The Family of John Rufus Crozier and Nannie Lestelle Chambers


Husband:   John Rufus Crozier
Born:  26 August 1844 in Kentucky
Died:  5 September 1883 in Lebanon, Collin County, Texas
Father:   John Crozier


Wife:   Nannie Lestelle Chambers
Born:  3 January 1855 in Virginia
Died:  8 August 1938 in Lebanon, Collin County, Texas
Father:   Joseph D. Chambers
Mother:   Mary P. Roach



Child Sex Birth Death
Mary Annie/Mamie Crozier F 15 October 1877 21 February 1972
Emma Lestelle Crozier F 9 January 1880 9 February 1973
Lula Maud Crozier F 13 December 1881 24 September 1900


John Crozier (the elder) who left Bardstown, Kentucky in 1860 with 7 of their ten children came to Texas, (the father of John Rufus Crozier) is said to have turned down land in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas to buy Collin County land because there was more wood and water available.

The first Crozier home had been built of wood brought from Jefferson and the chimney was of white stone from a quarry near Lebanon. John Rufus Crozier had been a soldier in the Confederate army when he was barely 16. After the war John Rufus Crozier stayed in Collin County while much of the family moved on to North Texas communities. John Rufus married Nannie Chambers of another pioneer family who lived south of Lebanon—John died at 39 leaving his widow and three daughters. Mrs. Nannie Crozier remained in Lebanon and when the Frisco railroad missed Lebanon many of the families moved their homes to Frisco, she remained.

John Rufus Crozier died in 1893 leaving Nannie Crozier to raise three daughters; Emma (who married Rev. James McCabe Hunt; Mary Ann/Mamie (who married Charles A. Covington) and Lula the youngest of the three daughters who died during her college years of typhoid fever in 1900. Mrs. Crozier remained in Lebanon until her death in 1938.

Mamie Crozier Covington continued to live at the Crozier home with Charles Covington her husband for most of their years. She died having spent the last few years of her life in Garland with her sister Emma Hunt and husband, Rev. James McCabe Hunt. James McCabe Hunt had been the pastor of the Lebanon Baptist church.

Charles Covington was, according to the 1920 census, working at a State Bank as a teller and then for years as a teacher at the Lebanon School just across Preston Road for the Crozier Covington home. It is noted that he was active in the district school administration. Charles Covington died in 1955.

Contributed and compiled by Richard Weaver-2008