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Cranford

(1855 -1909)

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Wilson
Cranford Sr.

(1821 -1889)

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Manley Wilson Cranford Sr.

 
 

 

Born: 11 Jun 1821, Randolph County, NC
Died:  23 Jun 1889, Catawba County, NC

 
 

Manley Wilson Cranford was born 11 Jun 1821 in Randolph Co, NC, to who we believe to be James Cranford and Sarah Redwine.

He was a religious boy, becoming a local Preacher in the Mountain Creek area.

Wilson met and married Mary Martha Lomax from Montgomery Co, NC, USA.  She was born 29 Jan 1829.

(Right) Rev. Manley Wilson Cranford with Martha and son, Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr.

 


(Above) Mary Martha Lomax Cranford

 
Wilson and Martha had five children.
 
Children of Manley Wilson Cranford Sr. and Mary Martha Lomax
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Laura Rossie Cranford 02 Jan 1855 05 Mar 1909 William Alexander Loftin
Mary M. Cranford Abt. 1857   Edd Allen
Nancy Anna Cranford Abt. 1859   Lock Shelton
Manley Wilson Cranford Jr. Abt. 1861 14 Mar 1927 Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell
m.18 Mar 1880
Lou Ellen Cranford     (Died in Infancy)
 
Daughter, Lou Ellen Cranford, died in infancy.
 
 
 
1870 Catawba County, NC, Census
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Real Estate Value Personal Estate Birth Males 21+
Cranford Wilson 47 M W Farmer $500 $200 NC X
------- Martha 40 F W Keeping House     NC  
------- Laura 15 F W At Home     NC  
------- Mary 13 F W "     NC  
------- Nancy 11 F W "     NC  
------- Manley 9 M W       NC  
 
 
According to the 1870 Agricultural Census, Wilson's farm was 140 acres, with 50 of that being used for crops, pastures, etc.  The value of his farm was $500.  Even though Wilson was a local Preacher, he and his family still maintained the farm.

 

1870 Catawba County, NC, Agricultural Census

Name of Owner: Cranford, Wilson   Value of Livestock: $200   Wheat, # of Bushels: 100
Improved (Land): 50 acres   Horses: 1   Oats, # of Bushels: 60
Unimproved (Land): 90 acres   Mules: 0   Indian Corn Bushels: 20
Cash Value of Farm: $500   Milk Cows: 3   Ginned Cotton Bales: 0
Value of Farm Implements : $150   Working Oxen: 0   Wool: 0
    Other Cattle: 4    
    Swine: 2    
    Sheep: 7    
 
 

 

The Manley Wilson Cranford homeplace

The Cranford homeplace in the Little Mountain area of Catawba County (1995) 
Ivon Beatty owned the property at the time

 
 

 

Manley Wilson Cranford died 23 Jun 1889.

 

Manley Wilson Cranford, Sr. - Will - 1889

 

Will Book - Mountain Cree, N. C.
June 25, 1889

Last Will and Testament of Wilson Cranford

I want all of my debts paid and I want a nice set of Tombstones for myself and a set for Anner (Nancy Anna Cranford Shelton), and I want my wife to have the home her lifetime, and I want Manley to settle up the Estate.

A. R. Helderman, Witness
F. R. Howard

North Carolina Superior Court
Catawba County, August 30, 1889

The foregoing attached paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Wilson Cranford, written and expressed by him, while on his death bed and in his own house is proven by the oath and examination of A. R. Helderman and F. R. Howard who make oath and say and each for himself says that he was at the residence of the said Wilson Cranford while he was in his last sickness.  And that he in the presence of each of us, expressed exactly in substance and as nearly in words as we can call to mind, the same as the foregoing said paper writing.  Then at the time of so expressing and uttering his will and wish, he was of sound mind and memory, and of full age to make a will and was under no restraint to the knowledge improvision and belief.  And further these desponents say not.

F. R. Harewood (Seal)
A. R. Helderman (Seal)
P. H. Hu?? C. S. C.
Sworn and Subscribed before me Aug 30 1889
P. H. Huyle C. S. C.
Recored in Will Book No. 2 Page 487
State of North Carolina
Catawba County, SS in the Probate Court

State of North Carolina
Catawba County, SS in the Probate Court

I, M. W. Cranford do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe this writing to be and contain the last Will and Testament of Wilson Cranford deceased; and that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying his debts and then his legacies as far as the said estate shall extend, or the law will charge me; and that I will well and faithfully execute the office of and executor agreeable to the trust and confidence repose in me, and according to law, so help me God.

Sworn and subscribed before me this 30th day of Aug 1889

P. H. Huyle C. S. C
M. W. Cranford

 
 
 
Martha died 23 Dec 1910 in Catawba County, NC.
 
Manley Wilson Cranford and Mary Martha Lomax Cranford are buried at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina.
 

