|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1845|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1918|
Charles Crawford was the son of James & Ruth(Williams) Crawford. He was born in Shalersville, Portage Co., Ohio, 1 January 1845.
Charles served as one of the "Squirrel Hunters" called up by Ohio's governor to come to the defense of Cincinnati, which was being threatened by "the rebels."
Charles enlisted in Co.G, 128 Ohio Voluntary Infantry. On 29 June 1865, he transferred into Co. A, of the same regiment, under Capt. HAYES. He was honorably discharged 13 July 1865, at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio.
When he enlisted at the age of 18, Charles was a large robust young man, weighing 180 pounds. Most of his service time was spent guarding Confederate officers who were prisoners, at Johnson's Island, on Lake Erie.
During the winter of 1863-64 the guards were exposed to extremely cold weather, suffering greatly. In the spring he contacted typhoid fever. He had barely recovered from this when he was detailed to Toledo, Ohio with ninety-nine others, to keep rebel sympathizers there from resisting the draft. On his return to Johnson's Island, he was ill in the hospital for three weeks. He received a seven-day furlough, which was extended for three months, after which he returned to his unit and resumed his service, though he was not yet recovered.
When he was the sickest, Charles weighed only ninety pounds. He never regained his former weight, his average weight being about 140 pounds. He returned home, never regaining his former good health; his eyesight was bad and eventually he became almost blind.
On 10 Sept 1884, he filed application for a pension, based on his poor health. He also re-applied June 1898. At the time of his death, 4 Jan 1918, he was receiving a pension. (Certificate No.428,232)
Charles married Jennie Graham 4 March 1868, in Tiffin, Seneca Co,Ohio. They lived in Mantua, Ohio. They had one child: Arthur Graham Crawford, born 25 August 1870, in Mantua. Charles kept a diary for 9 months in 1873. "I must write in this, because Jennie gave it to me!" His handwriting was very good, but his spelling was original! He recorded each day what he had done at work & how many hours he had worked; mentions going hunting, getting caught in a storm & staying overnight in a sugar camp, staying home all day Sunday while Jennie went to church. (He took care of the baby.)One time going to Ravenna on business, he "took lunch" with Arthur. (Arthur Graham was Jennie's brother, for whom their baby was named.)
Charles, on July 4, mentions "going over to the "Corners" (Mantua Corners) to help them fire off the little cannon. (No reference in his diary to his Civil War service.)
After Jennie died of cancer, Charles married Alice Carlton in Mantua Center, 26 Nov 1898, Thanksgiving Day. Alice was the daughter of Gilbert O. & Huldah (Parker) Carlton. She died 22 July 1900.
Charles married 3rdly, Carrie L. Norton in Marshall, Calhoun Co.,Mich., 15 July 1903. (Carrie, daughter of Alfred & Jennie (Burch) Norton, was born 15 May 1816, in Girard, Mich., but resided in Tekonsha, Mich. She had two children from previous marriages: Don Brott and Eva Doty)
Charles died 4 January 1918, in New Castle, PA. at the home of his son, Arthur G. Crawford, where he had gone to spend New Year's. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery, Mantua, Ohio.
James Crawford (1802 - 1886)
Ruth Williams Crawford (1808 - 1889)
Jennie Graham Crawford (1835 - ____)
Alice Carlton Crawford (1854 - 1900)
Arthur Graham Crawford (1870 - 1952)*
Moses Crawford (1828 - 1915)*
Levi Crawford (1833 - 1905)*
Benjamin Crawford (1837 - 1914)*
Charles Crawford (1845 - 1918)
Mary Jane Crawford (1852 - 1915)*
Plot: Section A, Row 9
Created by: MHB
Record added: Mar 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50113803
Remembering you. MHB|
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In memory of your service to your country. Thank you. Your grt-granddaughter, MHB.|
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