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Robert Cratty
Parents Thomas Cratty, Jane McKinney  (51)
Born Aug. 24, 1784, Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Penn.  (51)
Died Aug. 20, 1877
WIFE Elizabeth English1
Parents Samuel English  (51)
Died Fall 1820  (51)
Married Butler Co., Penn  (51)
WIFE Ellen Porter2
Died Dec. 24, 1844  (51)
Married Fall 1821, Milford Center, Union Co., Ohio  (51)
WIFE Sarah Burrell
Died May 26, 1861  (51)
Married October 1845  (51)
WIFE Sarah Wyatt (prev married to Kilburn)
Parents Ezra Wyatt, Mary  (51)
Married July 23, 1861  (51)
CHILDREN Samuel Cratty(51)
Thomas Cratty(51)
  William Cratty(51)
  Robert Cratty(51)
  James Cratty(51)
  Jane Cratty(51)
Eliza Cratty(51)
  Mary Cratty(51)
  John Cratty(51)
  Harvey Cratty(51)
  David Cratty(51)
  Hiram Cratty(51)
  Madison Cratty(51)
  Jane Cratty(51)
  Harvey W. Cratty (51)
  Joseph Cratty(51)
  Another child died at birth(51)
  Another Child died at birth(51)
  Another child died at birth(51)


Member of Presbyterian Church since the age of 21  (51)
Formerly a Whig and in his later years, a Republican   (51)
Supervisor of the Township  (51)
Ensign at Fort Erie during War of 1812  (51)
abt. 1817  came to Scioto Twp., Delaware Co., Ohio  (51)
Fall 1819  Purchased farm 1 mile east of Prospect, Ohio  (51)
March 3, 1820  Moved into recently completed cabin on farm 1 mi east of Prospect, Ohio  (51)
One of the early pioneers of Prospect Township was Robert Cratty, native of Pennsylvania, who died Aug. 20, 1877, at the age of 103 years.  he moved to Delaware County in 1817, and three years later established his home one mile east of Prospect.  He helped build the first house in Prospect and the first schoolhouse in the township.  The schoolhouse was built of hewed logs with a rough clapboard roof and windows of greased paper.  David Davis was the first teacher.  For many years previous to his death, people for miles around met each year in Mr. Cratty's grove as a token of respect to the pioneer.
(51)  ROBERT CRATTY, pioneer farmer, is the oldest person now living in Marion County, and was born August 24, 1784, at Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Penn. His parents' names were Thomas and Jane (McKinney) Cratty, the former a native of Ireland and the latter born on the same farm as our subject. His maternal grandparents were natives of Ireland. The father of Robert came to America as a soldier in the British Army about 1750 to 1755, and married his wife in Franklin County, Penn. They had ten children, our subject being next to the youngest. The family moved to Westmoreland County, Penn., in 1786, and in 1797, to Butler County, Penn. In the latter county, Mr. Cratty was married to Elizabeth English, a daughter of Samuel English. He. with his wife and family of seven children Sam- uel, Thomas, William, Robert, James, Jane and Eliza Cratty came to Ohio in 1817 and located near Ostrander, Delaware County, where they remained three years. In the fall of 1819, he purchased, at $3 per acre, 114 acres of land, one mile east of Prospect Village, joining the boundary line. The folllowing winter, he built on this land a round log house, 18x20 feet in size, and March 3, 1820, took up his residence in it, with his family. The neighbors were mostly Seneca Indians, only three other white families living near; they were tbe families of Thomas Pugh, one mile north; Ephraim Markley, one and a half miles northwest; and Elijah Adams, about three miles southeast. The first season the family were much afflicted with chills and fever. Mrs. Cratty died in the fall of 1820, leaving seven children. In tbe fall of 1821, Mr. Cratty was married at Milford Center, Union County, to Ellen Porter. By this marriage there were twelve chil- dren, as follows: Mary, John, Harvey, David, Hiram,Madison, Jane, Harvey W., Joseph and three died at birth. December 24, 1844, Mr. Cratty's second wife died, and in October. 1845, he was married to Sarah Burrell, who died May 26, 1860, leaving no children. He was married the fourth time, July 23, 1861, to Mrs. Sarah W. Kilburn, now eighty-six years old, daughter of Ezra and Mary Wyatt. Mr. and Mrs. Cratty are now living on the old homestead that Mr. Cratty bought in 1819, and where be has continuously resided. This land was originally covered with a heavy growth of white oak, hickory, walmit. ash and beech timber. For many years after bis settlement here, his taxes were only about $2.50 per annum, having as much or more stock tban he has ever had since, though no stock at that time was taxed until after three years of age; now on the same prop- erty the taxes amount to $130 or $140 yearly. But he adds that it was as hard to get the $2.50 then as it is to get the $130 or $140 now. Then he was obliged to haul his wheat over dreadful roads to Delaware for 37 cents per bushel, and the best of pork for $1.50 per hundred pounds, and has hauled loads of forty bushels of wheat to Sandusky City, getting 62 cents per bushel, starting Monday morning and arriving home Saturday or Sunday night, at times bringing back a load of salt, leather, etc., for mer- chants. He has in fine cultivation eighty acres of the homestead, princi- pally cleared through his own exertions. Mr. Cratty is now in his one hundredth year, and is exceptionally hale and hearty for a man of his age. He served as an Ensign at Fort Erie in the war of 1812, and four of his sons and two grandsons served in the war of the rebellion. Mr. Cratty was Supervisor of the township for several years, and supervised the clearing up of many milee of the present township roads. Since the age of twenty- one, he has been a member of thePresbyterian Church, and in politics was formerly a Whig, and of later years a Republican.
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