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View Tree for Peter CravenPeter Craven (b. 1712, d. Bet. 1793 - 1794)

Peter Craven was born 1712 in England or New Jersey ?, and died Bet. 1793 - 1794 in Randolph Co., NC. He married Ann Bagley Croft on 1740 in NC?.

 Includes NotesNotes for Peter Craven:
CRAVEN Name history
Subject is covered in "CRAVEN" Descendants of Peter Craven, Randolph County, NC, USA by Mary Craven Purvis. Reported to appear in Latin in the Domesday Book of A.D. 1086, a tax record ordered by William the Conqueror. Appears to have taken it's first formalized spelling in the 11th century. Craven reported to have developed from a local called 'Craven in Yorkshire.' May have evolved from the Middle English word 'crave', meaning a place near a cleft or opening. Agnes de Craven was one of the first to bear the description and is recorded in the Poll Taxes of Yorkshire in A.D. 1379. Consider reading about the Earl of Craven in English history. Craven Co. NC is named for William, Lord Craven a Proprietor of Carolina.

Moved with his widowed mother and two brothers to America and located in
Pennsylvania. Of the three brothers, one remained in Pennsylvania, one
went West to Indiana, and Peter Craven, came South to North Carolina,
with other Quakers and their families, and settled in Colonial Orange
County, present day Randolph County.
He cut the original timber and built a house near a spring in sight of Concord Cemetery, near Coleridge, North Carolina. His grave there is unmarked, but the graves of his son, Thomas Craven, and grandson, Solomon Craven, along with many of his descendants are to be found in this cemetery today.
Peter Craven was a potter and operated the first potter shop ofrecord in Randolph County.
It is believed that Peter Craven was married to an Indian Princess. He was acquainted with the Indians and during the Indian uprisings was traveling nearby and or crossing the Susquehannah River in Pennsylvania during his travels through Pennsylvania.


Peter CRAVEN Sr. b: 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia
Thomas CRAVEN Esquire b: 12 Aug 1742
Joseph CRAVEN b: 1746 in Randolph Co., NC
John CRAVEN Esquire b: 1752 in New Jersey
Daniel CRAVEN b: 25 Aug 1759 in Randolph Co., NC
Henry CRAVEN b: 2 Feb 1762 in Randolph Co., NC

Thomas CRAVEN , Esq. b: 25 AUG 1742 in New Jersey
Joseph CRAVEN b: ABT 1744 in New Jersey
Peter CRAVEN , Jr. b: ABT 1746 in New Jersey
John CRAVEN , Esq. b: 1752 in New Jersey
Daniel CRAVEN b: 9 AUG 1759 in Coleridge, NC
Rebecca CRAVEN b: ABT 1761 in Randolph Co. NC
Henry CRAVEN, SR. b: 17 FEB 1762 in Coleridge, NC

More About Peter Craven and Ann Bagley Croft:
Marriage: 1740, NC?.

Children of Peter Craven and Ann Bagley Croft are:
  1. +John Craven, b. 1752, New Jersey, d. August 22, 1833, Randolph Co., NC.
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