Hello my name is Russell L. Cranford III descended from R L. Cranford II <- R L. Cranford I <- Curtis Cranford <- Lemuel Cranford <- Hiram Craton Cranford <- Josiah Cranford <- Ezekial Cranford.
I`ve been wanting to find out a solid lead on Ezekial`s father. Ezekial had several children with Elizabeth Painter: John, William, Jesse, Josiah, James, Jeremiah and Louisa.I found a lot of leads pointing to Maryland along the lines of Leonard but heres the problem:
It is from the ARK. 1911 Census of Conf. Vets. Vol 1 Cranford, Hiram Craton, of Camden, Ark, was born Nov. 27, 1835, at Chocta? Corner, Clark Co., Ala. the son of Joeier (Josiah?) Cranford of NC, who lived at Oglethorpe Co., GA. and moved to Chocta Corner, Ala. He was the son of Ezekiel Cranford and his wife, Elizabeth. Maiden name of subject's mother was Elizabeth Johnson, dau. of Thomas Will Johnson who lived at Coldville, Talaposa (Tallapoosa) Co., Ala. "My great-grandfather came from England to North Carolina and my grandparents came to Georgia and then to Ala., lived and died there. I came to Ark. the day before the Pres. Lincoln was elected. I only went to school about 3 months in Choctaw Corner, Ala." Subject was a Democrat, a Methodist, and a Mason. Was a Private, enlisted in Co. C, 6th Ark. went from Camden to Little Rock, enlisted in Ouachita Co., in 1861, was only paroled for 30 days on account of sickness. Married Catherine Gilmon Hardcastle, daug. of Richard Franklin and Margaret Elizabeth Hardcastle, who lived at Falcon, Columbia Co., Ark. Married Aug. 10, 1866 - her grandparents were Irish. Children: 1. Margaret Elizabeth Cranford m. Mackey Rolen McNatt, Waldo, Ark. 2. Lemuel Thomas Cranford M. Missie Barnock, Camden, Ark. Certified by L. B. Stone, Tax Assessor of Ouachita Co., Ark. June 7, 1912
Hiram Craton clearly states his ggrandfather (Ezekial`s father) was from England.Problem is, he didn`t state a name.If anyone has any leads, or if you are just related to me in anyway, please give me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I sure would be appreciative and God Bless all you Cranfords!