Two of Them

Have you ever suspected that there were two men of the same name in a community but lacked the proof? Once I discovered John Crawford owning land on the Hanging Fork of Dix River, I’ve wondered about the possibility of two John Crawfords.

Thanks to the help of other researchers, I’ve placed two brothers, James and William living along Paint Lick Creek. We’ve suspected that their brother’s (John) widow was Rebecca Crawford who purchased land from George Douglass.

The deeds found for the John Crawford land on Hanging Fork do not support his being the father of the Sarah and Mary Crawford who married William and James Sellers in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Thus, it is unlikely that he is the husband of Rebecca Crawford.

As I was reading the Lincoln County Court Order book for 1783, I came across verification of TWO John Crawfords living in the area at that time. These records also show that William and James Crawford were also living in that vicinity at that time.

In the November Court of 1783, William Crawford was a defendant in a case brought by Jonathan Taylor. This petition was dismissed.

During that same court (November 1783) a jury was seated for the case of Ebenezer Miller, Executor of Cough Overton deceased against Arthur Owings. That jury included James Crawford, John Crawford and John Crawford. Yes – TWO – John Crawfords are listed on the jury.

Just in case I thought the clerk mistakenly wrote the name down twice, another case, William Overall against James Wray, also has James Crawford, John Crawford and John Crawford on the jury.

So, my theory is that the William Crawford named as a defendant and the James Crawford on the juries are the brothers living along Paint Lick. I believe one of the John Crawfords is the John Crawford owning land on Hanging Fork. I believe the other John Crawford is the brother to James and William and husband of Rebecca Crawford (or Mary Crawford).

If my theory about the second John Crawford is correct, then I should find mention of his death in these court proceedings or in the proceedings for Madison or Garrard counties. Thus, I need to continue reading court order books!
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Image 157
November Court 1783

John King Assee of
James Espy who was
Assee of Jonathan Taylor
against
William Crawford Deft
Upon a petition

Ordered that the petition be discontinued

Image 158 (continues on next page)
November Court 1783

Ebenezer Miller – Executor
of Clough Overton Deceased Plt
agt
Arthur Owings Deft
In Debt

Image 159 – page 134
This day came the parties by their attor
nies and there upon came also a jury, to wit,
Mansah Singleton, James Kerr, James
Crawford, James MClure, William Pol
look, John Crawford, James Barnett
Alexander Collier, William Dyer, William
Bush, Matthias Yokum and John Craw
ford who being elected tried and sworn well
and truly to try the Issue joined upon their
oaths do say that the defendant does owe
to the Plaintiff the debt in the declaration
mentioned and they do assess the plaintifs
damages by occasion thereof to eight pounds
in discharge of that debt it is therefore con
sidered by the court that the plt recover a
gainst the said defendant his damages afore
said in form aforesaid assessed and his costs
by him in this behalf expanded and the said
defendanting mercy

Image 160
page 135 November Court 1783

William Overall Plt
against
James Wray Deft
in Trespass
This day came the parties by their Attor
nies and there upon came also a Jury
to wit, James Kerr, James Crawford,
James McClure, William Pollock, John
Crawford, James Barnett, Alexander
Collier, William Dyer, William Bush,
John Crawford, James Allen and a Nehe
miah Poor who being elected tried and
sworn well and truly to try the Issue joined
upon theor oaths do say that the defendant
is in no wise quilty of teh trespass in the De
claration mentioned as by pleading he hath
alledged it is therefore the opinion of the court
that the plaintiff take nothing by his bill
but for his false clamour be in mercy
and that the said defendant go hence without
day and recover against the plaintif his
cost by him about his defence in this behalf
responded.

John Crawford on Jury

Lincoln County Kentucky
Court Order Books 1781-1919

Vols. 2 1785-1786
FS Film 192253 – DGS 7763893

John Crawford served on a jury in the February 1785 court for Lincoln County, Kentucky
Image 325

February Court 1785

Samuel McDowell asseeof Ann Lindsay Exr of William Poage Deceased PltagAbraham Chapline DeftIn CaseThis day dam the parties by their Attornies, and there uponcame also a jury, to wit, Richard Jackman, WilliamStafford, Charles Gabliff, James Mason, James THompson, John Patterson, John McKee, William Patton, SamuelContinued on next page

Samuel McKee, John Crawford, Nathaniel Logan andThomas Black who being elected tryed and Sworn well and trulyto try the Issue joined upon their Oaths do say that theDefendant does not owe to the Plaintiff the Debt in Declarationmentioned nor any penny thereof as by pleading he hath alledged.It is therefore considered by the Court that the Plaintiff take nothing by his Bill, but for his false clamour be in Mercyand that the Defendant go hence without day and recover against the Plaintiff his Costs by him about his defence inHis behalf incurred and the said Plaintiff may be taken.

