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William P. Crawford  (1)
Parents Col. James W. Crawford, Elizabeth Van Lear  (1)
Born March 30, 1815  (1)
Died Aug. 31, 1894  (15)
Buried Newhouse Cemetery, Scioto Twp., Delaware County, OH  (15)
WIFE Eliza Jane Rodgers  (1)
Parents Unknown
Born Aug. 7, 1820, Delaware Co., OH  (1)
Died April 19, 1877  (1)
Buried Unknown
Married June 29, 1837  (1)
WIFE Susanah Cherry  (28)
Parents Unknown
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Buried Unknown
Married Jan. 8, 1880  (28)
CHILDREN Hester M. Crawford  (1)
Elizabeth V. Crawford  (1)
  Martha A. Crawford  (1)
  Emma L. Crawford  (1)
  Eliza J. Crawford  (1)
Sarah T. Crawford  (1)


Wm P Crawford Family      
Seated L to R: Martha Ann Crawford, William P. Crawford, Eliza Jane Rodgers, Emma L. Crawford
Standing L to R:  Eliza J. Crawford, Elizabeth Crawford, Esther M. Crawford
1840C Scioto Twp., Delaware Co., OH  (28)
1 M 20-30; 1 F 20-30; 2 F under 5
1850C Scioto Twp., Delaware Co., OH  (28)
2487-2499 Wm., 36, OH, Carpenter; Jane, 32, OH; Mary, 12, OH; Elizabeth, 10, OH; Martha, 8, OH; Elvia, 4, OH
1860C Scioto Twp., Delaware Co., OH  (28)
1123 Wm. P., 45, OH, House Construction; Eliza, 41, OH; Martha, 18, OH; Eliza J., 14, OH; Emma, 7, OH; Preston Leopard, 18; OH
Contractor & Builder  (1)
Farmer & Fruit Grower  (1)
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William P. Crawford wrote a series of articles which were published in the Delaware Democratic Herald from January 6, 1888 to May 31, 1888.  These articles paint a vivid picture of early pioneer life in Delaware County west of the Scioto River.  

Read it now!  Recollections of Pioneer Life in Western Delaware County, 1888

WILLIAM P. CRAWFORD, farmer and fruit-grower; P. O. Delaware; was born in Liberty Township, Delaware Co., Ohio, March 30, 1815 ; is the son of James W. and Elizabeth (Van Lear) Crawford, both of whom were natives of Maryland, where they resided until 1811, when they removed to Delaware Co., Ohio; they were the parents of four sons and one daughter. Mrs. Crawford died in 1821. Mr. Crawford was in his lifetime a prominent and influential man ; he represented his county in the State Senate one term, and held a number of lesser offices in the county; he was Colonel of a regiment of State militia for a number of years, and had been a soldier in the war of 1812 ; he departed this life in 1858. Our subject was brought up on a farm, receiving such education as the schools of that early day afforded. At 19 years of age, he was apprenticed to the carpenter's trade. After serving two years, he began for himself by working as a journeyman. He was united in marriage with Eliza J. Rodgers June 29, 1837 ; she was born in Delaware Co., Ohio, Aug. 7, 1820 ; her parents came from Pennsylvania to Delaware Co. in 1812 ; from this union there were six daughters, four of whom are now living-Hester M., Elizabeth V., Martha A. and Emma L.; the names of the deceased were Eliza J. and Sarah T. Mrs. Crawford died April 19, 1877 ; she had been a loving companion and helpmeet, a consistent member of the Christian Union Church, and died as a Christian, singing on her death-bed "Shall we gather at the river ?" Mr. Crawford worked at his trade until 1865. During this time he was quite an extensive contractor and builder. Since 1865, he has been engaged in farming and horticultural pursuits; owns thirty-five acres of nicely improved land on the banks of the Scioto River, adjoining the village of Millville. A great portion of this is in orchards and vineyards. Mr. Crawford is a Democrat, although very liberal in his views. He is one of Scioto Township's most honored and respected citizens.  (1)
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