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Have you ever re-looked at some tax records and discovered that you can now figure out who these people might be when before they were just a list of names found in that county?

Well, that has been my experience as I’m going back thru some of my Crawford Kentucky research in hopes that it leads me back another generation.

I’ve recently re-looked at Madison, Lincoln and Garrard county tax lists and combined with land records, I have a much better understanding of who the various Crawfords listed in these tax roles are. Since I have deeds indicating James Crawford (husband of Martha Knight) lived in Barren County, Kentucky, I decided to re-look at those tax records.

I first searched the Barren County KY tax lists some time ago. Based on the “V20-0014” notation on my notes, I’m guessing I used the American Genealogical Lending Library to research these records at home.

Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t know enough about the family for this information to help me.

Since that time, I’ve discovered a couple of land records that place James Crawford in Barren County, KY. The first one I found was for the sale of 200 acres of land on the Marrowbone in 1821. The second deed was for the sale of Rebecca (Rebekah) Crawford’s land in Garrard County, KY in 1804.

These deeds and my additional knowledge about the families and neighbors has made easier for me to figure out the Barren County, KY tax records.

  • David Crawford who is listed in 1799 and later is an unknown (image 10)
  • James Crawford who is found on image 31 with 200 acres on the Marrowbone
  • The Dooley and Douglass families are found in these early tax lists.
  • By 1800, James Crawford owned an additional 50 acres on the Marrowbone and 200 acres in Cumberland County (image 67)
  • By 1802 William Sellers is listed with 100 acres of land in Barren County (image 141)
  • By 1802, there is a second James Crawford (image 119)
  • By 1805 James Crawford Jr is listed with 50 acres of land on the Marrowbone (image 275)
  • By 1806, William Sellers is no longer listed as owning land on the Marrowbone. There is a James Crawford owning 50 acres of land on the Marrowbone (image 335)
  • In 1806, there is a James Crawfford owning 190 acres of land on the East Fork of the Barren River (image 372)
  • By 1808, no Crawfords are listed owning land on the Marrowbone

Based on this information, I’ve developed some theories:

  • James Crawford shown in the tax list owning 200 acres on the Marrowbone is the James Crawford who sold 200 acres of land on the Marrowbone in 1821
  • James Crawford listed as ‘little’ or ‘junior’ is the other James Crawford who migrated to Preble County – the one married to Sally Smith Duggins
  • William Sellers is the William Sellers who purchased land in Ohio as a tenant in common with James Crawford
  • The Dooley and Douglas families in the Barren County tax records are the same Dooley and Douglas families from Garrard County, KY
  • James and Martha left Barren County earlier than James and Sally – thus arriving in Preble County earlier 

I will need to find land and/or court records to help prove these theories.
Notes from the tax lists:
Barren County Kentucky

Tax Books 1799-1816

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image 4 – 1799
Image 9 – C
Image 10

  • Crawford David — 1 male > 21, 1 horseNote: David Crawford is between two Cochrans

Image 20 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 26 1800
Image 31 – C

  • Crawford James – 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Thomas Minor – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Cole Stephen – 200 acres Barren Marrowbone Stephen Cole 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 total black, 4 horses

Image 32

  • Dooly Moses Junr — 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Moses Dooly 1 male >21 – 2 horses
  • Douglass John — 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – John Douglass 1 male over 21, 1 horse

Image 40

  • Railsback John 200 acres Barren Marrowbone John Railsback 1 male > 21, 1 male >16, 3 horses

Image 41 – S

  • No SELLERS

Image 47 1800 #2
Image 50 – C (faint – watercourses mostly illegible)

  • No Crawford

Image 58 – S –

  • No Sellers

Image 61 – 1801
Image 66 – C
Image 67

  • Crawford David – 200 acres Barren Skaggs Creek – Sparker – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Crawford James – 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Minor -Crawford James – 200 acres Cumberland S Creek BBay
  • Crawford James 50 acres Barren Marrowbone D Allen 1 male > 21, 4 horses

NOTE: All three James Crawford properties lumped together for the 1 male >21, and 4 horses

Image 68

  • Dooly Moses — 200 acres Barren Middle fork of – 1 male > 21, 5 horsesImge 69
  • Duglass John 200 acres Barren Little Barren – 1 male > 21

Image 79 – R

Image 79

  • Ralsback John – 200 acres Barren Marrobone – 1 male >21, 2 males >16, 2 horses

Image 90 – 1801
Image 94 – C
Image 95

  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 2 horses – no mention of land