Suit Against George Douglass

Lincoln County Kentucky
Court Order Books 1781-1919

Vols. 2 1785-1786
FS Film 192253 – DGS 7763893

A suit against George Douglass for ejectment was discontinued.
Image 339

June Court 1785

Solomon Saveall of theDemise of James Speed PltagGeorge DouglassIn Ejectment for oneMissuage one plantation 900 acres ofland fifty acres of meadow and fifty acres ofpasture situate in the Parish andCounty aforesaidOrdered that the suit be discontinued

Logan vs McElwee

Lincoln County Kentucky
Court Order Books 1781-1919

Vols. 1-2 1781-1786
FS Film 192253 – DGS 7763893

Image 115
August Court 1783

James Logan Plt
against
Jane McElwee Deft

In Ejectment for
One [Ucssuage] ten acre
of arable land situate in the county of Lin
coln and Parish of Kentucky


This day came the parties by their Attornies, and
came also a Jury (to wit) Wiliam Montomery
Samuel Haddon, John Sellers, William McClure
James Davis, Robert Moore, William Logan, John
Hinkson William Montgomery Junr, William cavva
naugh, Robert Leason and William Steele, who
being elected tried and sworn well and truly to try the
Issue joined upon their oaths do say that the defendant
is in no wise guilty of the tresspass & ejectment in the
declaration mentioned as by pleading he hath alledged
It is therefore the opinion of the Court that the Plaintiff
take nothing by his Bill but for his false clamour
be in mercy and that the said defendant go hence
without day and recover against the Plaintiff his costs
by him and his defence in this behalf expended

Image 116
August 1783
Ordered that Jane McElwee pay Thomas [Phalin]
fifty pounds of tobacco for two days attendance as a
Witness for her at the first of James Logan

Alexander Crawford Marriage

KY-Lincoln-Marriages 1793-1841

Loose Papers, files 1-6 1781-1809
FS Film 192262 – DGS 007899121

Image 190

Know all men by these presents that we Alexander Crawfrd & James
Gilmore are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency
the Governor of Virginia in the sum of Fifty pounds current money
to which payment well and truly be made to the said Governor and his Suc
cessors we bind ourselves our heirs & jointly and severally firmly by these
presents sealed with our seals and dated this 21st day of October 1788
The condition of the above obligation is such that where as there is a
marriage shortly intended between the above bound Alexander
Crawford and Margaret McElwee for which a licence
has issued now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said mar
riage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force
Alexander Crofford
Saml Gilmore
Witness
John Reed

Lincoln I doe here by certify that
Alexander Crawford his prorpist marage
to my dater Margret and with my free
concent and doe not fail in giving
him licence and this shall bee your
sifficent warent for [soe] doing
given under my hand and seal
October 25th 1788
Jean MElwee (mark)
Robert [Modnel]
Saml Gilmore

John Crawford Clue

Have you ever run across a little tiny clue that changes your entire thinking about family members?

Well, I may have run across just such a clue for my Crawford family members in early Lincoln County, Kentucky. In the 1783-1786 Court Order book for the Lincoln County Supreme Court of Kentucky (Family Search film 551323), I found mention of a deed for John and William Crawford on image 69.

Image 69
June the 18th 1785
Saturday the 18th day of June 1785
Present
The Same judges as yesterday

The Heirs of John McClelland plts
against
John and William Crawford Defts
Upon a Caveat
Ordered that the former order herein be set aside and that
the first be discontinued

So, who are John and William Crawford — and — are they the same as the John and William Crawfords I already have discovered in the area?

