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 Marvel Johnson Crowley

Marvel Johnson Crowley

Birth
Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Death 27 Sep 1919 (aged 78)
Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Burial Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
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Obituary: Randolph NY Register, October 3, 1919
M. J. CROWLEY DIED ON SATURDAY LAST
SON OF PIONEER PARENTS AND ALWAYS HERE
LONG HAS BEEN AN INVALID
Was One of a Few of His Generation who was born in this place--A Man Known to Everyone in this part of the Country.
In the death on Saturday last of M. J. Crowley, a life-long resident of Randolph is removed. Mr. Crowley was one of the few older citizens who was born and spent his life in this community. Always he was loyal to the interests of the old town and always he had a warm spot in his affections for those who started here and made a success of life in other locations.
Mr. Crowley possessed a retentive memory which made a valuable repository of local history. Incidents of a half century ago were fresh in his mind and he recalled with singular accuracy the names and the happenings here before the days of the Civil war. The span of his life carried him back to the time when cattle were assembled and driven to the Atlantic seaboard; when lumber was transported to market by the river instead of by rail--those days of real red-blooded Americanism which prepared the youth of the North for the struggle in which they became victorious during the sixties. Mr. Crowley had a fund of interesting stories about the drovers who gathered the herds and worked them by tedious hours' travel into the metropolis of the new world. Also, he would relate, on occasion, tales of the market where the cattle were bought for slaughter or for export. Conditions were so different previous to 1860 that to the youth of today it seems as if Mr. Crowley must have lived in a far forgotten age, yet he was young at heart despite of the infirmities which confined him for years to an invalid's chair.
In a statement given by Mr. Crowley to the author of the History of Cattaraugus County the following appears:
M. Johnson Crowley, son of Asahel, was born in Randolph, August 3, 1841. He attended Randolph academy and assisted his father as a lumberman, cattle dealer, and farmer. He began business as a merchant in company with A. Wentworth, Esq. at Little Valley in the fall of 1860. In the spring of 1861 they removed the store to Randolph, where Mr. Crowley enlisted in the 64th N.Y. Vols., and was mustered in September 17, 1861 as first corporal of Co. B, being discharged December 30, 1861, upon a surgeon's certificate of disability. He was graduated from Bryant & Stratton's Business College at Cleveland, Ohio, in May, 1863, and became his father's partner in the lumber and cattle business, but again enlisted in the same company and regiment February 14, 1865, being detailed on special duty in Elmira. Joining his regiment in April he received a warrant to rank as first sergeant of Co. B from March 1, 1865 and was transferred to the 194th N.Y. Vols. as second lieutenant, but was afterward commissioned first lieutenant and quartermaster of his old regiment, the 64th. He was discharged at Alexandria with the 64th July 15, 1865. He resumed lumber and cattle dealing with his father and alone until 1875, when he retired from active business. August 29, 1865, he married M. Addie, daughter of W. F. Weed, of Franklinville. Their son, William A., died December 14, 1877.
Fourty-four years ago last Fourth of July Mr. Crowley was thrown from a rig and sustained injuries which made him an invalid. Since that time he has not been able to walk for any distance, growing more helpless with the passing years. However, he was able to operate a wheel chair and made daily trips to the village during the pleasant weather. He was a familiar figure about the town which will be missed. During the period of his sickness he has had the constant attention and care of a devoted wife.
The funeral was attended Tuesday afternoon by a large number of friends and relatives. Rev. L. L. Harris of the Congregational church had charge. The bearers were service men of the World War, and included Seymour Rugg, Harry Barber, Frank Root, Edwin Lind, Raymond Hitchcock and P. L. Turner. Interment was made on the family plot in Randolph cemetery.

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  • Created by: CABrown
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100009053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marvel Johnson Crowley (3 Aug 1841–27 Sep 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100009053, citing Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA ; Maintained by CABrown (contributor 47000639) .