The Crawford Family
James Crawford, the son of James1 and Elizabeth (Campbell) Crawford of Scotland, was born 13 Sep 1733 in Union, Tolland Co., CT and died 1 Jan 1807, 73 yrs. He married Grace Carpenter on 8 Sep 1755 in Union CT.
The Crawfords are said to be of Scottish descent and to have come to this country from Londonderry, Ireland about 1730. James resided in Union CT and removed to the south part of Westminster West VT in 1769 and to Putney in 1799. He lived on the land owned by William Braley in 1870. James was listed on the 1771 and 1791 censuses of Westminster. James was a Minute Man and a Corporal for Vermont during the American Revolution. Rev. Alfred Stevens gives the following account in his History of Westminster West:
He was a soldier in the Revolution, evidently a resolute, determined man, and true patriot. The news of the battle of Lexington reached him at sundown. He started the next morning before sunrise to join the army, leaving his son, Theophilus, but 9 years of age, with his mother, to clear the burnt field and get in the grain. He obtained a furlough of a few weeks in autumn to gather the harvest. This done, he left again for the army, leaving the mother and son alone for the winter of 1776.
The son, when nearly 90 years of age, said, "I chopped the wood and drove the steers. Mother helped load, and we kept warm." Noble mother and boy. Their names shall never died, nor their deeds be untold.
Crawford References: DAR; Putney VT; Bertha Miller Collins; Stevens, 638; People of Putney.
Theophilus Crawford, the son of James2 and Grace (Carpenter) Crawford, was born 25 Apr 1764 in Union, Tolland Co., CT and died 10 Jan 1856, 92 yrs in Putney, Windham Co, VT. He married Anna/Annie/Annis Johnson in 1788 (BMC). Annis, the daughter of Isaac Johnson of Walpole, was born ca1767 and died 20 May 1851, 84 yrs in Putney.
Theophilus moved to Westminster West VT with his parents in 1769. Bertha Collins says that he "settled in Westminster on the cross road from Elijah Ranney's, over the hill to Jabez Perry's, not far from the Putney line west." He move to Putney in 1799, where he purchased 217 acres of land from the original settler, Amos Haile, and there built a brick house in 1803 [1808?]. The bricks for the house were hauled from Cambridge [Mass.?] by ox teams. Phillip B. Chase, Putney Town Representative and head of Hickory Ridge School lived there in 1953. Currently this lovely old house is a Bed & Breakfast called the Hickory Ridge House. Theophilus was a Town Representative for many years and a senator for the County Court. He was also a member of the Governor's Council, High Sheriff of the County and a Justice of the Peace.
The book People of Putney gives an account of Theophilus Crawford.
Theophilus Crawford References: People of Putney; History of Putney; Putney VR; Bertha Miller Collins; Fairbanks.
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