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Was born in Putnam County, Ohio, March 4, 1843. His parents, Isaac and’ Mary Nichols Critten, are both natives of the Buckeye State, and are at this writing residents of Daviess County. Our subject was twelve years of age when he accompanied his parents in their removal from Ohio to this County, where he has been reared upon his father’s farm and received an education in the district schools. In 1861 he gave his services to the cause of the Union, enlisting in the Missouri State Cavalry, under Colonel James H. B. McFerran, for four months, and at the expiration of that time again en-listed and served faithfully and well until the close of hostilities, when he returned home. He owns a fine farm of 165 acres, 125 of which are under cultivation. His farm is well watered and adapted to stock-raising, in which he is engaged to a considerable extent.
On the 7th of October, 1866, Mr. Critten was united in marriage to Miss Samanthe Story, a native of this County. By this union, which has proven a happy one, Mr. and Mrs. Critten have two children; namely, Orpheus E. and Olive E. Mr. and Mrs. Critten are consistent members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Politically, Mr. Critten is a Republican.