Is there any documented evidence that Elizabeth Patterson was the wife of Thomas Crawford of Lancaster County,South Carolina?Thomas Crawford 1752-1823 was the son of James Crawford and Jane Hutchinson. There is a John Stephenson,lay Elder of the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church who died in Lancaster County,South Carolina in 1785,age 67, and Jean who died in 1796,age 63, who are believed to be the parents of Elizabeth Stephenson 1753-1811.All are buried in the Waxhaw Presbyterian Cemetery in Lancaster County,South Carolina
Mr. Elmer Oris Parker, who worked in the Archives in Washington,D.C. for over 40 years, wrote me in a letter dated November 6,1999, that Elizabeth Stephenson was the wife of Thomas Crawford,first cousin to President Andrew Jackson. He did not mention Patterson.
Thomas Crawford left a will in Maury County,Tennessee in 1823. He named daughters Jane Dunlap and Elizabeth Blair. In the Blair Cemetery in Spring Hill,Tennessee,Maury County,Tennessee, is Elizabeth S. Crawford Blair. Some websites show her as Elizabeth Stephenson Crawford Blair. She had a son named Elihu Stephenson Blair.
Thomas Crawford in his will mentioned his trusty friend James W. Stephenson as his executor. There is a James W. Stephenson in the Old Brick Church also known as Jackson College Cemetery in Maury County,TN who was born in Lancaster Co,SC in 1797 and died 1880.
Why did these Stephensons and Crawfords go to Maury County,Tennessee? Some say that the maiden name of Jean Stephenson,who died in 1796,age 63, was White. The History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina by George Howe mentions James White Stephenson was born 1756 in Augusta County,VA. His parents lived in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania and moved to Augusta Co,VA. where James White Stephenson was born in 1756. They left Augusta Co,VA for Lancaster Co,South Carolina the 1760's. One of James White Stephenson's students in Lancaster County,South Carolina, was Andrew Jackson. James White Stephenson eventually went to the Williamsburg District in South Carolina. About 1808,His congregation went to Maury County,Tennessee where they started the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church.
Thomas Crawford and his daugter Jane Dunlap are buried in the Old Brick Cemetery in Maury County,TN. She married Samuel Dunlap of Lancaster County,South Carolina.Jane Crawford Dunlap died in 1818.
This John Stephenson and Jean Stephenson in Lancaster Co,South Carolina are not my John Stephenson 1724-1773 and his wife Jean who died about 1795 in York County,South Carolina. Lancaster County,South Carolina is the next county to the east of York.
There is a Moses Stephenson who died in Lancaster County,South Carolina in 1802.He is buried in the Waxhaw Presbyterian Cemetery in Lancaster County,South Carolina. His wife Elizabeth Dunlap Stephenson is buried in the Stephenson Cemetery in Maury County,TN. The James W. Stephenson born in Lancaster Co,SC, in 1797 is buried in the Old Brick Church Cemetery also called the Jackson College Cemetery in Maury County,Tennessee. James White Stephenson b. 1756 in the Augusta Co,VA is buried in the Mt.Zion Cemetery in Maury County,Tennessee