Configuring Crawford FAN Club in My Tree

Do you have ‘floating’ or ‘orphan’ trees in your Ancestry tree? I know that I do have ‘floaters’ in my tree. I recently watched a Genealogy TV video by Constance Knox on how to make connections to link some of those ‘floaters’ to my big tree.

Today, I decided to get this set up for some of the members of my Crawford FAN Club:


First, I created a ‘Custom Tag’ called FanClub Crawford and attached it to each member of the FAN club.

I also added comments:

  • Explain FAN club membership
  • Explain links located at bottom of page
  • Provide link to my blog — particularly the Untangling James Crawford post when appropriate

Hopefully, this will not only help me ‘migrate’ around my tree, but also help others see potential connections among this group of people.
This process has been very helpful since it helped me put in writing the members of the fan club. 

Which Alexander Moore

Do you ever check other people’s trees to see what they have on someone you are researching? I know I do. I check them for hints. I also check them to see if my work supports their conclusions.

I’m in the position of needing hints from others in my research of Mary Crawford, wife of Alexander Moore.

1811 Garrard County Kentucky Land records indicate that Alexander Moore moved from the Garrard County area of Kentucky to Fleming County. (Garrard County, Kentucky, Deed Book E, page 306). Since Mary doesn’t sign the deed and isn’t mentioned in the body of the deed, there isn’t evidence that Mary was in Fleming County, Kentucky

In Fleming County, Kentucky, I have found Alexander Moore on tax lists showing he owned land on Triplett Creek  in 1811. In 1821, Alexr Moore is shown also owning land in Greenup County.

Census records place an Alexander Moor in Fleming County, KY from 1810 thru 1850. In 1810, the family consists of 1 male 26-44, 2 females under 10 and 1 female over 45. If this is the same Alexader Moore from Garrard County, KY, then the female over 45 might be Mary Crawford.

In 1820, the family dynamic changes for Alexander Moore. Instead of two female children, there is a male between 10 and 15 and a female under 10. The household contains a male 45 and over and a female 45 and over.

By 1830, it appears that the adult female shown in the 1820 census may have died. The family now includes a male under 5, a female under 5, a female 20 thru 29 and a male 60 thru 69.

The family continued to grow. The 1840 census indicates the family consisted of a male 5 thru 9, a male 10 thru 14, a male 70 thru 79, 3 females under 5, 1 female 5 thru 9, 2 females 10 thru 14 and a female 30 thru 39.

Alexander Moore is still living when the 1850 census was taken. He is shown as an 82 year old male on the 1850 census. Included in the household is Elender, age 40; James, age 17; Elender, age 14; Miram, age 11, Mecthe, age 8 and Dorothy, age 4.

A search of Ancestry for a marriage of Alexander Moore in Fleming County, Kentucky shows an 1826 marriage to Eleanor Wood. This marriage fits the information from the census:

  • marriage date is between 1820 when the adult female was over 45 and 1830 when the adult female was 20 thru 29
  • the name Elender on the 1850 census could be Eleanor

My research of land records, tax lists and the census, leave me with questions:

  • Was Mary Crawford deceased in 1811 since her name isn’t on any of the deeds for the sale of land?
  • Is the Alexander Moore shown in the tax lists and census records of Fleming County, KY the same Alexander Moore who sold land in Garrard County, KY?
  • Is the female over 45 in the 1810 and 1820 census for Alexander Moore in Fleming County, KY Mary Crawford?
  • If Mary Crawford is the female in Alexander Moore’s household, did she die in Fleming County, KY between 1820 and 1826?

Thus, I’m turning to other trees to see what I can learn about Alexander Moore and Mary Crawford. Unfortunately, there are several different trees that could tie into this research.