Image 96-97 –

  • no Dooley or Douglass

Image 104-105 –

  • no Railsback
  • No SELLERS

Image 111 – 1802
Image 118 – C
Image 119

  • Crawford James (small) ?jr – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • Crawford James (big) Senr – 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Thos Minor – same AND 50 acres Barren  Marrowbone – Thos Minor – same – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 122

  • Dooley Douglass Nathan
  • Douglass John

Image 141

  • Sellers William 100 Barren [to]Bob – Jacob Lasland – same – 1male > 21 1 horse

Image 149 – 1803
Image 157 – C
Image 158 – 

  • Crawford David – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Crawford James – 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Minor200 acres Cumberland Spring Ck – D Day same, 50 acres Barren Marrowboon DAlley – 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Crafford James Jr – 50 acres Barren Marrowbone- Dooley – same 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 161

  • Crawford James – 200 acres Barren E Fk BBarren – Jos Gest – same – 1 male > 21, 8 horses
  • Dooley Moses Senr
  • Dooley George
  • Dooley Thomas
  • Douglass William
  • Douglass Samuel
  • Douglas Nathan
  • Douglas John
  • Douglas George

Image 162

  • Dooley Rubin
  • Dooley Abner
  • Dooley Moses Jr
  • Douglas John

Image 190

  • Sellers William 130 acres Barren L Barren J Railsback – same – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 203 – 1804
Image 213 – C
Image 214 – no land listed for these Crawfords

  • Crawford James (little) 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • Crawford James 1 male > 21, 1 horseCrawford David 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Crawford James (taylor) 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Imge 217

  • Crawford James (big 200 barren Marrowbone – Miner – same ; 200 acres Cumberland Spring Ck – Ray – same – 50 acres Barren – Marrowbone – Alley – 1 male > 21, 6 horses

Image 219 – Douglass
Image 248 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 262 1804 Added

Image 263 1805
Image 273 – C
Image 274

  • Crawford David – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 275

  • Crawford James Senr 200 acres Barren Marrowbone – Thos Minor – Same; 200 acres Cumberland – Spring Ck – Robert Phay – same , 1 male > 21, 8 horses
  • Crawford James Jr – 50 acres Barren – Marrowbone – Abner Dooley – same – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • Crawford James – 190 acres same E F B Barren – same- same – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 277 – D

  • Nathan Doulgass

Image 278 –

  • Dooley

Image 279 –

Image 313 – S
Image 315

  • George Douglass
  • Sellers William – 100 acres – same – Little Barren- Jacob Railsback – same – 1 male > 21, 5 horses

Image 329 1806
Image 334 – C

  • Crawford James – 50 acres Barren Marrowbone A Dooley – same 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 1 horse

Image 335

  • Douglass George and others

Image 358

  • No Sellers

Image 369 – book 2 1806

Image 371- CI

mage 372 –

  • Crafford James – 190 acres Barron East Fork Barron – same – 1 male > 21 , 3 horses

Image 385 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 392 – 1807
Image 398 – C
Image 400 

  • Crawford James – 190 acres – Barren – E F B Baren – J Crawford same – 1 male > 21, 1 horses

Image 421 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 431 – 1807

Book 2

Image 435 – C

Image 436

  • David Crawford – 100 acres Barren Beaver Cr Jno Bybee – same 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 437

  • Crawford James 50 acres Marrobone – Ab Dooley – same – 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 439 –

  • Douglas
  • No DUGGINS

Image 455 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 464 – 1808 Book 1 – Lower District

Image 470 – C

  • Crawford James – 190 acres – same – E F B Barren – J Crawford – same – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16 3 horses

Image 494 – S
Image 505 – 1808
Image 510 – C
Image 511

  • Crawford David – ? – ink smeared 1 male > 21, 2 males >16, 4 blacks > 16, 8 total blacks, 12 horses
  • Crawford [Phelp} – ink smeared – 1 male > 16, 4 total blacks, 2 horses

Image 512 –

  • George Douglas

Image 527 – S

Image 533 – 1809
Image 539 – C

  • Crawford James – 190 acres Barren – E F B Barren – J crawford – same – 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 562 – S
Image 573 – 1809 – Book 2

Image 578- C
Image 579 

  • Crawford, Phebe – 4 total blacks, 1 horse

Image 580

  • Crawford David – 100 acres Barren, Beaver , J Byber – same –  1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Crawford John – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 605 – 1810

Stopped searching for now