John Anderson Criner
born 00/00/1740 in German Colony, Pennsylvania
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The family name "Criner" is of German origin and was spelled Creiner or Kreiner. The first of the family in America settled in Pennsylvania. The tradition is that our branch of the family came from Pennsylvania down into North Carolina, then to Tennessee and Alabama. John Criner fought in the Revolutionary War, and his son, Joseph, (by his first marriage to Susan Yanitz) assumed possession of his father's knee buckles and sword. John received land grants from the State of North Carolina for lands now in Tennessee. His acreage was on Big Creek in Hawkins County, TN, a county which the Criners helped to found around 1787.
His sons Isaac and Joseph (half-brothers) discovered the Big Spring in what would become Huntsville, AL in 1804. They went back to Tennessee and returned in 1805 when the government bought the land from the Cherokees and Chickasaw to become the Mississippi Territory. Isaac brought his mother, Rebecca McClure Criner, with him in the spring of 1805. Genealogist Pauline Gandrud found the estate of John Criner in Hawkins Co, TN He had died before 1808. So later dates shown by some cannot be correct.
It is interesting that taxes for 1791, Hawkins Co, TN, are charged to Joseph Criner, Robert McCain, and John Hunt. John Hunt is the man who later stole the Criner cabin when Isaac went back to Tennessee for his mother, and as a result, Huntsville, AL is named for him. Robert McCain must be the father of Nancy McCain who married Isaac Criner in Madison Co, Al. The Criners, McCains, McBrooms (a daughter of John Criner) all came to Alabama about the same time.
Spouse ~ Rebecca McClure
born 1761 in York Co, PA