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Ancestors of Dorothy Crabtree


Generation No. 7


       64. William Crabtree III, born December 22, 1726 in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States; died February 1777 in Smyth County, Virginia, United States. He was the son of 128. William Crabtree II and 129. Mary Pyke. He married 65. Hannah Whitaker May 27, 1746 in St. John's Paris, Joppa, Baltimore Co., MD.
       65. Hannah Whitaker, born March 17, 1729 in St. John's Paris, Joppa, Baltimore Co., MD; died Aft. 1786 in Saltville, Washington, Virginia, USA. She was the daughter of 130. Abraham Whitaker and 131. Ann Poteet.

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.

       Children of William Crabtree and Hannah Whitaker are:

i.   William Crabtree, born 1748 in Baltimore County, Maryland; died 1818 in Tazwell County, Virginia, United States; married (1) Hannah Lyons; married (2) Catherine Starnes Aft. January 01, 1777.

 
Notes for William Crabtree:
WILLIAM CRABTREE IV, was active as an officer in the Washington County Militia during the Revolutionary War. He manned the various garrisons and forts along the Holston and Clinch Rivers which protected the settlers from British inspired Indian attacks. He fought at the battle of Pt. Pleasant in October 1774. He also fought at the battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina in 1780. In this battle, the backwoods men of Southwest Virginia defeated a British force under Col. Ferguson. This ended Gen. Cornwallis' threat to the frontier settlements of North Carolina and Virginia. It enabled people of the frontier to continue in assisting the Continental Army who were fighting the British in the major battles in the East with food, lead, gun powder, and other provisions necessary in the war effort.


32 ii.   Abraham Crabtree, born June 06, 1750 in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States; died February 05, 1838 in Russel County, Virginia, United States; married Mary Unknown Bef. February 1777.

iii.   Ruth Crabtree, born 1752 in Bedford Co., VA; died November 16, 1845 in Yancey County, North Carolina; married John Jackson Edwards April 1770 in Bedford County, Virginia.

 
Notes for John Jackson Edwards:
JOHN JACKSON EDWARDS was born on Oct 16, 1833 in Baltimore County, MD. After moving to McAllister Town, PA., he later moved to Bedford County, VA where he resided until the Revolutionary War was declared. His pension records (on microfilm at ETSU, Johnson City) shows that he volunteered and served many different hitches in the Army, including clashes with the Cherokee Indians and Creek Indians as he and his division marched from Bedford County to South Carolina in late 1776. After his tours in the Revolutionary Army, he moved to Jonesboro, TN. John's sister, Mary, married Christopher Taylor and they ran what may have been considered at that time, a boarding house. One of their most famous guests was Andrew Jackson. The Christopher Taylor log cabin has been preserved and stands in downtown Jonesbor.


iv.   Isaac Crabtree, born 1757 in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States; died 1847 in Wayne County, Kentucky; married Sally Pike Aft. January 01, 1780 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

 
Notes for Isaac Crabtree:
ISAAC CRABTREE, served in the Virginia Militia as did his brothers. In 1773 he was the lone survivor of the James Boone Massacre. A small group of settlers led by Daniel Boone's son, James, was attacked by Indians. This attack convinced Daniel Boone to postpone his settling Kentucky until the Indians became less hostile.


v.   Jacob Crabtree, born 1759 in Beford County, Virginia, United States; died March 19, 1846 in Lee County, Virginia, United States; married Mary Price August 04, 1786.

 
Notes for Jacob Crabtree:
JACOB CRABTREE, in March of 1775, went with a company of thirty men, led by Daniel Boone, and marked a path through the forest to the Kentucky River. They arrived on April 6, 1775 at Big Lick on the Kentucky River just below the mouth of Otter Creek. Here it was decided to build a town called Boonesborough. The men in the expedition were:

       Daniel Boone              John Kennedy              Squire Boone
       John King              Edward Bradley              William Miller
       James Bridges              William Moore              William Bush
       James Nall              Samual Coburn              James Peeke
       Coln. Richard Colloway       Bartlet Seary              Capt. Jacob Crabtree
       Rouben Seary              Benjamin Cutbuth              Michael Stoner
       David Gass              Samuel Tate              John Hart       
       Oswell Townes              William Hays              Capt. William Twitty
       William Hicks              John Vandeman              Edmund Jennings
       Felix Walker              Thomas Johnson



vi.   James Crabtree, born February 20, 1762 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died 1834 in Washington County, Illinois, United States; married (1) Elizabeth Stanley; married (2) Elizabeth (Crabtree) Abt. 1784 in Virginia.

