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Major Charles Cracraft

Birthplace: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Craycraft and Nancy Ann Craycraft
Husband of Eleanor Cracraft
Father of Martha Atkinson Post; Joseph Cracraft; Elizabeth Chase; Margaret Marshall and William Atkinson Cracraft
Brother of Joseph Craycraft; Thomas Cracraft; Bladen Cracraft; Nancy Cracraft; Andrew Cracraft and 6 others

Occupation: Major in Continental Army
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About Major Charles Cracraft

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA - PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of MAJOR. DAR Ancestor # A027143

Dr. Charles Cracraft,one of the sons of Joseph Cracraft, located on Ten Mile creek,Washington county an early date before the Revolutionary .

He married Miss Ellen Atkinson,daughter of George Atkinson ,who then lived in what was called Atlinson's Fort or Blockhouse on Ten mile creek,two miles south of Dickinson's fort or blockhouse.The Atkinson's,Craycraft's,Dickinson's,Sheridan's,Luca s ' and a few other families,constituted a little colony about equi-distant between the forts,where Sheridan's was killed and scalped by Indians,who were pursued to the forks of the creek,now called Elm Grove,Ohio County,West Virginia,where the tr ai l was lost .

Colonel Stokely ,whose son Samuel was congressman from Steubenville,and Colonel Laughridge,were going to reinforce St. Clair on the Miami. Laughridge encamped, waiting for Stokely and his troops were surprised by Indians,and he with many of hi s me n were massacred.The next day ,Colonel Stokely arrived,and not knowing of Laughridges defeat ,was surprised and also defeated.He and Dr. Charles Craycraft were taken prisoners and carried to Detroit,thence to Montreal and Quebec and given ov e r to the British. After an absence of twenty-two months,they returned home to their families in Washington County,Pennsyvania where they lived and died about the same time in 1824 within six miles of each other.

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Major Charles Cracraft's Timeline

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
November 7, 1776
Age 30
Finley Twp., Washington, PA, USA
October 19, 1783
Age 37
Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
December 31, 1786
Age 40
Washington County, PA
March 10, 1824
Age 78
Washington, Pennsylvania, United States