Here is what I have on Elizabeth Wilkes ancestors,
wife of John Calvin Cranford.
Francis Wilkes babt 1702 NC, died 5-1745 Edgecombe Co., NC,
md Grace?? children:
1. Thomas Wilkes b abt 1735 Edgecombe Co., NC, died 1808 Chester Co., SC, md
Mary Conyers b abt 1746 Halifax Co., NC md abt 1762 Halifax Co. Thomas was
in Rev War. Mary dau of Richard R.W. Conyers b 1719 Bermuda, died 2-9-1792
Franklin, NC & Margaret Arundel(Arrendale). Emigrated to Isle of Wight, Va
from Bermuda in 1741. Children of Thomas & Mary:
I. Abner Wilkes, b a 1766NC, d 1839 Copiah, Miss. md 1st abt 1785
in Halifax Dist, NC, Martha Crider/Crowder b abt 1770 SC. children:
1. Elizabeth Wilkes b a 1790, m. John Calvin Cranford. (see Cranford History)
2. Winnifred Wilkes -b. 1792
3. Stephen Hitchcock Wilkes -b April 18, 1794,
4. Nancy Wilkes
5. Sarah Wilkes -b.1800
6. Martha Wilkes
7. Asa Wilkes
Abner md 2nd Jerusha Brown -b. 1780 Fairfield, SC, their child:
John B. Wilkes -b March 8, 1819.
II. Reuben -b. 1763,
III. Francis -b. 1768,
IV. Richard -b. 1769
V. William -b. 1774.
2. Francis, Jr.,
3. Isaac
4. James.



1.)"The Wilkes Genealogy" has been compiled in a book by Ivan E. Bass in 1964.
It includes the family of John Cranford and Elilzabeth Wilkes. The book is probably out of print, (pp. 15-16).

2) "Early Families of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, Its Past and Present." a book published by the Tarboro Historical Society in 1881 (with an addendum in 1920)

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I would really like to thank everyone for sharing all their info... especially Carrie, Peggy, Cathy and Kennye!!!
Crandford Links:
Cathy Cranford-Ailtsock - Cathy has put together a great page on the Cranfords, she has a lot of info and links- a must if you are researching the Cranfords!
Roy Cranford - has put up a wonderful page that has Cranford history back to the 1200's in England.

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