Crawford Family Announcements

This area is to be used to post notices of general interest to the members of the family, such as birth, marriage, and death announcements, plans for reunions, etc. If you wish to post a notice, e-mail it to Brian Crawford at and I will add it to this page.

Table of Contents:

  1. 08/17/99 A letter from Gary Crawford reporting on the previous reunion in 1945, the 1999 reunion in Arkansas, and plans for the future.
  2. 08/17/99 A letter from Brian Crawford regarding the definition of a "Crawford."
  3. 08/17/99 A document from Brian Crawford regarding the history of the Crawford clan as collected by his father Ken.
  4. 08/20/99 Some thoughts from Brian Crawford regarding the meaning of generations.

The 1945 Reunion

The first Crawford Family Reunion was held in 1945 at Camp O'Lino, Florida. It was held on a cold week in November, and a Thanksgiving Dinner was enjoyed. In attendance were David Crawford, Sr., his second wife Lucy, eight of their nine children (the 2nd generation), and several of their grandchildren (the 3rd generation). Specifically, the 29 attendees were:

  1. David Crawford, Sr., and his wife Lucy
  2. Vesta Crawford Hough, her husband Howard, and their son Bob
  3. Nina Crawford Deedrick, her husband Bill, their son Ron and daughter Marion
  4. Luella Crawford Smith, her husband Tom, their daughters Shirley and Grace, and son Marvin
  5. Clayton Crawford, his wife Mildred, and their daughters Barbara, Mary, and Jane
  6. Ken Crawford and his son Gary
  7. Gladys Crawford Schleich and her daughter Beverly
  8. David Crawford, Jr., and his wife Betty
  9. Glenn Crawford, his wife Margaret, and their daughters Ruth Ann and Mary Jo

Clyde was in military service, so he, his wife Alice, their daughter Lana and son Dale were unable to attend. Others extant but not in attendance were Luella's son Theron, Ken's wife Ruth, and Gladys' husband Charles Schleich.

Picture of the 1945 reunion:

Back row: Margaret Essie Watkins (1920-1951, wife of Glenn Crawford); Betty Bennett Henderson Crawford (1914-2014, wife of David Crawford, Jr.); Grace Elinor Smith [later Eubanks] (1930-2013, daughter of Tom and Luella Crawford Smith); Robert Earle Hough (1929-1993, son of Howard and Vesta Crawford Hough); Shirley Mae Smith [later McLain] (1928-2013, daughter of Tom and Luella Crawford Smith); Thomas Whittington Smith (1905-1985, husband of Luella Crawford); William Emil Deedrick (1908-1978, husband of Nina Crawford); Mildred Norman (1904-1990, wife of Clayton Crawford); Barbara Anne Crawford [later Whitehead] (1928-2002, daughter of Clayton and Mildred Crawford); Howard Sylvester Hough (1903-1976, husband of Vesta Crawford).

Middle row – David Crawford’s immediate family: Glenn Martin Crawford (1918-1951); David Clarence Crawford, Jr. (1916-1995); Kenneth Crawford (1918-1977); Gladys Clarissa Crawford Schleich (1909-1995), with her daughter Beverly Ann Schleich (1942-); Lucy Johnson Crawford (1877-1953); David Clarence Crawford, Sr. (1874-1969); David Clarence Crawford, Jr. (1916-1995); Luella Crawford Smith (1906-1999); Nina Lucille Crawford Deedrick (1904-1981); Clayton Calvin Crawford (1903-1983); Vesta Elizabeth Crawford Hough (1901-1992).

Front row – Mary Joanna Crawford [later Thompson] (1943-, daughter of Glenn and Margaret Crawford); Ruth Ann Crawford [later Watkins] (1940-, daughter of Glenn and Margaret Crawford); Gary David Crawford (1942-, son of Ken and Ruth Crawford); Thomas Marvin Smith (1939-, son of Tom and Luella Crawford Smith); Ronald Edwin Deedrick (1934-, son of Bill and Nina Crawford Deedrick); Marion Lucille Deedrick [later O’Neill] (1932-2000, daughter of Bill and Nina Crawford Deedrick); Jane Cathrine Crawford [later Roach] (1937-, daughter of Clayton and Mildred Crawford); Mary Adele Crawford [later Andrews] (1930-2000, daughter of Clayton and Mildred Crawford).

