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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Lemuel Crawford

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


LEMUEL CRAWFORD, an esteemed member of the farming community of Pesotum Township, is pursuing the even tenor of his way as a successful agriculturist on 120 acres of good land in the southeast quarter of section 22. Here, with the members of his family who are at home, and those who are married and living not far away, he is enjoying, as he deserves, the good things of life and the friendship of his fellow-citizens. The childhood and youth of Mr. Crawford were spent in Jefferson County, Ohio, where he was born on Independence Day in 1829. He was the tenth child of Benedict and Catherine (ARNOLD) CRAWFORD, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Jefferson County, Ohio. They lived quiet and unassuming lives as agriculturists on the moderately sized farm, and Lemuel remained under the home roof with his brothers and sisters until attaining his twentieth year. The young men of those days formed marital and domestic ties earlier in life than at the present, and at the age mentioned our subject was united in marriage with Miss Sarah HENDERSON, a native of Maryland. Mrs. C. was the sixth child of John and Lavina (HENDERSON) HENDERSON, the father a native of Ireland and the mother of Maryland.

After marriage our subject and wife located upon a farm in Carroll County, Ohio, whence they removed six years later to Tuscarawas County, where Mr. Crawford purchased 70 acres of improved land and followed farming there for about seven years. He then sold out for the purpose of coming to Illinois. He located first in McLean County, where he was a resident five years, engaged in farming and operating a corn-sheller. Thence in 1869 he came to this county, and purchasing eighty acres of land in Pesotum Township, occupied his time successfully in its cultivation and improvement. He afterward added forty acres and erected a good set of frame buildings. He has the requisite machinery, and the farm is moderately stocked with good grades of domestic animals.

The seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford which still constitute a family circle unbroken by the Destroyer are located as follows; John married Miss Anna NELSON, and is engaged as a grain buyer and general merchant in the village of Pesotum, being associated with J. E. Davis under the firm name of Crawford & Davis; Sanford married Miss Callie, daughter of Charles JOHNSON, of Pesotum Township, and lives on the Mills farm near his parents; Lavina married J. E. DAVIS, the partner of her brother and the young and prosperous merchant heretofore mentioned; Amanda is the wife of David MIX, a carpenter by trade, which he is now following, but who also understands farming and now resides in Pesotum; Hulda is the wife of William CARRINGER, a shoemaker by trade, and they reside in Seymore, Ill.; Cynthia and Grant, the two remaining, are at home with the parents.

Mr. Crawford has frequently served his township as School Director and Road Commissioner but has never had political aspirations. He is a Democrat of the old faith and of long standing. With his excellent wife he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church many years ago, and is looked upon affectionately as one of its chief pillars and supporters. Although never having been the hero of any thrilling event he has performed with fidelity the duties in life assigned him, and exerted a good influence over those around him. Could this be said of the world in general, that happy time designated as the Millenium would be considered as not far away.

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