William R. Crawford

Brief Life History of William R.

When William R. Crawford was born on 25 May 1810, in Scotts Creek, Jackson, North Carolina, United States, his father, Samuel Monroe Crawford, was 42 and his mother, Mary Briscoe, was 41. He married Olive Virginia Hemphill in 1832, in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Haywood, North Carolina, United States in 1850. He died on 27 November 1879, in Jackson, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Crawford Cemetery, Sylva, Jackson, North Carolina, United States.

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William R. Crawford
Olive Virginia Hemphill
Marriage: 1832
Mary Emaline Crawford
Robert Patton Crawford
Andrew Jackson Crawford
William Chastain Crawford
Martin W. Crawford
Phillip J Crawford
Sarah M Crawford
Violet Elizabeth Crawford
Olive Mariah Crawford
George W Crawford
Varina Carletta Crawford

Sources (9)

  • W R Crawford, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William R. Crawford, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Billie Crawford in entry for Violet Sutton, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name from any of various places called Crawford, primarily the one in Lanarkshire (Scotland), and possibly also from the one in Lancashire. Both are named in Old English with crāwe ‘crow’ + ford ‘ford’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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