Sunday, July 21, 2013

Col. David Crawford

Colonel David Crawford (c. 1625[1] – 1710) was a member of the House of Burgesses and an early plantation owner in Virginia.

David Crawford was born circa 1625, in Scotland, emigrating to the Virginia Colony with his father, John Crawford around 1643.[2] His father was later killed during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676.

Crawford amassed many acres of land and owned a large plantation that eventually became the site of Richmond, Virginia. On April 2, 1692 he was elected to the House of Brugesses as one of two representatives from New Kent County, Virginia for two years. He introduced a piece of legislation, requiring that County Clerks maintain an office in their respective County Courthouse.

As an elderly man he is reported to have been killed by some Pamunkey Indians in 1710 in New Kent Co., Virginia. The site of David Crawford's fortified home was under excavation in 2010.