John Crawford

  • listed on Lincoln County, KY tax lists for 1787, 1789, 1790, 1791, 1792 and 1795
  • patented 913 acres of land on Hanging Fork of Dick’s River
  • Power of Attorney deeds suggest that John Crawford did not have children

William Crawford

  • listed on the Garrard County, KY tax list for 1797
  • Tax list indicates that William Crawford owned 180 acres of land originally patented to John Kennedy

William Crawford is believed to be the brother of James Crawford

  • Listed on the Garrard County KY tax list for 1797
  • Tax list indicates that James Crawford owned 146 acres of land on Paint Lick Creek
  • Married to Rebecca Anderson Maxwell
  • Migrated to Indiana

Two Crawford widows, Rebekah and Mary, are also listed on these early tax lists. These widows are believed to be sister-in-laws to James and William of the Paint Lick area. 

Based on previous research of the family, it has been theorized that Rebekah’s husband was John Crawford – and possibly the John Crawford that died in 1779 in Montgomery County, Virginia.

If the William Crawford in this court document is the same William Crawford shown on tax lists with land along the Paint Lick Creek, then it is possible that the John Crawford in this court document is his brother. This would mean that Rebekah Crawford’s husband was not John Crawford, brother of William and James.

There are a lot of ‘IFs’ here and more documentation is needed, but at this time, I believe that John Crawford of Hanging Fork in Lincoln County may be the brother of James and William Crawford.

Lincoln County Taxes

Do you find little clues in tax records? When I reviewed the Lincoln County Kentucky tax records, I made some discoveries that are helping my CRAWFORD research in the area.

  • Discovered John Crawford — who owned 913 acres of land
  • Sellers families listed beginning in 1787
  • Rebekah Crawford (widow) listed in 1787-1791
  • James Crawford owning 114 acres of land  on Sugar Creek (same description as land owned by Rebekah Crawford) in 1794
  • Douglas families listed  beginning in 1789

1795 Mystery

  • William Crafort – 500 acres Richland Creek

1799 Mysteries:

  • James Crawford — 100 acres on Rolling Forks
  • Robert Crawford — 200 acres

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Lincoln County Kentucky
Tax Books 1787-1788, 1790-1797, 1799-1805
Film 8114
DGS 7834472

Image 4
1787

Image 5
Crofford John – 4 horses, 4 cattle

Image 9
Shoemaker Solo

Image 21
Crawford Rebekah (widow) – recorded on July 5th – no horses or cattle
Image 22 – July 5th – George Douglas

Image 28
Nathaniel Sellars – Nathaniel and Joseph Sellars – 4 males >16, 5 horses, 15 cattle
Sellars, John – 3 horses, 14 cattle

Image 32 – 1788

Image 46 – 1789

Image 61
Crawford Rebeca – 1 male 16-21; 6 horses
Image 65
George Douglas – 1 male > 21; 2 horses
Image 73
Seller Nthal Nathaniel Sellers; 1 male >21; 3 horses — likely Nathan A Sellers the son of Nathaniel Sellers
Sellers James James Sellers 2 horses
Joseph Sellers – 1 horse
Sellers john – 5 horses

Image 87 (possibly 1790) – NOTE: FS isn’t always changing the image # when I advance an image. Thus image numbers may be incorrect

Crawford Rebecca – 1 male over 16; 6 horses

Image 88
Douglass George — 1 male > 16, 4 horses

Image 98
Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male >16; 3 horses – LIKELY THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
Sellers Joseph — 1 horse
Sellers James — 2 horses
Sellers John — 5 horses

#5 Books

Image 104
Crofford Alexander – 9 horses
Douglass Alexander – 4 horses

Image 115
#6

Image 117
Crawford John – 5 horses

1790 — image 125

Image 128
April 21
Crawford John – 4 horses

Image 129
Aug 2 Duggins Wm — 2 horses

Image 140
Cofford James — James Crofford — 3 horses

Image 147
Lincoln County 1791

Image 161
April 19 – Crawford, John – 4 horses

Image 162
Duggin William — William Duggins — 1 horse

Image 164
Kennedy Michl – Michael Kennedy — 3 horses

Image 174
[Crawford] James – James Crawford – 1 male > 16,
Craford, Rebeckah – 8 horses

Image 176
Duglas John — John Duglas Senr — 10 horses
Duglas, Nathan – Nathan Duglas
Duglas, John – John Duglas – 2 horses

