From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 391-392, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Seth C. Crampton, of section 9, Browning township, was born on
the farm on which he now lives, January 28, 1864. His father was born
in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1797, came to Illinois in 1820, settled on
the old homestead about 1835, went to California in 1844, and engaged
in mining for two years, being reasonably successful. He returned from
California in 1846 and resumed farming in Browning township. He was
married the third time in 1858, to Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, whose
maiden name was Davis. The father died when Seth was but eight years
old. He attended the public schools of that district, and at the age of
twenty-one entered a telegraph office at Baders, where he learned the
business and became a practical operator. He continued at this business
at various points on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad for
five years, when failing health compelled him to make a change. He came
back to the home farm, put in a crop, continued business in the
telegraph office, but with the opening of the spring of 1892 he became
a full-fledged farmer.
He was married July 7, 1886, in Rushville, to Miss Mary E.
Frome*, born in this township, October 8, 1863. Her parents were Abram
and Nancy Frome*; the former died suddenly of heart disease, and the
mother married John Ebbert, and lives on an adjoining farm. They have
two living children, Meade Horace and Orpha Dot. Mr. Crampton is a
Democrat. He belongs to the Brushington Valley Relief Association, a
The Crampton family were among the very early settlers of
Browning township, coming here when the country was a wilderness.
*Note: Seth Charles Crampton married Mary Elizabeth Trone,
daughter of Abraham Schultz/Shultz Trone and Nancy Ellen Fitz
Stambaugh. Nancy Ellen Fitz Stambaugh married 2nd John Leonard