In 1855, Oliver Swank and his wife sold 160 acres to Nelson G. Crawford for $1200.
Warren County Indiana Deed Records, 1827-1901
Volume 15 page 182 Film 1977056 DGS 8071881
By this deed Oliver Swank and Mary Swank his wife of Warren County in the state of Indiana convey and warrant to Nelson G. Crawford of Warren County in the state of Indiana for the sum of twelve hundred dollars the following real estate in warren County in the state of Indiana to wit the north west quarter of section twenty four 24 in township twenty two 22 North of Range Ten 10 west containing one hundred and sixty acres in witness whereof the said Oliver Swank and Mary Swank his wife has hereunto set their hands and seals this 5 day of April AD 1853 Oliver Swank (seal) Mary Swank (seal) The state of Indiana Warren County ct Before me R M Allen Recorder in and for said County, Oliver Swank and Mary Swank his wife acknowledged the execution of the annexed deed Witness my hand and official seal this 5 day of April 18 R M Allen Recorder SS Recorded May 11 18 R M Allen Recorder by P w Allen Dep
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Create a poem – rhyming, free verse, doggerel, limerick, etc. – about genealogy research, whether general or specific.
OK – I’ll admit it up front. I’m cheating on this assignment. If I was to rank my skills, writing would be low on that list and writing poetry would be towards the bottom, if not the bottom. Since I have two relatives who did write poetry, I’d much rather share one of their poems.
My great-grandmother, Josie Winifred Hammond left a handwritten book of poetry about her family and life in Dodge City. Those poems were shared as part of the Kansas Memory project. Links to those poems are shared on the Josie’s Poetry page of this blog. Below is her poem about a sod shanty on a homestead claim.
While Josie is the family poet on my dad’s side of the tree, my great aunt Gladys is the family poet on my mom’s side of the tree. One of Gladys Olive Mentzer Green’s poems, “Symbol of the Great Plains.” was self-published in the booklet Along My Road.
Symbol of the Great Plains
The lonely windmill is a monument To guard the prairie and to symbolize The pioneer who strove each day to rise With dreams of home and family content.
The windmill reaches toward the firmament; Its turning wheels could never minimize The force of clouds in thunderous prairie skies. Their power by the prairie wind is sent
To water field and pasture on the plain Maintaining life and nourishing the wheat, The corn, alfalfa, maize and prairie flower.
The pioneer recalls the golden grain. When windmills groaned and squeked to rhythmic beat Sustaining man and plain with wind blown power.
The following tidbits of local news regarding Nemaha men who served in the U.S. Navy in 1939.
Andrew J. Herold in Civil Service in Hawaii
Were it not for the old home paper the old home town would lose track of many old home town boys. It is the business of the newspaper to keep the reading public informed so far as it can. Those who have news of old home town boys should aid in this matter.
Old home town boy, Andrew J. Herold, is now in the Hawaiian Islands, stationed at Honolulu where he is an electrical engineer in the navy. Andrew has civilian civil service rating. He and his wife, went to the Islands about May 1st. this is work for which he always has had a bent and suits him much better than former employment with REA.
Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) June 26, 1939 page 2
Joe Schon, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schon, Lincoln and grandson of Mrs. C. D. Hinkley of Bern has joined the navy and is now in California.
Courier tribune (Seneca, KS) July 10, 1939 page 5
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baugh are looking forward to a visit from their son, Bob, who is in the navy and has been stationed near Honolulu for the past six months.
Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) July 13, 1939 page 8
Mrs. Alta Robertson Elliott and her husband, R. H. Elliott live in apartment five at 3835 Third avenue, San Diego. Mr. Elliott is employed in air mechanical service at the Navy station on North Island.
Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) July 27, 1939 page 4
Reuben Bieri, U.S. Navy, reached Seneca last night on a 20-day leave.
Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) August 14, 1939 page 3
Kenneth Grigsby, Kansas City, wrote his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Grigsby that he is thinking seriously of rejoining the Navy in which he served four years but did not “ship over” after his term expired in the spring of ’38. Kenneth is employed in the Sears Roebuck store in Kansas City.
Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) September 21, 1939 page 8
Nelson G. Crawford’s son, William C. Crawford died 6 Nov 1860 leaving behind his wife, Mary and unborn son, William Clay Crawford. His brother, James H. Crawford was appointed administrator of his estate. James H. Crawford resigned his role as administrator when he enlisted in the military during the civil war.
I obtained a photocopy of his probate file from Warren County, Indiana.
Warren County Indiana Probate File 35
Estate of William C. Crawford
The State of Indiana Warren County
I, James H. Crawford swear that I will faithfully discharge the duties of my trust as Administrator of the estate of William C Crawford deceased, according to law, so help me God
James H Crawford
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23 day of November A.D. 1860 [Henry R Pomeroy] Clerk
State of Indiana, Warren County: I, Nelson G. Crawford, swear that I am worth over and above my indebtedness, sixteen hundred dollars as I believe so help me, God
Nelson G. Crawford
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 16 day of November A.D. 1860 [H R Pomeroy] Clerk
State of Indiana, Warren County: I, Mary E Crawford swear that I am worth, over and above my indebtedness three hundred Dollars, as I believe so help me God
Mary E Crawford
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 16 day of Nov A.D. 1860 H R Pomeroy Clerk
Know All Men, That we James H Crawford Nelson G. Crawford and Mary E Crawford are found, unto the State of Indiana, in the penal sum of sixteen hundred Dollars for the payment of which we jointly and severally bind ourselves our heirs, executors and administrators. Sealed and dated the 16 day of November A.D. 1860
The condition of the Above Obligation is, that ifs the above bound James H Crawford shall faithfully discharge the duties of his [?] as Administrator of the estate of William C Crawford deceased, according to law, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.
James H Crawford (seal) Nelson G Crawford (seal) Mary E Crawford (seal)
[Approved] by me this 16 day of November A.D. 1860 Henry R Pomeroy Clerk
I Henry R Pomeroy Clerk of the Court of Common Please for the County of Warren in the State of Indiana, do hereby certify that administration of the estate of William C Crawford late of Warren County, deceased; who died intestate, is granted to James H Crawford and the said James H Crawford having qualified and given bond as such administrator __ is duly author- ized to take upon himself the administration of such estate according to law
Witness my hand, and Seal of said Court this 23 day of November 1860 Henry R Pomeroy Clerk C.C.F.
James H Crawford adminstrator of the estate of William C Crawford deceased made the following account in said estate To wit
Balance of [niny] my hand as per account [?]
[Judical] Feb 26th 1862 $434.02 since filing the above I have [recorded] the following sums, to wit
of [Sawer] & Briggs $100.00 of I B Mattis Principal $54.55 Interest $ 5.04 of Steven D Briggs $20.0 Of Absalain Slump $ 560 Of [Sawer] & Briggs July 21st 1826 $100.00 of George Tyler $ 0.80 of N G Crawford principal $28.90 of N G Crawford interest $ 2.81
Total amount received $848.80
I claim [?] for the following sums paid out to wit To [Linengood} & [Rood] for [souch] No 16 419.75 To Nelson G. Crawaford for Bonds No 17 $300.00 to [?] paid for taxes per receipt $ 5.53 Total amound paid out $ 825.28
Balance in my hands of the [times] received as above $ 23.52
I, James Crawford swear that the above acct current is me & [coscet] so [says] me James H Crawford
Subscribed & sworn before me this 11 day Aug 1862
H B Pomeroy LR Thomas Bryant Dep
Sale Bill — Sold by Sheets & Braden — Indianapolis, Ind.
