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William Reid Crawford

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William Reid Crawford

Birth
Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
9 Jul 1905 (aged 80)
Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
Plot
D 50
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From Greg Black, from Scrips and Scraps, Ed. Nancy Byers Romig, 1905, Franklin, PA:
Hon. William Reid Crawford, one of the best known residents of Venango county, died at 11:10 a.m. Sunday at family residence on Liberty street. He had been unconscious since 11:00 Saturday night and end was peaceful. Death was due to old age, as he recently passed 80th milestone and was in failing health for some years. Born in Perry township, Armstrong county, June 28, 1825, he was the son of Ebenezer and Jeanette (Grant) Crawford, reared on old Crawford homestead, located about two miles south of Emlenton, and had received limited education in schools of neighborhood.

He followed farming up to spring of 1853 and then went to California, where he spent about fifteen months in gold mines. Returning to his home in 1854, he removed to Scrubgrass township and engaged in farming about ten years. In March 1865 he came to Franklin and engaged in oil operating. For several years, he was one of the foremost producers in this section and was remarkably successful in most of his undertakings, operating in Venango, Clarion and Butler counties. He was a prime factor in development of the Bullion field. Together with F. W. Mitchell, John H. Lee and M. J. Colman, he owned famous "Big Injun" well, which was the largest well struck up to that time. He continued in oil business until 1886 when he was elected sheriff on Republican ticket, receiving one of the largest majorities ever given candidate in county. He served one term. In 1890 he was elected state senator from Venango-Warren district, served one term in senate from 1891-4. He had been mayor earlier for three terms, also city council and on school board. He was a Presbyterian, and a Mason.

In May 1851 married Jane, daughter of Thomas P. and Isabela Craig Kerr, pioneers of Scrubgrass township. She died in February 1902.

They were parents of seven children, four of whom survive: Mrs. John E. Gill, Mrs. Robert McCalmont, John K. Crawford, Franklin; Mrs. George F. Kroehl, Asbury Park, NJ. He was one of a family of thirteen, only three of whom are now living: Mrs. George W. Livingston, Starke, FL; Mrs. Harvey Gibson, Martinsburg, Butler county; Mrs. Matilda Crawford, Emlenton.

Services will be in charge of Franklin Commandry No. 44, Knights Templar.
From Greg Black, from Scrips and Scraps, Ed. Nancy Byers Romig, 1905, Franklin, PA:
Hon. William Reid Crawford, one of the best known residents of Venango county, died at 11:10 a.m. Sunday at family residence on Liberty street. He had been unconscious since 11:00 Saturday night and end was peaceful. Death was due to old age, as he recently passed 80th milestone and was in failing health for some years. Born in Perry township, Armstrong county, June 28, 1825, he was the son of Ebenezer and Jeanette (Grant) Crawford, reared on old Crawford homestead, located about two miles south of Emlenton, and had received limited education in schools of neighborhood.

He followed farming up to spring of 1853 and then went to California, where he spent about fifteen months in gold mines. Returning to his home in 1854, he removed to Scrubgrass township and engaged in farming about ten years. In March 1865 he came to Franklin and engaged in oil operating. For several years, he was one of the foremost producers in this section and was remarkably successful in most of his undertakings, operating in Venango, Clarion and Butler counties. He was a prime factor in development of the Bullion field. Together with F. W. Mitchell, John H. Lee and M. J. Colman, he owned famous "Big Injun" well, which was the largest well struck up to that time. He continued in oil business until 1886 when he was elected sheriff on Republican ticket, receiving one of the largest majorities ever given candidate in county. He served one term. In 1890 he was elected state senator from Venango-Warren district, served one term in senate from 1891-4. He had been mayor earlier for three terms, also city council and on school board. He was a Presbyterian, and a Mason.

In May 1851 married Jane, daughter of Thomas P. and Isabela Craig Kerr, pioneers of Scrubgrass township. She died in February 1902.

They were parents of seven children, four of whom survive: Mrs. John E. Gill, Mrs. Robert McCalmont, John K. Crawford, Franklin; Mrs. George F. Kroehl, Asbury Park, NJ. He was one of a family of thirteen, only three of whom are now living: Mrs. George W. Livingston, Starke, FL; Mrs. Harvey Gibson, Martinsburg, Butler county; Mrs. Matilda Crawford, Emlenton.

Services will be in charge of Franklin Commandry No. 44, Knights Templar.


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