Joseph Craycraft (Cracraft) (1706 - 1781) MP

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Place of Burial: West Virginia, United States
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Charles County, Maryland, United States
Managed by: David Prins
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About Joseph Craycraft (Cracraft)

He came to America between 1720-1732, possibly with parents

Joseph Cracraft who purchased from the province of Maryland March 17,1755 50 acres of land which he names "Prospect" which he later sold to a Josiah Harper Aug,21,1761...it is described as being on the North side of the South Mountains,near th e mo uth of the Shenandoah river..

The Maryland Gazette reports in this same time frame that Joseph Cracraft had a stray horse at his plantation....

Between 1741-1742, a relative visiting from Lincolnshire, England visited them in Pa. On the return trip home on the steamship President sunk all was lost. See copy of article.

The following is a transcribed from Batholomew's Gazetteer of British Isles,1887

Lincolnshire,maritime country in East of England,bounded North by Yorkshire,from which it is separated by the Humber; East by the North Sea;South by Northamptonshire,Cambridgeshire,and Norfolf;and west by Nottinghamshire,Leicestershire,and Rutlan d .

Lincolnshire is the second largest country in England. For a very long time it has been divided into 3 parts-namely ,the Parts of Lindsey,the Parts of Kesteveen,and the parts of Holland.Generally speaking the land is flat and low,especiall y on th e coast,which in some parts require an embankment to check the enroachments of the sea. The Wolds,or Chalk Hills,in the Northeast,are about 47 miles and 6 miles broad. The country town is Lincoln,famous for its magnificent cathedral,whic h rank s as one of the most awe inspiring in the world.

The name Lincoln derives from the Roman occupation of Britain,where the settement was the colonia or colony of the Lin or pool. The pool referred to is the one formed by the river Witham-which was much larger in Roman times than is now.

Capt. Moses Chapline's Militia Company

French and Indian War (7 Years War)

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Sharon Banzhoff.

shabanz@intrepid.net

From the compilation "Twigg Family Research Pertaining to the Life and Times of Robert & Hannah Twigg" by Jerry B. Twigg, copyright 1996 the following: "Joseph was the older of the two Chapline brothers by ten years, born in 1707. In 174 4 he wa s a surveyor to the Proprietary and in 1748 became a Justice to the first court of Frederick County. In 1755 he formed the first company of militia in Antietam Hundred to protect the frontier against Indian raids during the French and Ind ian Wars . When the company was formed, Moses served as his lieutenant but as hostilities grew, demand grew for more men under arms and Moses left to form his own company. It was in this company, which covered the northern half of Antietam Hundr ed, tha t we find Robert Twigg. In earlier years, Moses had been a surveyor, like his brother, Constable of Antietam hundred in 1748, Deputy Ranger the following year

and raised to Justice of the Frederick Court by 1758. As captain of his own militia company, he was stationed at Fort Frederick in 1757. While not all of the names are known to us, they represent Robert Twigg's neighbors and families that liv e d in the area."

Many of these names are later to be found living in the area of present-day

Allegany Co. MD.

Capt. Moses Chapline's Militia Company

French and Indian War (7 Years War)

Botley, Henry (Lt) McIntire, John (Sgt)

Swearingin, John (Ens) Thompkins, Thomas (Cpl)

Kennett, Joseph (Sgt) Powell, John (Cpl)

Nichols, John (Sgt) Johnson, Thomas (Cpl)

