Descendants of William Crosthwait of England

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Generation #3

Phoebe (2Abraham, 1William) Crosthwait

In about 1780 in Virginia, John Slaughter was married for the first time. Circumstantial evidence leads to the belief that this first wife was a daughter of Abraham Crosthwait of Washington Co VA. Unfortunately, her first name is unknown. Belief that her name might have been Phoebe comes from Phoebe Slaughter, John Slaughter's oldest daughter's name.

Phoebe Crosthwait was born in about 1763 in Orange Co VA. Sometime after 5/1772, the family migrated to Washington Co VA where father Abraham operated an ordinary on the Wilderness Road.

In about 1780 in Washington Co VA, Phoebe married John Slaughter b. c. 1755 in Orange Co VA. John had just finished his enlistment in the Revolutionary War and was ready to settle down. Shortly thereafter, the family migrated to Washington Co NC (now Greene Co TN). Interestingly, these lands were originally thought to be in Virginia at the time.

While living in Greene County, John was awarded his bounty land in what would become Knox Co KY. And in about 1796, the Slaughter Family migrated to Flat Creek in Lincoln (now Knox) Co KY.

Phoebe died in about 1798, probably in Lincoln Co KY. Because her death predated her father's, she was not named in his 1801 will. If she was Abraham's daughter, husband John Slaughter was named in Abraham's will in her stead.

Greene County Tennessee Wills (1783-1890), p. 5:
Abraham Crosswhite  6 December 1801
Wife: Mary. Children: John, George, Sary Moser, Milly Wheeler, Lucy McReynolds, Polly Phillips, French Eller. John Slaughter to be paid $1.
Executors: Wife Mary, Joseph Porter, John Carder. 
Witnesses: Samuel Gragg, Joseph Porter, Elizabeth Porter.
Signed: Abraham Crosswhite



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