The following person is accepted as being the father of Joseph McCraven who listed his birthplace as being SC in the 1850 census for Arkansas and listed his age as 69.
Duncan McCraven (aka Dunkin McCreeven), born about 1755, enlisted as a private in the South Carolina Militia in 1779, fought in the battle of Eutaw Springs, was captured by the British near Camden, South Carolina, and was held prisoner of war for 110 days. He also fought in Georgia, and after the war received land grants in the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina for his wartime service. He sold those pieces of property soon after receiving them. He appears in the 1790 census in two different locations - the Ninety-Six District, and in Chester County, South Carolina. Court records for him are found in Chester- and Union County, South Carolina and in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. In the early 1790's he appears on land records in Mecklenburg County and by the time the 1810 census is taken, he is living alone in Iredell County, North Carolina. He died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1832. His last pension check from South Carolina for service in the Revolutionary War apparently was in 1796, because three of his grandchildren claimed his pay in from that time until the time of his death in 1832. That claim was made in 1859 in York County, South Carolina and they received compensation in 1859 from the state of South Carolina for his Revolutionary War service from 1796 through 1832. One of his grandsons, David Orlando McRaven, served as a prison guard at the Salisbury Prison in the Civil War. The McRaven's in Illinois descend from Benjamin Franklin McRaven, and the some of the McCraven's in Arkansas descend from Joseph McCraven. Both are believed to be sons of Dunkin McCreeven.
I'll be very interested in seeing any documentation linking James William McCraven and Joseph - also James' descendants.
Richard J. Kee
McCraven Family Historian
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