 

Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church



 
 
 
 
Children & Grand Children
 
 
Manley W. Cranford, Jr., age 20, married Sarah Elizabeth "Lizey" Caldwell, age 20, daughter of Phillip & Sarah Caldwell, on 18 Mar 1880.  The person performing the marriage was J. A. Sherrill (Minister), and the Witnesses were Charles L. McCaul, L. A. Killian, and Jay Beatty.
 
 
According to the 1910 Mecklenburg County Census, Martha was living with her son Manley and his wife Elizabeth on North Main Street in Deweese Township of Davidson.  Their children still at home were Grace, Spencer, Reid, Charlotte and Elizabeth.  Martha was 87 years old.
 
1910 Mecklenburg County, NC, Census
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age Single/
Married
Occupation 1 Occupation 2
Cranford Manley W. Head M W 49 M Merchant General Store
------- Elizabeth Wife F W 49 M None  
------- Grace Daughter F W 21 S Teacher Music
------- Spencer Son M W 19 S Salesman General Store
------- Reid Son M W 14 S Salesman General Store
------- Charlotte Daughter F W 12 S None  
------- Elizabeth Daughter F W 9 S None  
------- Martha Mother F W 87 Widow None  
 
 
 
Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr. with his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell, and children
outside of their home
 
 
 
 
Children of Manley Wilson Cranford Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Minnie Gaither Cranford 26 Sep 1880
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
17 Aug 1966
Greensboro, NC
(Never Married)
George Washington Cranford 12 Dec 1881
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
03 Jan 1913
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
 
Edgar Manley Cranford 31 Jan 1882
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
01 Jun 1957
Concord,
Cabarrus Co, NC
Berth H. (Unknown)
Dr. James Franklin Cranford 28 Sep 1884
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
10 Oct 1946  
Wilson Hessburg Cranford 20 Feb 1890
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
02 Aug 1970
Charlotte
Mecklenburg Co, NC
Ophelia Hartt
Mary Grace Cranford 08 May 1891
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
Aug 1964
Duval, FL
Clifford Ernest Herrick
m. 06 Nov 1912
Spencer Rouse Cranford 12 Jul 1893
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
07 Jul 1960
Durham, NC
Thelma May Collins
m. 21 Mar 1929
Reid Davis Cranford 18 Jul 1897
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
19 Jul 1918
Soissons, Cote d'Or
Bourgogne
FRANCE
(Never Married)
Killed during
WWI
       
Charlotte Irene Cranford 25 Jul 1898
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
20 Jun 1986
Thomasville
Davidson, NC
(Never Married)
Sarah Elizabeth Cranford 16 Sep 1903
Davidson
Mecklenburg Co, NC
17 Nov 1981
Greensboro,
Guilford Co, NC
Claudius Dockery
m. 25 Sep 1923
Lilly Bell Cranford After 1910    
 
 
 

(Left) Wilson & Martha's daughter, Laura, married William Alexander Loftin.
Laura is pictured with 2 of her children, Arthur Lee & Cordie Bland.

(Middle & Right) Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr.

   

 
 
 
Last Will & Testament for Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr.
 
 
 
 
 
Reid Davis Cranford
 

Reid Cranford (Right), son of Mr. & Mrs. Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr. of Davidson, NC. 

Mr. Cranford, 22 years of age, was a member of the Marine Corps, and died in France on July 19th, as a result of wounds received in the terrific fighting at the Battle of Soissons.

                 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

WWI Military Muster for Spencer Rouse Cranford

 
Spencer Rouse Cranford enlisted in the US Marines during WWI on 29 Nov 1917.  This particular muster showes that he was part of Company I and was stationed at Paris Island, SC.
 
 

Last Will & Testament for Spencer Rouse Cranford

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Death Certificate for Spencer Rouse Cranford

 
The Death Certificate for Spencer Rouse Cranford lists his birth date (7-12-1893) and his death date as (7-7-1960).  Spencer was age 66, married to Thelma Collins Cranford, and his parents are listed as Manley Cranford (Jr) and Sarah Caldwell.  It shows that he had served in the military during WWI.  Spencer and Thelma had been living at 940 Bromley Rd, Charlotte, NC.  He died at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC.  Cause of Death was listed as "Uremia" (or E.Coli food contamination).  Contributing causes included "Renal Shutdown" (kidney failure), "myocardial infarction with hypotension" (heart attack) and "generalized arteriosclerosis" (hardening of the arteries).  He lived for one week from the onset of his illness until his death.  He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, NC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A special thanks to Peggy Loftin Brotherton for various photos of the Cranford Family.

Thanks to Barry Brotherton for the photos of the Cranford homeplace.

Thanks to Boyd & Becky Goble for the photo of Manley Wilson Jr.

 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have additional photos or information on Manley Cranford or his family, please contact me.