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Hugh Crawford (abt. 1717 - 1776)

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Hugh Crawford
Born about in Irelandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Union, Connecticutmap
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18:53: Rick Pierpont added Ann Crawford (1743-) as child for Hugh Crawford (abt.1717-1776). [Thank Rick for this]
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Hugh and Margaret's son Samuel Crawford (1748-1824) fought in the Revolutionary War in the New York Service[1]. Samuel contracted "camp fever" (also known as Epidemic Typhus) and his brother John went and got him in New York and brought Samuel home[1]. John and Hugh contracted camp fever and died on the same day (October 13, 1776) and were also buried on the same day.[1].

Hugh Crawford (1717-1776) was a weaver and a large land-holder.[1]. He was of Scottish descent but he was born in Ireland.[1]. He was 19 when he arrived in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony.[1] His father John Crawford (-1761), the first, left Category: Belfast, Antrim in 1732 (or 1737) with his wife and four sons (including Hugh).[1] They were shipwrecked on Sable Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia and John Crawford's wife drowned.[1] Lawson's book is an excellent reference for the founding families genealogy of Union, Connecticut. However, there are a few discrepancies between what is published in Lawson's book and the historical records available. For example, some birth, marriage, and death dates are off by a year. On page 322, Lawson states that John Crawford (father of Hugh and brother of James) left Belfast, Ireland in 1732; Hugh and family were shipwrecked and Margaret arrived in Newton in 1731. However, research has shown that there were no known shipwrecks on Sable Island in 1732 (see: Sable Island Shipwrecks Article 1737 "Catherine" and also Maritime Museum of the Atlantic's online shipwreck database: On the Rocks. Shipwrecks Database). The 1737 shipwreck is consistent with the age given of Hugh's arrival and also the age at death listed in his death record. Another discrepancy is Margaret's arrival. Dobson's book has Margaret's arrival as 1738 on page 46. There is the possibility that the Margaret Campbell who arrived in 1738 could be a different Margaret Campbell. Hugh's uncle James Crawford also left Ireland circa 1730.[1] Hugh and Uncle James were also brother-in-laws.[1]

On the 15th of October in 1738, Hugh registered intentions to marry Margret Campbell (1717-1808) in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony[2]

November 16, 1738, Hugh married Miss Margaret Campbell (1715-1808)[2] [3]

Hugh and Uncle James left Newton, Massachusetts and made Union, Connecticut Colony their new home by 1740.[1] In 1769, Uncle James and his family moved to Westminster, Vermont.[1] John Crawford (?-1761), Hugh's father, remained in Boston with one of his sons, John [1]. Another one of Hugh's brother settled in Townsend, Massachusetts and the third brother settled in Pennsylvania[1].

Hugh Crawford was age fifty-nine when he died.[4]

Although, Hugh and his sons grave sites are listed in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the only one that served was Samuel. There is Hugh and John Crawford listed on the Revolutionary Rolls for Union, Connecticut, however, the Hugh Crawford that is listed was the son of Uncle James.[1].

Find A Grave Listings, Links, and Memorial #

Hugh Crawford (circa 1717-1776) Find A Grave Memorial # 11486640
Spouse: Margaret Campbell Crawford (1715-1808) Find A Grave Memorial #11486648


  1. Elizabeth Crawford (1739-1815) married William Martin (1736-1818) of Woodstock, Connecticut[1]
  2. Sarah Crawford (1745-1784) married Daniel Loomis (1739-1798)[1]
  3. Samuel Crawford (1748-1824) married (1) Sarah Work and (2) Mrs. Olive Eddy[1]
  4. John Crawford (1754-1776) married Dorcus Ward[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Lawson, History of Union, 317-340
  2. 2.0 2.1 Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
  3. FHL? Film # 0745868.
  4. Connecticut Death Record

See also:

  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  • Carbaugh, Marsha Wilson; White, Lorraine Cook. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Com, Jun 1, 2009. pp. 79-81
  • "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 December 2014), Hugh Crawford, 13 Oct 1776; citing Union, Connecticut, reference ; FHL microfilm 3,110 and reference pg 8; FHL microfilm 3,366. Name Hugh Crawford; Gender: Male; Death Date: 13 Oct 1776; Death Place: Union, Connecticut; Age: 59; Birth Date: 1717.
  • Dobson, David. Scots in New England, 1623-1873. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. 236p.

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