Image 186
Sellers John – John Sellers – 6 horses
Sellers James – James Sellers – 4 horses

Image 190
Lincoln County 1792

Image 194
Crawford John John Crawford – 5 horses, 17 cattle – 913

Image 195
Duggin William – William Duggin — 1 horse, 6 cattle – no land

Image 198
Kennady Michael – Michael Kennady – 5 horses, 18 cattle, 100 acres

Image 206 – Book 2

Image 217 – Book 3

Image 221
Craford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 14 cattle, 120 acres

Image 222
Duglass John (D) —1 male > 21
Duglass Nathan – 1 male > 21 –  1 horse

Image 223
Duglass John SS 1 male > 21, 11 horses, 30 cattle, 200 acres

Image 234
Sellers James – 1 male > 21; 6 horses, 10 cattle
Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21; 1 horse
Sellers William – 1 male 16-21

Image 235
Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 4 cattle 100 acres — THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
Sellers, John 1 male over 21, 5 horses, 24 cattle, 100 acres

Image 239
Lincoln County 1793

Image 251 – book  2 for 1793

Image 253
Crawford John – John Crawford – 4 horses, 15 cattle – 913 acres

Image 261
Shoemaker Jesse — Jesse Shoemaker – 1 horse – 2 cattle

Image 265
1792, 1793, 1794

image 267
Douglas John – Clark County – Licking watercourse — 30 acres

image 275
1794

image 289 — another book

Image 293
Crawford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses – 12 cattle – 250 acres
next image – very hard to read

images 303, 304 have the S section – hard to read but don’t think Sellers on these pages

image 308 starts new section

image 313
Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 2 horses 1 cattle
Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 11 cattle  114 acres Lincoln county
Douglas George- 1 male > 21, 9 horses, 25 cattle – 200 acres Lincoln county

Image 314
Douglas Nathan – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
Douglas John – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 325
Sellars Nathanniel 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 2 cattle

Image 326
Sellars Samuel – 1 male > 21, 2 horse, 2 cattle
Sellars James – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 11 cattle
Sellars William – 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 4 cattle
sellars, John – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 17 cattle — 100 acres Lincoln County

Image 331
Lincoln County 1795

Image 336
Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 14 cattle – Lincoln County – Sugar Creek 114 acres  IS THIS REBECCA’S LAND????
Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 337
Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 338
Douglas George – 1 male > 21, 1 male 16-21, 2 blacks, 1 black <16, 10 horses, 24 cattle Lincoln County, Boone Creek – 200 acres
Douglas, John – 1 male > 21

Image 345
Sellers, James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 14 cattle
Sellers William 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 9 cattle Lincoln County Sugar Creek 100 acres
Sellers Dun – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 1 cattle

image 350
Auditor’s book

Image 364 – start of another book

Image 366
Crafort William Lincoln County Richland Creek – 500 acres

Image 377
No 3

Image 381
Apr 20 Crofford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 13 Cattle, Lincoln county, Hanging fork – 350 acres

Image 397
Lincoln County 1796

image 413
book 2

Image 417
Crawford Jn – 607 acres H Fork Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 1 black, 1 black <16, 4 horses, 14 cattle

book 3

Image 440
Douglas George — 200 acres — Boones Lincoln County – Edward Davis –  – Jacob Myers -2 male > 21, 9 horses, 24 cattle
Douglas John – 1 male > 21

Image 450
Sellers James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 13 cattle
Sellers William — 50 acres – Sugar Creek – Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 12 cattle
Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 456
Lincoln County 1797

Image 461
Crawfort John 1 Male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 black, 5 horses, 550 acres

Image 487
new book

Image 494
Lincoln County 1796, 1797, 1798

Image 532
Book 2

Image 533
1799

Image 540
Crawford James — 1 male > 21 ; 100 acres Rolling forks, Lincoln County – James Sp[eer]

image 575
Book 2

Image 598
Book 3

Image 603
Crawford Robert – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks, 1 black > 16 – 200 acres

Image 605
Duglas George – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 624
Lincoln County 1800

image 643
book 2

Image 675
book 3

Image 683
Crawford Robert 200 acres Lincoln County Hanging Fork – original John Crawford – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16 , 3 blacks, 2 horses
Crawford James – 1 male > 21

Image 686
Dugles George, 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 712
Lincoln County
1801

