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McLean County, Illinois
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J. S. CRAWFORD, a prominent citizen of McLean County, is now passing his days in ease and retirement at his pleasant home in Bloomington, and as one of the prominent, substantial and useful members of the business community, is held in the highest respect, which is increased by the knowledge of his personal worth. Our subject is a native of Center County, Pa. [ed., Centre County, Pa.], and was born on the 25th of May, 1823. He is the son of Rev. James and Appalonia (Helpher) Crawford, natives respectively of Lancaster and Center Counties [ed., Centre County]. They were jointly engaged in merchandising and farming, and moved to Maryland in 1849 where they spent the remainder of their days, the father dying in 1856, and the mother in 1862. Their family consisted of eight children, only two now living -- D. F., a resident of Odell, this county, and our subject.

Young Crawford was reared to farming pursuits and received a practical education. He remained under the parental roof until he had grown to man's estate, and had the care of his parents until their death. In April, 1865, he disposed of his interest in the estate, and coming to Ottawa, La Salle County, engaged in the manufacture of buggies and wagons, which he followed for nine years. He then removed to Normal in order to educate his children, and after nine years came to Bloomington in 1883.

Mr. Crawford was married in 1851, to Miss Elizabeth Hinkle, a native of Maryland, and the daughter of Jesse and Mary A. (Falck) Hinkle, natives of Marylandand Virginia, respectively. They were the parents of ten children, of whom the following are living: Rebecca, Mrs. Bowden, resides in Stark County, Ohio; John F. is in Maryland; the next was Leonard; Elizabeth is the wife of our subject; Rev. George, her twin brother, is on the Pacific coast; Rev. Richard is in Pennsylvania; Ellen J., Mrs. Elbin, lives in Maryland, and Mary F., Mrs. Pratt, in Missouri. The father of Mrs. C. was an extensive farmer and the owner of 700 acres of land. He died in 1871, aged seventy-three years. The mother died in 1881, and was eighty-four years old. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Crawford became the parents of seven children, six now living, as follows: Asbury M. is an attorney of Montana; Amanda M. lives at home; William A. married Miss Elonise Smith, and they have one child, Erastus E., of Chicago; George S. operates a ranch in Montana; Bertha C. married E. G. Hubbard, and they have two children, Elbert G. [ed., founder of the Roycrofters; died aboard the Lusitania] and Ralph, the latter of whom is in Buffalo, N. Y.; Elmer E. is on a ranch in Montana.

Mr. Crawford is Republican in politics, and with his wife a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been Class-Leader and Superintendent of the Sabbath-school, and was Trustee most of the time while living in Ottawa. Mr. Crawford purchased his residence in 1883, and since retiring from farm labor has engaged considerably in life insurance. He is considered a representative citizen of McLean County, and has fulfilled all his obligations as a business man, the father of a family, a neighbor and friend.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 267. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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