Thursday, December 25, 2008

Archelaus Craft

Archelaus Craft was born on December 25, 1749 in North Carolina. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Adams on December 1, 1785.

He was a Revolutionary War Soldier. In his pension application he states that he was born on the Roanoke River in North Carolina on Christmas day, 1749. He served three tours in the North Carolina Militia. He first volunteered in 1778 for three months and marched against the Indians while assisting the British. In 1780, he volunteered for nine months and took part in the Battle of Hanging Rock and fought at Eutaw Springs. In 1781, he volunteered for three additional months after which he was honorably discharged at Saulsberry, N.C.

He migrated to Upper Kentucky River Valley in 1804 and is recognized in a Highway marker two miles east of Whitesburg, Kentucky at Ermine, JCT KY 119 & 2034. He was a founder of the Indian Bottom Church.

In the 1850 census for Letcher County, Kentucky Archelous was listed as 96, a farmer born in North Carolina. He was living with his second wife Scena who was 80 and a 15 year old Harvy Pritchet, the grandson of Charity and Harvey Pritchard.

A bicentennial article in the Greenup County paper reports that Archelous split 100 rails on his 100th birthday. He lived to be 103.

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