Ransom Hope RHAME and his first [unknown] wife had two sons, the first of which was William Carroll Crawford RHAME [b. 8 Jan 1833, d. 1856]. The origins of this name has been the subject of much speculation. It has been assumed, and some records state, that he was born in South Carolina before Ransom Hope migrated to Alabama. Nothing found in South Carolina, however, suggested a person by the name William Carroll CRAWFORD existed there.
Recently, I found a short biographical sketch on a William Carroll CRAWFORD [b. 13 Sep 1804, d. 3 Sep 1895] who became a Methodist minister in Georgia in 1830 and was assigned to a circuit in Alabama. He continued in service in Alabama until late 1834 at which time he moved to Texas and settled near the site of Shelbyville. He was a delegate to a convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos early in 1836 at which the Texas Declaration of Independence was passed and signed. William Carroll CRAWFORD was the last living signer of the declaration.
I have found nothing to suggest that William Carroll CRAWFORD was ever in South Carolina. Neither have I learned any details of his ministry in Alabama but I strongly suspect that he was working within the area where Ransom Hope and his wife were at that time. Any help finding records of William Carroll CRAWFORD's preaching activities in Alabama would be very much appreciated.
Also, William Carroll Crawford RHAME married Nancy Elizabeth BOAN on 27 Dec 1856 in Butler Co., AL and they had one son, Francis C. RHAME [b. 7 Oct 1857], before William C. C. died in 1859. Does anyone have additional information on him? Thanks, Bob
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