William Crowle

Upriver from John Beresford's land a grant of 10,000 acres was given to William Crowle, and Charles Bernard was hired to locate the land in 1767. Bernard said in a January 8, 1768 letter that the tract was twenty-four miles above the Great Lake, or somewhere south of today's Lake Woodruff bordering west on the river and the northern portion of Lake Beresford. Beresford Plantation bordered Crowle to the south. Crowle's tract, Bernard said, was high ground with rich soil, "a mountain pretty high to make an exceeding pleasant summer House" that was surrounded by an orange grove.

Bernard was apparently the third person hired to select a site for Crowle's land warrant. Thomas Woolridge arrived in 1766 with orders from Charles Townshend and William Crowle to locate their lands. When Woolridge squandered the money provided by the grantees without selecting tracts, Dr. William Stork assumed the duty. Stork reported to Crowle the misdeeds of his first agent, and encouraged Crowle to continue to invest in East Florida, saying it would be a "fatal stroke to this Infant Colony if you give up." Stork, however, failed as abjectly as had Woolridge. Bernard located the tract and filed the papers appropriately. There is no record it was ever developed.

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North of Lake Beresford, the 10,000-acre tract granted to William Crowle was located by Charles Bernard in 1768. It was apparently left undeveloped throughout the British years.

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Map of the St. Johns River , MPD2, National Archives, Kew .