Bowell, William Wolfe, Simon

Casteel, John Peck, Jacob

George, John Phillips, Nicholas

Ingrim, John Hoover, Joe

Kelley, Daniel Hoover, John

Ricketts, Edward Robinett, Nathan

Moore, Daniel Mills, Levy

Vandeveer, John Key, John

Pairpoint, John Anderson, William

Horn, John Aldrich, Nicholas

Smith, Thomas Johnson, John

Smith, John Craycroft, Joseph

Marshall, John Shirley, William

Bennett, Joseph Mayhon, Anthony

Barrickman, Peter Badams, John

Friend, Andrew House, George

Bean, John Booth, John

Bean, John (2) Walker, Charles

Robinett, George Burrill, Richard

Wilson, James Munford, William

Wilson, Adam Walker, John

Lyon, Martin Wiggins, Philip

Casteel, Peter Fisher, Jacob

Robinett, Enoc Banks, John

Casteel, Zachariah Hoover, Jacob

Donaldson, John Friend, John

Forster, Obediah Moore, George

Hooser, John Twigg, Robert

Fisher, Jacob Davis, Hanover

Brown, William Wolleson, Cornelius

Deane, Richard Bowers, Michael

Macklefish, Richard Clark, Mathew

Roberts, John Pain, Thomas

Avey, Joseph Avey, John

Lucas, Robinson Avey, Jacob

Lane, Thomas Swim, William

Keedee, Henry Wiggins, Thomas

Cline, Jacob Shirley, John

Note: All able bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to

serve in the militia. Above roster is undated but believed to be circa 1757.

Discharge was delayed as much as 10 years over pay dispute with England.

Joseph Craycroft and William Bowell's lived in the area around Antietam Creek which is now washington Co,Md.....that both Joseph and William are listed in the book "Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774 by Murtie June Clark...that Josep h an d William had spent time in the central part of Washington Co,Md near Antietam Creek and Fort Frederick...

Joseph Craycroft is in the 1756-1757 debt book as owning a tract of land called Prospect which was 50 acres but no ref to William Bowell's

That three Craycroft appear in the book " Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War" by S. Eugene Clements and F. Edward Wright. they were enlisted in the militia in 1777 in Charles Co,Md. They were: Clem. Craycroft,Capt Yates's Co,12th Battn. , Th os Craycraft ,Capt Thos Marshall's Co 26th Battn. and Nicholas Craycraft ,Capt Sinnett's Co.26th Battn .

David Nidy of Berkeley Co., assignee of William Bailey, 215 acres on Great Cacapehon in Hampshire Co. - Survey, Richard Rigg, adjoining Abraham Lerue, Joseph Crecraft, Sr.,David Nidy, (in 1780) assignee of William Bailey of Berkeley for whom surv d , forfeited from Joseph Cracraft, Sr; Oct 1777 - 29 Apr 1779, 215 a. Gt. Cacapehon, warrant to Joseph Cracraft, senr and Abram Lerue. cc - John Morgan and Thomas Conway. Surv Richard Rigg."

Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Land Grants Vol III

Warrants and Surveys 1697-1784 -------------------- JOSEPH CRAYCRAFT, the patriarch of this branch of Craycrafts, was who was born in England, probably Lincolnshire. He emigrated to America in about 1720, perhaps with relatives at that tender age. He married an Ann Stanley or Stanton about 1735, possibly in Delaware, at the time considered part of Pennsylvania. They had six children. They lived first in Prince George Co., Maryland, where the first two children were born, then moved west to the Upper Potomac area, settling in Hampshire Co., Virginia. At least one child was born there. They later moved close by to Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and perhaps other locations in the area. He died about 1761. -------------------- JOSEPH CRAYCRAFT, the patriarch of this branch of Craycrafts, was who was born in England, probably Lincolnshire. He emigrated to America in about 1720, perhaps with relatives at that tender age. He married an Ann Stanley or Stanton about 1735, possibly in Delaware, at the time considered part of Pennsylvania. They had six children. They lived first in Prince George Co., Maryland, where the first two children were born, then moved west to the Upper Potomac area, settling in Hampshire Co., Virginia. At least one child was born there. They later moved close by to Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and perhaps other locations in the area. He died about 1761.

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Joseph Craycraft's Timeline

1706
1706
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
1738
1738
Age 32
Prince George, Maryland
1742
1742
Age 36
Hampshire Co, Virginia
1746
1746
Age 40
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
1747
1747
Age 41
Virginia, USA
1750
1750
Age 44
Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, United States
1781
1781
Age 75
Charles County, Maryland, United States
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