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

image 316 – start of book E

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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 [?]

page 464

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

Crawford Marriages – Fleming County Kentucky

The will of James Crawford in Fleming County, Kentucky lists his children, giving the married names of his daughters. This makes it possible to match up the marriage records with the legacees from the will.

Legacees

  • daughter Mary Kennerey [married William Kenny  October 19th 1809 ]
  • son Crawford
  • late son Henry Crawford
  • son Josiah Crawford
  • daughter Margery Blankenship (Maargary Kenney) [married John Kenny September 18 1810]
  • late daughter Sarah Conran [married Jonathan Cochran April 7th —— (likely 1814)]
  • son James Crawford [married Fanny Mills February 15 1821]
  • Son Samuel Crawford
  • Daughter Jane Hamlett [married Joseph Hamlet March 22 1820]
  • daughter Elizabeth Crawford
  • son Joshua Crawford [married Mary Howard 1828 Feby 14]
  • daughter Ann Barton
  • son John L Crawford

Fleming County KentuckyMarriagesReturns 1798-1891FS Film #005552779
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Alexander Crawford to Rebecca Alexander by Benjamin Northcut 24 June 1810

Image 18

Isaiah Crawford to Sarah Hillards by Rev. Benjamin Northcott January 27th 1814 Jonathan Cochran to Sarah Crawford by Rev. Benjamin Northcott April 7th —— (likely 1814)Jacob Crawford to Elizabeth Jackson by Daniel Moss March 19 1814 
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James Crawford to Fanny Mills by Benjm Northcott February 15 1821 
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William Kenny to Mary Crawford by Benjm Northcout October 19th 1809 John Kenny to Margery Crawford by Benj Northcott September 18 1810
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James Johnston to Nancy Crawford by A G Houston October 25th 1825 
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Joseph Hamlet to Jane Crawford by Benj Northcott March 22 1820 
Image 133 – start of book B
Image 155 

1828 Feby 14 – Joshua Crawford and Mary Howard by Benjamin Northcott 
Image 156

1830 Oct 7 Adam C Crawford and Elizabeth James by William Wilson

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1837 Dec 26 John P Cochran and Mary Ann Crawford by Benjamin Northcott 

Will James Crawford of Fleming County Kentucky

James Crawford’s 1835 will found on pages 435-436 of Book E in Fleming County, Kentucky

Legacies

  • daughter Mary Kennerey
  • son Crawford
  • late son Henry Crawford
  • son Josiah Crawford
  • daughter Margery Blankenship (Maargary Kenney)
  • late daughter Sarah Conran
  • son James Crawford
  • Son Samuel Crawford
  • Daughter Jane Hamlett
  • daughter Elizabeth Crawford
  • son Joshua Crawford
  • daughter Ann Barton
  • son John L Crawford

James Crawford Will


In the name of God Amen. I James Crawford(farmer) of Fleming County and Commonwealthof Kentucky in the seventy seventh year of my agebeing of sound mind and memory. And knowing theuncertainty of this life and the certainty of deathdo make and ordain this my last will andtestament in manner and form followingItem I will that my executors herein after to benamed pay all my just debts of what kind soever out ofany monies or property whatsoever that I may die possessinItem I give devise and bequeath unto my daughterMary Kennerey twenty five dollars unto my sonCrawford twenty five dollars unto the heirs of mylate son Henry Crawford deceased forty dollars (tendollars of the same being of debt due unto my saidson Henry from me unto my son Josiah Crawford. Thirty dollars my daughter Margery Blankenship
page 436

