ABEL J. CRAWFORD, a representative stockman of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, who has been interested in breeding and dealing in stock for sixty years, owns a farm containing 300 acres and is also engaged in extensive farming. He is a native of Island Creek Township, born here May 3, 1831, and is a son of James and Anna (Taylor) Crawford.
James Crawford was born also in Jefferson County and was a son of James Crawford, who came from Washington County, Pa., to Jefferson County, in pioneer days. The family is of English extraction and Quaker stock, although on the Taylor side there is an Irish strain. The combination has produced the highest type of citizenship, as several generations in Jefferson County have demonstrated. Great-grandfather Crawford was probably born in Pennsylvania. Grandfather James Crawford served as a justice of the peace in Island Creek Township, where he died in 1840. The second James Crawford, father of Abel J., died in 1872. He was a leading member and for many years an exhorter in the Mt. Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church. In his early political life he was a Whig but later becoming a Republican and was frequently elected to township offices. In his later years he gave his attention exclusively to his land and cattle but formerly had both mercantile and milling interests.
Abel J. Crawford was reared in his native township and after attending the district schools became a student at Richmond College, Richmond, O., after which he went into his present industries. He has resided on his farm for half a century and his residence was built fully forty years ago, its present excellent condition reflecting credit upon its builder, who has long since passed away.
Mr. Crawford was married first to Miss Mary Hammond, a native of Salem Township, Jefferson County, and a daughter of George Hammond. Nine children were born to that union and seven of them survive: Harry J., who is a member of the prominent law firm, Crawford, Squire, Dempsey & Sanders, of Cleveland; John T., who lives near Richmond, O.; Lillian, who lives at Avelon, Pa.; Cora, who is the wife of Frank Ford, of Cleveland; Emma, who is the wife of Andrew Nixon, of Ross Township; Wilma, who lives at home; and Rena, who is a deconess in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bridgeport, O. Mr. Crawford was married secondly to Mrs. Rachel Bracken. He is a member and one of the trustees of Mt. Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church. In his views on public questions he has always been consistent and casts his vote with the Prohibition party.