 
Notes for James Crabtree:
JAMES CRABTREE fondly remembered his youth. He told of his mother offering to give him a pint of cream for every swan he killed (the swans were plentiful at the Salt Lick). He said that he rarely failed to get his cream everyday. --Thomas L. Preston, 1900
Notes for Elizabeth Stanley:
Elizabeth is buried at the Thompson-Crabtree Cemetary at the head of Big Hurricane.


vii.   Job Crabtree, born April 19, 1765 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died January 12, 1828 in Lee County, Virginia, United States; married Rebecca Smyth December 17, 1790.

viii.   Priscilla Crabtree, born 1766 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died in Washington County, Virginia; married Richard Price August 12, 1790.

ix.   Hannah Crabtree, born 1768 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died Aft. January 01, 1858 in Washington County, Virginia; married Edward Smyth September 07, 1787.

x.   Margaret Crabtree, born 1770 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died in Washington County, Virginia; married John Simmons.

xi.   Sarah Crabtree, born 1772 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died in Washington County, Virginia; married Benjamin Clark December 07, 1790.

xii.   Rebecca Crabtree, born 1773 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died Unknown.

xiii.   John Crabtree, born August 25, 1774 in Bedford, Virginia, United States; died July 23, 1865 in Lee County, Virginia, United States; married Alice Friend July 29, 1800.
       68. John Tomson, born Abt. 1720 in Ulster, Ireland; died Aft. January 02, 1760 in Halifax Co., NC. He married 69. Mary (Tomson) WFT Est. 1751-1759.
       69. Mary (Tomson), born Abt. 1720 in Ireland?; died Aft. January 02, 1760 in VA?.

       Children of John Tomson and Mary (Tomson) are:

i.   Anny Thompson, born WFT Est. 1739-1759; died WFT Est. 1744-1845.

ii.   Sarah Thompson, born WFT Est. 1739-1759; died WFT Est. 1744-1845.

iii.   Elizabeth Thompson, born WFT Est. 1739-1759; died WFT Est. 1744-1845.

iv.   John "Pidgeon" Thompson, born Abt. 1741 in Ireland; died WFT Est. 1762-1831 in Prob. Russell Co, VA; married WFT Est. 1760-1792.

v.   Richard Thompson, born Abt. 1742 in Ireland; died October 11, 1830 in Lawrence Co., KY; married (1) Margaret Barr WFT Est. 1773-1787; married (2) Elizabeth (Thompson) WFT Est. 1773-1808.

34 vi.   William Thompson, born Abt. 1745 in Ulster, Ireland; died August 07, 1830 in Russell Co., VA; married Nancy Jackson WFT Est. 1778-1811.
       70. Jacob Jackson, born Abt. 1735; died Bef. June 19, 1787 in Russell Co., VA. He was the son of 140. John Jackson and 141. Anna Patience Priddy. He married 71. Lydia (Jackson) WFT Est. 1766-1785.
       71. Lydia (Jackson), born WFT Est. 1710-1739; died Aft. 1791.

       Child of Jacob Jackson and Lydia (Jackson) is:

35 i.   Nancy Jackson, born Abt. 1750; died Bef. 1830 in Russell Co., VA; married William Thompson WFT Est. 1778-1811.
       80. Abraham Crabtree, born June 06, 1750 in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States; died February 05, 1838 in Russel County, Virginia, United States. He was the son of 160. William Crabtree III and 161. Hannah Whitaker. He married 81. Mary Unknown Bef. February 1777.
       81. Mary Unknown, born Abt. 1750 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA; died April 29, 1838 in Russell, Virginia, USA.

Notes for Abraham Crabtree:
       ABRAHAM CRABTREE served in the Washington County Militia. He served as a spy along the Clinch River Valley looking for signs of possible Indian attack. He did garrison duty along the forts of the Clinch and Holston Rivers. He participated in the expedition against the Cherokee towns in Eastern Tennessee. It was during this expedition that he came down with fever and disease that afflicted him all his life.
       ABRAHAM CRABTREE was named administrator of the estate of his father in April of 1777. In September of 1777, he was appointed as a commissioner to the Courthouse at Abington. In the early 1780's Abraham is listed as participating in the functions of the Washington County Court by serving as a juror, witness and bondsman.
       In the early 1790's, Abraham moved his family westward across Clinch Mountain and into the Clinch River Valley near New Garden in Russell County Virginia. He had a farm of several hundred acres on Cedar Creek on what was known as House and Barn Mountain. The reason for moving into the Clinch Valley was probably availability of better and cheaper land. This, of course, was often the motivation of many pioneer settlers. Betwen 1797 and 1806, Abraham acquired about 850 acres of land in the Clinch Valley.
       ABRAHAM is on record as petitioning the Virginia Legislature requesting financial assistance in compensation for illness contracted while serving in the Virginia Militia. He appeared in court to make a sworn statement in applying for a Revolutionary War pension. His petition is on file.