(one Margary Kenney Thirty Dollars unto the heirs of mylate daughter Sarah Conran deceased thirty dollars unto myson James Crawford thirty dollars unto my son SamuelCrawford thirty dollars unto my daughter Jane Hamlettthirty dollars unto my daughter Elizabeth Crawford thirtydollars unto my son Joshua Crawford and unto mydaughter Ann Barton thirty dollars. all of which to themand their heirs and assigns forever. I give the same unto my son John L Crawford I have give a sum equal to the abovemaking him in full equal to any of my heirs any divisionwhatsoever taken int considerationItem it is my will that the above legacees be paid withinone year after my decease except the heirs of my deceaseddaughter Sarah Crawford whos legacy I wish may be putat interest until shuch times as they may marry or comeat the age of twenty one yearsItem the remainder of my estate that may be left after payingmy debts and defraying and paying all contingencies I wishdivided equally amongst my children or rather among theseveral legatees above named and described to them andunto their heirs and assigns I give devise and bequeth thesame forever Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my sons James and Josiah Crawford executorsof this my last will and testament hereby revokingall former wills by me made and confirming this aloneto be my last will which I seal publish and declare this27th day of September in the year of our Lord onethousand eight hundred and thirty fiveInterlined in the ninth line (the heirs of)and in the thirteenth line (at)Jame Crawford (seal)In presence ofDouglas [I Muin]Elias P. DavisThomas R main
At a court held for Fleming County on 23rd day of May 1836this writing purporting to be the last will and testament ofJames Crawford deceased was produced in courtand was proved by the oaths of Douglas [I Miur] and EliasP. Davis two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the willof said Crawford and the said will was ordered to recordwhich is duly doneA M Geo N Stockton Clerk

Fleming County KentuckyProbate RecordsVols. D-E 1829-1837FS Film 344040 DGS 4818899

Same Name Issue with Ancestry Hints

Is something causing Ancestry’s hinting system to merge people of the same name?

I’m in the process of trying to disprove several Crawford men as the father of my James Crawford of Preble County, Ohio. Today, I’m trying to work on Rev. James Crawford (1752/3 to 1803) of Fayette County, Kentucky. I’ve found James Crawford [LZN5-SCD] in some of the Fayette County, KY records on Family Search. However, I have yet to find anything that would link James to his children. Thus, I decided to see if the Ancestry tree hints would help.

I’ve had Rev. James Crawford along with several other Crawford families from early Kentucky in my tree for quite some time. Thus, I expected to find legitimate hints. Instead, I found a lot of hints for other James Crawfords, whom I also have in my tree. At first, I just assumed that other researchers had confused some of these Crawford families in their trees. However, when I looked at the hints for Ancestor Member trees, I realized that I was ONLY seeing member trees for a DIFFERENT James Crawford.

All of the suggested trees were for James Crawford married to Rebecca Anderson. These trees also had Alexander Crawford and Mary McPheeters as the parents of James Crawford. When I looked at the hints I ignored, there were some hints that pertained to James and Rebecca of Indiana.

In addition, there were hints for James Crawford of Fleming County, Kentucky. This James Crawford married Sarah VanSandt.

Thus, it appears that multiple trees are merging these various James Crawford families.

Since the hints, suggested trees, and suggested member connects link to these other families, I’m beginning to think some computer algorithm is suggesting that these James Crawfords are the same individual versus separate men. I’m also curious as to why my search didn’t generate any hints for the trees that contain Rev. James Crawford. 

When I searched Public Member Trees for James Crawford with a death date of 1803 in Fayette County, Kentucky, I did find several trees — trees that should have been suggested in my original hint search.

What I also discovered, is that there is no agreement about Rev. James Crawford’s wife and/or parents in these various trees.

I don’t know whether I can influence these results, but I am going to try by .

  • Contacting the various tree owners for James and Rebecca Anderson and James and Sarah Vansandt to see what data they might have indicating that these James Crawfords are the same individual
  • Contacting the various tree owners for Rev. James Crawford to find out what data they might have for his wife and/or his parents.

On a positive note, when I did a search for James Crawford, died 1803 in Kentucky, the search found images for the correct James. Unfortunately, that same search did not find member trees for the correct James.

My question to the blogging community: Have you noticed people of the same name being combined by the Ancestry hint system? If so, would you have any idea what is causing the issue?