David Crawford (colonel)

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Colonel David Crawford (c.1625[1] – 1710) was a member of the House of Burgesses and an early plantation owner in Virginia.

David Crawford was born circa 1625, in Scotland, emigrating to the Virginia Colony with his father, John Crawford around 1643.[2] His father was later killed in Bacon's Rebellion of 1676.

His daughter Elizabeth (died 1762) married Nicholas Meriwether of New Kent County, an ancestor of Meriwether Lewis.[3]

Crawford amassed many acres of land and owned a large plantation that eventually became the site of Richmond, Virginia. On April 2, 1692 he was elected to the House of Burgesses as one of two representatives from New Kent County, Virginia for two years. He introduced a piece of legislation, requiring that County Clerks maintain an office in their respective County Courthouse.

In 1693 he deeded his 400-acre Assaquin Plantation to his grandson William Meriwether. Four years later he gave his grandson David Meriwether 200 acres of land in St. Paul's Parish.[4]

As an elderly man, he was killed by members of the Pamunkey people[citation needed] in 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia. Note: The site of David Crawford's fortified home is currently (2010) under excavation. [See Virginiadigs.net]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ansearchin' News, Anderson Family Records, Captain David Crawford Family, W. P. Anderson, Tennessee Genealogical Society, Memphis Genealogical Society, page 145, 1970.
  2. ^ Ansearchin' News, Anderson Family Records, Captain David Crawford Family, W. P. Anderson, Tennessee Genealogical Society, Memphis Genealogical Society, page 145, 1970.
  3. ^ Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family, Merrow Egerton Sorley, page 806, 1935.
  4. ^ Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family, Merrow Egerton Sorley, page 806, 1935.

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