The 1999 Reunion

The second reunion (better known as Door! Door!) was held at Lakewoods Resort in Arkansas, near Protem, Missouri, August 8-14, 1999. Unlike the first, it was less a reunion of people who knew each other well but lived apart, than a coming-together of family members who had not met for many years - or at all. After all, the composition of the family had changed a great deal during the second half of the 20th century.

In the 54 years since the first reunion, David and Lucy had passed away. So had all of their nine children, and all their children's spouses but one. Four grandchildren joined the family since 1945: John (David Jr's son), David III (David Jr's adopted son), Brian (Ken's second son), and Linda (Clyde's third child). By the time of the second reunion, two grandchildren passed away: John Bennett Crawford and Bob Hough. And lots of 4th generation great-grandchildren had arrived on the scene!

Only Betty Crawford (David Jr's wife) survived from the 2nd generation, and she was too frail to attend. Consequently, all family members at the 1999 reunion were of the 3rd and 4th generations. Twenty people attended the 2nd reunion, specifically:

  1. Beverly* (Schleich) Tower, her husband Ray Tower, Jr., and sons Ray III and Joe
  2. Brian Crawford, his wife Linda, and their son Nathan and friend Ryan Helfant
  3. David Crawford III and his wife Clare
  4. Gary* Crawford and his wife Susan
  5. Lana (Crawford) Streich, her husband Ed Streich, son Eddie, and daughter Michelle
  6. Linda Crawford and her friend Harry Gaston
  7. Marion* (Deedrick) O'Neill and her husband George O'Neill

(* attended both reunions)

Beverly flew in from Chicago; Brian from San Francisco. Lana and Linda drove in from Houston, Marion from Florida, Dave from Tennessee, Gary from Maryland. By Monday evening, all the families had arrived and were gathered in Bev's cabin. The cousins gave brief sketches of their lives and families. During the rest of the week, we got to know the spouses and the children.

By contrast with the first reunion, it was hot as hell in Arkansas. The older folks stayed inside the air-conditioned cabins most of the time, hollering "Door!" at the youngsters as they came in without closing the door promptly enough to suit them. In and around the chatting, we played card games: Trivial Pursuits, Spoon, and Oh Hell! were popular. Despite the extreme heat, a good time was had by all.

On Tuesday, Ray Sr. took his sons and other folks out water-skiing in a rented boat. Brian, his family, and Michelle went to Branson on Wednesday; Brian took the Tower boys, Nathan and Ryan to Water World the next day. The swimming pool attracted folks each morning for a swim and a chat, before the temperature hit 100. The women worked out evening meals for the crowd, which involved much cooperation and creativity given the limited facilities; the guys handled KP. On Wednesday evening, we all went to dinner together at Gaston's Restaurant, over an hour away near Mountain Home.

Departures began on Wednesday morning. Linda and Harry left early, taking Eddie with them back to Houston. Dave and Clare pulled out about 9:30. On Friday, George and Marion left at 9am; Gary and Brian and their families left at 10. Lana and Bev stayed on till Saturday.

All too quickly, it was over.

Pictures of 1999 reunion: thumb_reunion_bmp.gif - 4117 Bytes

Now What?

One might ask, now that relatively few family members are left who knew David Sr., or more than one or two of his children, whether there is any point of having further "Crawford Family Reunions." For what it's worth, here ís how I look at it.

We all need "roots." It seems especially important for children to feel connected. Having roots can contribute to one's sense of identity, of one's location in history, and a sense of community - of individuality within a larger extended family. Simply put, being in touch with one's extended family increases the number of people who care about you - about your trials and triumphs, your joys and sorrows. And as we grow older, it enables us to feel we can still contribute something to the younger folks who are moving forward, if only to tell of days gone by.

Connections to the extended family may even be of some practical use upon occasion, when one needs a helping hand or a friendly voice on the phone or a place to go. How much I would rather have a niece or nephew show up at my door than think of them confused and lost on the street. We might sometimes be able to give some useful advice, or provide a contact or a reference.

So, yes, I think a Reunion is worth doing, and regularly - whether there are many "Crawfords" left or not. We should bring our families together so that our children can meet our generation and vice versa, and so that our children can meet their children. We should speak of David Sr. and Bertha and their nine children, and of Lucy who raised them, and of what they and their descendants have accomplished.

