|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1817|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1890|
Rev. Benjamin Heck Crever was born in Carlisle, Pa., March 16, 1817, the son of James and Mary Crever. He learned the printer's trade in his father's office in his native town, but did not follow that occupation for long. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Carlisle in 1835, with which denomination he affiliated fifty-five years, and of which he was a minister fifty years. Soon after joining the church he became a student at Dickinson College for the purpose of preparing himself for the ministry, and in 1840 he was admitted to the Baltimore conference. He had not at the time completed his course of study in the college, but he was subsequently honored by his alma mater with the degree of A.M. and D.D. at once began his duties as a minister of the gospel in Virginia, and in the third year of his ministry was assigned to the well known Baltimore charge.
In 1846, because of impaired health, Rev. Crever, was compelled to give up regular work. He then took up educational work, which he followed four years, establishing a private school at Milton, Pa. He was also one of the founders of Williamsport Dickinson College, and for two years was an instructor there. In 1850, he again took up ministerial work, and during the next decade was pastor of important churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was assigned to the Frederick City, Maryland church in 1861, the city which was the gateway for the federal armies to and from the battlefields of Virginia. Rev. Crever was a staunch union man, and he was appointed by the government chaplain in charge, of all the hospitals of Frederick City and vicinity. He resumed his duties as a minister in 1866 and was assigned the Carlisle district. Soon thereafter he became presiding elder and served in that capacity four years. In 1868 he was honored with a seat in the general conference.
In was in 1872 that he and his family came with colonists to Worthington, seeking a much needed rest. He at once became one of the prominent members of the little community, was one of the first to build a residence in the village, was pastor of the first church and for a time was principal of the Worthington seminary. He was one of the organizers of the Colony Christian Union, and was its pastor during the year of its existence. He then organized the Methodist church of Worthington, and was its pastor for some time.
In March 1875, Rev. Crever returned to his own conference and preached the gospel until 1886, when he took a superannuated relation. He was taken ill in May 1889, from which he never fully recovered. He took to his bed March 26, 1890; and died April 15 of the same year at the residence of his son-in-law, Rev. C. T. Dunning, in Hanover, Pa.
Rev. Crever was married, his wife dying in October 1886. They were the parents of five children, only one of whom grew to maturity - Mary H., wife of Rev. C. T. Dunning, now residing at Mechanicsburg, Pa. An adopted son, Thomas H. Crever was a resident of Worthington.
From "An Illustrated History of Nobles County" published in 1908.
James Crever (1793 - ____)
Mary Kaert Crever (1796 - ____)
Susan Caroline Follansbee Crever (1812 - 1886)*
Thomas H Crever (1848 - 1927)*
Mary H Crever Dunning (1850 - 1923)*
Benjamin Heck Crever (1817 - 1890)
James Augustus Crever (1821 - 1867)*
Frederick Emanuel Crever (1826 - 1887)*
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