Source: Smart Match™: Quenter Web Site
Matched to: Nathan Charlescraft
Date: June 7 2012
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Nathan Charles Craft wed 1st 2 May, 1795 Bethsey Cooper, for whom I can find no record. There were Cooper families in the area and Nathan Craft bought land from one of them very shortly before his marriage. There was an Elizabeth Cooper at this time living locally, but she was wed to someone else, and her time span is wrong.
I see no reason to doubt Nathan Charles Craft's statement on his marriage bond about his place of birth, though he may have lied about his age, to fool a younger subsequent wife. One of his marriage bonds gave his date of birth as July 23, 1767 in Rowan County, (now Wilkes County) NC, later USA, so the family tradition that he was born in England is unlikely, though there is credence to family legend that there were three brothers who came from England, whose surname was Charlescraft, and it is my belief that in North Carolina the surname became just Craft.
There is documentary evidence on shipping records that three men named Charlescraft entered the port of Maryland at intervals.
Nathan died before the 1850 census and was buried in Hamptonville, now in Yadkin County, NC, USA . He was buried on what was then his property somewhere near the house that he built for his second wife and occupied with his third wife. This house is still standing and still used as some kind of storehouse, though all traces of the family graveyard are long since gone.
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