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Another James Crawford

I thought I had figured out those James Crawfords who appear on multiple family trees with intermingled records and families. To my surprise, I have found another one in Fleming County, Kentucky. James, the husband of Sarah Vansandt, died in May 1836. This is the James Crawford I already knew about.

When I located the will of James Crawford, I found the will of another James Crawford dated September 1836. This James Crawford was the husband of Elizabeth D. Crawford, daughter of Mrs. Stockton. Not only are there TWO James Crawfords in Fleming County, Kentucky, but they both die in 1836!

Fleming County Kentucky
Probate Records
Vols. D-E 1829-1837
FS Film 344040 DGS 4818899

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Page 463

James Crawford Will


I James Crawford of Flemingsburg Fleming County
Kentucky being of sound mind an disposing memory
do make ordain constitute and appoint this my last
will and testament I do hereby nominate constitute
and appoint my wife Elizabeth D Crawford the executrix
of this my last will and testament. And as I have full
confidence in her I do not with the County Court to require
of her security for the faithful execution of this my will
I hereby fully authorize and empower my said executrix
of her discretion to sell and dispose of any or all
of my estate both real or personal and to convey and [purfect]
the title to the purchaser or purchasers thereof after the
payment of my debts I wish a settlement of my estate
my wife to take her thirds and the reside to be
distributed amongst my children in equal proportions
and each childs estate to be kept separate I also
appoint my wife guardian to my children without being
required to give security She will educate them
in the best manner my estate and the [?]

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of the Country will afford when my children arrive
to the age of twenty one years or marry I wish them to have
their portions of my estate If my wife shall marry it is then
my wish that my wife shall cease to act as the guardian
to my children under her appointment by this will and that
their estate be placed in the hands of guardians and that
will be required to give security as the law directs
My executrix will pay or give her mother Mrs. Stockton such
a sum of money as will satisfy her for her relinquishment of dower
in the lands and real estate I purchased of her husband
Joshua Stockton deceased. It is further my will that Mrs. Stockton
my wife’s mother shall live and enjoy the house and lot with
the appurtenance thereunto annexed that she now has in possession
together with the lot of ground I own adjoining the Seminary
containing about seven and one half acres during her natural
life. I request my friends Francis T Hord and William A
Beattie to give to my wife all the aid and assistence in their
power in winding up my business and collecting my debts
In case the County Court shall require security of my
wife for the execution of any of the trusts confered in her by this
will and she shall desire it she is fully authorized
to select such person as she may choose to be associated
with her as executrix or guardian [mad] this will
to execute the trusts hereby confirmed
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and
affix my seal this 7th day of September in the
year of our Lord 1836
Jas Crawford Seal
Signed Sealed and
acknowledged in the presence
of Francis T Hords
Thos Porter
L W Andrews
At a court held for Fleming County on the 26th day of September
1836 this writing purporting to be the last will and testament
of James Crawford decd was produced in court and
proved by the oaths of Thos Porter and L W Andrews
two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the will of
said Crawford and the said will is duly recorded
Att
G M Stockton Clerk

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Fleming County KentuckyCourt Minutes (order book)V. E-F Oct 1827-Aug 1940FS Film 343960 DGS 7646999
KY-Fleming-Court-VolE-1827-1840

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September Court 1836

A writing purporting to be the last will & testament of James Crawford decd was produced in court &proved by the oaths Thomas Porter & L M Andrews two of the witnesses to said will and ordered to be recorded and on motion of Elizabeth D Crawford the executrix named in said will who made oath according to law no bond or security being required of the said executrix by request of the will of said decedant Probate of said will is granted her in due form of law and ordered that D. K. Stockton Mo Donaldson J Huddelson & John a Davan or any three of them being first sworn view and appraise the slaves if any & personal estate of said decedent and report an inventory thereof to the next County Court____Ordered that Elizabeth D Crawford be appointed guardian to Phebe Crawford orphan of James Crawford dec no bond or security being required by the court agreablyt o the will of said decedant——Ordered that Elizabeth D Crawford be appointed guardian to James Crawford orphan of James Crawford decd no bond or security being required by the court agreeably to the will of said decedent_____Ordered that Elizabeth D Crawford be appointed guardian to Frances Crawford infant orphan of Jas Crawford decd no bond or security being required by the court agreeably to the will of said decedent