Account of the Sale of the Personal Property of William C Crawford, deceased, sold by James H Crawford at the late residence of the decedent. at Public Sale, on the 22 day of December, 1862
No. as on the Inventory – Name of articles – Amt sold for – To Whom Sold – cash or surety 1 – one stone church – .30 – Harvey Reddick – J c Lincoln 11 – One kitchen table – .15 – Alexander Marsh – Cash 13 – Two smothing Irons – .75 – James Abelellen – Cash 14 – One set of Harness – 19.25 – Joseph McAlister – Christian Gunn 17 – Two buckets & basket – .85 – George C Tyler – W Lawer 18 – Two axes & hatchet – 1.15 – Joel Briggs – Cash 17 – One Kettle – 3.25 – Samuel Mathes – Isaac Chrisman blank – three [twists] of stove pip – 1.05 – Joel Briggs – Cash 22 – two piles of Wood – 1.65 – Harvey Raddick – J C Lincoln 21 – Scythe and [Snath] – .25 – David Wands – Cash 23 – One lot of Chickens – 2.40 – Henry Cozad – Cash Bland – See Corn one third Barel – 1.30 – Nicholas Barwich – Cash 25 – of Pickels – 1.10 – Franklin Barwick – W Lawer 26 – a third barrel of salt – .75 – Nelson G Crawford – J C Lincoln 27 – One pan of oil – .55 – Samuel mathis – Isaac Chrisman 27 – One grey Barrel Box – .50 – Franklin Barwick – w Lawer 28 – [?] & Scoop Shovel – 1.55 – Franklin Barwick – W Lawer 29 – ? – 8.25 – Joseph McAlister – C Gunn
No. – Item – Amount – To Whom Sold – Cash or Surety 31 – Lot of Lumber – 1.20 – ? – ? 32 – Lard, Can – 1.20 – Harvey Reddick – J C Lincoln 33 – Hey Riggin – .80 – Nelson G Crawford – J C Lincoln 34 – Corn Cover and Trace chain – .50 – Nelson G Crawford – J C Lincoln 35 – Shovel Plow – 3.05 – Franklin Barwick – W Lawer 36 – One Tow horse plow – 10.85 – Franklin Barwick – W Lawer 37 – Set of doubletrees – 2.72 – Abraham Ridner – ? 38 – One saddle & bridle – 8.25 – John Mellott – Isaac chrisman 39 – One pided heifer – 11.30 – George C Tyler – W Lawer 40 – One red spotted cow – 23.25 – A. R Windsor – [?] Briggs 41 – one sow and pigs – 15.25 – Harvey Reddick – J C Lincoln 42 – Two first choice piggs – 12.25 – John Griggs – S P Briggs 43 – two second choice piggs – 6.75 – John Briggs – S P Briggs 44 – one white sow – 20.50 – Nelson G Crawford – J C Lincoln 46 – five second choice hogs fat – 40.55 – Abraham [Ridener] – [?] 47 – one two horse waggon – 81.00 – Samuel Matties – Isaac Chrisman 48 – One brown mare – 90.00 – R. P. Adams – [?] 51 – two stacks of oats – 5.10 – Absalom Sharp – Adam [Troost] 52 – One stack of hey – 7.20 – George W. Smith – J W Smith 53 – one stack of hey – 6.80 – Richard Reddick – H. Reddick 54 – One stack of hey – 2.70 – George W. Smith – J w Smith 55 – one stack of hey – 2.90 – Benjamin Juda – cash 56 – one stack of hey – 4.10 – Martin mcAlister – J McAlister 57 – one [piece] of corn on north east part of the farm – 139.49 – Lower and Briggs – A. Swisher 58 – the south end of farm – 122.27 – Lower and Briggs – A Swisher
Total Amount $672.43
John C Lincoln, Clerk
I, James H Crawford administrator of the estate of William C Crawford dec’d having volunteered in the military service of the United States of America for the term of three years or during the war hereby resign all my trusts as administration of the estate of William C Crawford deceased [Aug] 11th 1862
In 1855, William Duggins sold land he owned in Warren County, Indiana to his half brother, Nelson Crawford. The deed was for the sale of 313 acres for $1600.
