William Crabtree and Hilda Savoy

William Crabtree

William Crabtree was born 1911 March 5 and died 1950 July 6 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Hilda Savoy Crabtree

William’s wife was Hilda Savoy who died 2002 July 26 and was buried at Matherne Cemetery.

William Crabtree was Adam Bell Crabtree’s grandnephew. His line was Thomas Jefferson Crabtree and Minerva Mae Hudgens, Thomas Jefferson Crabtree being a son of Samuel Thomas Crabtree Sr. and Margaret Overstreet, Samuel Thomas Crabtree Sr. being a brother of Adam Bell Crabtree and son of Irvin Crabtree and Sarah Ann Faggard.

Amie Akerman, William and Hilda’s daughter, supplied this information.

Photos of John Wesley Ranager and Alice Ranager Crabtree

Alice Virginia Ranagier/Ranager Crabtree
3 Mar 1851 – 3 Oct 1936
wife of Adam Bell Crabtree

Alice Virginia Ranager Crabtree

Courtesy David Newall. This photo was taken outside the home of Alice, sometime during the 20’s to early 30’s, across from the Whistler Cemetery in Mobile County, Alabama.

John Wesley Ranager

John Wesley Ranager
c. 1847 – 1933
brother of Alice Ranager Crabtree

Courtesy David Newall. Again, this photo was taken outside the home of Alice, sometime during the 20’s to early 30’s, across from the Whistler Cemetery. The child is Buddy Shoemaker.

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Studio Photo of Alice Virginia Ranager Crabtree

Alice was born 1851 March 3 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama and died 1936 October 3 at Whistler. She was married to Adam Bell Crabtree.

I have irresponsibly misplaced the source for this photo.

Restored image of Alice. I did this clean up a long time ago and was working (as with 80% of the photos) from a low resolution image. I’m not sure the clean up did anything for it, and the dress is too dark. But there isn’t much use trying to take it lighter as the image begins to look pixelated.

Studio portrait of Alice

James “Jim” Dodson Kearns

James Jim Dodson Kearns

James Jim Dodson Kearns, retouched

James “Jim” Dodson KEARNS, son of Rhett Goode Kearns and Susan Crabtree, was born August 9 1922 in Mobile Alabama and died May 28, 1942.

The Kearns family provides birth and death dates being 1922 to 1942. C. Pollman provides dates of 1919-1942 as being on James’ tombstone, Section D, Lot 29, Catholic Cemetery in Mobile, Alabama. As James was twin to Dorothy Elizabeth it does seem likely that he would have been born on the same day she was. James Dodson Kearns is given as dying in 1940 at the age of 18 by one family report. His mother, Susie also gave him alternatively dying in 1942 at the age of 20, which coincides with the date given by C. Pollman. James Dodson was a WW II casualty in the Merchant Marines. Jack reports his boat was torpedoed in Mobile Bay by a German U-Boat, but Susie wrote, “He was lost in the war in 1942, Caribbean sea.” His brother, Selden wrote, “Ship was torpedoed out of Mobile Bay (coming home) in World War II, 1942, in the Caribbean sea. Merchant Marines, Liberty Ships to Russia. The ship was empty.” He noted the ship was torpedoed in waters “near South America.”

I have found on the web that James was on the oiler, Alcoa Pilgrim, when it was sunk May 28 1942 by a torpedo.

Alcoa Pilgrim, Caribbean, Torpedo, Sunk, 05/28/42, Freighter, Crew 31

28 May 1942 Alcoa Pilgrim FRT 6759 U-502 16.28Nx67.37W

The Alcoa Pilgrim, loaded deep with 9,500 tons of bauxite for Mobile, caught a “tin fish” and went down in 90 seconds with heavy loss of life.

Uboat.net reveals that James’ boat was sunk by U-502 which was captained by Jürgen von Rosenstiel. He sank 14 ships and damaged 2 others between 1941 Oct 7 and 1942 July 6 when his U-502 was sunk and he died.

Sunk 6 July, 1942 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.10N, 06.40W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 172/H). 52 dead (all hands lost).

