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John Crayton
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1790
Franklin County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1873
Martindale
Caldwell County
Texas, USA

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♥••*΄`*•.☆•John Crayton•☆.•*΄`*••♥

Born in Franklin, Tennesse, John Crayton settled in Caldwell County, Texas. Caldwell County was created and organized in 1848 from Gonzales and Bastrop Counties.

In the year 1812 in Franklin County, Tenesse - John Crayton and Rebecca Lasater married. Now Rebecca was the daughter of Elizabeth Copeland and Hezekiah Lasater, Sr. Also that same year John served in the Mexican War from January 1814 to May of 1814, he was in Company M Infantry under Capitan William Lillard and Capitan Thomas Sharpe.

John and Rebecca had three children born in Marion County, Alabama, they are, daughter Margaret, born in 1815, son James Lasater and daughter Elizabeth. Now Elizabeth is why so many Texans descend today and still live in Caldwell County and many other surrounding counties.

1824 came around and Rebecca Lasater Crayton lost her life in Marion County, Alabama. The children went to live with their maternal grandparents. James moved on with his father John whom then purchased land in Alabama in 1832.

Along came 1839, John, his son James Lasater Crayton and their slaves then emigrated to the Republic of Texas. They settled in on the banks of the San Marcos River, around Martindale, Texas. In 1856 the Spurill family became John Crayton's neighbors.

On January 8th, 1852 John had sold one thousand acres of land to George Martindale for four thousand dollars-you can find this in Vol. B Page 341, Caldwell County Deed Book).

John's youngest son James "Jim" Crayton was now born. He was born in Martindale, Texas on April 16th, 1854. John was 64 years old and had been a widower for thirty years. Jim was born to not only John, but one of John's slaves. She was a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma - Riley Kimble. James is the namesake of John's eldest son who died in the Mexican war in 1847.

John had always acknowledge James "Jim" so much so that he was given his inheritance, making him the owner of his own ranch, cattle and horses.

In 1856 John then married Mahala Spruill in Caldwell County, Texas on 6 Jan 1856. Which so happens to be the birthdate of John. They remained married until John passed away.

On June 14th, 1872, at the age of 18 James married Jane Bell Spruill. She was born on March 8th, 1857 to Sarah Allen and Ben Spruill. Sarah and Ben had 18 children total. 9 boys and 9 girls. And well get this - many of them had Crayton family names. Jane Bell was Indian and African American, her mother happened to be one of John Crayton's slaves.


Well in many ways James "Jim" was just like his father John. Being a successful businessman and all. He bought one hundred acres in Guadalupe County and for fifteen hundred dollars.

This story was researched by Velma Fogle whom is the 3x's great grand daughter of John Crayton. She is also the 2x's great grand daughter of Elizabeth Crayton Jones White, Great grand daughter of Mary Elizabeth Jones White and grand daughter of William Leonard White, Jr., daughter of Mattie White Fogle. Sept. 1999 there were additions and corrections made on Jan. 2004

♥••*΄¨`*•.☆•NOTE•☆.•*΄¨`*••♥
You can find land deeds at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. One for example is c-599 dated Feb. 1842.

♥••*΄`*•.☆•SO YOU KNOW•☆.•*΄`*••♥
Just so you know that on June 2nd, 1846 John Crayton and James Lasater Crayton enlisted into the US Army to fight in the Mexican War. They both served in Company K under Capitan John Grumbles. They both were discharged on Sept. 22nd, 1946 due to only being allowed to serve for 3 months. James decided to re-enlist and on Jan. 4th, 1847 lost his life in Laredo, Texas. His cause of whether from wounds.

♥••*΄¨`*•.☆•FYI•☆.•*΄¨`*••♥
John Crayton donated land to the San Marcos Missionary Baptist Church to be used as a cemetery for whites and blacks. His brother-in-law W.W. Spruill was already buried on that land. A stipulation was made that the church would always keep the portion of land southwards from W. W.'s grave "to the mouth of the ravine emptying into the San Marcos River as a burial ground for colored person" (Vol. M page 409 Hays Co. Deed Book). - Velma Fogle

♥•*΄`*•.☆•CHILDREN•☆.•*΄`*•♥
Born to John and Rebecca Lasater
Margaret Crayton: born 1815
James Lasater Crayton; 1st son named James to John Crayton
Elizabeth Crayton Jones White

Son: James "Jim" Crayton 2nd son named James to John Crayton; he was also born to Cherokee Indian Riley Kimble whom was a slave for John Crayton.
♥•*΄`*•.☆•Sleep In Peace•☆.•*΄`*•♥ 
 
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  Mahalah Spruill Crayton (1804 - 1884)
 
Burial:
John Crayton Cemetery
Martindale
Caldwell County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 24, 2009
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