Do you have any Mississippi or Louisiana Crafts information?

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in Genealogy Help by Living Pichon G2G Crew (800 points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
Hancock, Pearl River, Harrison and I think Smith.
This is the founder of the Smith co., MS Crafts:

What's on Wikitree is only a tiny sliver of this family. There are many, many Crafts in Smith county and they have intermarried into virtually every other family from that county -- Chisholm, Sullivan, Boykin, Valentine, you name it. They also tended to give their children very fanciful names: Sylvester Demosthenes, Jason Lucifer, Don Juan, Gay May -- that's just the sons!

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Yes.  Definitely multiple Crafts from Mississippi and Louisiana.  Can you narrow it down some?

by Living Tardy G2G6 Pilot (733k points)
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There's a gigantic Craft family in Smith co. MS who intermarried extensively with my mother's Chisholm line, to the point that if you're descended from this Craft family, we are almost guaranteed to be blood cousins.
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
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My Craft relatives are the ones who settle the town of Craft, MS.  In other words, Whit Craft and his son Jessie (Dr.Jesse).  My maternal grandfather is James Corbett Craft, son of Don Juan Craft, son of Jessie Craft, son of Whit Craft.  I am the one who found the article referenced in Jessica Key's comment.  My grandparents eventually moved to Louisiana and that's were I was born.  The tree for my side of the Crafts goes all the way back to Gilbert de Crofte, Lord of Croft and Waverton, 1050-1149 who was born and died in Waverton, Cheshire, England.  What was interesting was seeing all the variations of the last name even in the same family.  Parents would name their children with different variations of the name Craft throughout history.  I'm assuming because of the harsh treatment of people for even minor infractions back then.  It's been an interesting journey trying to find out about the Craft's in the timeframe of the 1700's through the early 1900's.  Even with the information I supplied that was written by various people, I don't believe it all to be correct.  I find that some marriages such as second, third or fourth,are left out and therefore so are the children.  But as I filter through trees on various sites I'm beginning to get a picture of who is who I THINK lolol. So, I'm not sure what you're looking for but any help I can give I will.

by Lawana Puderer G2G6 (9.6k points)

Lawana I am wondering about your Jesse Craft. I received this e-mail in 2004 from a lady who is now deceased in response to a post about my John Gilbert. He is one of my brick walls.

Elizabeth Martin b.4Sept 1821 Mississippi died 3 February 1908 Lewisville, Texas. She married Russell Craft about 1837 Mississippi.
Russell was living in Attala County in 1837 along with his brother Jesse and John and mother Sarah. I have all the CRAFT history. In the 1839 tax list, Russell and Elizabeth were living near James L. Martin and John P. Martin.
I have no idea if these could be relatives of Elizabeth Martin.  The birth of John W. Gilbert was listed in the CRAFT Bible. that belonged to Elizabeth and Russell. All it said was this:
"John W. Gilbert son of John Gilbert and Mourning his wife was born November 10, 1813"
Elizabeth and Russell Craft named their twins "Mourning Ophelia Craft b.1850" and "Sarah Cornelia Craft" - both born 15 July 1850 Attala County, Miss.
Their first child was born 9 Sept 1838 in Attala Co, Miss. so I assume they probably married there.
Sorry I failed to add that the John W Gilbert whose birth was recorded in the Bible of Russell and Elizabeth Craft was my Grandmother's Grandfather. His father died in 1814 and his will was probated in Marion County, MS. I don't know when he was born or where he died for sure (his father). His mother was Mourning Barksdale daughter of Abner Barksdale this family traveled from South Carolina to Georgia to the Mississippi Territory arriving in 1812.

I was told that John Gilbert and his Mother, Elizabeth came to Hancock County, GA after the death of his father. Hard to prove that but it is interesting that I got an e-mail from someone else giving me the name Elizabeth for the 1st John's mother.

I have a list of land records for Craft in Mississippi if that helps.  My Craft family lived in Smith County and came from South Carolina.  They may be cousins 

MS1460__.127 CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31327 MS Choctaw 015N - 006E E½SE¼ 35 Attala
  CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31327 MS Choctaw 015N - 006E W½SW¼ 36 Attala
MS1460__.406 CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31724 MS Choctaw 014N - 006E Lot/Trct 3 1 Attala
  CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31724 MS Choctaw 014N - 006E Lot/Trct 4 1 Attala
  CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31724 MS Choctaw 014N - 006E Lot/Trct 5 1 Attala
  CRAFT, RUSSEL 9/1/1846 31724 MS Choctaw 014N - 006E Lot/Trct 6 1 Attala


Thanks Lawana! I posted and moved on just found these maps.

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