An American Family History

Cresswell Family

  also spelled Carswell, Chriswell, Corswell, Creswell, Criswell  

Robert Cresswell, Sr. was born about 1747 in Ireland. He married Martha Catherine Buyers.

Matthew Cresswell (1766),
Samuel Cresswell (1768),
John Cresswell (1770),
Robert Cresswell (1771),
Edward Potter Cresswell (1773),
Alexander Cresswell (1775),
Elizabeth Cresswell (1779),
daughter Cresswell (married Silas Anderson)
daughter Cresswell (married Denyne).

Robert was in John Little's Company in 1788.

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania was established on September 20, 1787 as a large region of Central Pennsylvania. It was previously part of Bedford County and the earlier Cumberland Region.

Robert Cresswell, Jr. was born about 1771.

He married Mary Graffius.

John Cresswell,
Nicholas Cresswell,
Robert Cresswell,
Elizabeth Cresswell,
Martha Cresswell,
Abraham Cresswell,
Mary Cresswell,
Catharine Cresswell,

Robert died on August 24, 1807. Mary died in Barree Township about 1832




from History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania by J. Simpson Africa Philadelphia, PA: Louis H. Everts, 1883, pp. 307-317.  Contributed by Mike Gifford & Ken Boonie.  Revised and proofread by Judy Banja.

Robert Cresswell emigrated from the County Down, Ireland, and settled in Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin Co. . . . doubtless moved to what is now Huntingdon County with his sons, as his remains rest in the Ewing graveyard in Barree township.  His children were:

2. Samuel.
3. Matthew.
4. John.
5. Robert.
6. Alexander.
7. Edward Potter.
8. A daughter, who married Silas Anderson and moved to Ohio.
9. A daughter, who married --- Denyne.

 Matthew [Cresswell] married a daughter of Patrick Leonard. . .

Robert [Cresswell] married Mary, a daughter of Nicholas Graffius, who had settled on Shaver's Creek.  He and his brother Matthew bought and made their homes on the tract on Warrior's Ridge. . .  After a residence here of some years, where most, if not all, his children were born, Robert pushed with his family into the wilderness of Clearfield County, and settled on the bank of the Susquehanna above Anderson's Creek, at a spot designated by the watermen as the Pewees' Nest, where he died Aug. 24, 1807. 

His children were:
11. John.
12. Nicholas.
13. Robert.
14. Elizabeth.
15. Martha.
16  Abraham.
17. Mary.
18. Catharine.

Robert's wife survived him many years.  She returned to Barree township and died there about 1832.


from The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 54 by George Ely Russell

James Creswell was taxed at Shavers Creek, Barree Township, Huntingdon County, Pa., 1778-1788;  was overseer of the poor and active in the militia, 1782.


from The Boyd Family

William Boyd and his first wife, Margaret, purchased from John Cadwallader, Esq., of Huntington County, Pa., who was agent for James Cresswell, a tract of land called Reserve containing 124 acres. 29 perches for £126:9:0.

This tract was located on Shaver's Creek. Barree Twp., Huntington County, Pa. Patented Dec. 23, 1793 (Ref. Patent Book 20, p. 175). Recorded Dec. 24, 1793 (Ref. Book C. p. 507. June 16. 1794, Huntington County, Pa.)