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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of John Crawford

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

SURNAMES: CRAWFORD, HAINSWORTH, ROHBERG, STAKER


JOHN CRAWFORD. One of the fine homesteads which lie on section 23, Scott Township, is the property of the subject of this sketch, of which he came into possession in 1875. It embraces 240 acres of finely improved land, with a comfortable and convenient dwelling, good barns and outhouses, and all the appliances of a first-class country estate. Mr. Crawford is a native of Morgan County, Ohio, and was born April 30, 1840. His parents, Simeon and Elenor (HAINSWORTH) CRAWFORD, were natives respectively of Ohio and Maryland. They settled in Morgan County, Ohio, after their marriage, whence they removed to Hocking County, and from there to Wisconsin. In about 1856 they came to Illinois and located in Logan County, but afterward returned to Ohio. Later they came back to Illinois and took up their abode in Bondville, this county, where they spent the remainder of their days.

The family of the above-mentioned couple consisted of nine children, of whom our subject was the fifth in order of birth. He was reared to farming pursuits and remained in his native State until after the outbreak of the Rebellion. He then proffered his services to assist in the preservation of the Union, becoming a member of the 90th Ohio Infantry. At the battle of Chickamauga he was wounded in the breast and finger, and afterward, at the battle of Stone River, injured by a fall. He was mustered out of servce at Camp Dennison, Ohio, in 1865. He then came to Logan County, Ill., where he took up his residence for a brief period, then, returning to Ohio, he was married in Logan, Hocking County, on the 3d of December, 1865, to Miss Julia A. STAKER. Mrs. Crawford was born in Hocking County, Aug. 20, 1845, and is the daughter of George and Henrietta (ROHBERG) STAKER, both natives of Germany. Her parents emigrated to America in early life and settled in Muskingum County, Ohio, whence they removed to Hocking County, and passed the remainder of their days. They had a family of eight children, of whom Mrs. Crawford was the fifth in order of birth.

After his marriage, Mr. Crawford at once returned to this State, and purchased a farm in Logan County which he occupied five years. He then sold out and removed back to Ohio, locating in Pickaway County, where he remained six years, and in 1875 returned to Illinois. He then settled in Scott Township, of which he has since been a resident, and besides being prospered in his farming and business operations, has secured the confidence and esteem of all who know him. The eight children of our subject and his wife are, Curtis A., Anna Belle, Ross C., Minnie M., Olive G., Harry P., Nellie F. and Luvernia Henrietta. Mr. Crawford has taken a genuine interest in the prosperity of his adopted county, and in his township has served as School Director and Trustee. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party.

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