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 William Harris Crain

William Harris Crain

Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Mar 1904 (aged 69)
Huntsville, Schuyler County, Illinois, USA
Burial Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Plot Range A, Lot 16
Memorial ID 51282425 · View Source
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"William Harris Crain, my father, was born June 16, 1834, six miles west of Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, at a place called "Bee." He was brought to Rushville, Illinois, in December, 1834, and in February, 1835, to Section 6, Huntsville Township, where he spent his life, with the exception of a year's residence in Augusta (1898-9). During his boyhood he attended the Gould school south of Pulaski (the location of which school has already been described in the preceding pages), and during the winter of 1855-56 he attended the Rock River Seminary at Mt. Morris, Illinois in company with his brother, James, and his cousin, James Crain McGinnis. He taught school southeast of Huntsville during the winter of 1856-7. On June 7, 1857, father happened to be standing in the door of the blacksmith shop which stood east (handwriting crosses out east and writes west) of the Pulaski store, when the Augusta hotel bus drove through on its way to Huntsville, with a load of newcomers. These were James Baxter and his family, who had just arrived that day from their former home at Carrollton, Ohio. They had spent three weeks on a river steamer on the trip from Wellsville, Ohio, down the Ohio and up the Mississippi to Quincy, and thence to Augusta by rail. Father took special notice of one of the girls and when he went home that evening he surprised the folks by announcing his intention to marrying her if he could. "Where there's a will there's a way," and the wedding took place at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Marshall Van Buskirk on North Adams Street, Peoria, Illinois. They made their home for a short time with his parents, then moved to the site of the present Crain home. The house they first occupied had been built by James N. Crain just west of his father's house, and later moved to a point about fifty feet east of Mother's present residence, which was built in 1876.

Father died March 7, 1904, and was buried in Pulaski cemetery."

Excerpt from Ralph Waldo Crain's Pulaski section: Augusta's Story, Martha Board Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (Augusta, Illinois: Augusta Eagle, 1922).

The William Harris and Rachel (Baxter) Crain family home, "Crain Farm," still stands as of 2017. It is one of two homes on the north side of Baxter Road in Huntsville, Schuyler, Illinois. Drive south from the intersection of Augusta Road and Adams Line Road (formerly the Triple S Mine Road), take a left on Baxter Rd. First house on left. The wrap around porch has been removed. The much older house of William's father, Rev. William's Crain, was across the street, on the south side of Baxter Rd, southwest of the Crain Farm. According to neighbor and owner of Rev. Crain's acreage, Marvin Graham, in 2009, he and his father tore the remnants of Rev. Crain's original house down in the 1960s.

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  • Created by: Sue Hawes
  • Added: 18 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51282425
  • Sue Hawes
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Harris Crain (16 Jun 1834–7 Mar 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51282425, citing Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawes (contributor 47271025) .