JOHN CRABS, is an old resident of Ross township, Jefferson county, Ohio, having been born on the farm where he now lives, in the year 1808, November 20th. His father, Henry Crabs, was born in Washington county, Penn., April 25, 1776 and died September 7, 1858. His mother, Anna George Crabs, was born in the year 1780, February 9th. John Crab's grandparents on his father's side, Henry and Sarah (Keller) Crabs, the former being a full cousin of Lewis Wetsel, the famous pioneer, were both native of Germany, having come to this country about the middle of the eighteenth century. The maternal grandparents came from Ireland; their names were Alexander George and Mary (Ringland) George. Mr. Crabs taught a school as a means for his livelihood when about twenty years of age. In the year 1836, May 5th he was married to Jane McLaughlin, who was born in the year 1815, on the 3d of March in Carroll county, Ohio; her parents, Robert and Nancy (Lindsay) McLaughlin, were born in 1782 and 1787 respectively, her father being one of the pioneers of Carroll county. Mrs. Crab's paternal grandparents were James McLaughlin, a native of Ireland, but of Scotch descent, and Margaret (Mitchell) McLaughlin. Her maternal grandparents were John Lindsay and Martha (Guthrie) Lindsay. Mr. and Mrs. John Crabs are the parents of five children, four of whom are living. The oldest son, H. K. Crabs, died in Bowling Green, Ky., during the late war; Robert M., John, Shane, Ross and MRs. Anna E. Smith being the surviving ones. The family are active and useful members of the United Presbyterian church of Yellow Creek, Ohio. Mr. Crabs is a radical prohibitionist. The entire family is highly respected in the community in which they live.
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