Feb. 6, 2001
FROM: Jim DuPlessis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You may be interested in this account. It mentions a Tidence
Lane of Randolph County, N.C. who it says
kept a store at a mill owned by Peter Craven Sr. (bef 1744-aft. 1840) and who was married to Peter's
daughter, Rebecca (Mary?) Craven. Let me know if this is wrong.
SOURCE: Purvis, Mary Craven, Asheboro, N.C., "Craven:
Descendants of Peter Craven," 1985, and
"Craven: 280 Years with the Peter Craven Family," 1995.
p. 147., "Craven: Descendants of Peter Craven," 1985; via Richard Crotwell, email:
Richard_Crotwell@mail.alumni.ecu.edu or email@example.com
Peter Craven II, b. 1744 Augusta Co. VA; d. after the 1840
Randolph Co. NC
census, son of Peter Craven.
Lived east side of Deep River, Randolph Co. NC. Ran a Mill where Tidance
Lane kept a store. Issue:
1. William Craven b. 12-25-1763/73 d. 04-12-1816 Drowned - see below.
2. Col. Joshua Craven b. 1767/70 d. 9-14-1847.
3. Peter L. Craven b. ca 1773 d. ca. 1816.
4. Henry Craven b. 7-23-1784 d. 10-6-1837.
5. Joel Craven b. ? d. ? reported to have moved west.
6. Susannah (Hannah) Craven b. ? d. ? of Chatham Co. NC md. Solomon Bray.
7. Rebecca (Mary?) Craven b. ? d. 1860 [1846?] md Tidance Lane
8. Dr. Wyatt Craven b. ? d. 1826 Richmond Co. NC.
Craven, Polly Williams v. Craven, Peter et al, in Equity
court, Randolph Co., N.C., filed Feb. 8, 1831, see
craven01130c-Court Case.htm, or *.txt, "Electronic."; Transcribed ca. 1998 by Betty Craven Lipe, email:
bLipe@prodigy.net, and posted at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncrando1/craven.html.
Purvis, Mary Craven, Asheboro, N.C., "Craven: Descendants
of Peter Craven," 1985, and "Craven: 280
Years with the Peter Craven Family," 1995, p. 147., "Craven: Descendants of Peter Craven," 1985; via
Richard Crotwell, email: Richard_Crotwell@mail.alumni.ecu.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org, see craven01201a-
NOTE: The suit identifies four Peter Cravens. The two that are
the main concern here are the ones
identified in the suit as "Peter Craven Sr." and his son, "Peter Craven Jr." I use the same style in this
summary though many Craven researchers will be more familiar with the suit's "Peter Craven Sr." as "Peter
Craven II" who was born 1740 and died sometime after the 1840 Randolph County census. Similarly the
suit's "Peter Craven Jr." is known by many researchers as "Peter L. Craven."
Summary by Jim DuPlessis, Camden, S.C., February 7, 2001:
In the lawsuit filed February 8, 1831, an elderly Peter Craven
Sr. had given -- or conditionally given -- his
unmarried son, Peter Craven Jr., the land around the homeplace. The land covered about 250 acres on the
east side of the Deep River in Randolph County, and included a 76-acre tract received from a state grant
dated March 26, 1793. His neighbors included Solomon Craven, Harmon Hybrand and a Moffitt. Moffit's
land appears to have been along the northern boundary of the Craven land, while Solomon Craven, a
nephew of Peter Craven Sr., owned land to the east or northeast, land that was north of Robert's Road. A
hickory on "the corner of the mills tract" on the east bank of the Deep River marked the southwest corner of
Peter Craven Sr.'s land. Polly Craven's initial suit says the land contained about 324 acres, but Robert
Moffitt, who wrote the deed, said it contained "upwards of 200 acres."
The suit states that Peter Craven Jr. had no issue, so I
assume the following "heirs at law" named as co-
defendants are siblings or brothers-in-law of Peter Craven Jr.:
Hannah Bray [identified later as a widow and sister of Peter Craven Jr. She
was living with Peter Craven Sr., his wife, and Peter Craven Jr. in the
Tidence Lane and his wife, Rebecca
Walter Murrow and his wife, Nancy
"and the descendants of William Craven, dec'd to wit,
Peter Craven and
Nancy Craven Macon, wife of William Macon"