2009-05-03 23:39:37 UTC
Does anyone on the List know of the medieval ancestors of William Crafford who is found in late 1600's records of North Carolina? An article (see Note 1 below) states his family was of County Kent in England. In 1676, he was a POA for Peter Carteret, mentioned here as Governor of Carolina:
Please see below for additional information pertaining to this William Crafford (variants of the surname include Craford, Cranford, and also IMO Crawford).
From: "Bud" <***@bellsouth.net>
Subject: [CRANFORD-L] New River Cranfords
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 16:32:45 -0500
NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY*DECEMBER 1965
volume 53 Number 4
CRAFFORD OF NEW RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA
BY Ellis Munson Goodwin
"William Crafford -probably was descended from the Crafford family originally
seated at Great Mongeham, County Kent England but how or when he or his
immigrant Crafford ancestor and other kinsmen of the Kentish Craffords came
seems to have escaped genealogical investigation. There is a will bearing a
seal with a coat of arms, presumably the seal of William Crafford, clerk of
the court. This seal may some day confirm, or reject, our belief based on
circumstantial evidence that the North Carolina Craffords were descended
from the Kentish family by that name."
Early Records of North Carolina Volume II Wills, Administrations, Inventories, Deeds 1677 – 1790. (From the Secretary of State Papers). Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.
SS 874.2 (1677-1701)
23-(12) 29 Mar 1680. Joshua Lambe and William Therill both of sd county apply as the greatest creditors to administer the estate of Abraham Kimberley of this county who died intestate. Allexander Lillington and William Wilkiston apparently held items belonging to the estate. Signed: Jno. Jenkins, Anthony Slocum, Will Craford, Robart Holden.
29 Mar 1680. Joshua Lambe, William Therill and Capt. William Craford post bond of 30,000 pounds of tobacco for Joshua Lambe and William Therill to administer the sd estate. Witnessed: John Jenkins, Robt. Holden.
29-(22) 29 Mar 1680. Alexander Lillington and William Therill both of sd county as nearest of kin apply to administer the estate of Thomas Cooke who died intestate. Robart West and Timothy Meads to appraise. Signed: John Jenkins, Anthony Slocum, Robt. Holden, William Crafford.
184-(156) 15 Nov 1676 in London . Peter Carteret of Island of Jersey in County of Hampshire grants power of attorney to Capt. Wm. Craford of Albemarle Co., in Province of Carolina. Witnessed by John Speire, J.H. Gregorie, John Harvey, Thomas Harvey.
24 Nov 1677. John Harvey testified before Timo. Biggs.
Note by David: William Crafford was also mentioned in the will of Dorothy Harvey (her maiden name was Tooke). Her husband, John Harvey, was Governor of Carolina. It is believed John Harvey was an uncle to Joseph & Matthew Commander. In 1763, Joshua Sugg (father of Abigail who married John Rice, Jr. in 1773) purchased land from Samuel Commander.
From: "Bill Kittrell" < ***@earthlink.net>
Subject: [NC-PCFR] CRAWFORD
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 08:50:08 -0400
Source: Abstract of Norfolk County, Virginia Wills (notes in this abstract indicate most of this will was torn and very few names given. I am giving the names shown).
William Crawford Will of Sept 26, 1699 proved Mar 16, 1699/1700
Walter Cocke and Thomas Cocke mentioned.
Wife: Margaret Crawford
Grandchildren: (not sure if these might be children) William Crawford and Abigail Crawford. It appears they were not 18 at the time of this will.
Servant: Anthony to be sent back to Plymouth and passage paid
Executor: James Cocke, of Plymouth as sole Exec
Other names mentioned: Mr. Matthews, Samuel Baush, Thomas Hodges
Mentions the ship Hope
By Bill R. Linder (deceased), Arlington, Virginia: Dinah Taylor sold 640 acres in Bertie County, North Carolina, to one Joseph Wat[s]ford in 1737. The land was on the "Long Branch of Kellum," adjoining Andrew Stevenson, James Boon[e], and Thomas Mann. A witness was John Joyce, who had been associated with the Richard Taylor family in Norfolk County. This witnessing by John Joyce solidifies the tie between Bertie County and Norfolk County. The question remained - How did Dinah Taylor acquire the land she was selling? No record has yet been found to show that the 640 acres ever belonged to Richard Taylor. Richard Taylor was deceased by 1734 when his estate was administered in Norfolk County. Let's take a look at a few Watford transactions in Bertie County. Watford, by the way, was a Norfolk County family. On 21 Mar 1723, Joseph Watford bought for 6 pounds, 100 acres on Killem Swamp adjoining Andrew Stevenson from James Boon and wife Elizabeth. On the
same day, 21 Mar 1723, Joseph Watford witnessed when James Boon and wife Elizabeth sold for 8 pounds to James Norville, 100 acres on Killem Swamp adjoining Thomas Mann, Andrew Stephenson, and James Boon. On 13 Mar 1724, Joseph Watford bought for 34 pounds, 130 acres on Killem Swamp adjoining Stevenson from Andrew Stevenson. Now, absorb this. About this same time, one Dianah Ballentine appointed Joseph Watford power of attorney. On 24 Jan 1723/24 "… whereas George Ballentine dyed the twenty-first day this Instant January … leaving me … by will January 14, 1723 … executrix …" I do appoint Joseph Watford to make proof of said will, and have power of atty. to manage estate. Wit: William Cranford, Francis Brown. May Ct. 1724. John Sutton D. C/C. (Note by David: Dinah Taylor died in Norfolk Co., VA after 1750 – am looking at her as a possibility for mother of Joshua Sugg and his brothers as their “legal” names were changed from
Taylor to Sugg at the request of Moses Sugg to the North Carolina Legislature in 1784)