John Crawford (1791 - 1860)

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Place of Burial: Van Buren, IO, United States
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Birthplace: Raloo, Antrim, Ireland
Death: Died in Van Buren, IA, United States
Managed by: John Shannon Frame
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About John Crawford

Sources: Will of John Crawford, Van Buren County Courthouse, Keosaqua, Iowa

Gravestone of John and Rebecca Crawford, Winchester Cemetery, near

Biurmingham, Iowa

Estate of Mary Siddorn, Van Buren County, Iowa Probatge Record

Volume U pp 384-5 (This record proves which children were by

each marriage, as Mary Siddorn died intestate with no surviving

husband or children, so her full siblings were the heirs and the

half siblings were excluded)

1820 Census, Guernsey County, Ohio page 183

1830 Census, Guernsey County, Ohio page 458

1840 Census, Guernsey County, Ohio page 361

1850 Census, Van Buren County, Iowa page 350

1856 Special Census, Van Buren County, Iowa page 270

1860 Census, Van Buren County, Iowa page 359

"The Descendents of Matthew Crawford of Raloo, County

Antrim, Ireland"

by Stewart Baldwin

Auburn, Alabama

"The Ancestry of the Irish-American Thoburns"

by C. Stanley Thoburn

Allen Family Bible (with birth record of Rebecca Stull, from]

photocopy, current owner unknown)

Letter from Adron T. Moore to Mrs. H. R. Proudfoot, 11 Nov 1927

Letter from Jennie Stewart Martin to Adron T. Moore, 13 Dec 1926

Letter from Eliza Thoburn Mills to Adron T. Moore, 13 Dec 1926.

"The History of Nancy Boyd"

(Notes: #1 Several accounts give the name of his wife as Rebecca

Robinson. This is due to confusion on the part of some descen-

dents who were unaware that he was married twice. The knowledge

that his first wife was a Miss Robinson (first name still unknown)

was combined with the first name of his second wife Rebecca Stull

(whose maiden name seems to have been unknown to descendents),

giving the often repeated account that John Crawford married

Rebecca Robinson. The way in which this error occurred can be

traced in letters written by family members. On 13 Dec 1926

Mrs. Jennie (Stewart) Martin of Cincinnati, Ohio, a granddaughter

of Nancy (Crawford) Baird (daughter of John Crawford) wrote a

letter to Mr. Adron Moore, grandson of Rebecca (Crawford) Moore

(also a daughter of John Crawford), in which she stated that John

Crawford was married to a Miss Robinson. A year later, Adron

Moore and several other relatives traveled to Winchester Cemetery

in Van Buren County, Iowa, and saw the graves of John Crawford

and his wife, Rebecca. It was at this time that the incorrect

conclusion was apparently made. The maiden name of the second

wife, Rebecca Stull, is very well documented from several inde-

pendent sources. The name Robinson for the maiden name of the

first wife is in the above letter, and is confirmed indirectly

by the middle name of the youngest daughter, Ann Robinson Craw-

ford, and the frequent use of Robinson as a name among descen-

dents. Nothing is known for sure about the Robinson Family into

which John Crawford married, but there are some intriguing clues.

John Stull and Francis Baldwin Allen (brother and half-brother

respectively of Rebecca (Stull) Crawford) both married women

named Robinson. In the 1830 Census John Crawford was listed

adjacent to a James Robison and a Henry Robeson and his will in

Van Buren County, Iowa was signed by two James Robinsons (Sr. and

Jr.) "The History of Nancy Boyd" gives the name of a possible

earlier wife, Jane Hunter, who have had to be the first wife, if

she existed.

  1. 2 John Crawford appears in the 1830 Census as

apparently widowed at the time.

  1. 3 "The History of Nancy Boyd" says John Crawford went

from Ireland to South Carolina, but if that is true, he was not

there long, as his daughter Mary was born in Belmont County, Ohio.

One account gives another son, John, said to have been still alive

in 1860, but this account appears to be unreliable.

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John Crawford's Timeline

1791
December 5, 1791
Raloo, Antrim, Ireland
1815
1815
Age 23
1823
June 28, 1823
Age 31
Guernsey, OH, United States
1860
September 11, 1860
Age 68
Van Buren, IA, United States