On the Alcoa Pilgrim:

Name Alcoa Pilgrim
Type: Steam merchant (C-1 type)
Tonnage 6,759 tons
Completed 1941 – Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, San Francisco CA
Owner Alcoa SS Co, New York
Homeport New York
Date of attack 28 May 1942 Nationality: American

Fate Sunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)
Position 16.28N, 67.37W – Grid ED 1769

Complement 40 (31 dead and 9 survivors).
Route Port of Spain, Trinidad – Mobile AL
Cargo 9500 tons of bauxite ore
Notes on loss

At 02.00 hours on 28 May, 1942, the zigzagging, unescorted and unarmed Alcoa Pilgrim (Master Leon Roar Petersen, lost) was hit by a torpedo from U-502 on the starboard side just below the waterline in the engine room. The ship sank in 90 seconds about 150 miles south of the Mona Passage. The crew of nine officers and 31 men had no time to launch a lifeboat and only nine managed to get on board of two rafts. U-502 came alongside one of the rafts and an officer inquired about the name of the ship, her nationality, tonnage and cargo. He also asked if the rafts had sails and wished the men luck. Six days later, the American steam merchant Thomas Nelson picked up the surviving three officers and six men and landed them at Port of Spain on 5 June.

Where the Alcoa Pilgrim wa sunk:

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Where U-502 was sunk:

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In the photo of Jim on this page, he is holding a preserver from the Wacosta.

In the summer of 42 the S.S. Wacosta was part of a convoy in which 32 of 60 ships went down. The Wacosta was the only one without any loss of life. I don’t know if he was ever on the Wacosta.

Indian Springs Cemetery; Eight Mile, Alabama

These are headstone images sent me by Amie Akerman back around 2001:

Nancy Francis HEVELSTON, wife of Samuel T. CRABTREE Sr.
Gravemarker reads: Mother, Nancy F. CRABTREE, April 1 1852 – March 1 1944.
Amie Akerman notes the year of birth was 1858

Born Dec. 30 1838; Died June 17 1923

CRABTREE, Samuel Sr.
Sept. 7 1862 – Mar. 8 1936

aka Jeanette Louisa Miller, wife of Samuel T. CRABTREE Jr.
Grave reads: Louisa J. CRABTREE, Feb. 24 1858 – Oct. 17 1934

CRABTREE, Louis Samuel
Son of Samuel T. Jr. and Jeannette L. MILLER
Grave reads: Louis Samuel CRABTREE, Aug. 24 1884 – Apr. 28 1930

Source Amie Akerman notes grave reads “Pritchard Woodman of the World Plaque – Thomas J. Crabtree, born July 1 1870, died May 18 1918

Kearns at the Catholic Cemetery in Mobile

KEARNS plot at Old Catholic Cemetery in Mobile AL Map image. Section XL, Lot 3. The lot has no marker or stone.

KEARNS, John, Section XL, Lot 3
KEARNS, Catherine, Section XL, Lot 3
KEARNS, Timothy, Section XL, Lot 3
REYNOLDS, William, Section XL, Lot 3
REYNOLDS, Edward, Section XL, Lot 3

Old side of Catholic Cemetery in Mobile, Alabama. Right click to view larger

KEARNS GRAVE at the Old Catholic Cemetery, no marker, Section XL 3. Burial site of John and Catherine Kearns, William Reynolds, Edward Reynolds and Timothy Kearns. (Image contributed by Chas Pollman)

KEARNS, J. D., Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, Mary McAndrew (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
KEARNS, Michael (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
KEARNS, Rhett Goode Sr., Section D. Lot 29
KEARNS, Rhett Goode Jr., Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, Martin (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, wife of Martin (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)

Section D, Lot 29, layout. Right click to view larger.

McANDREWS burial plot in Old Catholic Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama, showing Rhett Kearns, Rhett/Robert Kearns and J. D. Kearns

KEARNS, Claude M. and Inez M., Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Mobile AL. (Image contributed by Chas Pollman)

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