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Elizabeth Becraft (McDaniel)

Birthplace: Frederick County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William McDaniel and (Unknown) McDaniel
Wife of Benjamin Franklin Becraft
Mother of Rebecca Newman (Becraft); Betsy Casseldine; William Becraft; Nancy Fiscus; Ann Evans and 3 others

Managed by: Ben M. Angel
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About Elizabeth Becraft (McDaniel)

From Robert Parkison's page on Elizabeth McDaniel:


ID: I416

Name: Elizabeth MCDANIEL

Given Name: Elizabeth

Surname: McDaniel

Sex: F

Birth: Abt 1763 in Maryland

Death: 1876

Burial: Sandcreek Cemetery, Decatur Co., Indiana

_UID: F889A2A761284712B88431FAD3A682B8C6E8

Change Date: 25 Jan 2010 at 09:22

Marriage 1 Benjamin BECRAFT b: 1733

Change Date: 25 Jan 2010


1. Nancy BECRAFT b: Abt 1791 in Kentucky

2. Rebecca BECRAFT b: 1793 in Kentucky

3. William BECRAFT b: 12 Oct 1795 in Mt. Sterling, , Montgomery, Kentucky

4. Ann BECRAFT b: 1800 in Montgomery County, Kentucky

5. Polly Mary BECRAFT b: Abt 1804 in Montgomery County, Kentucky

6. Margaret "Peggy" BECRAFT b: 1806 in Bath County, Kentucky

7. Benjamin BECRAFT

8. Betsy BECRAFT

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Elizabeth Becraft (McDaniel)'s Timeline

Frederick County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Age 28
Maryland, United States
Age 30
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 31
October 12, 1795
Age 32
Mt Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 35
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 37
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 41
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 43
Bath County, Kentucky, United States
Age 58
Washington Township, Decatur County, IN, USA

"(Burrell Jackson) came to the wilds of Decatur County in 1821 in company with the family of his wife's parents (Becraft) and all made a permanent settlement in Washington township. Later he bought land on section 35, township 10, range 9, and farmed until his death in 1869." Source: Jackson Family History, Greensburg Public Library, Greensburg, IN

Ben notes: Coming from Bath County in Kentucky, this represents a distance of about 140 miles, or a week's journey at 20 miles a day. It's also worth noting that Washington Township (formed on May 14, 1822) originally included the territories of both Sand Creek and Marion townships. Therefore, the "move" from Washington Township to Marion Township may not have been a migration at all, but rather simply the formation of a new township, first as part of Sand Creek Township on May 2, 1825, and then as Marion Township on May 3, 1831. To date, the Section-Township-Range of the supposed first land grant location has not been identified.

According to the History of Decatur County
,,,at the time when Burrell arrived around 1820, Indiana (which had its first wave of migrants already) the state population reached a total of 147,178 people, up from 24,520 the decade before. On October 6, 1818, the U.S. Government signed with the Miami and Delaware tribes the Treaty of St. Mary's, which opened all lands in southern and central Indiana to settlers up to the Wabash River ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_St._Mary's ). As a result, the Federal government sent out surveyors into Decatur County in 1820, and by October, had a land office organized for the area at Brookville (25 miles east of present Greensburg in neighboring Franklin County, taking place about a month after the last of the tribes had vacated the region).

The first lands given out in Decatur County went to John Shellhorn on October 3, 1820, who selected lands that he thought would eventually become the county seat between the Big and Little Flatrock rivers. When the Indiana legislature selected boundaries that placed Shellhorn's claim in a remote corner of Decatur County, his dream of building Rockville came to an end, and he died shortly after.

Meanwhile, the Fugits were first to arrive in Decatur County in the 1820-21 rush. Others who arrived in Washington Township around the same time as Burrell and the Becrafts were: John Davis, John Moore, John Walker, Benjamin Walker, Alvah H. Graves, Joseph Rutherford, Hugh Montgomery, Henry Montgomery, Andrew Horsely, Elijah Tremain, Samuel Logan, Erastus Lathrop, James Richardson, David Williamson, John House, J. P. Richardson, Otha White, Eli Eggleston, Philip Dayton, John Nelson, David Dalrymple, Charles D. Misner, William Hendrickson, Samuel Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Nathaniel Patton, James E. Hamilton, John Logan, William Elder, William Floyd. Robert Retherford, Joseph Retherford, James Sefton, Barlow Aldrich and Zachariah Townsend. (Those who arrived the autumn before,around the same time as the Fugits, included: Benjamin Drake, William Ross, Joshua Cobb, John Marrs, Thomas Hendricks, James Wooley, James Elder, Robert Elder, Andrew Elder, Adam R. Meek, Joseph Pryor, Allen Pryor and William Parks.)