|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1843|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1912|
Published - Little River Monitor
JAMES W. CRAWFORD
Postmaster and Old Soldier Makes His Last Report and Answers Final Roll Call.
JAMES WILLIAM CRAWFORD was born in Coschocton county, Ohio, April 29, 1848, and died at his home in Little River, Kansas, October 25, 1912; aged 69 years, 5 months and 27 days.
He was married to Sara M. Wilsey at Rapid City, Illinois, November 7, 1866. To this union five children were born – Phebe E., who preceded her father in death January 22, 1889, Hester Greenbank and Daniel H., who reside at Little River, Etta M., who died in infancy, and James W., of Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Crawford and family moved from Illinois to Topeka, Kansas, in October, 1870, and came to Rice county in October, 1871, locating on a claim in Union township, and endured the hardships incident to pioneer life as did other early settlers. He was appointed postmaster at Little River in July, 1882, being the first, and served with competency and efficiency a number of terms, holding the position at the time of his death.
He enlisted April 18, 1861, in Co. D. 13th Reg. Illinois Vol. Inft. He was captured and taken prisoner by General Price in Missouri, and after gaining his freedom re-enlisted in Co. B. 2nd Illinois Cavalry. He participated in all the battles of his command and was honorably discharged at San Antonio, Texas, in 1866.
He was received in the Little River M. E. church June 19, 1892, and entered into a new and large Christian experience about ten years ago, and was faithful at his post of duty since that time, being senior class leader when God called him home.
He was a loving and devoted husband and father, a good and kind-hearted neighbor, ever generous to a fault, and ready to expend the hand of charity. He had been in poor health several years.
Deceased was a member of the Methodist Brotherhood, Victoria Lodge No. 212, I. O. O. F., Liberty Rebekah Lodge No. 174, Como Lodge No. 194, K. of P., and Corner Stone Lodge 219 A. F. & A. M., and the G. A. R. Post, members of which organizations acted as pall bearers and tenderly deposited the remains of their true and faithful brother in their final resting place.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Episcopal church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. F. L. Rutledge, assisted by Rev. J. W. Cone of the Congregational church and Rev. C. J. Saunders of the Christian church. Interment was made in Bean cemetery.
Reprinted with permission, The Monitor-Journal, 248 Main Street, Little River, KS, 67457. Provided by Young Historical Library, 201 Main Street, P.O. Box 126, Little River, Kansas 67457.
Military service: Company B, 2nd Illinois Cavalry
Hance Daniel Crawford (1810 - 1885)
Elizabeth Scott Crawford (1824 - 1873)
Sarah Melissa Wilsey Crawford (1845 - 1926)*
Phebe Elizabeth Crawford (1867 - 1889)*
Hester Crawford Greenbank (1870 - 1941)*
Daniel Hance Crawford (1875 - 1942)*
Etta Mae Crawford (1879 - 1879)*
James William Crawford (1881 - 1921)*
Created by: Cathy Kessinger
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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Added: May. 30, 2008