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The names of the first settlers in Crawford County, together with the dates and order of their arrival, could not be definitely ascertained, though there seems no room for doubt that William Harrison was either the first or very nearly the first, in 1821. The best that could be done in this respect was to make out as full a list as practicable of those in the county at the time of its organization, January 24, 1858. This list is as follows: James Sanders, who came from Kentucky; Peter Brickey, from Tennessee; John Sanders, from Kentucky; Marion W. Trask, Richard Rice, Elias Matlock, William Britton, Mark Ramsey, Levi L. Snelson, Obadiah Key, William, Lewis and Elijah Key, Washington Carter, John Carter, and Reuben A. Carter, John P. Webb, Sr., William Harrison, Sr., Lewis Harrison, John Wright, Theophilus Williams, William Crow, John Hyde, Aristides Harrison, Silas P. Brickey, John Dobkins, B. C. Murray, Jeremiah Brickey, Simeon Frost, Henry E. Adams, Abner McCave, Mark Walker, Parson King, Henry W. Benton, Samuel Lofton, J. S. Brinker, William Hudspeth, Joseph, Jeremiah, John and George Turnbrough, James Shipman, Matthew Shipman, Samuel Bunyard, Presley Anderson, Putnam Trask, Joseph Campbell, Joseph Palmer, William, David, Daniel, John and Martin Fullbright, Littleton Lunceford, John Garrison, Moses Scott, a Mr. McLaughlin, and a large number of Harrisons, William, Benjamin, Hugh, Batteal, Andrew and John; Hartwell Parsons, Henry Brown, James Dobkins and Richard Turner. There was doubtless a large number of others, but the above were all the names that could be ascertained.

 

Additional names of early settlers in Crawford County may be found in the list of first land entries: Wm. Harrison, September 20, 1823, entered the southwest quarter of Section 15, Township 39, Range 2 west, and the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 22, same township and range, besides other entries ; William Crow, September 20, 1823, a part of Section 3, Township 39, Range 2 west; John Wright, Sr., September 20, 1823, the west fractional half of Section 21, same township and range; Andrew Miller, October 24, 1823, the southeast fractional quarter of Section 4, Township 38, Range 3 west, and on February 3, 1824, the southwest fractional quarter of the same section; Reeves & Harrison, September 27, 1823, Lot 1, northeast quarter of Section 2, Township 39, Range 3 west; William Fullbright, November 13, 1823, part of Section 17, Township 37, Range 2 west; Peter Brickey, November 13, 1823, the west half of the northeast quarter of Section 20, Township 37, Range 2 west; William Haverstick, December 4, 1823, part of Section 32, Township 37, Range 2 west; John Twitty, May 14, 1825, the east half of the southwest quarter of Section 14, Township 39, Range 2 west; John Wright, Jr., April 10, 1824, the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 20, Township 39, Range 2 west; John Hughes, December 8, 1824, the northwest fractional quarter of Section 35, Township 40, Range 2 west; Slots & Rice, August 29, 1825, the northwest fractional quarter of Section 10, Township 38, Range 3 west; Thomas P. Shore, June 8, 1825, Lot 5, the northeast quarter of Section 3, Township 39, Range 2 west; January 15, 1825, Uriah Burnes, the southwest fractional quarter of Section 13, Township 40, Range 2 west; Bartlett Martin, March 17, 1825, the southwest quarter of Section 25, Township 40, Range 2 west; Massey & James, June 14, 1826, the east half of the northeast quarter and the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 7, Township 37, Range 5 west, besides a large number of other entries on the same day and afterward; John S. Ferguson, October 11, 1826, the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 8, Township 39, Range 2 west ; A. Harrison, March 29, 1826, the east half of the northwest quarter of Section 27, Township 39, Range 2 west; M. W. Trask, December 18, 1826, the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 25, Township 38, Range 3 west; John Givens, October 27, 1827, the east half of the southwest quarter of Section 31, Township 37, Range 4 west; and James Sanders, January 26, 1828, the west half of the southwest quarter of Section 21, Township 37, Range 2 west. These are believed to be all the land entries before the organization of the county, January 29, 1829.

History Excerpts from ‘History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford, & Gasconade Counties, Missouri’, The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1888

 

 

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