Warren County Indiana Deed Records, 1827-1901
Vol. 15, pages 402-403 FS Film #1977056, DGS 8071881
Know all men that William A. Duggins and Sarah Duggins his wife of Preble County Ohio in [consideration] of sixteen hundred dollars to them paid by Nelson G Crawford of Warren County Indiana that receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do hereby bargain sell and convey to the said Nelson G Crawford his heirs and assigns forever the following [premises] situate in the township of Pine in the county of Warren and State of Indiana and bargained and described as follows to wit and being all of the South half of Section no thirty 30, in township no twenty three 23, N of Range No nine 9 west containing 313 three hundred and thirteen acres of land more or less together with all and singular the [priveleges] and appurtenances to the same [Bem ging] to have and to hold the same to the grantors there heirs and assigns hereby [onmantin] with the grantee his heirs and assigns that the title so conveyed is clear free and unencumbered and that they will warrant and defend the same against all [Lawfull] claims whatsoever In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this third day of September AD 1833 William A Duggins (seal) Sarah her mark Duggins (Seal) Executed in presence of [Zane] Neal B Stephens The State of Ohio Preble County SS. Be it remembered that on this third day of September AD 1855 Before me a Notary Public in and for said County personally came William A. Duggins & Sarah his wife the grantors in the above conveyance and acknowledged the signing and sealing thereof to be their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned And the said Sarah Duggins wife of the said William A. Duggins being examined by me separate and apart from her said husband and
page 403 the contents of said deed made known and explained to her by me. She then declared that she did voluntarily sign seal and acknowledged the same and that she is still satisfied [therewith] In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal notarial the day and year above mentioned B Stephens notary Public Recorded Nov 28 1855 R H Allen Recorder by P w Allen Dep
In 1853 Nelson Crawford purchased a little over 111 acres from Washington Pugh for $1500.
Warren County Indiana Deeds 1827-1901
Book 13 page 492 Film 1977055 DGS 8071880
This indenture witnesseth that Washington M. Pugh and Nancy Pugh his wife of Warren County and State of Indiana in consideration of fifteen hundred dollars to them paid by Nelson G Crawford of the same place the receipt whereof is hereby ackno wledged do hereby grant bargain sell and convey to the said Nelson G Crawford and his heir and assigns forever the following real estate in Warren County and State of Indiana and described as follows to wit the East half of the north west quarter of section eight (8) in township twenty-one (21) north of range eight (8) west and the north east quarter of the south west quarter of section eight (8) in township twenty one (21) north of range eight (8) west except eight acres and twenty six hundredths of an acre out of the south east corner of the last mentioned tract containing altogether one hundred and eleven acres and seventy four hundredths an acre in [?] tract of land offered for sale at Crawfordsville Indiana together with all the privileges and appurtenaces of the same belonging to have and to hold the same to the said Nelson G Crawford his heir and assign forever the grantor & his heirs and assigns hereby covenantly with the grantee his heir and assigns that the tittle so conveyed that clear Free and unencumbered that thy are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid as of a sum and indefeasible estate of inheritance in fee simple and that thy will warrant
page 493 and defend the same against all claims whatsoever in witness whereof the said Washing ton M Pugh and Mary Pugh his wife who hereby relinquished her dower in said premises have hereunto put their names and seals the 5th day of April A.D. 1853 Washington M Pugh (seal) Nancy Pugh (seal) Signed sealed and dleivered in presence of A. M. Allen State of Indiana Warren County SS Personally appeared before me the subscribed [accord] in and for said county Washington M Pugh the grantor in the above conveyance and acknowledged the same to be his voluntary and deed and the said Nancy Pugh wife of the said Washington M Pugh being examined by me privately separate and apart from and with the hearing of her siad husband and she full content and purpose of said deed being by me made known and explained declared that she executed the same of her own free will and accord and without any coercion or compulsion from her husband Witness my hand and official seal this 5th day of April 1853 R. M. Allen Recorder Recorded April 29th 1853 R M Allen Recorder
In 1852, Nelson Crawford sold 160 acres to Harrison Goodwine for $850.
