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McLean County, Illinois
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GIDEON D. CRUMBAUGH, Police Magistrate of LeRoy, was born in Frederick County, Md., Feb. 12, 1806. His father, Simon Crumbaugh, was a native of the same county, and his grandfather, Conrad Crumbaugh, a native of Germany. The latter emigrated to the United States when a young man and located in Frederick County, Md., being among its earliest settlers, and there spent the remainder of his days. His family included eleven children, of whom the father of our subject was the fourth son. Simon Crumbaugh was reared to manhood on the farm and with the exception of a short time spent in learning the potter's trade, was occupied in agricultural pursuits during his Entire life in his native State. His farm was about ten miles northeast of Frederick City, being the old homestead where himself and all his brothers and sisters were born. He was married to Miss Phoebe Devilbiss, who was also a native of Frederick County, and died at the home of her husband near Woodsbury. Simon Crumbaugh died in November, 1843. They had but two children, John and Gideon D. The former spent his entire life in Frederick County.

Gideon D. Crumbaugh was reared to farming pursuits, and lived with his parents until 1826. He then went to Frederick City and engaged as clerk in a dry-goods store, and afterward followed the same in Dayton, Ohio, for twenty months, then returned to Maryland and worked on the farm which he had inherited from his father until 1854. Again he left Maryland, this time coming to Le Roy and engaged in clerking for three years. He was then elected Police Magistrate and has continued in the office since that time, a period of twenty-nine years. In 1861 he was appointed Postmaster, holding the office until 1866. He was re-appointed in 1869, and continued until 1877. Since that time he has confined himself to his duties as Police Magistrate and Collector. Mr. C. has [1887] just been elected to the office of Police Magistrate for four years longer.

Gideon D. Crumbaugh was married at Dayton, Ohio, in 1829, to Miss Elizabeth Reid, who was a native of that city. Of this union there were born nine children, of whom the record is as follows: Simeon, a teacher in the city schools at Toledo, Ohio, died there in 1884; George is a farmer of Frederick County, Md.; Mary J. died in Paris, Edgar Co., Ill.; Kate became the wife of S. L. Bishop, and lives in Empire Township; Margaret, who married Capt. James Cannaday, lives in Martin Township; Laura died in Le Roy in 1863; Charles enlisted in Co. C, 33d Ill. Vol. Inf., and died while a soldier in the Union army; Fannie married W. H. Bartlett, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Emma became the wife of Dr. Parks and died at Little Rock, Ark.; Scott died in Le Roy in 1883. Mrs. Elizabeth Crumbaugh departed this life in 1877, and Mr. C. was married in 1879, to Mrs. Permelia Wiley. The family residence is pleasantly located and our subject and children enjoy in a marked degree the highest respect of their neighbors and friends. Mrs. Permelia (Wiley) Crumbaugh departed this life on the 17th of April, 1887, aged seventy-four years.

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), 608. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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