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David Crawford

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia Colony
Death: August 4, 1766 (69)
Amherst County, Province of Virginia (an epidemic of some kind that swept through Virginia in 1766)
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. David Crawford and Elizabeth Crawford
Husband of Ann Crawford
Father of Susannah Barnett; John Crawford; Capt. David Crawford; Joel Crawford; Capt. Charles Crawford and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Martin; John Crawford; James Crawford; Mary Rhodes; Judith Terry and 8 others

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff then, Sheriff and also a County Clerk
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About David Crawford

The Crawfords at Tusculum

Tusculum is the original home of the Crawford family in Amherst county and one of the oldest and most architecturally significant dwellings in the Virginia Piedmont. Built in the 1750's, it features a timber-frame construction and two wings connected by an innovative breezeway.

Tusculum was built in two stages: the initial house was built around 1760 for David Crawford II and a large addition completed around 1805. William Sydney Crawford inherited the house and property from his grandfather sometime after 1762. He had been educated at Princeton, practiced law, and was the clerk of the Amherst County Courts, working out of the "master's office" on the Tusculum grounds.

Tusculum was the birthplace of William Harris Crawford in 1772 and the childhood home of Maria Crawford. She was the wife of Elijah Fletcher and mother of Indiana Fletcher Williams, the founder of Sweet Briar College.

Tusculum The History of a House:

David, III was the son of Capt. David Crawford II and Elizabeth Smith. David III married Anne Anderson daughter of John Anderson and Sarah Waddy, probably in Hanover County, Virginia in 1727/28. They moved to Albemarle County, Virginia in 1750/52. The part they moved to became Amherst County in 1761. And later in 1807, that same part became Nelson County. David brought his elderly parents with him. He built a large house and called it Tusculum Plantation. The deed for 400 acres of land was purchased by David, Jr.(III), in 1752 from Landon Hughes. David served as a Deputy Sheriff then, Sheriff and also a County Clerk.

David died from an epidemic of some kind that swept through Virginia in 1766. He wrote his Will and signed it on June 21, 1766. The Will was probated on August 4, 1766(Book 1., pp 76-80, Amherst County, VA). Sons, John, David and Joel were his executors. Wife, Anne wrote her Will on August 28, 1802 and it was probated on July 18, 1803. Her Estate Executors were Nelson Anderson and Nathan Crawford who signed a bond on the administration of her estate. Anne was around 95 years of age. Daughters of the American Revolution say Anne gave "Patriotic Service" during the Revolutionary War. She furnished supplies of food.

The Tusculum Plantation house was inherited by David's grandson, William Sidney Crawford (son of Capt. David, IV & Lucy Henderson). At William's death, he left the house to his daughter, Maria Antoinette Crawford who married Elijah Fletcher. Elijah and Maria built another plantation and named it Sweet Briar. Elijah and Maria gave Tusculum to son, Sidney Fletcher in 1849. At his death in 1898, he left Tusculum Plantation to a cousin, John Jay Williams. Tusculum stayed in the Williams family until 1987 when it was sold to Dr. Clarence "Bud" Edwards. It was later bought by Sweet Briar College.


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David Crawford's Timeline

June 9, 1697
Hanover County, Virginia Colony
February 1, 1729
Age 31
Province of Virginia
February 14, 1731
Age 33
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
February 2, 1734
Age 36
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
October 15, 1736
Age 39
Hanover County, Virginia
December 23, 1738
Age 41
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
September 26, 1740
Age 43
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
August 8, 1742
Age 45
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
October 16, 1744
Age 47
Hanover County, Province of Virginia