Person:James Crawford (81)

m. 2 March 1762
  1. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Crawfordabt 1769 - 1809
  2. Michael Crawfordabt 1773 - 1800
  3. Thomas Crawfordbef 1774 - 1821
  4. Ann Crawford1781 - 1805
Facts and Events
Name James Crawford
Gender Male
Birth? 1734 Bybery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marriage 2 March 1762 Christ Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvaniato Catherine Howell
Death? 1803 Rockbridge County, Virginia

James Crawford was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Will of James Crawford

The Last Will and Testament of James Crawford
I, James Crawford being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do Constitute this my last will and Testament (to wit). Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty god who gave it, and my body I recommend to ther Earth to be Buried in decent Christian Burial at the discreption of my executors, Nothing doubting but the General Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of god, as teeching such worly Estate as god hath been pleased to bless me in this life I give and Demise and dispose of the same in the following manner.
First I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved wife Catharine all my houshould furniture Except such articles as such be other ways disposed of by this will likewise two of my Cows and keeping for them likewise the privalage of living in and ????sion of the new end of my house during her life likewise her right of Dower.
Second I Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Ann two feather beds her Saddle and Bridle and one third of the household furniture likewise Fifty pounds to be paid her in property by my two sons Thomas and Michael likewise her living with her mother while she remains unmarried.
Third I Bequeath unto my four Daughters Martha Montgomery, Elizabeth Leech, Sarah Walker, and Rachel Mitchel two dollars each.
Fourth I Bequeath to my two Daughters Margaret Harris and Mary McNabb Ten pounds each.
Fifth I Bequeath to my son Michael all my farming Utentials
Sixth I Bequeath to my son Michael one half of the land I obained a Pattand (sic) for on the hill above the lime kill Spring likewise the part of the old survey that lies below a line marked by him and his Brother Thomas.
Seventh I Bequeath to my son Thomas the upper half of the land on the hill above the lime kill Spring likewise the part of the survey that lies above the line marked by him and his Brother Michael.
Eighth I leave to my two Sons Thomas and Michael any estate I may profsest (sic) of at my Discease not otherwise disposed of to be equally divided between them.
Ninth I constitute and appoint my two sons Thomas and Michael my Executors of this my last will and Testament and do hereby revoke all other wills and Executers by me maide (sic) and appointed. In witness whereof I have hear (sic) of set my hand and Seal this 23 of January 1802
James Crawford (Signature & Seal)
James Leech
Elijah Vansandt (signature & seal)
At Rockbridge court June 7th 1803
The last Will and Testament of James Crawford Deceased was produced in Court and proved by one subscribing witness and ordered to lye for further proof
And at the same Court continued and held June 8th 1803
This said last Will and Testament was further proved by one other witness and ordered to be Recorded
And on the motion of Thomas Crawford & Michael Crawford Executors herein named who made oath according to law Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate here of in due form.
[Source: Rockbridge Co., Virginia, Circuit Court: Will Book 2, Page 332-334].

Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 2 Page 359
Pursuant to an Order of Court to us directed we the subscribers being first sworn have appaised the Estate of James Crawford Deceased in current as followeth (viz)
L. S. D.
One large Bible 1 0 0
Four old books " 9 0
Two volumes of Newton's Works " 12 0
Shoemaker Tools " 10 0
One Black Horse 20 0 0
One cow and calf 3 12 0
To (sic) Heffers and one steer 3 12 0
One bull 3 0 0
Five sheep 1 10 0
One sow and four shoats 1 10 0 ------------------------------------
35 15 0
Wm Wilson
James Wilson
James Beaty
At Rockbridge Court December 6th 1803
This inventory & appraisement of the Estate of James Crawford Deceased was produced in Court & ordered to be recorded.
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Possible Record in Virginia

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - List of Delinquents: 1767--Col. Preston's list: Geo. Alexander, Jno. Bradley, Henry Carter, runaway; Joseph Barker, runaway; James Crawford, Peter Cutright, runaway; Walter Carrick, runaway; Jno. Clark, Sam'l Cowan, Henry Dooley, Jno. Ager, Jas. Gilliland, runaway; Thos. Howell, runaway; Wm. Herbison, Jr., wrong named; Jno. Kirkland, Wm. Longly, Jno. Lowry, Jno. and Thos. Martin, Abraham Moon, Jno. Potts, Wm. Robinson, Benj. Robottom, runaway; Thos. Scott, Wm. Terry, Jas. Wattson, James Alexander, Elias Barker, runaway; Thos. and Wm. Brown, James Clark, John Cantly, Daniel Campbell, James Cowan, runaway; Alex. Covit, Wm. Devin, runaway; John Dunn, Alex. Forbus, runaway; Joseph Glading, Wm. Hungate, no inhabitant; Geo. Inglebird, Lemuel Sanders, Thomas Lewis, Philip Love, David Magee, Jno. Neilly, doctor; Drury Puckett, Rich'd Reed, Nicholas Smith, runaway; Jno. Taylor, Edw'd Wilson. (Note: some researchers believe that James Crawford's wife, Catherine Howell was a daughter of a Thomas Howell, so the inclusion of a Thomas Howell on this list appears worthy of additional research).


From Rootsweb Message Board:

Catherine Howell m James Crawford 2 March 1762 at Christ Church, Phil., Penn. He d 1803 and she d 1815 both in Rickbridge Co VA. They had 10 children and most or all of them born in PA.
Her father is said to be Thomas and her mother Catherine but I have never found any reason that that information was given.
Mrs Clementine Railey said that he was from Bybery and she was from Southern Twp Montgomery Co PA. She said that Catherine Howell was Welch: spoke with a Welch accent. She also said that "Catherine Howell is said to have been an intelligent women, fond of reading, especially history, and would remain up after the family had retired, to read.