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Family Record of James Crawford (1774-1845) of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Medina County, Ohio

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Family Record of James Crawford (1774-1845) of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Medina County, Ohio

A family history compiled by Hester Murray (1874-), the great-great-great-granddaughter of James Crawford (abt.1772-), from various sources. Includes:

  1. A brief history of the life and family of James Crawford (1774-1845) and his descendants up to the year 1940
  2. A list of descendants and spouses including birth, marriage and death dates as noted by the author
  3. NOTE: This published work was updated by descendant Donald Hartsough to include additional living relatives since 1940 through 1990s, interested parties please contact Jonathan Crawford for more information.[1]

Assessment of Accuracy

Personal opinion of Jonathan Crawford: Although the sources of each of the names and dates are not listed,

  1. it is clear that Hester Murray spent significant time and energy visiting official record repositories and researching within genealogical histories (See Sources section below).
  2. As I have been adding profiles and attaching birth, marriage and death certificates, I have noted the following issues to date out of the 477 names contained within the work:
    1. One child missing from Claud Craig Crawford's family
    2. Two birthdates incorrect
    3. a couple of names that do not list the last name in the Wilson family
    4. One birthdate that was incorrect for Alice Tannehill
    5. Note, there are 112 names of spouses who were not descendants or children who perished in infancy that have no birth dates, and will need to be connected through their family members, but this should be possible via B/M/D or census records
  3. Conclusion: While a few minor errors have been found, I believe that this work is a reliable secondary source for the descendants listed herein.

Sources used include (only noted in the narrative, listed in order of occurrence):

  1. "Five Typical Scotch-Irish Families" (quote on the front cover is as follows: "We should know our ancestry, not to boast vainly of it but in order that we may live worthily of the sturdy lives back of us, and be prompted by them to striving for higher things, because of our inheritance and favorable surroundings")[2]
  2. Northrop, N. B. "History of Medina County" [ed. Ohio][3]
  3. "Research in the Washington County [ed. Pennsylvania] court house where the old land records, deeds and wills are on file."
  4. "Beer's Commemorative Records of Washington County" [ed. Pennsylvania][4]
  5. "the taxable lists of East Nottingham Township, Chester County, [ed. Pennsylvania]"
  6. Crumrine's "History of Washington County"[5]
  7. Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 2, Pages 103 and 123[6]
  8. the will of Guyon Morrison, dated 8/28/1782, was recorded in 7/2/1783, John and Matthew Ritchie, Executors[7]
  9. "The first census of Pennsylvania was taken in 1790. Under Washington County, Page 247 I find: ..."[8]
  10. Text of letter sent to Miss Hester Murray, Cleveland Ohio; recieved from Joseph B. Crawford, Per his daughter, Anna
  11. "Study of the land records as recorded in the Archives of Pennsylvania reveals..."[6]
    1. "Crawfordsville," 397 acres and all - Josiah Crawford Warranted June 28, 1785 Surveyed Dec. 10, 1785 Pat. Jan. 20, 1806, to Moses Coe et al (Executors of Josiah Crawford)
    2. "Crawley" on branch of Chartiers Creek, 415 a., 54 perches. Surveyed Dec. 10, 1785, in pursuance of Virginia certificate, Patented June 12, 1786, to Andrew Crawford. Rolls Book, P. 6-340. Presley Neville, Matthew Ritchie, Dep. Surv. John Lakens, Esq., Surv. Gen. Record in Book C, P. 54 of Surveys
  12. "It is recorded in the Morrison Family History..." [ed. unclear, but I believe this is referring back to "Beer's Commemorative Records of Washington County", as it discusses the Morrison family]
  13. "Study of the Chester County records in the Archives of Pennsylvania reveals the following:"[6]
    1. Series Three, Vol. 24 - Pages 59 and 106 "Land Grants In Chester County"
    2. Chester County Rates, Archive of PA., Third Series, Vol. XI, P. 415 "Taxables of East Nottingham Tp., Chester Co., 1753"
  14. "Also in the Archives of Pennsylvania, Series 3, Volume 2, Page 217, I find the following: ..."[6]
  15. "I believe what is given to be authentic. The Archives of Pennsylvania [6] have furnished most of the information; wills, deeds, land transfers, etc., the remainder. The research has been done in the Western Reserve Historical Library, Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington County, Pennsylvania, Court House." ~ H. Murray
  16. "Archives of Pennsylvania, Second Series, Volume 14, Associators and Militia:..."[6]
  17. "Josiah Crawford received Depreciation Pay, Archives of Pennsylvania, Fifth Series, Volume 4, Pa[g]es 396 and 705"[6]
  18. "History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties" by H.Z. Williams and Brother[9]
  19. "Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve" by William P. Palmer[10]
  20. "An item published in the paper at Warren, Ohio, concerning John Crawford, artist, whose portrait of Washington hangs in the Masonic Temple at Warren, and of Governor Tod in the Butler Art Gallery at Youngstown, furnished an address to which I wrote, thinking I might get trace of some of the Crawford descendants who went into Trumbull County. The answer follows:..." 181 Gibbs Street, Newton Center, Mass., Maud Crawford Gray. March 27, 1934.
  21. "Also I had a letter from Joseph Crawford of Millersburg, Wayne County, Ohio"
  22. "Said Bancroft"...[11]
  23. transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Josiah Crawford

