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 James “Jim” Crayton

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James “Jim” Crayton

  • Birth 16 Apr 1854 Martindale, Caldwell County, Texas, USA
  • Death 1 Jun 1916 Hays County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Guadalupe County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 17293410

The cemetery is named for James "Jim" Crayton. Their daughter Tennessee Crayton Mulkey and some of her children and grandchildren are buried in this cemetery, hence the second name of Mulkey-Crayton.

Jim Crayton was born a slave on 16 April 1854 in Martindale, Caldwell Co., Texas the son of John Crayton and Riley Kimble. John Crayton was an Anglo Saxon, a widower for thirty years and the owner of forty slaves when he begat Jim. Riley Kimble was one of several Indian slaves John Crayton purchased from a man who brought the Indian slaves to Martindale from Oklahoma. Jane Bell Spruill's mother Sarah "Sallie" Allen was one of these slaves.

His father acknowledged Jim Crayton. He was taught ranching, farming and how to break wild horses. He went on several cattle drives to Kansas. He and Jane Bell Allen Spruill married June 14, 1872 in Caldwell County just as he started on a cattle drive. Their sons were also cowboys. Their son Bruce took cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas City.

Born in slavery and living through Reconstruction, Jim and Jane Bell Crayton lived a prosperous and contented life. According to deed 516 & 517, dated 16 August 1887, in Guadalupe County Courthouse, they built a two room dwelling of pine lumber with gallery on land leased from P.G. Sowell, (son of A.J. Sowell of the Texas Revolution and a writer). They had 18 children, 9 boys and 9 girls. 11 of these children have been located and at least 9 of them are buried here.

Historic pioneers are buried in the Crayton Cemetery. Honorable and hard working, they have left a memorable legacy.


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  • Created by: Cassandrea Martinez
  • Added: 4 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17293410
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Jim” Crayton (16 Apr 1854–1 Jun 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17293410, citing Crayton Cemetery, Guadalupe County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Cassandrea Martinez (contributor 46788839) .