Subject:Re: Craytonville , SC
Post Date:October 23, 2006 at 14:56:29
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Forum:Anderson County, SC Genealogy Forum
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Regarding the part of the story where B.F. CRAYTON (Baylis Franklin Crayton (7/11/1820-2/5/1907) is reported to have been told the story by his father, I have to say it could not have have happened. His father was Samuel Crayton (1794-3/29/1829). Samuel died when Baylis was about ten years old.

Abe Lincoln was born in 1809 and Samuel Crayton would have had no inkling before his death in 1829 that Abe would grown up and be President - if he knew who Abe Lincoln was or even if everything else in this story were true. Samuel Crayton was a merchant in Greenville from the point that Baylis was born until Samuel's death. Samuel left a will naming his three children, Baylis F., Mary Jane and Thomas Crayton.

As far as I have been able to tell, it was Samuel's older brother Thomas Crayton (ca 1774-4/16/1824), also a merchant, and not Samuel, who owned land in the vicinity of Craytonville. Thomas & Samuel's widowed mother, Mary, owned land in Abbeville District.

As to the original query about the history of Craytonville, based on the circumstantial evidence of land records, I believe Craytonville was named for Thomas Crayton. Although he died in Augusta, GA, his will was filed in Greenville, SC in 1815 and probated 1824 and is posted online. His death notice appeared in Greenville and Augusta newspapers.