From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 170, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
James Crawford, of township 17, range 10, Virginia, is a native
of Ireland born in 1833. His parents were William and Margaret
(Patterson) Crawford, both natives of Ireland who came to America after
marriage, about 1843. They located near what is now Virginia, where
they spent their lives. Both parents are interred in the Virginia
Cemetery. They had four children, two fo whom are now living.
James grew to manhood on his father's farm. He has always worked
hard and has accumulated property valued at thousands of dollars, all
the result of his own industry and economy. He owns 540 acres of land
surrounding the town of Virginia, for which he has refused $100 per
acre. He gives his whole attention to stock raising and feeding. He and
his son are now feeding about 500 head of three or four year old
steers. He is raising about 300 acres of corn this year (1892). The
voters of the family are Democrats, and the family are among the
representative citizens of Virginia. They have been raised in the
Presbyterian faith. This is not a long lived family, the members
generally dying young.
He was married in Jacksonville, in 1868, to Miss Jane Elliott,
of Virginia, born in 1841. They have five children: Fannie, Willie,
James, Maggie and Floy; two died in infancy, - Henry C. and Thomas
Elliott. Willie is now of age and is supporting himself by farming a
portion of the homestead, feeding 125 head of cattle.
Mr. Crawford is an outspoken man, who speaks exactly what he
thinks, and these qualities indicate the honesty of his nature, as he
scorns to gain the favor of men by flattery. He has given his children
a good education. He is a man of almost unlimited means, yet he spends
his days in toil, feeling that his work is not yet accomplished, though
he feels the weight of advancing years. He is a man of sterling honest
and the county is indebted to such men as he for much of its
prosperity. He has resided for forty-five years on his farm.
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