Abraham Crabtree, Rev. War Soldier: Updated Timeline

While working on Tobias Tillman, subject of yesterday’s timeline update, the Botetourt County, Virginia tax lists where I found Tobias yielded an unexpected surprise – Abraham Crabtree, plus William Crabtree Sr. and Jr.

Like Tobias, Abraham Crabtree let no grass grow under his feet and moved several times in his long life.

Therefore, it’s time to update his timeline, too. These facts are found in his Revolutionary War pension application, tax lists court records, and Abraham’s 1838 will.

  • 1750 – Abraham Crabtree born, likely in Baltimore County, Maryland
  • 1771 – Botetourt County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1772 – Botetourt County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1775, June – Abraham Crabtree served as a scout under Col. Arthur Campbell covering Washington County to near the Holston River, which today is in Tennessee
  • 1776 – Abraham Crabtree married Mary (possibly Lyon) about this time
  • 1776 – Washington County, Virginia: Abraham Crabtree enlisted in Captain Aaron Lewis’s Company
  • 1782 – Washington County, Virginia tithables – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1787 – Washington County, Virginia tithables – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1788, March 24 – Abraham Crabtree in Washington County, Virginia court record re: estate of Humberson Lyon
  • 1791 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1792 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
    • 1793 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1794 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1795 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1796 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1797 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1798 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1799 – Russell County, Virginia Tax List – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1805 – Washington County, Virginia land deed: Abraham Crabtree selling to William Crabtree
  • 1810 – Census of Cumberland County, Kentucky – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1820 – Census of Cumberland County, Kentucky – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1824, November 24 – Cumberland County, Kentucky – Abraham Crabtree applied for a war pension.
  • 1830 – Census of Russell County, Virginia – Abraham Crabtree
  • 1838, April 29 – Abraham Crabtree wrote his will in Russell County, Virginia
  • 1838, June 5 – Abraham Crabtree’s will was proved in Russell County, Virginia

There aren’t as many details in Abraham Crabtree’s timeline as in that of Tobias Tillman, but it gives an excellent overview of his life.

I had wondered why Abraham left Kentucky late in life to move back to Virginia, especially to what appeared to be a new locale for him – Russell County, Virginia. However, finding him living in Russell County through the 1790s means he decided to return home to a place he apparently loved. He came home to live out his last years back in his old neighborhood.

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