spartanburg district, S. C., in 1824, a son of James and Amelia (Owen) Crook. The father was a native of Virginia and a son of James Crook, who married a Miss Williams. The grandfather Crook was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and after the war went to South Carolina. James Crook was one of the leading politicians of South Carolina in his day and served in the legislature during the time the "Nullificaton" bill was before the house, and was a union man. Mrs. Amelia Crook's father was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war. S. W. Crook came to Alabama with his parents in 1834, and settled on the Tallachatee battle field, where the father opened up a farm, on which he resided until his death in 1849. The educational advantages of S. W. Crook were very limited and obtained at the old log school house. In 1853, he married Sallie Chisolm, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Whatley) Chisolm, who were natives of Georgia. They had five children, viz.: Millie, Dora, James E., Mamie and Samuel W. The mother is a native of Georgia and with her husband a member of the Baptist church. James E. Crook was born an the old farm, but at the age of five years was taken by his parents to Jacksonville for the purpose of schooling. He attended the common school at Jacksonville, and in 1875 he entered the high school at Cave Spring, Ga., and remained nearly three years and in 1878, entered the state university of Alabama, from which he graduated in 1881, and immediately began the study of medicne with M. F. Ladel of Cedartown, Ga.; the same year he took one course of lectures at the Medical college at Atlanta and in 1882 went to Nashville and attended two courses at the Vanderbilt university, graduated with the highest honors and was made valedictorian; he was then the youngest member of the class. Returning to his old home, Alexandria, he beagn the practice of his chosen profession and now has a very large patronage. The Crook family is one-of the oldest and most highly respected of the county.
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