David Crawford

David Crawford (1812 - 1884)

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David Crawford
Born in Ayr South Ayrshire, Scotlandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Oct 2013 | Last significant change: 30 Apr 2019
21:39: Amy (Crawford) Gilpin edited the Biography for David Crawford (1812-1884). (Edit category for name study) [Thank Amy for this]
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David Crawford was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1812. Around 1854 David and Margaret Crawford left Scotland to make their home in the new country of Upper Canada. When they arrived here, they probably had five children with them, aged from about one year old, to eleven. First they lived in Brockville; later they moved to Kingston. He worked as a gardener. He died in Kingston Ontario Canada in 1884. He is buried in Cataraqui Cemetary, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
David and Margaret have hundreds of descendants scattered throughout North America.


David was born July 16, 1812 in Ayrshire, Scotland. He is the son of James Crawford and Mary (Campbell) Crawford. He was christened in Ayrshire, Scotland on July 21, 1812. [1]


1851 England, Scotland and Wales census

David Crawford is listed in the Ayrshire, Midlothian, Scotland census for 1851. It states he is 39 years old, male, born about 1812.[2]
David and Margaret immigrated to Upper Canada sometime around 1854. They settled in Elizabethtown (Brockville), before moving on to Kingston.[3]

1861 Ontario Census

David and his family are listed in the 1861 Ontario Census as Crofford.[4]
Although his name is not spelled correctly on the original document, there is only one David Crawford known to be living in Frontenac at that time.

1871 Census of Canada

David, Margaret and and 11 children are listed as living in Rideau Ward, Kingston District, Ontario, Canada in 1871. David is estimated to be 58 years old, of Scottish origin, born in Scotland about 1813. His occupation is listed as Gardener.[5]

Children Living at Home in 1871

  • George Crawford, Farm Labourer, age 23
  • John Crawford, Farm Labourer, age 21
  • Jane Crawford, Servant, age 20
  • Frederick Crawford, Sailor, age 17
  • Margaret Crawford, Servant, age 15
  • Mary Ann Crawford, age 13
  • Robert Crawford, age 12
  • Alexander Crawford, age 10
  • Charles Crawford, age 8
  • Agnes Crawford, age 4

1881 Census of Canada

David, Margaret and three children are listed in the 1881 Census. They are living in Victoria Ward, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. David is listed as 69 years old, born about 1812, in Scotland. He is listed as Presbyterian and employed as a Gardener.[6]

Children Living at Home in 1881

  • Alexander Crawford, age 19, Moulder
  • Charles Crawford, age 17, Printer
  • Agnes Crawford, age 14


David died in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on November 26, 1884, at the age of 72. His occupation is listed as Gardener. The document also states that he was born in Scotland about 1812.[7]


  1. Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY8D-KVV : 10 February 2018, David Crawford, 16 Jul 1812; citing , reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,330]
  2. Scotland Census, 1851, database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYTK-WP1 : 11 December 2017), David Crawford, , Midlothian, Scotland; from "1851 England, Scotland & Wales census," database and images, findmypast http://www.findmypast.com| Find My Past : 2012; citing p. 18, PRO HO 107, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,042,516.
  3. Crawford Family Tree, David Crawford, 1812-1884 and Margaret Tenet, 1822 - 1896, compiled by crawford-5747 Kenneth Crawford from census data, family memories, recollections and grave stones dated February 28, 1982.
  4. Ontario Census, 1861, database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7Z-7QF : 5 September 2017), David Crofford, All Places (Agricultural), Frontenac, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 9, line 30; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1023-1024, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,847.
  5. Canada Census, 1871, database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QJ-4X4 : 2 April 2016), David Crawford, Rideau Ward, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 86, line 6; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9999, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,352. Canada Census, 1871
  6. Canada Census, 1881, database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVXJ-F9N: 30 June 2017), David Crawford, Victoria Ward, Kingston (City), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 72; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13235, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,871.
  7. Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, database with images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDBF-2MZ : 25 June 2015, David Crawford, 26 Nov 1884; citing Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, yr 1884 cn 4661, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,184.


Thank you to Jim Crawford for creating WikiTree profile Crawford-5729 through the import of David Crawford MargaretTenet.ged on Oct 23, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Jim and others.

  • This profile was created from a document entitled Crawford Family Tree, David Crawford, 1812-1884 and Margaret Tenet, 1822 - 1896, compiled by crawford-5747 Kenneth Crawford from census data, family memories, recollections and grave stones dated February 28, 1982.

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