A history of the Cranford family
by Ruth Baker
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I am giving a brief look at a portion of a very important family of Walker County and also in Jasper. They were business men and leaders.

“Abner Cranford, the father of the late L. M. Cranford came to Alabama from South Carolina. He stopped at Guntersville. They offered him a reserve and he made a boat and went down to Decatur. Then he went to Walker County and remained there and reared his family.”

The article states further the interesting aspects of his son, Lewis Mason’s life:

“Lewis Mason Cranford, one of the early settlers of Eddy was born December 29, 1831 and died January 23, 1912. He was born in Walker County, Alabama. He came into Jefferson County, was married to Miss Towrey Posey on December 28, 1854, Blount County, Lewis White, Justice of the Peace. L. M. Cranford and family moved from Village Springs, Jefferson County. He bought the two-story building at Eddy from a man called Flax. It was on the stage run between Huntsville and Elyton. They called it ‘Flax Stand’ and later called it ‘Cranford Stand.’ Eddy Post Office was established in 1893. Bill Perkins was the first post-master. This was in the voting precinct of Cranford, Beat 21…as it was called before Eddy Post Office was established. It went from brink of the mountain at Fry Gap, about seven miles and extended back to Cullman, Blount, and Morgan County line.”

One of Abner’s sons, J. W. Cranford spoke of his uncles Jack and William. Mr. J. W. Cranford also reminisced of his walk of seven miles to earn one dollar a day!

Abner Cranford married Elizabeth Jenkins in Morgan County on Jan. 26, 1831. For a time after marriage, Abner and Elizabeth lived in Fayette County. There was probably a Wilkes connection there.

Abner and Elizabeth Cranford had three children: Lewis Mason, Martha, and William. Records are not now available as to when his wife Elizabeth died.

Abner’s second wife was Rebecca Ann Wedgeworth Conners whom he married July 18, 1837 in Blount County. Walton White, Justice of the Peace, officiating. Rebecca Ann born in South Carolina was reared in the aristocratic atmosphere of Greene County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Richard and Mary Edgeworth who came from Abbeville County, South Carolina. They were in Greene County, Alabama in 1830. At that time, there was a town named Wedgeworth which is now in Hale County, Alabama. Rebecca’s parents are buried at McDade Cemetery near Carbon Hill. Rebecca was a strong, determined character. Traditional anecdotes by great-grandsons years later tell of warnings to siblings, “You better not let Granny know you snitched those grapes from her vines…she’ll skin you alive!”

In 1850, the census report indicates that “Luis M.” was living with his grandparents Cranford. Rebecca Ann had her hands full with her own brood: Julia Ann Cranford was born December 1838. She married John M. Cunningham.

John Edward Cranford was born February 12, 1839 and married first, a Miss Mathis, second, Uretha Morris, and third, Jane Hockett.

Nancy Emily Cranford was born Febuary 4, 1841. She married John Morgan Stacks about 1872 and he died about 1876.

Sara Ann Matilda Cranford was born May, 1847. She married Lewis Thomas Atkins, died May 18, 1934.(This put her in my lineage through her marriage into the Atkins family. My mother was named for her —Mary Matilda Atkins Romine.

Newton Middleton Cranford was born in 1853. His wife was Eliza J. and his children were: Newton, Jr., Nora G., Mary A., and Rufus M.

Abner had a girl, Elizabeth. So far, no family records have been found concerning this daughter. Family stories about Rebecca abound.

She went to Texas after Abner’s death.