The ancestors of the subject of this sketch were of German and Irish descent, and were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania, in which state his grandparents, George Crawford and Rebecca (Rambo) Crawford, were born and married. In an early day, George Crawford immigrated to Perry County, Ohio, thence to the county of Pickaway, that state, where his death occurred in January 1888, at an advanced age. His wife died about fifteen years previous to that date. They were the parents of ten children, the following of whom are living at this time: Eliza, Allen, Alfred, Jane, Rachel, Augustus, Maria, Susan and Amanda.
Alfred Crawford, the third of the above children, and father of the gentleman whose name
introduces this biography, was born in Perry county in November, 1832. His early life was passed on his father's farm, and his educational advantages were limited to a few months' attendance each year at the common schools, which, at that time, were very indifferent. He was early taught those lessons of industry, thrift and economy which contributed to his success in after life, and, at the age of nineteen, began working for himself at farming in the county of Pickaway, Ohio, to which he had previously removed.
His first marriage was solemnized in 1843 with Miss Frances Merrill, who died in 1861, leaving two children, Jacob William and James I. Crawford, both residents of Delaware county, Indiana Mr. Crawford enlisted June 15, 1862, in company A, Forty-fifth Ohio volunteer infantry, with which he served three years, four months and twenty days, during which period he participated in a number of hard fought battles, including, among others, the engagements at Knoxville,
Frankfort, Nashville, and numerous battles around Atlanta. He was honorably discharged at Columbus, Ohio, in June 1865, and immediately thereafter returned to his home in Ohio, where he remained until his removal to Delaware County, Indiana, in March 1881.
On moving to this county he purchased sixty acres of fertile land in Mount Pleasant Township, upon which he has since resided, engaged in farming and stock rising. He was married in July, 1886, to Caroline Blaine, who bore him three children, namely: Frank, Lawson, and Pearl: Mrs. Crawford departed this life in 1883, and on the 12th day of December, 1887, Mr.
Crawford wedded his present companion, Sarah E. Thumma, of Madison county, Indiana Mr. Crawford is a democrat in politics and a man of local prominence in the community. He is an intelligent and highly respected citizen, and is well deserving of mention in this connection with the representative men of Mount Pleasant Township.
Jacob William Crawford, son of the preceding and present postmaster of Yorktown, was born December 28, 1858, in Pickaway county, Ohio. He passed the years of his youth and early manhood on the home farm, and, after attending, for a limited period, the common schools, took a course in the Northwestern normal at Ada, Ohio, for the purpose of preparing himself for the teacher's profession. He taught, successfully, several terms of school, and on the 19th day of April, 1885, was united in marriage to Martha E. Koontz, who was born near Mount
Shasta, Cal., September 23, 1861, daughter of L. D. and Matilda Koontz. After his marriage, Mr. Crawford engaged in the drug business at Yorktown, to which place he had previously moved, and, after continuing in that line of trade for seven years, established a meat market, which he sold out in February, 1893. Mr. Crawford has always taken considerable interest in the affairs of Yorktown and Mount Pleasant Township, and served as trustee of the latter from 1886 to 1888. He was appointed postmaster of Yorktown in 1889, and is the present incumbent of that office, the duties of which he has discharged in a very acceptable manner.
He is a stockholder and secretary of the Yorktown Natural Gas Company, belongs to the I. O. O. F., and is in every respect a praiseworthy and energetic citizen, in whom his fellow townsmen have implicit confidence. He is a republican in politics, and as such has done good service for his party in a number of local campaigns.
From Portrait & Biographical Record, Delaware County, Indiana
According to the roster, Alfred Crawford enlisted as a private in the 45th OVI on June 4, 1862, at the age of 28. He mustered into Company A on August 19, 1862 and mustered out on June 12, 1865 at Camp Harker, Tennessee.