William Crabtree, III

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William Crabtree, III

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Kingsville, Baltimore, Maryland
Death: March 5, 1777 (50)
Saltville, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Saltville, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Crabtree II and Mary Crabtree
Husband of Hannah Lyon Crabtree
Father of Capt. William Crabtree, IV; Abraham Crabtree; Mary Ruth Edwards; Isaac Crabtree; Capt. James Crabtree and 12 others
Brother of Elizabeth Poteet; Mary Virginia Pyke; John C. Crabtree, II; Thomas Crabtree, II and Elizabeth Billingsley

Occupation: Farmer and woodsman, long hunter, FARMER, Father of 12 children, Farmer, road overseer, appraiser of estate, Jury man,
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About William Crabtree, III

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A027142
  • Birth: 12-22-1726 BALTIMORE CO MARYLAND
  • 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FUTURE APPLICANTS MUST PROVE CORRECT SERVICE (The proof of service used to establish this person as a patriot is no longer valid.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 Crabtree, III's Timeline

December 22, 1726
Kingsville, Baltimore, Maryland
April 1747
Age 20
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
June 6, 1750
Age 23
Kingsville, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Age 25
Bedford County, Virginia, United States
August 21, 1757
Age 30
Deer Creek, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
February 20, 1762
Age 35
New London, Caroline County, Virginia, United States
February 20, 1762
Age 35
Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Age 36
Virginia, United States
Age 37
Baltimore, Maryland, United States