JOSIAH J. CRAWFORD, senior member of the firm of J. J. Crawford & Co., general merchandise dealers, Toronto, was born in Knox township, this county, May 23, 1852. His father, John Crawford, is a son of Josiah Crawford, a native of Maryland, who came to Jefferson county about 1819, and made his home in Knox township, which has since been the home of his descendants. He engaged in farming until his death in 1878. His son, John Crawford, father of the subject of this mention, was reared as a farmer and followed that occupation in connection with the shipping of live stock. He was married in 1846, to Ruth A. Sapp, daughter of John Sapp, of Knox township, and ten children were born to them, of whom eight survive. He died in 1870, but his wife is still living. The subject of this sketch attended the schools of the county in childhood, and subsequently took a commercial course in Zanesville. He completed his education at Mt. Union college. He then traveled for some time with the celebrated Dan Mace, and afterward became book-keeper for William H. McCarty. Following this he traveled for several years, and on his return home in 1882, he accepted a position as clerk for Crawford & Roberts. The establishment of this firm he in company with A. M. Cheeks, purchased in 1883, and in the following year Mr. Crawford bought out his partner, and assumed exclusive control. In 1885, he sold a half-interest to his brother Orlando, who is still associated with him in the business. They have a prosperous trade, and are highly respected in business and social circles. In 1886 Mr. Crawford was married to Clara M. Skelley, of this county. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and F, M. C. For two years he has served on the town council of Toronto.
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