Image 715 – C

Image 728 – S

Image 735 – book 2

Image 737 – C

Image 758 – S

Image 763 – Book 3 – Hugh Magill Commissioner

Image 769 C

Image 1804
1802

Image 808 – C

Image 825 – S

Image 832 – book 2

Image 839
Ellis Richard – 270 acres Lincoln Noland Fork Carpenter same same 1 male > 21, 4 horses
Ellis James
Ellis Isaac

Image 848
Kenaday John 100 acres Lincoln County Green River Jos Spelsh same same 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 858 S

Image 864 Geo McRoberts 1802

Image 869 – C

1784 Grand Jury

Lincoln County Kentucky

as found in the Court Order Book, 1783-1786 for the Kentucky Supreme Court of Lincoln County

Image 24

March 5th 1784

James Speed foreman Robert Moresby
George Caldwell William Thompson William
Robertson Gabriel Madison Abraham Givens
William Curry John Dougherty, John Martin
John Smith, John Stone, John South, John Logan
Samuel Scott, Daniel Boone, James Barberry, Thomas
Ball, William Reed and Charles Campbell were
sworn a grand jury of inquest for the District of Ken
tucky and then the said grand jury was adjourned till
tomorrow morning Ten of the clock

Lincoln County Mystery

Do you have same name issues in your genealogy research? Or, do you have ‘mystery men’ of the same surname in the same location as your ancestor?

That’s what happened when I looked at the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax lists for 1787-1805.

I had found Lincoln County KY marriage bonds where Rebekah Crawford gave permission for Mary Crawford to marry James Sellers and Sarah Crawford to marry William David Sellers. Another marriage bond secured by Nathan Douglas and James Crawford for the marriage of James Crawford and Martha Knight was found in Lincoln County, KY records.

Thus, I was expecting to find the following:

  • Sellers family
  • Rebekah Crawford
  • George Douglass — who sold land to Rebekah Crawford and may be her brother
  • Nathan Douglass — who signed the bond for James Crawford
  • James Crawford — who is believed to have turned 21 in 1792

I was not expecting to find:

  • John Crofford
  • Alexander Crofford
  • William Crafort on Richland Creek
  • James Crawford on Rolling Forks
  • Robert Crawford on Hanging Fork 
  • Ellis Richard (and other Ellis families) on Noland Fork

I’ve been able to locate land records for John Crofford. By following the land records, it appears that John Crofford may not have had any offspring. The land records contain powers of attorney for Ellis family members – which might help me locate information on Richard, James and Isaac Ellis.


These unexpected finds will require additional research but may provide clues to my Crawford lineage.
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My notes from the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax lists:

Lincoln County KentuckyTax Books 1787-1788, 1790-1797, 1799-1805Film 8114DGS 7834472
Image 41787
Image 5

  • Crofford John – 4 horses, 4 cattle

Image 9

  • Shoemaker Solo

Image 21

  • Crawford Rebekah (widow) – recorded on July 5th – no horses or cattle

Image 22 – July 5th – George Douglas

Image 28

  • Nathaniel Sellars – Nathaniel and Joseph Sellars – 4 males >16, 5 horses, 15 cattle
  • Sellars, John – 3 horses, 14 cattle

Image 32 – 1788
Image 46 – 1789
Image 61

  • Crawford Rebeca – 1 male 16-21; 6 horsesImage 65George Douglas – 1 male > 21; 2 horses

Image 71

  • Seller Nthal Nathaniel Sellers; 1 male >21; 3 horses — likely Nathan A Sellers the son of Nathaniel Sellers
  • Sellers James James Sellers 2 horses
  • Joseph Sellers – 1 horse
  • Sellers john – 5 horses

Image 87 (possibly 1790) – 

  • Crawford REbecca – 1 male over 16; 6 horses

Image 88

  • Douglass George — 1 male > 16, 4 horses

Image 98

  • Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male >16; 3 horses – LIKELY THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
  • Sellers Joseph — 1 horse
  • Sellers James — 2 horses
  • Sellers John — 5 horses


