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William H. Crain
Civil War Veteran
By : Randy Crain

 

William Henry Crain

son of
Andrew Jackson Crain and Elizabeth (unknown),
Born on January 26, 1847
           in Perry County, Illinois
Died on January 07, 1904
           Dunklin County, Missouri
Burial :
           Mt Gileard Cemetery
           Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri

 

 

in picture :
      William Henry Crain
      Nancy C. (nee Howell) Crain,
      Arthur Cleatus Crain.


Photo : circa 1892
Dunklin County, Missouri
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William Henry Crain was a Union Civil War Veteran. He joined February 18, 1864 and was mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky on February 31, 1865. He served in Company C of the 60th Illinois Infantry.

He was born January 26, 1847. His parents were Andrew Jackson Crain and Elizabeth Crain both of Perry County, Illinois. William's mother, Elizabeth died in September of 1849 and on January 31, 1850 his father remarried to Miriam Bennett of Perry County. William's father died in November of 1857 and his stepmother followed in December of that same year.

William is enumerated in the 1850 Perry County census living with the family of William C. Peak and his wife, Mary. In 1860 he is enumerated living with his uncle, John Crain of Washington County, Illinois. John was appointed to be William's guardian after his parents both died. According to a document in William's Civil War Pension file he relocated to Dunklin County, Missouri in 1869.

About 1870 William was married to Emily M Bunnell of Dunklin County. To this union four children were born, Joseph, William, Cora and Marion Crain. On September 15, 1883 Emily M. Crain died. William would remarry January 21, 1889 to Nancy C Howell also of Dunklin County, Missouri. One child would bless this union, Arthur Cletus Crain.

William is enumerated in the 1880 and 1900 census of Dunklin County, Missouri and also in the 1890 special veterans census taken by the State of Missouri. His occupation was always listed as "farmer".

On January 07, 1904 William died in Dunklin County, Missouri. He was buried in Mt. Gileard Cemetery, Clarkton, Missouri. His wife, Nancy would live on until 1924 when she was laid to rest beside him.

 

William Henry Crain, a farmer from Nashville, Washington Co., IL.
stood 5' 5" tall with light hair, black eyes and a dark complexion.
He was born in Perry County, Illinois.

Served during the Civil War with the Union Army,
      (His name is spelled Crane on military records)
with Co. C.of the 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry,
Enlisted on February 10, 1862 in Washington Co., IL.
Mustered in as a Private on on February 21, 1862 in Jonesboro, Illinois.
Reenlisted as a Veteran on February 18, 1864 in Rossville, Georgia.
Mustered in on February 22, 1864 in Rossville, Georgia.
Mustered out on July 31, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

 


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