Yes, it is important to correspond. The internet is a new tool to help us maintain contact and avoid losing touch with one another. But it is no substitute for knowing one another, for spending some time together, and looking into each other's eyes to find the Family member there. I feel I have a connection now with Eddie and Michelle, with Ray Jr. and Joe, and Nathan; I hope they feel the same. I just wish our children, Jennifer and Christopher, could have gotten time off from their jobs to attend. Maybe next time.

I think we should strive to gather the Family, as many of us as wish to be involved, and as quickly as possible. The 3rd generation is aging and if this family is going to be re-established, it depends on us. We all know just how quickly cousins lose touch with one another - almost forever - when the parents pass away. Because we are building a set of acquaintances and since so many could not attend this year, we should meet again in the year 2000. And again in 2001.

Of course, not everyone will be able to attend each year, or will want to. But we need to give everyone a real chance to attend at least once - to make the connections. I think that means several reunions in succession, in convenient and affordable locations, planned in advance, and communicated to all. We need to reach out especially to Glenn's family, and Tom's, and Clayton's, and Vesta's - none of whom were represented at the 1999 gathering - and let them know that we thought of them and would welcome their attendance at the next gathering.

Then we can have reunions every 3-5 years like normal people!

We can contact the Family and discuss where and when to have the 2000 Reunion, and the 2001 Reunion. As others have said, we should explore a Florida location since so many relatives are in the South. Another possibility is Harrisonburg VA, so Aunt Betty could attend.

What sort of place do we need? Susan and I liked the Lakewood Resort, with several kitchens for communal food preparation, since breaking bread together is the essence of family. We should plan, obtain, prepare, and eat as many meals together as possible. The lack of planned activities was good - especially in light of the awful weather - and it allowed individual interests to be pursued. A few suggestions for next time:

  1. Repeat the oral biographical sketches. A recitation is important for folks to hear, especially for the young people, as it is remembered best that way and provides a basis for later conversation.
  2. Expand the biographical sketches, and ask spouses and children for their stories.
  3. Someone should attempt to give a brief sketch of the life of David Sr, his wives and family. I am willing to give it a try, if I can get some help.
  4. We should have a formal group photograph taken, if not by a professional photographer at least by someone other than an attendee so everyone can be included. (Perhaps I can create a montage group photo for the 1999 Reunion. I'll let you know whose picture I don't have.)

In addition to the reunions, we can put the updated genealogy and contact list on the internet. Brian has agreed to host it on his website. (We discussed the need for the contact list to be passworded so e-mail addresses and phone numbers can be listed without concern.) We should send him the information needed to make it current and correct. Photos can and should be included. I can help if you don't know how to provide Brian with scanned images.

It was great meeting you all. Susan and I had a grand time. Special thanks to Bev for making it happen. I think all our parents would have been proud of us.

Lots of love,

--Gary and Susan

Definition of a "Crawford"

I think most of us have been considering this family to be the descendants of David Crawford, Sr. When I was contacting relatives for information for the genealogy, I was struck by the number of people outside of David's family who both considered themselves Crawford descendants and were very much interested in the greater family and its history.

David Sr was one of ten children, and his father George was one of nine. Check out these lines in the genealogy and you will find many more Crawford relatives out there. David Sr's brother John had only one grandchild, Ken Sowers, but Ken was presented with fourteen grandchildren of his own (within twelve years). David Sr's brother Stillman ("Pete") also has a large family, several of whom have written to me to keep up on the Crawford news over the years.

I suggest we re-establish contact with these other branches of the family and give them the chance to participate if they wish.

--Brian Crawford

History of the Crawford Clan

For many generations the names Crauford, Crawford, Crawfurd, and Lindsay were apparently synonymous in Scotland. Possibly these families had different origins but their bloodlines were intermingled by marriage so many times that, genealogically speaking, they can properly be considered the same. In the old days, Crauford and Crawfurd were much more common then Crawford, but now there are more than ten to one on the side of Crawford. Sandra Crawford Houston of Prescott AZ (no relation to our family so far as we can tell except from way back) says that the first Crawford in this country was David, who settled in Virginia. She has a copy of the Crawford coat of arms which bears the inscription in Latin: "I will render you safe by my strength." The family motto, she says, is: "They stand depending on God." The Crawford tartan can be purchased through The Tartan Shop, PO Box 2650, Long Beach CA. It is a conservative estimate that there are more than 150,000 Crawfords in the U.S. and that 98% of them are Protestant.

