Surname: Crawford

Biography of Samuel J. Crawford

Samuel J. Crawford was one of the first members of the Kansas State Legislature, by service on the field of battle attained the rank of brigadier-general during the Civil war, and was the third governor of the state. He was one of the history makers of early Kansas, and what he did to influence the early political development of Kansas must be told on other pages. Following is a brief sketch of his personal career. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He was born in Lawrence County, Indiana, April 10, 1835, grew up on a farm, attended the graded schools of Bedford, Indiana, and the law school of Cincinnati College. His parents were William and Jane (Merrow) Crawford, who were natives of North Carolina and had moved to Indiana Territory in 1815. His paternal grandparents were James and Mary (Fraser) Crawford, his grandfather having been a Revolutionary soldier. In remote ancestry the Crawfords were Scotch. Samuel J. Crawford arrived in Kansas Territory and began the practice...

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Biography of George A. Crawford

George A. Crawford, the founder of Fort Scott, a well known editor and public man and several times a gubernatorial candidate, was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1827, of Scotch-Irish-German stock. After recejving an aendemie education and graduating from Jefferson College, he taught school in Kentucky and Mississippi, when he returned to Pennsylvania to study law. While still reading for the bar, he became edjtor and proprietor of the Clinton Demoernt. During the early ’50s he took an active part in politics against the Know-Nothings and in 1855 was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Demeratie State Couvention. In the spring of 1857 he came to Kansas; landed at Leavenworth and accompanied Dr. Norman Eddy, United States commissioner for the sale of Indian lands, to Lawrence. Crawford, Eddy and other associates purchased 520 acres of land and organized the Fort Scott Town Company, of which Mr. Crawford was made president, a position he held for twenty years. A town was laid out and the streets were named after Mr. Crawford’s friends. He was opposed to the agitation kept up by the border factions but did not change his free-state views and several attempts were made to assassinate him. At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Crawford assisted in the organization of the Second Kansas Regiment and equipped many of its members. When the border was threatened he...

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Biography of Hon. George Crawford

The Late George Crawford, who was in the Parliament of Upper Canada, a member of the Legislative Council of Canada, and of the Senate of the Dominion, was born about 1795 in the county of Leitrim, Ireland, his father being Patrick Crawford, a farmer. His mother was Miss Jane Manse, of the county of Sligo, same country. He received only an ordinary English education; was in business for himself as a cloth merchant until 1820, when he left the “Emerald Isle,” came to Canada and halted at Trafalgar, county of Halton, Ontario. After farming there a few seasons, he removed to the township of York, continuing the same calling a short time; then sold out and became a contractor on the Rideau canal. He subsequently had contracts on the Cornwall and Beauharnois canals, being quite successful in these ventures and accumulating a competency. He settled in Brockville about 1845, and lived thereafter a comparatively easy life, aiding, however, as already intimated, in legislation for the interests of his adopted country. He first represented Brockville riding in. the parliament of Upper Canada; after the union of the two Provinces in 1841, he was in the Legislative Council; and when the several Provinces were formed into the Dominion in 1867, he was appointed Senator, a life office. In the several legislative bodies of which he was a member, he did but...

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Biography of Hon. John Crawford

Among the honored names of eminent Canadians, there are none more worthy of honorable mention than that of the late Hon. John Crawford, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. He was the second son of the Honorable George Crawford, of Brockville, a member of the Legislative Council, who, upon the Confederation of the Provinces, was appointed to the Senate of Canada. His elder brother, the late James Crawford, sat in the House of Commons for Brockville, from 1867 to 1877, and was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 41st Brockville Rifles. Mr. Crawford was born at Manor Hamilton, County Cavan, Ireland, in the year 1817, but while yet a child came with his father to Canada, and was educated in Toronto. Entering the legal profession, he studied in the office of his brother-in-law, the Hon. Henry Sherwood, Attorney-General of the Province, in this city, and in 1839 was called to the Bar of Upper Canada, and, after a long and eminently successful professional career, was created a Queen’s Counsel in 1867. He was for many years a Bencher of the Law Society of’ Upper Canada, and was regarded as being one of the soundest advisory counsels in the Province. By his diligence, ability, and close attention to the interests of his clients, he built up an extensive and highly lucrative practice, having entrusted to his care the interests of many private clients, and the largest...

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Biographical Sketch of Logan Crawford

Logan Crawford, county surveyor, was born Jan. 13th, 1822, in Union, Conn.; moved to Mayville, Wis., in the spring of 1847, and was employed on the Fond du Lac & Watertown R.R. He surveyed in 1851, and in the summer of 1852 was again employed by the Railroad Company a surveyor, under J. S. Sewell, engineer. Mr. S. was transferred to the C. & N.W.R.R. on the Ill. division, and sent for Mr. C. to assist. In 1854 he settled in Harrison County, and bought land near Calhoun; has suffered large losses from prairie fire. He enlisted in 1861 in the 5th Ia. Infantry; enlisted as a private; was promoted in 1863 to lieutenant; was engaged in the battle of Pittsburg Landing; was wounded at Corinth, Oct. 6th, 1863, and again at Atlanta, Ga.; was severely wounded by musket shot through the chest, and reported dead; was taken prisoner in that condition, and put in the hospital at Macon, Ga.; was transferred to Charlestown, S.C., and exchanged in December, 1864. He was elected surveyor in 1870, on the republican ticket, and re-elected in 1881; has been justice of the peace of Calhoun Township two terms. He married Helen M. Rising, at Maysville, Wis. They have four children...