Source Example:

Murray, Hester. [[Space:Family_Record_of_James_Crawford_(1774-1845)_of_Washington_County%2C_Pennsylvania_and_Medina_County%2C_Ohio|Family Record of James Crawford (1774-1845) of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Medina County, Ohio]]. (Newberry's Print Shop, Creston, Ohio,194-?).. Repository Name Western Reserve Historical Society Address 10825 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106 URL http://norton.wrhs.org/collections/search?keyword=&title=&creator=Hester+Murray&identifier=&subject=&year=&year-max=&smode=advanced

Inline Citation Example:

<ref name="DescendantsOfJamesCrawford">Murray, Hester. [[Space:Family_Record_of_James_Crawford_(1774-1845)_of_Washington_County%2C_Pennsylvania_and_Medina_County%2C_Ohio|Family Record of James Crawford (1774-1845) of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Medina County, Ohio]]. (Newberry's Print Shop, Creston, Ohio,194-?).. Repository Name Western Reserve Historical Society Address 10825 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106 URL http://norton.wrhs.org/collections/search?keyword=&title=&creator=Hester+Murray&identifier=&subject=&year=&year-max=&smode=advanced</ref>
  • Subsequent inline references:
<ref name="DescendantsOfJamesCrawford"/>

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  1. Hartsough, Don M. Crawford-Dowd genealogy, 1806-2000 / Don M. Hartsough. (Carmel, Ind. : D.M. Hartsough, 2000.).. Repository Name Western Reserve Historical Society Address 10825 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106 URL http://norton.wrhs.org/starweb/d.skclmarc-opac/servlet.starweb?path=d.skclmarc-opac/skclmarcfastlink.web&search1=001=ocn317971320
  2. https://archive.org/details/fivetypicalscotc00shoe/page/10/mode/2up
  3. Northrop, N. B. Pioneer history of Medina County. Medina, O.: Geo. Redway, Printer, 1861. Web.. https://lccn.loc.gov/rc01002214.
  4. Beers, J.H. Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (J.H. Beers & Co, Chicago, 1893)
  5. https://archive.org/details/historyofwashing00crum
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/481917?availability=Family%20History%20Library
  7. http://www.chartiers.com/beers-project/articles/morrison-658.html
  8. https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1803959
  9. https://archive.org/details/historyoftrumbul02will
  10. http://sidneyrigdon.com/books/1896Wick.htm this may not be correct, need to research the specific info within this publication to confirm, author listed does not match but it seems to be almost a periodical
  11. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bancroft

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