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Cranford

(1855 -1909)

Manley
Wilson
Cranford Sr.

(1821 -1889)

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Cranford


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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
NC
05 Mar 1909
Catawba,
Catawba Co, NC
William Alexander Loftin
m. 28 Jan 1875
Catawba, Catawba Co, NC
Mary M. Cranford Mar 1857   William Ed Allen
m. 1877
Nancy Anna Cranford Abt. 1859   Elihu Lockman Shelton
m. 14 Oct 1874
Catawba Co, NC
Manley Wilson Cranford Jr. 06 Sep 1860,
Catawba,
Catawba Co, NC
14 Mar 1927
Charlotte,
Mecklenburg Co, NC
Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell
m.18 Mar 1880
Catawba, Catawba Co, NC
Lou Ellen Cranford     (Died in Infancy)
 
 
 
Daughter, Lou Ellen Cranford, died in infancy.
 
The 1879 Catawba County Census shows Wilson and Martha Cranford living in the Mountain Creek Township of Catawba County with their four children: Laura (age 15), Mary (age 13), Nancy (age 11) and Manly Wilson Jr. (age 9). Manley Wilson Cranford Sr. was 47 years old and Martha was 40. The Real Estate Value of his farm was $500 and his Person Estate was valued at $200.
 
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, Sr. 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



 
 
 
 
 

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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 Wilson Cranford or his family
please contact me.