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|Abstract||Thomas Crawford (1785-1844), lawyer and native of North Carolina, was an officer in a militia unit involved in the Creek War and later an Alabama judge and statesman. The collection includes four letters, 1814, from Crawford, written from camps as Crawford's unit moved through South Carolina and Georgia and from Alabama where the unit expected to fight Creek Indians. The letters are about camp life, military plans, and prospects for fighting. Also included are a muster roll of Crawford's company and miscellaneous other items.|
|Creator||Crawford, Thomas, 1785-1844.|
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Thomas Crawford (1785-1844), lawyer and officer of a North Carolina militia unit, was the son of John Crawford and Eleaner Crawford. In 1814 he left home to fight in the Creek War in Alabama. He served as first lieutenant then captain of his militia company and was later appointed by General Andrew Jackson to command Fort Hull. After the war he returned to North Carolina and in 1816 he married Mary Davidson, daughter of John Davidson and Margaret Wilson Davidson, of Mecklenburg County, N.C.
In 1819 Crawford moved with his wife, two children, his mother, and his sister Anne to Bibb County, Ala. He was elected by the Alabama legislature as the first judge of the county court of Bibb County and served for twelve years. He also served two terms in the state Senate and during this time was a trustee of the University of Alabama. He was a founder of the town of Centerville, Ala., and resided there for a number of years. In the 1840s he moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he practiced law.
Crawford's first wife, Mary Davidson Crawford, died in 1831. Her children were Eleanor Mary Ann (1817-1848), John Davidson (1819-1821), James Wilson (1822-1883), Thomas Price (1824-1858), and M. M. (1825-1850). He married a widow, Mrs. Barnett, several years after his first wife's death. Their only child was Jane (1835-1911).Back to Top
The collection includes four letters, 1814, from Thomas Crawford written from camps as Crawford's North Carolina militia unit moved through South Carolina and Georgia and from Alabama where the unit expected to fight Creek Indians. The letters are about camp life, military plans, and prospects for fighting. Also included are a muster roll of Crawford's company and miscellaneous other items.Back to Top
|Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1990/1|
Oversize papers (OPF-1990/1).Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top