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Slave Narrative of Mary Colbert

Interviewer: Sadie B. Hornsby Person Interviewed: Mary Colbert Location: Athens, Georgia (NOTE: This is the first story we have had in which the client did not use any dialect. Mary Colbert’s grammar was excellent. Her skin was almost white, and her hair was quite straight. None of us know what a “deep” slave was. It may have the same meaning as outlandish Negro. The “outlandish Negroes” were those newly arrived Negroes who had just come in from any country outside of the United States of America, and were untrained. They were usually just from Africa. Sarah H. Hall) With the thermometer registering 93 degrees in the shade on a particularly humid July day, the visitor trudged up one steep, rocky alley and down another, hesitantly negotiated shaky little bridges over several ravines, scrambled out of a ditch, and finally arrived at the address of Mary Colbert. It was the noon hour. A Negro man had tied his mule under an apple tree in one corner of Mary’s yard. The animal was peacefully munching hay while his master enjoyed lunch from a battered tin bucket. Asked if Mary was at home, the man replied: “Yessum, jus’ call her at de door.” A luxuriant Virginia creeper shaded the front porch of Mary’s five-room frame house, where a rap on the front door brought the response: “Here I am, honey! Come right...

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Biography of Thomas H. Crawford

THOMAS H. CRAWFORD. – While Union county enjoys especial favor in possesing a large, well informed, and enterprising class of citizens who fill the walks of the industrial and professional callings she is to be congratulated in having such substantial, broad minded and capable devotees of the legal profession. Prominent in this number, and deserving of a large share of honor for his faithful and successful labors in the courts and in the manipulation of the affairs of the county, and also in a measure of the state politics wherein he has bestowed much care and thought for the welfare of all, is the esteemed gentleman, whose name stands at the head of this article. a man of fine capabilities, fortified with a thorough and extended classical education and then a training in the legal profession that has fitted him in an ample and satisfactory way to handle the deep points of court practice and official counsel, there is also in Mr. Crawford a happy blending of the acumen, determination, and executive ability required in the successful lawyer, which he constantly supplements by a careful and discriminating course of research that has placed him in a commanding position in his profession throughout the county and in adjacent districts. Our subject is the scion of a strong southern family, being born in Washington county, Arkansas, on March 18, 1848, and...

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Biography of Lester M. Crawford

Lester M. Crawford of Topeka is one of the men of remarkable enterprise in a state which for years had been in the habit of contributing enterprise, ideas, principles for the vitalizing and regeneration of the world. He is perhaps best known as the owner and lessee of a chain of theaters in a dozen or more cities of Kansas and other states. He had done more than any other man to bring artistic talent to Topeka and other cities of the state. A theatrical man is not often a pioneer in agriculture, but the readers of that old agricultural journal, The Country Gentleman, will recall several interesting articles describing Mr. Crawford’s experiment in establishing a “fur farm” in Kansas, and his success in breeding and crossing Asiatic sheep with some of the native stock to produce the pelts which are so much esteemed when manufactured into the Persian lamb, Astrakhan and other grades of fur. Mr. Crawford came to Kansas when a boy of thirteen. His parents Thomas and Charlotte (Hill) Crawford, were natives of Ohio, and his father was a carpenter and at times conducted a farm. Their home, where Mr. Crawford was born, was in the little town of Mount Pleasant in Southern Ohio, in what is called the Hanging Rock Iron Region. The family had also lived in other parts of the state. In coming...

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Biography of Nelson Antrim Crawford

Nelson Antrim Crawford is professor of industrial journalism and superintendent of printing with the Kansas State Agricultural College. For several years he was instructor in English in the Agricultural College but has been head of the journalism work since April, 1914. In his special department he has done important work for the Agricultural College. For several years of his early life he was a newspaper reporter and was thus no stranger to the practical phases of journalism when he came to his present position. He has in the past two years increased the work of the department threefold. By virtue of being professor of industrial journalism he is also editor of The Kansas Industrialist, the organ of the Kansas State Agricultural College, and has charge of the college advertising and publicity. He is also editor of The Kansas Churchman, the official paper of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. He was born at Miller, South Dakota, but was reared at Council Bluffs, Iowa, where for many years his father practiced law. His father, Nelson Antrim Crawford, Sr., was born in Ohio of Scotch lineage, the Crawfords being an old Pennsylvania family. The senior Crawford married Fannie Vandercook, who was born in Wisconsin of Holland Dutch origin. She is directly descended from New York Knickerbocker ancestry, and one of her forefathers was Simon Vandercook, an officer in the American Revolution. The...

