George Whitfield Crook & Hallie May Murchison
The Monroe-Crook House, 709 East Houston Ave., Crockett, TX
The Greek revival residence was built in 1854 by Armistead Thompson Monroe, local merchant and great nephew of U.S. President James Monroe. The house reflected the style of homes in Virginia. Bricks between the inner and outer walls add insulation and strength. Heart oak lumber was brought from Shreveport for construction, and it was furnished with furniture from New York.
The Monroe family resided in the home until 1858 when David Coleman purchased the home and planted the gardens. The next owner was the A. A. Aldrich family, followed by the George W. Crook family that lived there from 1911 to 1969.
In 1963, Sara Macintosh Crook Bartlett willed ownership of the house to the people of Houston County. After her passing in 1969, the Women's Clubs of Crockett met in 1971, and formed a non-profit corporation for the preservation of the structure. The project was completed in 1974, and the house now serves as a museum.
George W. Crook and brother Jeremiah M. Crook both moved to Houston Co., TX and were both Lawyers in Crockett.
The first one to move to Crockett was Jeremiah Mitchum Crook. He was married twice, first to Dora Blakely who died in 1887 and second to Narcissa "Narcie" H. Bayne 27 JUN 1901 in Crockett. He had one son by his first marriage, James Barry Crook born 1884. His children by his second wife were Elizabeth Crook and Jeremiah Crook, Jr.. Jeremiah left Crockett later and moved to Oklahoma. He became a Judge and later retired in Oklahoma City.
George W. Crook, twin to Lillian, left Tennessee as a young man and went to California and lived with his uncle, Judge George W. Smith, for about four years. He then moved to Crockett where he read law with his brother, Jeremiah. He married Hallie Murchison, daughter of D.M. & Sallie Murchison.
George Crook was a Mason, a Deacon and Sunday school teacher in the Baptist Church, and a member of the law firm of Aldrich and Crook in Crockett, specializing in land titles and abstracts of Houston County. He purchased the house at 707 E. Houston Avenue in 1911 that had been built in 1854 by A.T. Monroe.
After the death of Hallie and then George W. Crook, the house belonged to their daughter, Sarah Crook Bartlett.
Parents and Siblings of George Whitfield Crook:
1900 Crockett, Houston Co., TX census:
CROOK, George W., Jan1870, 30, m5yrs, TN TN TN, Lawyer; Hallie M., wife, Jan1871, 29, TX MS AL; Sarah M., dtr., Oct1898, 2, s, TX; KING, Virginia M., servant, black, f, Feb1882, 18, s, TX