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Jacksonville Courier, June 26, 1914

Mrs. Clarinda M. Crawley, one of Morgan county's oldest pioneers, passed away at 9 o'clock Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. john W. boston, 760 South Church street. Mrs. Crawley was born June 20, 1828, and has lived all her life in this county. She was a member of the Christian church and has always been known for Christian self sacrifice and gentleness of disposition.

Her maiden name was Clarinda Morton and she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Wadell Morton. She has one living brother, Francis Morton, three daughters and a son. The daughters are Mrs. Mary Boston and Mrs. Lou Self of this city, and Mrs. Tillie Klosson of Kansas. Her son is William Crawley, of this community. Mrs. John Whitaker of Roodhouse is a cousin of the deceased.

The funeral will be held from the residence of J. W. Boston Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and burial will be made in Scott cemetery. At that time a fuller notice will be given.

Jacksonville Courier, June 27, 1914.


Funeral Services Saturday Morning at Home of Mrs. John W. Boston - Dr. G. W. Miller, Friend of Fifty Years, Gives Sermon.

The funeral of Mrs. Clarinda M. Crawley was held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John W. Boston, of 760 South Church street, with a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased in attendance. Dr. G. W. Miller, of Woodson, for fifty years a friend and long a pastor of Mrs. Crawley, delivered the sermon, speaking feelingly of her long and useful life and dwelling upon the many ways in which "Grandma" Crawley has endeared herself to the community.

The flowers were cared for by Miss Annabel Crawley, Emma Henry, Helen Self, granddaughters of the deceased, and Miss Alice Clark. Among the floral gifts, all of which were very beautiful, were handsome wreaths from the Masonic order and the Eastern Star. Music for the service was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Wallace Brockman, Miss Cora Graham, C. L. Mathis and W. W. Gillham. Burial was made in Scott Cemetery, four miles southeast of the city. The bearers were Smith Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Robt. Clark, A. J. Bourn, Robert Coultas and James Baker.

Among those from away were Samuel Francis Crawley of Kansas City, James Crawley and John Crawley of Lancaster, Kansas, Mrs. Tillie E. Klossen of New Haven, Ind., a daughter of Mrs. Crawley; mrs. Emma Whitaker, Roodhouse.

Doctor Miller took his text from the Fourteenth chapter of the gospel of St. John, "In my father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also." For seventy-two years Grandma Crawley was a follower of the Master, uniting with the church when fourteen years of age, under D. Pat Henderson, one of the pioneers of the Christian Church. She lived simply and without ostentation, but she was always doing good. When duty called her she was always ready. In the rough days of long ago when the country was sparsely settled, she would rise if necessary in the middle of the night to administer to the sick. It was not without reason that in her later years she became known to everyone as "Grandma" Crawley.

Mrs. Crawley was the mother of four children, and had fourteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. She was one of thirteen children of whom one, Francis Morton, of South Main Street, is still living. Two of her daughters and a son, Mrs. J. S. Self, Mrs. J. W. Boston and William Crawley live in Morgan County and one daughter, Mrs. Tillie Klossen, resides in Indiana. Her parents. Col. Joseph Morton and Mary Odell Morton, came in the early days from Kentucky, settling on a farm near Franklin, where their daughter, Almarinda, was born June 20, 1828. At the time of her death Mrs. Crawley had the distinction of being the oldest person in the community born and reared within the limits of Morgan County.

Col. Morton was among the men of prominence of the pioneer days. Four terms he was a member of the Illinois legislature and he saw severe service in the Mexican war. He was a man of few words and esteemed by all for steadfast purpose and rugged honesty. His daughter inherited from him a spirit of dauntless hardihood and lived and died a credit to her father's name. Miss Almarinda Morton was married to Mr. Crawley August 8, 1844, and resided in Franklin where her husband was the first justice of the peace. She moved in later years to a farm east of Jacksonville where they lived until the time of Mr. Crawley's death in 1897. Her life has been uneventful, but none the less heroic, and her reward will be in keeping with the countless deeds of kindness of her eighty-six useful years.

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