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Archibald Crawford





ARCHIBALD CRAWFORD, farmer, post-office Pardoe, is a son of Luke and Sarah (Donaldson) Crawford. The father was a native of Ireland, an early settler in Allegheny County, Penn. The mother was born in the eastern part of this State. Her father was one of the earliest settlers in Allegheny County, Penn., and brought a colony with him. In 1836 Hugh D. Crawford, an older brother of our subject, located on a tract of land in this county, three miles south of Mercer, and in 1838 the other members of the family followed, and located on a tract of land purchased from Joseph Kerr. They engaged in farming, and the father died a few years afterward. His wife died in January, 1872. They reared a family of fifteen children, six of whom are living: Hugh D., of Mercer; Jane; Swickley; Samuel, of East Liberty, Allegheny County; our subject; Irwin, of Franklin, Venango County. Our subject was born in Allegheny County, Penn., December 23, 1820, came to this county with his parents in 1838, and has always been engaged in farming. In 1878 he was elected commissioner of the county and served three years. Has held the office of justice of the peace of Wolf Creek Township for ten years, school director for over twenty-one years, and has served in other township offices. Be was married in 1852 to Miss Mary J. McChesney, daughter of Samuel and Esther (Barnes) McChesney, of Findley Township. They have by their union five living children: Samuel M., living on a part of the homestead, married to Sadie M, McMillan, daughter of John McMillan, of Grove City, and has two children, Mamie and Plummer; Prof. Robert D., principal of the Tidioute schools, Warren County, Penn., married Hattie Blystone, of Edinboro, and has three children: George and Florence (twins) and Josephine; John H., of this township, married Sadie Giebner, daughter of J. T. Giebner, Esq., of Sharon; Esther, Ella and Sadie A. are at home. Our subject and family are members of the Springfield United Presbyterian Church. He held the office of elder of said church for twenty years. Mr. Crawford’s father was a Democrat, but he and sons and brothers vote the Republican ticket. 

History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 1021-1022



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