  • On Family Search: Alexander Moore (1757-1827) [947N-XFM] and Mary Crawford (1778-1829) [KZ6M-SR5]
    • This couple in Family Search has the Madison County, KY marriage record from 1793 attached as a source. 
    • This Alexander Moore is said to have died in Marengo County, Alabama. So far, I haven’t found any record tying Alexander Moore of Madison/Garrard Counties, Kentucky to an Alexander Moore in Alabama. Instead, the land records suggest the couple moved to Fleming County, KY
    • This Mary Moore is too young to have appeared on the tax lists in 1787 in Madison County, KY
  • On Ancestry: Alexander Moore (1778-1852) and Eleanor Wood (1807-1856). In these trees, Alexander Moore dies in Owen County, Kentucky. An 1850 census record for Owen County, Kentucky is also cited.
    • At this time, I have no records tying the Alexander Moore of Fleming County to an Alexander Moore in Owen County, KY
    • The 1850 census record does not include Eleanor even though the tree has her living past 1850.
  • On Family Search: Alexander Moore (1768-deceased) [KZQY-YSR] and Eleanor Wood (1805-deceased) [KNSB-XFZ] and a similar tree on Ancestry
    • Ancestry tree includes the 1810 and 1820 census records as sources for Alexander Moore
    • Neither tree shows a second wife for Alexander Moore

Since none of the above trees ‘match’ the data I’ve collected on Alexander Moore prior to 1825, I’m not sure they will be of much help. However, I am going to contact the tree owners to see if they might have any clues to prove/disprove a relationship to Mary Crawford.

Moore Deeds

What’s your ‘go-to’ record type to try and identify people? For me, that resource is land records.

I’ve recently been using land records to figure out the various Crawford families in the Garrard County, Kentucky area prior to 1820. One of those families is the widow, Mary Crawford who appears on the tax records for Madison County, Kentucky as early as 1787.

In 1793, a Mary Crawford married an Alexander Moore in Garrard County, Kentucky. I was able to use land records to show that the Mary Crawford who married Alexander Moore is the same Mary Crawford who purchased land from Richard Cave.

Now, I’m trying to track Alexander Moore in hopes of learning more about Mary Crawford. There are two deeds for the sale of land in 1811 that indicate that Alexander Moore was from Fleming County, Kentucky.

Garrard County Kentucky
Deeds, Vols. E-G 1814-1821
#183244
Film #8191829
Book E
page 304
image 181
This indenture made this 25th day of February 1811 between Alexander Moor of the County of Flem and state of Kentucky of the one part and Richmond Harriss of the county of Garrard and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the sd Moore for and in consideration of the sum of twelve pounds ten shilling current money of Kentucky to him in hand paid by the said Richmond Harriss the right whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said Alexander Moore hat bargained and sealed & by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said Richmond Harriss one certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of garrard on the waters of paint lick and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning at as that is to say all the land lying and being between the branches or the branch that heads down by Moses Garrards spring the other the branch that heads up by Cacks old place joining Burril Embrys land that is all the land formily belonging to John Bryant between sd two branches supposed to be fifty acres of land be the same more or less within and the bounds above mentioned to have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned land and premises with there and every of appurtenances unto the same Richmond Harriss his heirs and assigns forever and the said Alexander Moore for himself and his heir shall and will forever warrant and forever defend the said land and premises with these and every of there appurtenances unto the said Richmond Harriss his heirs and assigns free and clear forever all claim or claims claiming under him the said Alexander Moore of any person or persons whatsoever of in as to any pert or parcel of the above mentioned land premises. In witness whereof the said Alexander Moore hath here unto set his hand and seal the day and year above mentioned in presents of us the above mentioned sd twelve pound ten shillings to be paid in aliense and in trust as his seal value from [a?]
Alex Moore
Walker West
John Harris
James Harris

Garrard County Kentucky
Deeds, Vols. E-G 1814-1821
#183244
Film #8191829
Garrard County KY
Book E
Page 306 – image 182
This indenture made this twenty fifth day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven between Alexander Moore of the County of Fleming and state of Kentucky of the one part and James Harris of the County of Garrard of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Alexander Moore for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds current money of Kentucky to him in hand paid before the executing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and himself fully satisfied these with hath covenanted bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargainand sell unto the said James Harris his heirs and assigns one certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Garrard and on Paint lick creek and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning an two beech trees on the bank of said creek then running south sixty degrees East fifteen poles to a buck then south two degrees east one hundred and ten poles to a stake in Bryants line then with his line south sixty degrees east twenty two poles to a hickory and sugar trees thence north thirty degrees east ninety poles to two base elders on the bank of said creek then down the meanders of the same to the beginning containing fifty acres of land within and to the bounds above mentioned to have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned land and premises with their and every of them appurtenances unto the said James Harris his heirs and assigns forever to the only promer use of him the said James Harris his heirs and assigns and the sd Alexander Moore for him and himself his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant defend free and clere from all claim or claims right title interest or demand of any person or persons whatever in or to any part or parcel of the above mentioned land and premises unto the said James Harris hi heirs & assigns in witness whereof the said Alexander Moore hath here unto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.
Alexr Moore (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of 
Walker West
John Harris
Richmond Harris

