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McLean County, Illinois
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GEPHART CRICHFIELD, a resident of Funk's Grove Township, this county, was born in DeWitt County, Ill., Oct. 23, 1853, being the youngest son of Samuel and Lydia (Duncan) Crichfield, natives of Pennsylvania. Our subject was but a young child when his parents came into McLean County and settled in Funk's Grove, where he attended the district school and assisted his father in the improvement of the farm. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, and then settled on the old homestead, and is now the owner of ninety-one acres of this. He has erected a good set of frame buildings and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, which he has carried on with uniform success.

Mr. Crichfield was married, Dec. 30, 1877, to Miss Chrissie Baker, who was born in Funk's Grove Township, July 10, 1860, and is the daughter of R. Harris and Mary (Taylor) Baker, a sketch of whom is given in another part of this album. Mr. and Mrs. C. became the parents of four children Hattie May, Alice, Nellie and Samuel. Mrs. C. is a member in good standing of the Christian Church. Mr. C. is Republican in politics, and in all respects a worthy citizen and useful member of the community.

The father of our subject, Samuel Crichfield, was born in Fayette County, Pa., April 10, 1817, and was the son of James Crichfield. He grew to manhood in his native county and was there married to Miss Lydia Duncan, a native of the same State.

In 1846 they removed to Coshocton County, Ohio, where they remained until 1853, then started for Illinois with four horses and two wagons, making the entire journey overland, camping and cooking by the way. After arriving in the Prairie State, James Crichfield rented land in DeWitt County a few years, then purchased a tract of wild land in this county, in what was afterward Funk's Grove Township. He improved a farm and built up a comfortable homestead, upon which he remained the balance of his days, departing this life on the 24th of January, 1886.

The wife and mother died in September, 1877. The household circle was completed by the birth of eight children.

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), 312. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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