From: “Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton
Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County”, edited
by Howard F. Dyson, pages 804, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company,
Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Crozier, Robert H., a prominent and successful farmer of Rushville
Township, Schuyler County, Ill., was born in the vicinity of Pleasantview,
in the same township, March 5, 1859, and is a son of Richard and Sarah (Crozier)
Crozier, natives of County Tyrone, Ireland. Richard Crozier came to
America with his father, Richard, Sr. and the latter’s wife, sojourning for
a while in Canada, and thence going to New York State and locating at Ithaca.
His future wife, Sarah Crozier, accompanied her parents to the United States,
the family also settling in Ithaca, and there she was married to Richard
Crozier. About the year 1854 the young couple came to Schuyler County,
Ill,. Making their home in Section 35, Rushville Township. In 1836
Richard Crozier moved to Bainbridge Township, buying seventy acres of land,
and adding more from time to time, until he became an extensive landholder,
owing 500 acres at the time of his death. He was one of the most successful
farmers in his locality, and as his family grew to maturity, gave each a
fine piece of land. He and his wife had five children, as follows:
Helen Augusta, wife of Thomas L. Strong, who owns part of the old homestead;
Frederick, born in New York State, who died when about three years old; Robert
H.; Margaret F., wife of Roland M. Stover, of Rushville, Ill.; Annie M.,
who died in Bainbridge Township at the age of eleven years. Her father
died February 29, 1906. He was one of the leading citizens of Bainbridge
Township, and a strong advocate and supporter of educational enterprises.
In politics, he was a Democrat, and ably and faithfully filled various township
offices. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as is his
worthy widow, who resides in Pleasantview, enjoying the sincere respect of
all who know her, and the serene consciousness of a well spent life.
Robert H. Crozier attended the common school in his boyhood, and remained
on the home farm until the time of his marriage. He then bought forty
acres of land in Section 15, Bainbridge Township, which in 1900 he sold and
moved to his new purchase of 118 acres in Rushville Township. Since
then he has made many attractive improvements on the place, especially on
the dwelling, and has now a beautiful home, with spacious and substantial
barns, and convenient out buildings for the care of his stock.
On January 30, 1890, Mr. Crozier was united in marriage with Anna
M. Acheson, a native of Bainbridge Township, where she was born April 16,
1870. Mrs. Crozier is a daughter of William and Mary (Ward) Acheson,
and particulars in regard to her father’s life may be found in a biographical
record of Alexander Acheson, appearing elsewhere in this work. Mr.
and Mrs. Crozier have four children, namely: Mabel A., born January 1, 1891;
Harry Earl, born November 15, 1893, deceased May 8, 1902; Clarice E., born
June 11, 1899; and Sarah Elsie, born November 11, 1903. Mr. Crozier
is the only one of the Croziers left in Schuyler County. Five brothers
of his father moved to Kansas, where all but one died having families.
In politics, Mr. Crozier is a Democrat, and has for many years held
the office of School Director. Fraternally, he is connected with the
M. W. A., Rushville Camp, No. 308. He is a man of genial disposition,
and he and his amiable wife have many friends.