Garrard County Tax

Have you ever tried to figure out who is who in a community when there are multiple people of the same name?

Well, that’s where I am with the Garrard County tax records from 1797-1806.

I have four Crawford families that potentially live in Garrard County during that time period.

  • James Crawford husband of Rebecca Anderson who purchased land from Thomas Kennedy. James‘ sons were Isaac (?-?), William (1784-1864) and James (1790-1856)
  • William Crawford who claimed to have purchased land from J Kennedy. His sons would not have been old enough to be listed on the tax lists while William Crawford was living in Garrard County. 
  • James Crawford who married Martha Knight in 1793 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. James is thought to be the son of Rebecca CrawfordRebecca purchased land from George Douglas.
  • James Crawford who married Sally Duggins in 1799 in Garrard County, Kentucky. James is thought to be the son of Mary Crawford who married Alexander Moore.

I did find four families but not the above four families.
Now, my task is to figure out who I found. Two of the families were obvious because of the land references.

  • James Crawford on image 11 was shown with 146 acres of land on Paint Lick. The original grantor of the land was Thos Kennedy. Since I have a copy of a deed where this land was purchased and another deed for the sale of land that names Rebecca, I believe the James Crawford shown owning land on Paint Lick is the James Crawford whose wife was Rebecca.
  • William Crawford is shown on image 12 with 1808 acres on Paint Lick. The original grantor of this land was John Kennedy. In 1795, a court case was filed between the Kennedy’s and William Crawford over the land. I believe the William Crawford named in the court case is the William Crawford shown on the tax list in 1797.

James and William Crawford are in the same taxing district as the Kennedys, including Thomas Kennedy, Bazeleel Maxwell and Alexander Moor. Thomas Kennedy is who James Crawford purchased land from. Bazeleel Maxwell’s wife was an Anderson. Both James Crawford and Bazeleel Maxwell are named in a deed from 1798 that identifies heirs of John Anderson. Alexander Moor is likely the Alexander Moore that married Mary Crawford in 1793.

A second James Crawford appears on image 41 of  the 1797 tax list. This James Crawford is shown with 140 acres on Sugar Creek. The original grantor for this land was identified as Jacob Myres. Since George Douglas is found on image 43 with 200 acres of land with the same original grantor (Jacob Myres), I believe this James Crawford to be the son of Rebekah Crawford.

Also found in this same set of tax records are James and William Sellers. James and William married Mary and Sarah Crawford, respectively. Rebekah Crawford gave permission for Mary and Sarah to marry.

Since this second James Crawford isn’t always listed with land, I used the proximity to Douglas and Sellers family to identify this James Crawford.

The fourth CRAWFORD family found was in 1806. William Crawford is listed on the same page as the James Crawford who purchased land from T Kennedy. James had a son William who was born in April 1784, making him old enough to appear the tax list in 1806. Another son, James, was born in 1790. Thus, he could be the male over 16 listed with James Crawford on image 425.

Based on the above analysis, a James Crawford is missing. This is likely the James Crawford thought to be the son of Mary Crawford Moore and the James Crawford who married Sally Duggins in 1799.

James Crawford, likely husband of Martha Knight, is not found on the tax roles after 1801. [Or he disappears earlier and the James Crawford who married Sally Duggins is listed for a couple of years before disappearing off of the list.]

In 1799, there is a John Crawford listed on the same page as James Crawford. At this time, I have no idea who this John Crawford is.

