William W. Crabtree, III (1726 - 1777)

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Birthplace: Kingsville, Baltimore, Maryland
Death: Died in Saltville, Washington, Virginia, USA
Occupation: Farmer and woodsman, long hunter, FARMER, Father of 12 children
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About William W. Crabtree, III

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A027142
  • Birth: 12-22-1726 BALTIMORE CO MARYLAND
  • Death: (ANTE) 4- -1777 WASHINGTON CO VIRGINIA
  • Notice: FUTURE APPLICANTS MUST PROVE CORRECT SERVICE (The proof of service used to establish this person as a patriot is no longer valid. Subsequent evaluation of the proof of service may have determined that the proof is not acceptable under today’s standards. SERVICE Claimed BELONGS TO WM CRABTREE,JR. )

Notes for William Crabtree III:

      WILLIAM CRABTREE III, like his forebearers, was a successful farmer, but land was getting scarce in Baltimore County. The flood of settlers into the area had boosted land prices and it made it difficult to obtain new lands on which to grow the necessary food to feed a growing family. William needed more land and land that he could afford. During the mid 1700's, reports were reaching Baltimore County of a vast fertile valley to the Southeast, where good farm land was available for the asking. this area was the upper Shenandoah Valley and the various vallies that comprise the Great Valley of Virginia. So, after his father's death, in about the year 1758, William moved his family southward through the Shenandoah Valley to Bedford County, Virginia, (the area he settled is just east of present day Roanoke). This area was then the Western frontier on the Virginia colony. As did his neighbors, William served in the Bedford County Militia to protect the community from Indian attacks which were prevalent during the French and Indian war.
      WILLIAM CRABTREE III prospered in Bedford County, his family grew larger and he was able to obtain a considerable amount of land from the government. In July of 1768, he received a land grant of 378 acres in Bedford County on Cub Branch, a west branch of Gills Creek. He also obtained 222 acres on Maggotty Creek in Bedford County.
      By the late 1760's, the area where he lived in Bedford County was becoming thickly settled. He sons were coming of age and they wanted farms of their own. Once again the Crabtree family was in need of good, low cost, farm land. This meant moving further West, following the frontier. Sometime between the years 1768 and 1772, William moved his family from Bedford County to Washington County, Virginia (the area he settled in is near Saltville, in the present day Smyth County, Virginia). The area near Saltville was at that time known as Big Buffalo Lick. the salt lick located there was an attraction for all types of game, especially elk, deer, bear, and buffalo. This meant excellent hunting for the settlers. There was also plenty of good farm land in the area available for the taking. Also, the salt from the lick was used as a preservative, an essential commodity to the pioneers.
      So, it was there, in Saltville, that William Crabtree spent his last days. He was a well-known farmer and woodsman. He had hundreds of acres of land on which he raised cattle, sheep, and a variety of crops. He raised a large family, with four of his sons taking a very active part in the American Revolution.

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William W. Crabtree, III's Timeline

1726
December 22, 1726
Kingsville, Baltimore, Maryland
1745
May 27, 1745
Age 18
St. John's Church,Baltimore,Maryland
1746
May 27, 1746
Age 19
Washington, Rappahannock, Virginia, United States
May 27, 1746
Age 19
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1747
April 1747
Age 20
Baltimore,Maryland
1748
1748
Age 21
1750
June 6, 1750
Age 23
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
1751
1751
Age 24
1752
1752
Age 25
Bedford, Virginia, USA
1752
Age 25
VA, USA