Person:Abraham Cresson (2)

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Abraham Cresson
b.1717 New Jersey
m. 24 Sep 1710
  1. Joshua Cresson, III1711 - 1790
  2. John Cresson1714 -
  3. Abraham Cresson1717 - 1791
  4. Aletie Cresson1720 -
  • HAbraham Cresson1717 - 1791
  • WUnknown - BEF 1788
m. WFT Est 1745-1755
  1. Jane CressonBET 1755 AND 1760 -
  2. Joshua CressonBET 1755 AND 1760 - AFT 1814
m. 13 AUG 1788
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Name Abraham Cresson
Gender Male
Birth? 1717 New Jersey
Marriage WFT Est 1745-1755 to Unknown
Marriage 13 AUG 1788 Surry County, North Carolinato Mary Williams
Death? AUG 1791 Surry County, North Carolina

Abraham Cresson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Records of Abraham Cresson in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Page 188.--26th February, 1746. Thomas Linwell, yeoman, to Morgan Bryant, £16 current money Virginia; 3 cows, a set of Smith's tools. Trust to secure to Capt. Robert Green & Co., £16. Witnesses, Edward Hughes, Abraham Croson (Creeson). Proved by both witnesses.


Information on Abraham Cresson

Abraham Cresson moved to Augusta Co, VA, before 1746, and was living on the Yadkin River in NC by 1755. He married second Mary Williams in Surry Co, NC. He was a big land trader and probably had at least 1,000 acres at any one time. He established a trading post on Shallow Ford at the only spot on the Yadkin River passable year round. He was very successful and had goods from England and the North which came down the Great Wagon Road.15

Abraham Cresson is first found in NC in 1755 where he is listed in the Rowan Co tithables list. They lived on the south side of the Yadkin River in what was first Anson Co, later Rowan Co, and eventually Surry Co. “If you wish to visit the Cresson homestead, mill, and trading post sites, travel east on (NC421). Before crossing the bridge over the Yadkin, look to your right and you will see the land. The wagon tracks are still visible on the road leading to Salisbury.”15

1. Jane was born between 1755 and 1760. She first married Samuel Cunningham and

second Charles Steelman, Sr. in February 1782.15 Her father was appointed guardian of her children by her first marriage.15 Ref 15, p279.

2. Joshua was born between 1755 and 1760. He first married Rachael Steelman in 1781.

On 6/24/1814 he married Rebekah Patterson. The family of a Joshua Creson is listed in the 1790 Surry Co census as one male over age 16, three males under 16, five females, no other free persons, and two slaves. This must be the same family.15 On 1/31/1800 “Joshua Creson” bought a negro boy Peter from Thomas Whitlock for $160. (Surry Co, Record of Estates, p130).376

On 1/11/1749*, Abraham Crosson, planter, received a Granville land grant of 468 acres on the south branch of the Yadkin River to the mouth of Deep Creek (then Anson Co, NC).15

In April 1757, Abraham Cresson, planter, of St. Lukes’s Parish in Rowan Co, received a Granville land grant of 688 acres at a price of 20 sterling shillings per 100 acres. The land was situated on the North Yadkin on both sides of Deep Creek. (Rowan Co DB 4, p405-6).15

On 1/27/1762, Abraham Creson was the highest bidder at the Salisbury court house with a bid of £14 for 200 acres. (Rowan Co DB 4, p231-2).15

On 8/8/1774, Abraham Creson bought “an improvement of land and grist mill, livestock, personalty” from John Burks for £20,. (Surry Co, NC, Will Book I, p26).204 Ref 204, p5.

On 1/31/1791, Abraham Creson wrote his will leaving his Menchen house and plantation of 60 acres plus the 10 acres of the river tract as well as one third of the grain and livestock to his wife Mary (Williams). Upon her death, it would go to his son Joshua Creson. Joshua received all his land on the Yadkin River on the north side of Deep Creek and an additional 250 acres on the north end of that land. His daughter Jane received 250 acres on the Yadkin River below shallow ford on both sides of the road leading to Salisbury. Son Joshua was to receive a mulatto named Jesse, while daughter Jane received a negro named Daniel. Joshua Creson and Charles Steelman were appointed executors. (Surry Co WB 3, p4).15

Source: http://www.webjmd.com/d10thrud20.pdf

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Subject:CRESSON of Augusta Co., VA ca 1740-1750
Post Date:April 16, 1998 at 18:47:24
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Looking for info on an Abraham Cresson who came out of PA and settled a while in Augusta Co., VA. He then went into Yadkin Co., NC and settled on or near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River there. Abraham is said to have moved about the same times and places as Morgan Bryan/t. Appreciate any info available Tom Atkinson trasams@@yahoo.com