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 David Crummer

David Crummer

County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Death 9 Aug 1887 (aged 76)
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot 150-11-3
Memorial ID 73678663 · View Source
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David Crummer was the son of Thomas Crummer and Margaret McCaffrey. He married probably in Philadelphia, PA, about 1836, Mary Doke Young, the daughter of John Young and Mercia Doke.

The family came west to Jo Daviess Co, IL, in 1866/7, where David worked in various woolen mills as a carder. Dr. Benjamin Crummer, nephew of David, states in an affadavit from the above mentioned pension that the family came to IL in order that Mary D. Crummer could act as housekeeper for James, his brother, shortly after the death of James's first wife, Araminta D. Tart Crummer. By 1870, the family is found in Lancaster, Grant Co., WI.

1870 WI, Grant Co, Lancaster, p 47 [249], 18 Aug 1870, #323 330
David Crummer, 58, Carder, b. NY [sic]; Mary, 58, b. NJ; Corsin, Mary [sic daughter, Lida], 24, b. PA; Corsin, Laura [sic granddaughter, Florence Mary], 6, b. PA

David and family are found in the 1880 census, still in Lancaster. But David is also found enumerated in Janesville, WI, probably looking for work in the mills.

1880 WI Census, Grant Co, City of Lancaster, ED 111, p 16, 5 June 1880, # 132 139:
Crummer, David, 65, Head, Married, Operator of woolen mill, b.NY (sic) parents b. GER (sic); Mary D, 60 Wife, Keeps House, b. NJ, parents b. unknown; Corson, Lida, 33, Dau, Widowed, dressmaker, b. PA, father b. NY, mother b. NJ; Corson, Florana, WF 16, G-Dau, b. PA, father b. NJ, mother b. PA. [Note: The listing for birthplace of David's parents is incorrect.]

1880 WI, Rock Co, Janesville, 1st ward, Franklin St, ED 184, p 17A (176), 4 June 1880, enumerated under Hopper, Ellen, owner of boarding house:
Crummer, David, WM 69, Boarder, b. IRE, parents b. IRE

By around 1886, the entire family is living in Janesville, as Mary files for an increase in pension support. The year 1886 has not been proven as no date is found on the document. However, Mary states that David is 75 (b. 1811) which would make the year approximately 1886. This is substantiated by the listings in the Janesville city directories from that time.
1880 Crummer, David, spinner
1887 same
1889 Crummer, Mary D., widow of David--House, 159 N. Jackson St.

David's last days are recorded, sadly enough, in the diary of George Josiah Kellogg, brother-in-law to Rev. John Crummer, David's younger brother. Mr. Kellogg was a prominent citizen of Janesville at the time. The following is taken from the 1887 entries:

August city after supper, Bro Crummer very bad
August 7...I called on Crummers, very bad
August city, David Crummer died at 9 a.m., assisted in laying out the corpse & to cemetery to select lot
August city a.m. and to funeral at 4 p.m.
August city, pd. bills for Mrs. Corson
August 2, took Crummer folks to cemetery

David's death is recorded in various editions of the Janesville Daily Gazette, the first, 9 Aug 1887, p 4.

At his home on Wall street, first ward, at nine o'clock this morning, Mr. David Crummer quietly entered into his eternal sleep, aged 76 years. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1811. He had been a resident of Janesville for nine years, and had been one of the employees of the cotton mill up to ten weeks ago, since which time he had been a very great sufferer. He died in peace, and in the true christian faith. He leaves a wife and two children--Mrs. Sida [sic] V. Corson, of this city, and Mr. James A. Crummer, of Springfield, Illinois, to mourn his death. Many friends in this city, likewise those in Illinois and Iowa, will feel pangs of sorrow at his death. The funeral will be announced to-morrow.

From the 10 Aug 1887 edition:
At four o'clock this afternoon funeral services were held over the remains of Daniel [sic] Crummer. The services were conducted by the Rev. T. DeWitt Peake, and took place at the family residence.

Even though the obituary states that he was born in Philadelphia, this is not possible as the family was still in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 1811.

The following tombstone incriptions were copied by Mrs. Elsie E. Davis of Janesville, from the obelisk Crummer tombstone located in Block 150, Lot 11, of Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, WI.
Crummer, David--Aug. 9 1887--age 75 y.
Thomas D.-killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg-Dec. 13, 1862
Davie--age 7 y-s/o David & Mary D.
[Note: It is not known if either Thomas D. or Davie are actually buried in the lot, but Mary is buried there with no marker.]

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