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George W. Crawford

Have you ever just stumbled across something that others may seem minor when it provides major clues. That’s what happened yesterday when I did a simple Google search for ‘Isaac Crawford Nancy Miller’.

That search led to a biography of George W. Crawford of Gentry County, Missouri in the book, The History of Gentry and Worth Counties, Missouri on page 421.

George W. Crawford

section 5, township 61,l range 30, is the owner of 223 acres of land, about
120 acres of which are under fence and in a fine state of cultivation. He
has a comfortable house, a good barn and a fine orchard. Mr. Crawford
the son of Isaac and Nancy (Miller) Crawford, both Kentuckians by birth.
During his infancy his parents died, and he was reared by his grand
parents. At the age of two years he was taken to Garrard County, Ken-
tucky, where he remained until ten years of age. In 1833, he moved
to Clay County, Missouri, continuing to reside there until about the year
1838, when he came to Gentry County. In 1846, he went to Santa Fe,
New Mexico, returning to Gentry County in the spring of 1847. In
1849, he took a trip to California and remained there until June, 1851,
when he again came to Gentry County, and here he has since lived. He
located on his present farm in 1852, and is a prominent farmer and stock
raiser of this vicinity. Mr. Crawford was married in Gentry County,
October 14, 1852, to Elizabeth Wheeler, who was born in Garrard County,
Kentucky, September 3, 1833. She is the daughter of Benjamin and
Sophia (Bradshaw) Wheeler, both of Garrard County. The result of 
this union was twelve children, ten of whom were living: Sophia J., James
A., Benjamin, Isaac N., Ulysses, Annie, Miriam, Cenie Margaret, Lueva
and Elsie. Mr. Crawford and wife are both members of the Baptist

Not only does this biography contain information about the travels of George W. Crawford as an adult, but it explains how Isaac Crawford’s children got from Indiana to Kentucky.

Since several of Nancy Miller’s siblings settled in the same area of Missouri at about the same time, this biography suggests that I need to do more research on those Miller siblings to learn more about the children of Isaac and Nancy Crawford.

Thanks Google for leading me to this biography. These are fantastic hints!