The following is an excerpt from a book in an Ohio library (title of book not available just now) discovered and copied by Margaret Crawford Annen:

Dumbarton Castle stands on the shore of the Clyde on a rocky promontory in Dumbartonshire, formed by the junction of the Severn and the Clyde, and on this basalt rock the now somewhat rare "true Scots thistle" is said to grow wild. Like an amazingly large number of other places, Dumbarton Castle has its associations with Queen Mary. Here she was brought in 1548 when not six years old from the monastery of Inchmohome and taken aboard a French ship which carried her off to France. The fortress too held her for three years after her flight to England in 1568 and served as chief point of communication between the queen and her friends on the Continent. Soon after the appointment of the Earl of Lennox, Darnley's father and consequently the grandfather of the young king, to be regent, a scheme was set on foot to capture the important stronghold.

Thomas Crauford of Jordanhill, kinsman of the regent and formerly in the service of his son, commanded the enterprise. Leaving Glasgow on the night of 04/01/1571 at the head of a hundred picked men, they reached the foot of the cliff about an hour after midnight. They had with them a man who knew every inch of the surface, every cranny, crevice, and foothold in the rock, and they were of course provided with ropes and scaling ladders. Even so, had the garrison been on the alert, the attempt could not but have failed; years of security had, however, made them careless.

Even the extraordinary accident of one of the attacking party going into a fit and clinging to the ladder so that he could not be wrenched away nor could others get by him, did not stop them for long. Crauford had the man made fast with ropes and then they turned the ladder around. A heavy mist, their own intrepidity and agility - for they had to swarm up the steep face of the cliff, at some places hitherto deemed inaccessible - and the laxity of the sentinels: these all combined to bring success. In the early morning the stronghold was taken, almost without loss of life on either side. Fleming, the governor, escaped down the precipice and made his way to Argillshire in an open boat and later got away to France.

"In consideration of this extraordinary feat of dexterity, which Sir Walter Scott held to be unparalleled in ancient or modern history, Captain Crauford received a grant of several lands in the neighborhood of Glasgow, whence his title Jordanhill, besides an annuity of 200 pounds Scots, payable out of the Priory of St. Andrews."

North of Killwinning on the Garnock River is the church of Kilburnie, once attached to the Priory. It is the burial place of the Craufords of Kilburnie and the Cunninghams of Glengarnock, the ruins of whose castles are within a mile or so of the village. It contains the tomb of Captain Thomas Crauford of Jordanhill.

--Brian Crawford

An Account of our Generations

The numbering scheme I came up with makes it easy to identify which generation each member of the family is in. That got me wondering about what makes up a generation, so I did a little research. It breaks down like this:

Generation I - Started on 05/14/1834 with John Crawford, Jr. and ended on 06/18/1848 with George Crawford (9), a span of fourteen years. It contained only nine members, the children of the patriarch. The last member of this generation was Clarissa Hoadley Crawford (9s), who died 01/28/1931. It lasted 97 years.

Generation II - Started on 08/05/1862 with Margaret Woodworth (71) and ended on 01/28/1895 with Olive Williams (9A), a period of 33 years.  It contained eighteen members and the last member of this generation was Olive Williams (9A), who died 07/29/1988.  It lasted 126 years.

Generation III - Started on 06/05/1891 with Harriet Woodworth (721) and ended in 1931 with Willie Smith, Jr. (935), a span of 40 years.  It contained twenty-eight members and four members of this generation survive, though none in David Crawford's line.

Generation IV - Started on 08/29/1928 with Barbara Crawford Whitehead (9121) and ended on 01/08/1953 when, oddly enough, both John Bennett Crawford (9182) and Brian Ewell (9A23) were born, a span of 25 years.  It contained thirty-four members and all but four survive.

Generation V - Started on 03/09/1950 with Linda Whitehead Cawley (91211). The last born of this generation was Nathan Crawford (91621) on 06/06/1988. There are sixty-seven members of this generation and not likely to be any more.

Generation VI - Started on 12/01/1972 with Jason McLain (914221). The most recent member of this generation (and the youngest Crawford) is Nicholas John Kine (941211) on 05/01/2000. There are currently fifty-five members of this generation that I am aware of. This is the fastest-growing generation at this time.

Generation VII - Started on 12/01/1992 with Kayla McLain (9142211). The latest is David McLain (9142213) on 07/17/1998. There are currently only four members of this generation.

--Brian Crawford


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