Monday, June 12, 2017

Uriah P. Crawford

Uriah P. Crawford is my 3rd grandfather.  He was born November 5, 1806 in South Carolina, USA and died in Talbot County, Georgia on March 12, 1873.  I do not know who his parents are, nor do I know the parents of his wife Caroline M., my 3rd  grandmother.  I do know that Caroline M. was born May 22, 1808 in South Carolina, USA and died in Talbot County, Georgia, USA on November 1, 1869.

To review my pedigree beginning with my father Charlie David Russell, his father John Asa Russell, his father David Robertson Russell and grandmother Martha Elizabeth Crawford and her father Uriah P. Crawford we see our connection to the Crawford surname. 

The earliest record I have of the Uriah Crawford family is found in the 1830 federal census from Youngs Valley, Talbot, County, Georgia where he lists himself his wife and one slave. From this, we can conclude that Uriah or Caroline has undoubtedly received a monetary gift or inheritance in order to be able to afford the luxury of owning a slave.  It does seem they were living on their own as Uriah is head of the household. 

Looking at current records, I can not determine if they owned land but I can determine that they had no living children in 1830.  I also can not find a marriage certificate or a bond agreement between Uriah and Caroline but think that they probably married around 1825 or 1830 since they had no living children when the census of 1830 was taken.  In 1825 Uriah would have been 19 and Caroline 17.  This seems to be a good guess.  One other thing I found interesting while looking at the 1830 census are the neighbors listed on the same page.  There I found the Bauldy Melton family. Baldwin Melton was born in 1807 in North Carolina and is my 3rd great grandfather being married to my 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth Parker.  Also, in this same census, I saw familiar names of Willis, Smith, Robertson, Adams, and Garrett, Lawson, and Walker.  Some of these familiar surnames come from my mother's side of the family and some from my father's side as is this Uriah Crawford family.  Compounding the difficulty I am having researching the Uriah Crawford family is the fact that I also have Crawford's on my mother's side.  I know they are there but have not documented the connecting links as of this date.  This fact has made researching using DNA difficult, to say the least. 

Moving on ten years to the federal census of 1840 I can see that Caroline and Uriah have increased their family.  They now show they have two sons and three daughters plus the one slave.  It is conflicting to note that they list one son as being 15 or older so this might not be a son, but rather another family member.  Or, an error may have been made in this census or the one in 1830.  Future census records may give other clues.