#5 Books
Image 104

  • Crofford Alexander – 9 horsesDouglass Alexander – 4 horses

Image 115 #6
Image 117

  • Crawford John – 5 horses

1790 — image 125
Image 128 April 21

  • Crawford John – 4 horses

Image 129 Aug 2

  • Duggins Wm — 2 horses

Image 140

  • Crofford James — James Crofford — 3 horses


Image 147 Lincoln County 1791

Image 161

  • April 19 – Crawford, John – 4 horses

Image 162

  • Duggin William — William Duggins — 1 horse

Image 164

  • Kennedy Michl – MIchael Kennedy — 3 horses

Image 174

  • [Crawford] James – James Crawford – 1 male > 16, Craford, Rebeckah – 8 horses

Image 176

  • Duglas John — John
  • Duglas Senr — 10 horses
  • Duglas, Nathan – Nathan Duglas
  • Duglas, John – John Duglas – 2 horses

Image 186

  • Sellers John – John Sellers – 6 horses
  • Sellers James – James Sellers – 4 horses

Image 190 Lincoln County 1792

Image 194

  • Crawford John John Crawford – 5 horses, 17 cattle – 913

Image 195

  • Duggin William – William Duggin — 1 horse, 6 cattle – no land

Image 198

  • Kennady Michael – Michael Kennady – 5 horses, 18 cattle, 100 acres

Image 206 – Book 2
Image 217 – Book 3
Image 221

  • Craford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 14 cattle, 120 acres

Image 222

  • Duglass John (D) —1 male > 21
  • Duglass Nathan – 1 male > 21 –  1 horse

Image 223

  • Duglass John SS 1 male > 21, 11 horses, 30 cattle, 200 acres

Image 234

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21; 6 horses, 10 cattle
  • Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21; 1 horse
  • Sellers William – 1 male 16-21

Image 235

  • Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 4 cattle 100 acres — THE SON WHO MOVES TO OHIO
  • Sellers, John 1 male over 21, 5 horses, 24 cattle, 100 acres

Image 239 Lincoln County 1793
Image 251 – book  2 for 1793
Image 253

  • Crawford John – John Crawford – 4 horses, 15 cattle – 913 acres

Image 261

  • Shoemaker Jesse — Jesse Shoemaker – 1 horse – 2 cattle

Image 265 1792, 1793, 1794

image 267

  • Douglas John – Clark County – Licking watercourse — 30 acres

image 275 1794
image 289 — another book

Image 293

  • Crawford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses – 12 cattle – 250 acres

next image – very hard to read

images 303, 304 have the S section – hard to read but don’t think Sellers on these pages

image 308 starts new section

image 313

  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 2 horses 1 cattle
  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 11 cattle  114 acres Lincoln county
  • Douglas George- 1 male > 21, 9 horses, 25 cattle – 200 acres Lincoln county

Image 314

  • Douglas Nathan – 1 male > 21, 1 horseDouglas John – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 325

  • Sellars Nathanniel 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 2 cattle

Image 326

  • Sellars Samuel – 1 male > 21, 2 horse, 2 cattle
  • Sellars James – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 11 cattle
  • Sellars William – 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 4 cattle
  • sellars, John – 1 male > 21, 5 horses, 17 cattle — 100 acres Lincoln County

Image 331 Lincoln County 1795
Image 336

  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 14 cattle – Lincoln County – Sugar Creek 114 acres  IS THIS REBECCA’S LAND????
  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 337

  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 338

  • Douglas George – 1 male > 21, 1 male 16-21, 2 blacks, 1 black <16, 10 horses, 24 cattle Lincoln County, Boone Creek – 200 acres
  • Douglas, John – 1 male > 21

Image 345

  • Sellers, James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 14 cattle
  • Sellers William 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 9 cattle Lincoln County Sugar Creek 100 acres
  • Sellers Dun – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 1 cattle

image 350 Auditor’s book
Image 364 – start of another book
Image 366

  • Crafort William Lincoln County Richladn Creek – 500 acres

Image 377 No 3

Image 381

  • Apr 20 Crofford John – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 13 Cattle, Lincoln county, Hanging fork – 350 acres

Image 397 Lincoln County 1796
image 413 book 2

Image 417

  • Crawford Jn – 607 acres H Fork Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 1 black, 1 black <16, 4 horses, 14 cattle

book 3

Image 440

  • Douglas George — 200 acres — Boones Lincoln County – Edward Davis –  – Jacob Myers -2 male > 21, 9 horses, 24 cattle
  • Douglas John – 1 male > 21

