Alice Crow (Crowe, nee Alpe)
Early 1700ish to 1777
of Swaffham, Norfolk, England

Born: early 1700s and was buried in Swaffham 2 December 1777.
Daughter of: Philip Alpe (?-1735) and Alice Alpe (nee Hammond, ?-1753) of Hardingham Hall.
Sister of:
1. Hammond Alpe (1709?-1767) of Fransham Parva who married Mary Alpe (nee Heard, 1748?-1801).
2. Philip Alpe.
3. Priscilla Alpe (1722-1768 or 1788) who married married Rev John Wilson in 1750.

Alice married: around 1734 Robert Crow (1710-1786).
Robert and Alice had issue:
1. Robert Crowe (1734-?).
2. Priscilla Crowe (1736-1739?).
3. Edward Crowe (1738-1742).
4. Rev Henry Crowe (1741-1816) who married in 1767 Elizabeth Haylett (1746?-1779) and later Mary Smith.
5. Catherine Crowe (1743-1769).
6. Philip Crowe (1744?-1745).
7. Philip Crowe (1745-1828) who married Margaret (17?-1834).

Alice Crow (Crowe, nee Alpe): An Overview

We know of Alice from a note on the back of the portrait of Robert Crowe and from a brief mention in the diary of Elizabeth Jones (nee Helsham) which reads as follows:

"... my great grandfather, Robert Crowe, whose portrait hangs in the dining room together with that of his wife Alice Alpe of Hardingham Hall in Norfolk, was a solicitor at Swaffham and, although he died in 1786, his second son, Philip, continued to reside there for many years."

I do not know of the whereabouts of the portrait of Alice Crowe (nee Alpe) but it would appear that it was in the possession of Elizabeth Jones (nee Helsham) in 1866.  It may later have been in the Heath-Caldwell family estate of Linley Wood in Staffordshire up until 1949 when this country house was closed down and the majority of the contents sold.  If any one out there on the internet knows the whereabouts of this portrait, I would be very pleased to hear from them.

Another note on the Alpe family is recorded in "Harleian Society East Anglian Pedigrees" (pages 3 & 4), a copy of which is in the Suffolk Record Office in Ipswich.  This lists a family tree for the Alpe family and lists Alice's relatives and ancestors going back to the 1500s.


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