Samuel Crawford
Father: Nathan Crawford [R506]
Mother: Jean Crawford [R506]
Born: 9/15/1785
Died: 12/5/1845


The following old deed, once held by W. B. Wood [S026], records a sale of land in Indiana to Samuel Crawford in 1818. However there is considerable evidence for Samuel’s presence in Bath County Va. after 1818, so it is unclear whether or during what periods he actually lived in Indiana.

“This Indenture made the 2nd day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, Betwixt Henry Bryan and Jane his Wife of the one part, and Samuel Crawford of the Other part- Both of Wayne County and State of Indiana, Witnesseth that-- Henry Bryan and Jane his Wife for and the Consideration of the sum of Nine Hundred and Sixty dollars to them in hand paid by Samuel Crawford the Receipt of which is hereby Acknowledged- hath Bargained Sold and by these presents do sell make over all right Claim property unto Samuel Crawford of a Certain tract of Land, being the North West quarter or lot of Section 8 [?] thirty six in Townsh. Sixteen Range thirteen east of the Second Principal Meridian to have and to hold the Above described premises with all the Appurtenances thereunto belonging, from us our heirs or-- assigns or any person Claiming the Whole or any part thereof also doth Relinquish all Right of dower or Interest in the above premise Sold- unto the use benefit and Behalf of-- Samuel Crawford his heirs & Assigns for ever WE will Warrant and truly defend Witness our hands and- Seals the date first Writen---

Signed Seald in presesence | Henry Bryan SS
of & deliverd [John Janes] | Jane Bryan SS
William Crawford              |
State of Indiana                  | This day personally Came before me--
Wayne County                | John Janes a Justice of the peas for Said
    County                      Henry Bryan and his Wife Jane She being
    Examined Separately by and apart from her husband--
    Acknowledgeth the above assignment to be her own--
    Voluntary act and for the purposes theirin Contained
This the 2 day of January 1818
John Janes J Peace”

Wayne County is on the eastern border of Indiana, far from Crawfordsville, which is west of Indianapolis.

A day book kept by Samuel Crawford [S009] records some transactions on 11/5/1819 with William Sitlington [see R521] in Bath County. The 1820 census reports a Samuel Crawford between 26 and 44 with, apparently, two slaves. In 1821 the day book records additional transactions with William Sitlington and Adam Porter in Bath County. In 1825 a transaction with an Elisha B. Williams (?) is reported, then presumably about that time Samuel wrote “William Crawford in the Indiana has my deed for my land there. The receipt for the patton is in my pocket book. I have never took it out of the Recievers office in Cincinatia. I have a box of tools and a trunk at Leonard Mousers on the Kanhawa.”

Samuel Crawford was a communicant of the Windy Cove Church in 1833 [S048]; beginning in that year he was also an Elder. At that time he must have been living in the house shown in Fig. R500b. According to [S043] the house was built about 1825, so Samuel may have built it.
On 10/29/1845 Samuel Crawford signed a will in Bath County (WB5-133, [S047]) in which he left his land in that County to his nephews William, David, and Samuel Burger ([R500], [R517], and [R450], respectively), and Samuel Cleek (son of his sister Elizabeth). He left personal property and sums of money to brothers and sisters, and to nephews and nieces both in Bath County and in Indiana. Unlike the case in other wills of that period, there was no bequeathal of slaves to his relatives. Little more than a month later, he died.