JOSIAH J. CRAWFORD, a citizen of Toronto, Ohio, of which city he has been a member of the council for more than a decade and has proved faithful and efficient in guarding its best interests, for the past twenty years, has been extensively engaged in oil operating in Jefferson County. He was born in Knox Township, May 23, 1852, and is a son of John and Ruth A. (Sapp) Crawford, both of whom were also born in Jefferson County.
John Crawford was a son of Josiah Crawford, who was of Irish parentage but was born in Maryland. THe latter was one of the very early settlers near Sugar Grove in Knox Township. John Crawford spent his entire life in Jefferson County, where he died in 1870. He was a successful farmer and stockman and was widely known. He married in early manhood and, although he died in his forty-seventh year, he left a large family. Of his ten children the following survive: Annie, who is the wife of George W. McCoy, of Portland, Ore.; James W., who lives in Wamego, Kan.; Josiah J., of Toronto; Sadie, who is the widow of J. H. Roberts, of Knightstown, Ind.; John N., who lives in Jefferson County; Orlando Y., who is in business at Toronto; Sylvester V., whose home is at Steubenville; and Joseph S., who lives at Toronto.
Josiah J. Crawford grew to manhood on the homestead in Knox Township and after attending public schools near home, went to Zanesville, where he took a commercial course in Small's Business College. In 1882 he came to Toronto and embarked in the mercantile business which he continued for many years and at the same time was interested in the horse industry, which included the importing of draft horses from Canada. He then turned a large part of his attention to operating in oil and maintains his office on Market Street, Toronto. He is considered one of the ablest business men of the place.
Mr. Crawford married Miss Clara Skelley, a daughter of Alexander Skelley and a granddaughter of one of the pioneer settlers of Jefferson County. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Toronto, of which he is a trustee. He is a prominent Mason, belonging to the Chapter and Commandery at Steubenville, and also to the Scottish Rite Branch, while he is attached to the Blue Lodge at Toronto. In politics he is a Republican.