Rev. Peter CRAWFORD ID#4289, b. 1 February 1809, d. 26 April 1873
Birth*Rev. Peter CRAWFORD was born on 1 February 1809 in Louisa Co., Virginia.1,2 
Marriage*He married Maria Carter MONTAGUE, daughter of Mickelborough MONTAGUE and Ann Carter "Nancy" VAUGHAN, on 27 December 1834 in Powhattan County, Virginia.1,3 
Census 1840*Rev. Peter CRAWFORD appeared on the census of 1840 in Sumter Co., Alabama.4 
Census 1850*He appeared on the census of 28 September 1850 in Lowndes County, Mississippi, Rev. Peter Crawford is a Baptist minister living in Lowndes County.1

Anecdote*The town of Crawfordsville, Mississippi was named after Rev. Peter Crawford about 1852. 
Census 1860*He appeared on the census of 1860 in Hinds Co., Mississippi.5 
Employment*He was President of Keachi Female College in Louisiana in 1867. 
Census 1870*He appeared on the census of 1870 in Ward 1, DeSoto, Louisiana.6

Death*He died on 26 April 1873 at age 64. 
Burial*He was buried in Keatchie Cemetery, De Soto Parish, Louisiana. 
Bibliography*"Elder Peter Crawford — Was born in Louisa County, Va., February 1, 1809, and died at Keachi, La., April 25, 1873. He professed religion in 1831, and soon after began to preach. He received a liberal education in what has since become Eichmond College 5 and, possessing a rare faculty for imparting instruction, he devoted his life principally to teaching, although he preached regularly. In 1835 he removed to Marion, Ala., and became the founder of the now justly famed Judson Female Institute. Subsequently he removed to Mississippi, and took charge of the Central Female College, at Clinton. In 1866 he removed to Louisiana and became president of Keachi
Female College.
A single incident will illustrate the character of the man. He kept a diary from his youth. One day, looking over this, he found that, years before, he had promised to donate $25 to Randolph Macon College. Having no recollection of having paid it, he carefully scanned the intervening years, but finding no evidence of the payment, he at once remitted principal and interest to the president of the college. What an example to those who make pledges at conventions and associations.
He lost an only son, a very promising youth, in the war, and he never recovered from the effect of it. This event, no doubt, hastened his death."

(Rev. W. E. Paxton, A History of Baptists of Louisiana: From the Earliest Times to the Present, C. R. Barns Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1888.)2 


Maria Carter MONTAGUE b. 26 May 1815, d. 2 Jul 1886

Sources (

  1. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  2. [S3104] Paxton, W E, and Franklin Courtney. A History of the Baptists of Louisiana: From the Earliest Times to the Present. St. Louis: C.R. Barnes Pub. Co, 1888. Print., unknown repository.
  3. [S3076] Virginia Marriage Records, From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly; Indexed by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore 1984,
  4. [S1840] 1840 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  5. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  6. [S1870] 1870 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  7. [S157] Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana. Southern Publishing Company, 1890.
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