After studying these tax records, there are some questions that need answered:

  • Where is the missing James Crawford? 
  • What happened to the 140 acres of land on Sugar Creek that James Crawford is listed with?
  • Where is Isaac Crawford — suspected son of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford who was married in 1808 in Garrard County, KY?
  • Who is the John Crawford listed on the 1799 tax list?

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Garrard County Kentucky
Tax Books 1797-1875

Tax Books, 1797-1799-1806
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DGS 7834436

Image 5 — 1797

Image 11

  • Crawford James — 146 acres Paintlick Madison Thos Kennedy ditto ditto 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 6 horses

Image 12

  • Crawford William 180 acres Paint Lick Garrard John Kennedy ditto Ditto – 2 males > 21, 10 horses

image 13

  • Duggins Daniel – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Duggins William – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

image 19

  • Kennedy David – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks>16 , 2 total blacks, 11 horses
  • Kennedy JOhn – 340 acres Paint LIck Madison – John Kennedy ditto Thos Kennedy 1 male > 21, 2 blacks >16 , 4 total blacks, 3 horses

Image 20

  • Kennedy Thos — 300 acres Paint Lick Garrard Thos Kennedy ditto Thos Kennedy – 1 male > 21, 16 blacks > 16, 30 total blacks, 20 horses, 1 stud horse
  • Kennedy Thos 400 acres Paint Lick Garrard John Kennedy ditto ditto
  • Kennedy Thomas – 400 acres Paint Lick Garrard John Kennedy ditto ditto
  • Kennedy Thomas – 400 acres Paint Lick – Garrard John Tate Ditto Ditto
  • Kennedy Thomas – 600 acres Paint Lick Garrard James Trimble ditto ditto
  • Kennedy THomas 300 acres Dicks River Lincoln County John Kennedy ditto ditto
  • Several more entries

Image 22

  • Bazel Maxwell — land on Paint Lick, Silver Creek and Otter Creek

Image 23

  • Moore Alexander – 50 acres Paint Lick – Madison – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 33 — start of book 2

Image 41

  • Crawford James 140 acres Sugar Cr Lincoln Jacob Myres DO DO – 1 male > 21, 5 horses

Image 43

  • Douglas George 200 acres Boons Cr ?county is DO and above is illegible – Jacob Myres DO DO – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 9 horses
  • Douglas Nathan
  • Douglas John

Image 58

  • Sellers William – 100 acrs Sugar Garrard John Downing – ditto -ditt0 – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Selelrs, James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Selelrs, Sammuel – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Saller William – 304 acres boxes Cr Nelson Thos Whitledge ditto Ditto – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 67 Book 3

Image 76 book 4

Image 78 — no tax list for 1798

Image 79 – 1799

Image 83

  • Crawford James – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Douglas, Nathan 1 malr > 21, 1 black, 2 horses
  • Douglas, Samuel – 1 male > 21, 1 horses
  • Douglas, George – 1male > 21, 4 horses
  • Dougan, Daniel – 1 male > 1, 3 horses

image 84 –

  • Ellis, William
  • Ellis, Joseph

Image 88

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21, 5 horses
  • Sellers WIlliam 1 male > 21, 4 horses
  • Sellers Samuel, 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 91 — book 2

Image 93

  • Crawford James 1 male 7 horses                    Likely James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford — Kennedy’s are in this group
  • Crawford John 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 96

  • Kennedy JOhn Senr
  • Kennedy John Jr
  • Kennedy THomas
  • Kennedy David

Image 97

  • Maxwell Bazaleel
  • Maxwell Samuel
  • Maxwell John Jr
  • Miller Jacob

Image 102
1800

Image 117

  • Kennedy family

Image 120

  • Maxwell Bazel
  • Miller Jacob

Image 121

  • Moor Alexander – 50 acres Garrard Paint lick – 1 male > 21 – 3 horses
  • Moor Alexander 50 acres Madison County Paint Lick

image 130 – start of book 2

Image 133

  • Crafford James – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 134

  • Douglas, George
  • Duggins Daniel

Image 144

  • Sellers Wm
  • Sellers James
  • Sellers SamC

Image 151
1801

Image 156

  • Crawford James – 140 Paint Lick – THos Kennedy -DO – Do – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 9 horses