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Crawford, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. William R. (Margaret) Crawford, of Walla Walla, sister of Roy and Will Collins, of Wallowa, passed away in a Walla Walla hospital February 21, 1955. Other survivors are her husband, four daughters, four sons, two sister, three brothers, 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was born June 14, 1890 in Raleigh, West Virginia, and had lived in and near Walla Walla about 24 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Marshall Funeral home in Walla Walla with interment in the Mountain View cemetery. The Rev. Dallas E. French of the Baptist church will officiate. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, February 24, 1955 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of W. M. Crawford

W. M. Crawford, pumper for the St. Clair Oil & Gas Company is now active in that connection on the C. Weavel farm, six and a quarter miles northeast of Delaware. A native of Van Buren County, Iowa, his birth occurred on the 19th of September, 1876, a son of J. H. and Susan (Smith) Crawford. W. M. Crawford received his education in the schools of his native County and also in Missouri and Iowa, but when thirteen years of age he put his textbooks aside and came to Indian Territory with his parents. For three years they resided on Big Creek, about twenty-eight miles south of Coffeyville, Kansas, where the father engaged in farming and then removed to the Jim Martin ranch, six miles southeast of Coffeyville, on which place they resided two years. At the termination of that time Mr. and Mrs. Crawford returned to Iowa, W. M. following them eighteen months later. He remained in Iowa but eight months, however, when he returned to Indian Territory and located on John Thornbrugh’s farm, seven miles southeast of Coffeyville, where he lived for two years. In 1896 he was married and soon afterward moved to the Morrison farm, about seven miles west of Lenapah, farming there with gratifying success for two years. The following year he went to the Jim Gordon farm, about five miles east of Nowata...

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Crawford, Jennie Gale – Obituary

1910-2004 Jennie Gale Crawford, 94, of Wallowa died Dec. 7 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Mrs. Crawford was born Feb. 13, 1910, to James and Lucy Rutledge in Princeton, Mo. She grew up in Mercer, Mo., and on June 11, 1930, married Theodore Crawford in Corydon, Iowa. The couple lived in Powersville, Mo., Pleasant Valley, Telocaset and North Powder where they stayed for 24 years. They moved to Pilot Rock until retirement in 1972 and then to Wallowa. She was a member of the Lostine Presbyterian Church and enjoyed gardening, gathering mushrooms and being with her grandchildren. Survivors include children and their spouses, Richard and Beverly Crawford of La Grande, Patricia and Royce Horton of Wallowa; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, James Rutledge of Kansas and other relatives. Her husband, a son, a great-granddaughter, five brothers and five sisters all died earlier. Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home. La Grande Observer – Obituaries from December 6 – December 11, 2004 – Published: December 23, 2004 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Crawford, Cora – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Crawford  Cora, the 12- year old daughter of Mrs. Sarah Crawford died in this city May 10, 1905. Several weeks ago the little girl underwent an operation for appendicitis and it was thought a few days after the operation that she would enjoy a complete recovery but the past few days she began growing weaker and the end came Wednesday night. Services were held in the Christian church at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Elk Flat cemetery. Elgin Recorder Friday May 12,...

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Crawford, Clarence H. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Clarence H. Crawford Clarence H. Crawford, 78, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Crawford was born July 4, 1928, near Gotham, Ark, where he grew up. Later in life he worked with handicapped children for the State of California. After retirement, he moved to Oregon and ranched near Lebanon and Prineville, then moved to Eastern Oregon. Clarence loved the outdoors. He felt he was a caretaker, a protector of the land and forests. He and his wife spent summers camping, four-wheeling and enjoying nature. He has always been active in church, most recently attending the Christian Church in Elgin. Survivors include his wife, June, of La Grande; stepchildren, Susan Gerry of Pocatello, Idaho, and Rick Gerry and family of Cove and surrounding areas; and a favorite niece, Lela Duvall of Yelma, Wash. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Research, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. The Observer, La Grande, Oregon – Obituaries for the week ending Oct.. 28, 2006, Published: October 30,...

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Crawford, June M. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon June M. Gerry Crawford, 86, of La Grande, died June 11 at her home. A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center. A full obituary will be available later. La Grande Observer – June 12, 2008 ________________________________________ June M. Gerry-Crawford, 86, of La Grande, died peacefully June 11 at her home after a long illness. A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center with Doug Edmonds, minister of the La Grande Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. June was born July 22, 1921, in Eugene to Harry and Nellie (Dickenson) Howden of Haines. She graduated from Haines High School as valedictorian in 1939 and went on to graduate from Baker College of Business. She married James R. “Jim” Gerry in 1941. They both enjoyed careers for many years with Union Pacific Railroad – Jim as a train dispatcher and June in the labor relations department. Jim died in 1978. June retired after 30 years, moving from Portland back to La Grande. Upon her return to La Grande, June started her second career and hobby in real estate, purchasing many houses and duplexes as rental properties. She met and enjoyed many friends in this phase of her life. June married Clarence...

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