JAMES CRAWFORD, of township 17, range 10, Virginia, is a native of Ireland born in 1833. His parents were William and Margaret (Patterson) Crawford, both natives of Ireland who came to America after marriage, about 1843. They located near what is now Virginia, where they spent their lives. Both parents are interested in the Virginia cemetery. They had four children, two of whom are now living.
James grew to manhood on his father's farm. He has always worked hard and has accumulated property valued at thousands of dollars, all the result of his own industry and economy. He owns 540 acres of land surrounding the town of Virginia, for which he has refused $100 an acre. He gives his whole attention to stock-raising and feeding. He and his son are now feeding about 500 head of three to four year old steers. He is raising about 300 acres of corn this year (1892). The voters of the family are Democrats, and the family are among the representative citizens of Virginia. They have been raised in the Presbyterian faith. This is not a long-lived family, the members generally dying young.
He was married in Jacksonville, in 1868, to Miss Jane Elliott, of Virginia, born in 1841. They have five children: Fannie, Willie, James, Maggie and Floy; two died in infancy, --Henry C. and Thomas Elliott. Willie is now of age and is supporting himself by farming a portion of the homestead, feeding 125 head of cattle.
Mr. Crawford is an outspoken man, who speaks exactly what he thinks, and these qualities indicate the honesty of his nature, as he scorns to gain the favor of men by flattery. He has given his children a good education. He is a man of almost unlimited means, yet he spends his days in toil, feeling that his work is not yet accomplished, though he feels the weight of advancing years. He is a man of sterling honesty and the county is indebted to such men as he for much of its prosperity. He has resided for forty-five years on his farm.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, page 170.
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