Image 450

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses, 13 cattle
  • Sellers William — 50 acres – Sugar Creek – Lincoln County – 1 male > 21, 4 horses, 12 cattle
  • Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 1 cattle

Image 456 Lincoln County 1797
Image 461

  • Crawfort John 1 Male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 black, 5 horses, 550 acres

Image 487 new book
Image 494 Lincoln County 1796, 1797, 1798

Image 532 Book 2

Image 533 1799

Image 540

  • Crawford James — 1 male > 21 ; 100 acres Rolling forks, Lincoln County – James Sp[eer]


image 575 Book 2
Image 598 Book 3
Image 603

  • Crawford Robert – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks, 1 black > 16 – 200 acres 

Image 605

Duglas George – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 624 Lincoln County 1800

image 643 book 2
Image 675 book 3
Image 683

  • Crawford Robert 200 acres Lincoln County Hanging Fork – original John Crawford – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16 , 3 blacks, 2 horses
  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21

Image 686

  • Dugles George, 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 712 Lincoln County 1801
Image 715 – C
Image 728 – S
Image 735 – book 2
Image 737 – C
Image 758 – S
Image 763 – Book 3 – Hugh Magill Commissioner
Image 769 C
IMage 804 1802
Image 808 – C
Image 825 – S
Image 832 – book 2
Image 839

  • Ellis Richard – 270 acres Lincoln Noland Fork Carpenter same same 1 male > 21, 4 horses
  • Ellis James
  • Ellis Isaac

Image 848

  • Kenaday John 100 acres Lincoln County Green River Jos Spelsh same same 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 858 S

Image 864 Geo McRoberts 1802
Image 869 – C

Rebecca’s Land

Have you ever found you have attributed a record to the wrong person? Unfortunately, with same name research that can happen too easily.

As I was transcribing deeds that I thought were for James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford of Garrard County, Kentucky, I began to question whether these deeds were for this James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford.

There were some clues in the deeds that should have led me to a different James Crawford.

The first clue was the signatures. Rebecca’s name was above James’.

There was another clue within the deed. Instead of saying, James Crawford and his wife, Rebecca, the deed said Rebecca and James Crawford.

The third clue wasn’t as obvious: Rebecca and James Crawford were living in Barren County, Kentucky.

As I was transcribing the deed, I began to wonder if this was a deed for the widow Rebecca Crawford. Based on marriage records, it has been theorized that this Rebecca Crawford was the mother of the James Crawford that married Martha Knight. James and Martha did own land in Barren County, Kentucky.

When I plotted the deed on Deed Mapper and compared it to the plot of land Rebecca Crawford purchased from George Douglas, I could lay one deed on top of the other.

Even though the deeds looked like they were for the same piece of land, there was one major discrepancy — or at least I thought there was. The Crawford to Aldridge deed referenced the Myers pre-emption. I was under the impression that the land Rebecca Crawford purchased from George Doulgass was part of the Douglass survey. 

So, I started searching the Lincoln County, KY grantor index for the sale of land by Jacob Myers. That’s when I found that Jacob Myers sold land to George Douglass! The description of the land placed it on Sugar Creek and Boons Mill Creek matching the description of the land sold by George Douglass to Rebecca Crawford. 

In Deed Mapper, Rebecca Crawford’s deed can be laid over the George Douglas purchase.

Thus, I think the Garrard County Kentucky deed showing the sale of land by Rebecca and James Crawford to James Aldridge is for the same piece of land purchased by Rebecca Crawford from George Douglass. I believe this Rebecca Crawford is the widow shown in the tax records for Lincoln County, KY.

Thus, I had the deed attached to the wrong James and Rebecca Crawford!

