The Crawford’s Roots have their beginning in Russell County, Alabama, where Pat Crawford and Lola Benton met and were married.
Eli Hodges, a slave, was the father of Georgia Hodges who married Eugene Crawford. Eugene and Georgia were the parents of eleven children — three daughters: Carrie, Renella, and Lola; and eight sons: James, Eddie Lee “Weaver”, George, Henry “Sheedie”, Alfred, twins: Elisha and Elijah who were called “Bootie” and “Shorty”, and the Father of “our roots”: Pat, “Pa”; .
Annie Whitaker, also a slave, living in North Carolina, had two sons: Austin and Horace. She probably had other children, but we can only trace these two. Both Austin and Horace were sold to the Bentons and became known as Austin and Horace Benton. We cannot account for their journey from North Carolina to Russell County in Alabama. The writers source, “Doll”, Horace Benton’s daughter cannot ever remember her father or uncle mentioning how they came to Alabama or how they became free men. Horace married Chaddie Martin, and they had twenty children. Doll is number nineteen. Austin married Miss Rooshie’s daughter, Minnie. Their five children were Westley, William “Bud”, Viola, Eula, and the Mother of “our roots”: Lola “Ma”.