John H. Craven

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John H. Craven (1774–1845), farmer, moved to Albemarle from Loudoun County in 1800. During the next nine years, he leased five hundred acres and forty-five slaves from Thomas Jefferson at Tufton, near Monticello. In 1811 Craven acquired a saw and merchant mill at Pen Park in partnership with James Dinsmore, and he bought out Dinsmore’s interest in the enterprise four years later. Craven also fought in the War of 1812, serving as a lieutenant in the American armed forces.

By ACT of the General Assembly (1815), Craven was one of the twelve appointed additional Trustees for the Town of Charlottesville. [1]Craven purchased a home at Pen Park in 1819, and he acquired William Wirt’s Rose Hill estate the following year. By 1821 he owned more than 1,500 acres in Albemarle County. Craven served as captain of the Lafayette Guards, the unit that escorted Lafayette to Monticello in 1824. [2]

John Hough Craven died in 1845 and is buried in the Craven Family section of the Pen Park-Gilmer Estate Cemetery.

Craven was among those who appraised Thomas Jefferson’s Albemarle County estate after his death.



Elizabeth Noland Craven (1778 - 1819)
Mary Lewis Craven (1788 - 1852)


Lewellen Craven (1801 - 1825)
John D. Craven (1802 - 1861)
William Lewellen Craven (1807 - 1868)
Amanda Melvina FitzAllen Craven Crawford (1808 - 1863)
George Washington Craven (1815 - 1852)

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