Marion County Biographies - C




CHADICK, Stokely R. 1818- 1909
Tells of forming church in Jefferson & teaching in Coffeeville.

"For the first nine and a half years in Texas I taught school, preached and built up churches. Perhaps I preached more than any man in Texas. I taught the first year in Jefferson, Texas, and organized and built our church there, which still is in the hands of the unionists. The next five and a half years I taught in the Academy, of Coffeeville, Texas. Both of these schools I founded, and built up good village churches at these places."

CRAWFORD, Jeptha Dudley - Jeptha was born ca. 1814 in Estill County Kentucky to William Crawford and Susannah Curl. His father William died by drowning when he was about six years of age, leaving him (Jeptha) and  his brother Merriweather Lewis age one. In November 1821 his mother Susannah married Robert Arberry at Estill Co. Ky. 

On August 11, 1837 Jeptha D. married Katherine Kenningham at Clay Co. Ky. and subsequently fathered two sons William L. Crawford born January 23, 1839, and M. L. (Merriweather Lewis) Crawford born in 1841. By 1843 the Arberrys and Crawfords were declared insolvent by the Estill Co. authorities whereby they moved to the State of Texas. 

In 1846 the Arberrys and Crawfords were living in Cass Co. Tx., by 1860 Jeptha was living in Marion Co. Tx. with the addition of two sons and one daughter, John R.,  J. D. and  Susan Crawford. Jeptha became a very successful merchant and citizen in the city of Jefferson where he lived out the remainder of his life. His eldest sons William L. and M. L. married daughters of the prominent Daniel Alley family of Jefferson, and became prominent Lawyers of Jefferson, and later Dallas Texas. 

Submitted by W. C. Tipton, Weatherford, Ok. (

CRAWFORD, William Lyne (1839-1920). William Lyne Crawford, lawyer and legislator, was born on January 23, 1839, in Clay County, Kentucky, the son of Jeptha D. and Catherine Crawford. He moved to Texas with his parents in 1843, first to Harrison County and later to Marion County. He attended McKenzie College and studied law with David B. Culberson. Crawford joined the Confederate Army In 1861 and served as lieutenant colonel of the Nineteenth Texas Infantry. After the Civil War he returned to Jefferson and was admitted to the bar in 1866. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875. In 1880 he and his brother, M. L. Crawford, moved their law partnership, Crawford and Crawford, from Jefferson to Dallas, where William became a noted criminal and civil lawyer who tried cases of nationwide importance. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-second Legislature, 1891-92.

Crawford was married to Love Alley. On October 1, 1896, he married Katherine Lester Lamar, a widow with a son. Katherine studied in the Julien School in Paris, France; taught at Professor Jones Female College; and as an art collector built a private gallery on the side of the Crawford house on Ross Avenue. Crawford had one daughter and three sons. He died on February 17, 1920, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas.

CULBERSON, David Browning - The historic city of Jefferson, in Marion County, East Texas, has a just pride in being the home of the eminent jurist, David Browning Culberson, famous as a Constitutional Lawyer, and expounder of the United States Constitution. He was born in Troup County, Georgia, on September 29, 1830. He received his academic education in Brownwood College, La Grange, Georgia. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1851, and began to practice law in Dadeville, Alabama. He moved to Texas in 1856, and settled in Jefferson, Marion County, in 1861, and continued the practice of law there. He was elected representative in the sate Legislature in 1859. During the Civil War, he entered the Confederate Army as a private and was promoted to the rank of Colonel of the 18th Texas Infantry. He was made Adjutant-General of the State of Texas in 1864, with the rank of Colonel. He was again elected Representative to the Texas Legislature in 1864, and in 1873 elected to the State Senate and served as Senator until his resignation, after having been elected a member of Congress. He was elected as a Democrat to the 44th and to the ten succeeding Congresses, and served from March 4, 1875, until March 3, 1897, when he declined a re nomination. He was appointed by President McKinley on June 21, 1897, as one of the Commissioners to codify the laws of the United States and served in this capacity until his death, in Jefferson, Texas, on May 7, 1900. He was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, at Jefferson. He is renowned not only in his own right, but as being the father of his distinguished son, Charles Allen Culberson, who became both Attorney General and Governor of the great state of Texas.

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