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Garrard County Kentucky
Deed book A
page 602

This indenture made this 27th day of September Anno Dom
1804 between Rebecca Crawford and James Crawford of the county
of Barren and Commonwealth of Kentucky of the one part and
James Aldridge of the county of Garrard and Commonwealth
aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Rebecca &
James Crawford for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred an
eighty eight pounds current money of Kentucky to them in hand paid
the receipt they do hereby acknowledge and for themselves their heirs
do freely clearly and absolutely bargain and sell unto the aforesaid
James Aldridge and unto his heirs and assigns forever
One certain tract or parcel of land containing by survey ninety nine
acres situate lying and being in the county of Garrard an on
the dividing ridge between Boons Mill Seat Creek and Sugar Creek and is
bounded as follows to wit Beginning at a sugar tree and Iron Wood
on the Hickman Road thence N 36 E 240 poles to a stone from thence
N54W 70 poles to two sugar trees from thence S 35W 230 poles to a Buck
and sugar tree on the South side of the Hickman Road from thence
with the meanders on the road to a large black walnut standing
near the same on the south side from thence S 54E 6 poles to the beginning
with its appertainances to him the said James Aldridge and unto his
heirs and assigns forever. to have and to hold the said ninety nine
acres of land with all and every of its rights members and appertain
ances unto him the said James Aldridge and unto his heirs & assigns
forever and the said Rebecca and James Crawford for them selves
and their heirs do and shall and will by these presents warrant
and defend the title of the afore said tract of land & premises
against the claims of all and every person or persons whatsoever that
shall or may here after claim the same unto the afore said James
Aldridge and unto his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony
whereof the said Rebecca Crawford and James Crawford have
here unto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and
year first above written

Rebecca (her mark) Crawford seal
James Crawford seal

Signed Sealed and
delivered in the presence of

This indenture of bargain and sale from Rebecca Crawford and
James Aldridge was acknowledge din my office
the 26 of Sept 1804 and is admitted to record
Teste
Benj Letcher CeCC
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Lincoln County Kentucky
Deed Book A

Pages 225-227

page 225 (image 123)

Myers to Douglass
This Indenture made this sixteenth day of May Anno
Dom One thousand seven hundred and eighty six between
Jacob Myers of the county of Lincoln of the one part and George
Douglass of the same county of the other part Witnesseth
that the said Jacob Myers for and in Consideration of the sum
of five hundred pounds current money of Virginia to him in
hand paid the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge
hath granted sold aliened [enpossed] and confirmed and by
these presents the said Jacob Myers for himself and his heirs
do freely clearly and absolutely grant sell alien [enposs] and
confirm unto the said George Douglass and unto his heirs &
assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land con
taining by survey five hundred acres situate lying &

page 226
being in Lincoln County on the Waters of Boons Mill Creek
and Sugar Creek, and is bounded s follows viz Beginning
at a sugar and two beech trees the South west corner of said
Jacob Myers preemption as asssignee of Edward Davis from
thence North thirty six degrees east two hundred and thirty
one poles to a beach sugar and ash trees the North west cor
ner of said pre-emption from thence south fifty four de
grees East three hundred and forty seven poles to a beech and
two sugar trees from thence south thirty six degrees west
two hundred and thirty one poles to a beach and sugar tree
from thence North fifty four degrees west three hundred &
forty seven poles to the beginning with all woods and under
woods water and water courses there unto belonging or in
any wise appertaining unto the same with the reversion &
reversions remainder and Remainders rents [isoues]
and profits of all and singular the said Land and premises
to him the said George Douglass and to his heirs and
assigns forever to have and to hold the said five
hundred acres of land (be the same more or less and all and
ever of its rites members and appertenances unto the said
George Douglass and to his heirs and assigns forever and the
said Jacob Myers for himself and his heirs do freely
clearly and absolutely give up all right title interest
claim and demand whatever he has unto the aforesaid
land and premises before mentioned unto George Douglass
and unto his heirs and assigns forever and the said Jacob
Myers for himself and his heirs do and shall and will forever
warrant and defend the title of the aforesaid five hun
dred acres of land and premises and by these presents will
forever warrant and defend the the same against any person
or persons that shall or may hereafter claim the same
unto the aforesaid George Douglass and unto his heirs and assigns

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assigns forever. In witness whereof the said Jacob
Myers hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal
the day and year above written.
Jacob Myers SS
Signed Sealed & delivered
in Presence of
John Bryant
William Henry
Andrew Lynam

Received this 16th day of May 1786 of Mr George
Douglass five hundred pounds current money of
Virginia. It being the full demand for the within men
tioned land and premises recd fr me
Jacob Myers
Test
John Bryant
William Henry
At a court held for Lincoln County the 16th day of
May 1786 this indenture was acknowledged by the
said Jacob Myers to be his act and deed and ordered to be
recorded