Image 162

  • Kennedy family

Image 166

  • Maxwell – various but no Bezal

Image 173
Book 2

Image 176

  • Crofford James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Douglas, George – 1 male > 21, 1 Black > 16, 2 total blacks, 4 horses

Image 177

  • Duggin Daniel – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 186

  • Salyer Samuel
  • Salyer Benjamin
  • Salyer James – 100 acres Garrard County Sugar Creek Jdowning – 1 male > 21, 5 horses
  • Salyer, William – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 193
1802

Image 200

  • Crawford James – 146 acres Garrard Paint Lick – T Kennedy same same – 1 male > 21, 1 Male > 16, 10 horses

Image 207

  • Kennedy Family

Image 208

  • Thomas Kennedy

Image 210

  • More Alexander – 50 acres Garrard – Paint Lick – P ford same same – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • More Alexander – 50 acres – Madison – Paint Lick – G Clay – same – same

Image 211

  • Maxwell Bazaleel

Image 221
New Book

Image 227

  • Duggins Alex – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Duggins Richard 1 male > 21
  • Duggins Eijah – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 239

  • Sellers James — 100 acres Garrard Sugar Cr John Downing same same – 1 male > 21, 7 horses
  • Sellers James — 200 acres Barren Nobel er Aaron Har[?] same

Image 246
1803

image 252

  • Crawford James – 140 acres – Garrard – Paint Lick – T Kennedy – do – do – 1 male > 21, 1 Male > 16, 11 horses

Image 260

  • Kennedy Thomas

image 263

  • Maxwell Bezelal

Image 274
book 2

Image 292

  • Sellers James 100 acres Garrard Sugar Cr J Downing same same 1 male > 21, 5 horses
  • Sellers James 200 acres Barren [Mobal a] A Harting – same

Image 301
1804

Image 306

  • Crawford James 140 acres Gard Paint Lick – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 7 horses

Image 313

  • Kennedy family

Image 315

  • Maxwell — John and James

Image 316

  • Maxwell Bazeleel
  • Moor Alexander 50 acres Grrd Paint Lick Hook do do – 1 male > 21, 4 horses
  • Moor Alexander 50 acres Madison

Book 2 – image 327

Image 334

  • Duggins Elisabeth 117 acres Garrard Sugar Cr Walker Daniel same same 3 horses

image 350

  • Sellers James – 100 acres Garrard Sugar Cr – Jno Downring same same, 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Sellers James 200 acres Barren NHobab C Aron Haslen same

Image 358
1805

image 364 – C starts

Image 374 –

  • Maxwell William and Thomas but not Bazaleel

Image 382

  • Sellers James — 100 acres Garrard Sugar Cr Jas Downing same same – 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Sellers James — 200 acres Barren Nobobl — Ason Harlin – same

Book 2 — starts image 390

Image 395

  • 29 – Crawford James – 145 acres – Garrard – Pain – T Kennedy – same – same – 2 males > 21, 0 1 male > 16, 20 horses

Image 403

  • Kennedy, Thomas

Image 406

  • Moore Alex – 50 acres – garrard – PLick – 1 male > 21 – 6 horses
  • Moore, Alex – 50 acres – Madison -same –

Image 407

  • Maxwell Bazaleel – 200 acres — Garrard county – PLick – J Maxwell – Same – same – 1 male > 21 – 1 male > 16 – 2 blacks > 16  – 6 total blacks – 9 horses

Image 418
1806

Image 425

  • Crawford James 150 acres Garrd Paint Lick – T Kennedy – do – do – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 10 horses – James son over 16
  • Crawford William – 1 male > 21, 3 horses — Likely son of James Crawford on same page

Image 435

  • Kennedy Thomas

Image 440

  • Maxwell Bazeleel

Image 441

  • Moor Alexander 50 acres Grrd Paint LIck – 1 male > 21 5 horses
  • Moor Alexander 50 acres Madison Paint Lick

Image 458 start of book 2

Image 467

  • Duggins Elisabeth – 117 acres – Garrard Sugar Cr – Walker Daniel – same – same – 3 horses

Image 482

  • Sellers James — 100 acres Garrard Sugar Cr – Jno Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Sellers, James – 200 acres – Barren – Nobob Cr – Aron Shanklin – same – same