Mary <I>McPheeters</I> Crawford

Mary McPheeters Crawford

Northern Ireland
Death 1764 (aged 47–48)
Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Burial Swoope, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 23276992 · View Source
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Mary McPheeters was the daughter of William McPheeters and Rebecca Thompson McPheeters. It's believed she was born in then Ireland, currently known as Northern Ireland. She married Alexander Crawford (in unknown) and had 7 sons and 4 daughters (JAWaddell's Annals of Augusta, p 424).

Some records say she was born in ABOUT 1716 in Ireland. No sources are listed. She died prior to the 20 November 1764 term (20-25th) in Augusta County Court.

Alexander Crawford owned 1640 acres on the eastern base of North Mountain. His home was on top of a knoll. It’s 2 miles NE of Buffalo Gap.

Mary and her husband Alexander were murdered by Indians in 1764 and there is no gravestone for her, according to the D.A.R. 1934 inventory by the Col. Thomas Hughart Chapter. Mary and Alexander were not listed on the 1902 survey of the Glebe Cemetery on Thomas Thompson's farm. The very short 5 Mar 1938 WPA Historical Inventory of the Glebe burying ground, by James W. McClung, also does not include them either, since they did not have markers.

Most docs I've seen do not record an exact death date, only 1764, October 1764, before 20 Nov 1764 or the Fall of 1764. JAWaddell's 1888 Annals of Augusta, VA, page 438 states that Alexander Crawford and Thos Gardiner's dwellings were about 2 miles apart, "Gardiner was killed before June 19, 1764" and "possibly Crawford's death occurred at the same time." Crawford was dead by Augusta County's November Court, 1764 for Gardiner's probate. Then contrarily it adds it was probable he died in the Indian Raid of Oct 1764.

Hebron Presbyterian Church, 1746 - 1996, compiled in 1996 for the 250th Anniversay of the Church, page 24 says Hugh Young, Alexander Crawford and Mary Crawford were murdered by the Indians in 1764, are "known to have been buried at the Glebe Cemetery." They have no markers. No dates are given for them.

According to Joseph Waddell’s Annals of Augusta Co., VA Supplement, p 424-25: "On the day of the slaughter, early in the morning, it is said, Alexander Crawford and his wife returned home to procure a supply of vegetables, while two of their sons, William and John, went upon the mountain to salt the horses which had been turned out to graze. From their elevation on the side of the mountain, the two youths saw the smoke and flames of the burning homestead. On the same day, probably, the home of John Trimble, some three miles off, on Middle River, was assailed, as is related elsewhere."

"We may imagine that the men of the neighborhood were somewhat slow to assemble. No one knew but his house would be attacked next, and every man felt it necessary to protect his own family if possible. When the people rallied and repaired to the Crawford place, the dwelling had been consumed by fire. The charred remains of Alexander Crawford were found in the ashes, showing that he had been killed in the house. His WIFE'S BODY WAS FOUND OUTSIDE, AND IT WAS INFERRED THAT SHE HAD ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE, BUT WAS OVERTAKEN AND TOMAHAWKED.. The remains of both were gathered up and buried in the Glebe graveyard." Other data on the Crawford family is given in this source.

Page 460 of the same source says Alexander and Mary were massacred in 1764 at the foot of Little North Mountain, "proceeding along the channel of Dry Branch westward to near the foot of Little North Mountain. Some sources say they left the Big Spring (Rockbridge Co.) Indian Fort home to come to theirs in Augusta Co. which seems a long way for "vegetables."

The Family History of Col. John Sawyers and Simon Harris and their Descendants," by Madison Monroe Harris and William Randolph Carter, pages 134-35 had data on the Indian Raid and says she was tomahawked.

The cemetery photo on the right was taken from "Ancestry" and added in Oct 2015. It is just a general shot, and not the specific location of Mary's marker. Lauriekate wrote: "I am unsure where they actually are buried." The caption reads: "Photo taken by Linda Frances and posted on Notation says posted September 30, 2011 so it was taken prior to that date."

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  • Created by: LSP
  • Added: 6 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23276992
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary McPheeters Crawford (1716–1764), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23276992, citing Glebe Cemetery, Swoope, Augusta County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by LSP (contributor 46860931) .