- Born: 9 Mar 1772, Culpepper County, VA
- Marriage: Margaret Brown 8 Dec 1801, Clark County, Kentucky
- Died: 27 Mar 1866, Breathitt County, KY, at age 94
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BIO:~UCopied from Crawford Family Genealogy Page~u
Archibald Crawford, born March 9, 1772 in Culpeper Co. VA., was first
found in Upper Howard Creek, Clark Co. KY in 1796. He was also on a
reconstructed 1800 census schedule compiled from lists of taxpayers
for the state of Kentucky in Clark County. Also shown living in Clark
Co. was Austin Crawford, and Valentine Crawford. Archibald married
Margaret (Peggy) Brown Dec. 8, 1801 in Clark Co. KY, Margaret was born
January 6, 1789. In 1820 he was shown in the Estill Co. KY census with
four males, five females and five slaves. Archibald built a home near
the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River. In 1850 Breathitt Co KY
Archibald at the age of 78 years old is shown as a widow. In his
household there are children who probably are his grandchildren. They
are Anderson, Abner, and Margaret Bowman, and Evilin and Nancy Spicer.
Living several households down is Samuel and Rachel Plummer with
daughter, America, age 5 months old. America (Annie) Plummer grew up
and married James S. Crawford. James was the grandson of Archibald
Crawford. In the 1860 Breathitt Co. KY census Archibald was living
with his son, Clabourn Crawford. Archibald died March 27, 1866 in
Breathit Co. KY. In 1870 Lee Co. was form out of Breathitt, Owsly,
Estill, and Wolf Counties and in the 1870 census this Crawford family
was found living in Lee Co. KY.
From Early Pioneers On The Three Forks Of The Kentucky River, written
by Miles Crawford: Archibald was a tall thin man nearly 6 and a half
foot tall. He wore homespun woolen jeans and linen shirts all year
round. In his younger days he wore a long red beard and handlebar
moustache. He carried a long scar on his right cheek and neck from an
arrow he received when he was shot by they Wyondott Indians in the
Battle of Tippecanoe with the Shawnee and Wyondott Indians in 1811
near the city of Lafayette, Indiana. Archibald continued to serve with
General Harrison in the Northwest Territory and was at the Battle of
the Thames in Oct. 1813. He was mustered out in February 1814, and
returned to Millers Creek, Estill Co.
Archibald came came from Clark County to the mouth of Bear Creek about
1812. He built a long two room log house and raised thirteen children.
He brought thirty slaves with him. Archibald had been in the War of
1812 as a Sergant in the Cavlry and was granted 20,000 arcres
landbounty warrant. One ancestor said he had so much land that he
"didn't know where the boundries were." It is know from tax lists and
old deeds that the boundries were all the land between the waters of
Bear Creek, Upper and Lower Twin Creek. The 1800-1840 Estill and
Breathitt Co. Tax lists 20,000 acres of timber land. Most of the land
was ingerited by his thirtenn children and heirs down through the
generations. Some has been sold to other people, descendants of
Archibald's original slaves still live on part of the original tract.
They took the name of Crawford and retain it to the present.
Archibald was a shoe cobbler of sorts, he made shoes from hides he had
tanned and put the soles on with dogwood pegs. About everwhere he
traveled he always took along his two Jameson(large Kerr type hunting
dog)dogs. At age 78 years, Archibald decide he wanted his funeral
preached while he was still living, word spread for several miles
around about the event. He invited all that could get into the family
room of the house, he pulled a coffin made from black walnut whipsawed
lumber from under a huge four poster bed. The coffin was filled with
seed corn and asked them to plant it in memory of the event. Rev. John
D. Spencer, a hard-shelled baptist, preached the funeral. Archibald
told the crowd that his large four poster bed meant more to him than
anything else. He had handmade the bed as a wedding present for his
young wife in 1801, she was barely 12 years old when they married, and
all of their 13 children were born in that bed and when his time had
come he wanted to die in it. Archibald died 16 years later.
The funeral was attended by James Green Trimble who wrote an account
of the event and published in the book, "Remembrances Of Breathitt
County" published by The Jackson Times, Jackson, Breathitt County,
Noted events in his life were:
• MARR, 8 Dec 1801, Clark County, Kentucky.
Archibald married Margaret Brown on 8 Dec 1801 in Clark County, Kentucky. (Margaret Brown was born on 6 Jan 1787 in Penniylvania and died about 1848.)