Warren County Indiana Deed Records, 1827-1901
Volume 13 page 162 Film #1977055 DGS 8071880
This Indenture, made and entered into this twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two by and between Nelson G Crawford and Martha Crawford his wife of the County of Warren and State of Indiana the parties of the first part, and Harrison Goodwine of the County of Warren and State of Indiana the party of the second part witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of eight hundred and fifty dollars, to them in hand paid, try the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained sold aliened released conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents do, grant, bargain, sell alien, release convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, the following described real estate situate lying and being in the county of Warren and State of Indiana known and designated as follows, to wit, the South East quarter of Section Number Nineteen (19) in Township Number Twenty three (23) North of Range Nine (9) West containing one hundred and sixty acres, more or less, to have and to hold said land and premises, with all the appurtenances, there unto belonging, or in any wise appertaining unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said parties of the first part for themselves, and their heirs do covenant, to and with the said party of the second part, his heirs, and assigns, that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid, that the same are free from all incumbrances whatever, that they will warrant and defend, the said premises with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, against the lawful claim or claims of themselves and their Heirs, Executors, and administrators or any other person or persons, claiming or to claim title to the same or any part thereof whatsoever. In Testimony whereof, the said Nelson G Crawford and Martha Crawford the parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands, and seals, on the day and date first above written. Nelson g. Crawford (seal) Martha Crawford (seal) Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in presence of Vincent Virgin State of Indiana warren County SS I Vincent Virgin a justice of the peace of said County do certify that Nelson G Crawford whose signa- ture appears to the foregoing deed, and who, is personally known to me to be the persons who subscribed and executed the same, did acknow- ledge the same to be his, free act and deed for, the uses and purposes, therein mentioned and Martha Crawford, wife of the said Nelson G Crawford, who is, also personally known to me and whose signature also appears to said Deed having been by me made acquainted with the contents and meaning thereof, and examined privately separate apart from and without the hearing of her said husband, acknowledged that she executed the same and relinquished her right of dower, in the premises therein conveyed, vol- untarily, freely and without coercion or compul- sion of her said husband, In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of September AD 1852 Vincent Virgin J.P. (seal) Recorded October 23d 1852 Wm R Boyer Recorder by [I.] S. Jones Depy
Do you ever have a plat map and land records that don’t seem to agree?
In my early days of research, I worked with Walter Salts, a Warren County, Indiana genealogist. During that time, he sent me a transcription of a Warren County deed for the sale of land from Nelson G. Crawford to Washington M. Crawford.
Walter Salts Transcript of Deed Record
Warren County Indiana Volume 19, page 142
By this deed Nelson G. Crawford and Martha Crawford his wife of Warren County in the State of Indiana convey and warrant to Washing- ton M. Crawford of Warren County in the State of Indiana for the sum of one thousand dollars the following real estate in Warren County in the State of Indiana to wit: the west half of the northwest quarter of section twenty four (24) in township twenty two (22) North of Range ten (10) West containing eighty acres more or less. In witness whereof the said Nelson G. Crawford and Martha Crawford his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals this 19th day of October 1859. Nelson G. Crawford (seal) Martha Crawford (seal) The state of Indian, Warren County SS: Before me John B. Wright, Recorder of Deeds for said County, came Nelson g. Crawford and Martha Crawford his wife and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing deed. Witness my hand and official seal this 19th day of October 1859. (seal) John B. Wright, Recorder Warren Co. Indiana Recorded Dec. 30, 1859. John b. Wright, Recorder WC Ind.
An 1868 deed shows Washington M. Crawford and his wife, Mary, selling this parcel of land to his brother, James H. Crawford for $2400.
Warren County Indiana Deed records, 1827-1901
Deed Records V. 25, 1865-1874 (tax deeds) Deed records, v.26-27, 1866-1869 FS Film 1977156 DGS 8071885
Book 26 Page 445
This indenture witnesseth that Washington M Crawford and Mary Crawford his wife of Warren County in the State of Indiana Convey and Warrant to James H Crawford in Warren County in the State of Indiana for the sum of twenty four hundred dollars the following real estate in Warren County in the State of Indiana to wit: The West half of the North west quarter of Section twenty four (24) in township two (22) North of Range ten (10) West containing eighty (80) acres more or less. In witness whereof the said Washington M Crawford and Mary Crawford his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals this 18 day of Jany 1868 Washington M Crawford (seal) Mary Crawford (seal) The State of Indiana Warren County Before Me William C Smith Clk of the circuit court in and for said County this 18th day of January 1868 personally came Washington M. Crawford and Mary Crawford his wife and acknow ledged the execution of the annexed deed. Witness my hand and official seal Wm C Smith Clk (seal) I certify that the deed of which the above and foregoing is a true copy was duly stamped as provided by act of Congress Recorded January 20th 1868 Geo Adams R W Co Ind
When I compare these deeds to the 1877 plat maps of Jordan township, there isn’t a Crawford shown as the owner of the west half of the northwest quarter of section 24, township 22 range 10.
Thus, it is obvious that I need to locate a deed for the sale of this land by James H. Crawford.