       Children of Abraham Crabtree and Mary Unknown are:

40 i.   Solomon Crabtree, born February 18, 1779 in Saltville, Virginia; died December 22, 1863 in Wayne County, Virginia (now West Virginia); married Susannah Thompson 1799 in Russell County, Virgina.

ii.   Ruth Crabtree, born Aft. January 01, 1780 in Washington, Virginia, USA; died Bef. January 01, 1844; married ? Spear WFT Est. 1800-1835.

iii.   Mary Crabtree, born Aft. January 01, 1783 in Washington, Virginia, USA; died August 22, 1840.

iv.   Hiram Crabtree, born January 01, 1773 in Washington, Virginia, USA; died September 13, 1844 in Scott, Illinois, USA; married Margaret Johnson May 18, 1806 in Cumberland.

v.   William C. Crabtree, born Aft. January 01, 1775 in Washington, Virginia, USA; died WFT Est. 1776-1865.

vi.   Nancy Crabtree, born Aft. January 01, 1781 in Washington, Virginia, USA; died August 22, 1840.
       82. William Thompson, born Abt. 1745 in Ulster, Ireland; died August 07, 1830 in Russell Co., VA. He was the son of 164. John Tomson and 165. Mary (Tomson). He married 83. Nancy Jackson WFT Est. 1778-1811.
       83. Nancy Jackson, born Abt. 1750; died Bef. 1830 in Russell Co., VA. She was the daughter of 166. Jacob Jackson and 167. Lydia (Jackson).

       Children of William Thompson and Nancy Jackson are:

i.   Nancy Thompson, born WFT Est. 1767-1793 in Russell Co., VA; died WFT Est. 1798-1876; married Elijah? Smith WFT Est. 1798-1833.

ii.   William Thompson, born WFT Est. 1767-1793; died WFT Est. 1800-1873 in Claiborne Co., TN; married Catherine Sherman WFT Est. 1800-1836.

iii.   Anna "Annie" Thompson, born Abt. 1775 in Fincastle Co., VA; died Aft. 1850 in Russell Co., VA; married William Combs Unknown.

iv.   James Thompson, born Abt. 1775 in Russell Co., VA; died Aft. 1830; married Mary Smith WFT Est. 1806-1823.

41 v.   Susannah Thompson, born May 22, 1780 in Russell, Virginia, USA; died June 28, 1860 in Wayne County, Virginia (now West Virginia); married Solomon Crabtree 1799 in Russell County, Virgina.

vi.   John Thompson, born Abt. 1782 in Washington Co., VA; died WFT Est. 1826-1874 in Nash's Ford, Clinch River, Russell Co., VA; married Virginia "Jeannie" Fletcher WFT Est. 1813-1847.

vii.   Lydia Thompson, born March 04, 1791 in Russell Co., VA; died May 01, 1874 in Russell Co., VA; married Elexious Musick WFT Est. 1819-1853.

viii.   Celia Thompson, born May 28, 1796 in Russell Co., VA; died March 10, 1883 in Russell Co., VA; married James Fletcher WFT Est. 1824-1848.
       84. Moses Ball, born 1717; died 1792. He was the son of 168. John Ball Sr. and 169. Winifred Williams.

       Children of Moses Ball are:

i.   George Ball, born 1752 in N. Alexandria, Fairfax Co., VA; died 1839; married Elizabeth Tunnell.

ii.   Moses Ball, born 1748; died 1831.

42 iii.   John Ball, born 1779; died 1863; married Polly Abt. 1831 in Russell County, Virgina.

iv.   Dazil Ball.

v.   James Ball.

vi.   Sabilla Ball.
       90. Randolph Martin, born Unknown in Unknown; died Unknown in Unknown. He married 91. Sarah Nee.
       91. Sarah Nee, born Unknown in Unknown; died Unknown in Unknown.

       Child of Randolph Martin and Sarah Nee is:

45 i.   Elizabeth Martin, born Unknown in Unknown; died Unknown in Unknown; married Obediah Ferguson September 09, 1786 in Franklin County, Virginia, United States.


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