Not only do I need to locate that deed of sale, I also need to locate a deed where Washington Marion Crawford purchased land in Washington township since he is shown as a land owner in section 18 on the 1877 plat map.
Thanks to these plat maps, I know that I’m missing some deeds. Thus, I still have work to do!
Do you ever think about organizing your blog? I’m thankful for the ‘search’ feature on my blog. Otherwise it would be very difficult to locate information buried in my older blog posts! That’s why Marian Wood’s recent post, Cousin Bait: Ancestor Landing Pages caught my attention.
While I already had a few ‘landing pages’, I wasn’t taking advantage of the ability to use pages as a way to organize my posts. Heck, I even struggle keeping my existing RootsMagic page updated with newer posts. While I would love to emulate Marian Wood and create a landing page for each of my ancestral lines that includes link to the posts for that line, I’m going to take some time to think about how I need to organize additional pages.
After putting Marian Wood’s type of landing pages off for now, I looked at Randy Seaver’s pages and decided that I could make some changes to an existing page and add some additional pages.
Changed the name of my ‘online trees’ page to ‘My Genealogy‘
Added pedigree charts for each of my grandparents to the ‘My Genealogy‘ page
Created an Ancestors page listing out my ancestors with links to the narrative reports for each ancestor
Created a Cousins page with links to the various descendancy reports I’ve published
I also made some changes to the sidebar of my blog. I added a ‘contact’ form and moved the word cloud above the archive listing.
Thanks Marian Wood for the challenge to evaluate my blog and see how I could improve it!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Pretend that you are one of the subjects on the Who Do You Think You Are? show on television. 2) Which of your ancestors (maximum of two) would be featured on your hour-long show? What stories would be told, and what places would you visit?
Oh, what fun it would be to think that my participation — even pretend participation — would help tell the story of James Crawford. Or, tell the story of all three of the men named James Crawford who resided in the area of Garrard county, Kentucky prior to 1800.
Our first visit would be to the area of Garrard County, Kentucky to view the land. I would want to visit the parcel of land that Richard Cave sold to Mary Crawford on Sugar Creek. Then, I would visit the parcel of land that Rebekah Crawford bought from George Douglas. As I learn about the lay of the land, I would try and figure out whether these two Crawford women attended the same meeting house.
As land owners, these women are listed on tax lists. They are identified as widows. Who are their children? Are these widows sisters-in-law? Are their children cousins? How did these women have the funds to purchase land? What happened to their husbands? Did their husbands die while migrating to Kentucky? Or were their husbands killed while serving in the militia?
Then I would venture to the East side of Garrard county – to the area of Kennedy station. It is in this area that James Crawford owned land on Paint Lick Creek. While looking over James’ land, I would try and figure out how far it was to Mary and Rebekah’s land. Would the three families have interacted? Would James be the male roll model for Mary and Rebekah’s children? Was James a brother-in-law to Mary and/or Rebekah? Had Mary and Rebekah’s children married by the time James and his family moved to Indiana?
As I learn more about these families and their land, I would also want to learn about their neighbors. Who was meeting at the local meeting house? When did they arrive in Kentucky? Where did they come from?
And then for the BIG questions: Did Rebekah have a son named James? Did Mary have a son named James? If the answer to either or both of these questions is yes, then the BIGGER question is which James is the son of which widow?
My ancestor is the youngest of the three men named James Crawford. According to his tombstone, he was born in 1772. The 1850 census indicates he was born in Virginia. James married Sally Duggins in 1799 in Garrard county, Kentucky. Thus, James was 27 when he married. The marriage record is the only record I’ve found placing my ancestor, James, in Kentucky. When did he arrive in Kentucky? Is he the son of Mary (or Rebekah)? Sally is a widow with two young boys when she marries James Crawford. Her husband is said to have died in Virginia. What brought Sally to Kentucky? Where was she living?
While James and Sally didn’t get married until 1799, another James Crawford married Martha Knight in 1793 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Also married in Lincoln County was Mary Crawford to James Sellers in 1791 and Sarah Crawford to William Sellers in 1795. Are these three Crawfords who married in Lincoln County siblings? Could they be first cousins to James Crawford, husband of Sally?
What stories will the hills of Garrard county reveal about the Crawford families that were only there for a short time.