Wayne County Biographies

Part of the Indiana Biographies Project

Daniel B. Crawford

Daniel B. Crawford was born in Harford co., MD., Nov. 10, 1807, and at the age of 7, removed with his mother's family to Baltimore; and thence he came, in 1835, to Wayne township, 2½ miles north of Richmond. Although he settled on a new farm, and had some experience of life in the woods, his first dwelling was a frame house, somethin rarely seen in a forsest. In 1850, Mr. Crawford commenced the mercantile business in Richmond, in which he is still engaged. He was in 1849 elected a county commissioner, which office he has held, with the exception of 6 years, until the year 1870. He is a member of the Pearl Street Methodist Episcopal Church, and has a intervals been the superintendent of its Sabbath-school for more than twenty years. He was maried in Baltimore to Agnes Corrie. THey had 9 children: Daniel J., who married Mary, daughter of Frederick Hoover, an died on the farm, May 7, 1870. Elijah J.; died at 5. Mary F., Wife ofJoseph C. Ratliff, and lives in Center township. John Y., who married Ella Mtichell, daughter of Thomas C. Mitchell, merchant, Fifth street. Sarah R., who married Frederick Cramer, of Ohio, now a merchant in Philadelphia. Charles W.; died at 5. Agnes S., who married James Williams, and resides on Fifth street, Richmond. Elizabeth A. W., who married J.O. Borrhies, merchant, Keokuk, Iowa. Robert; died in infancy.

History of Wayne County, Indiana by Andrew W. Young. pub 1872

Daniel B. Crawford was born in Hartford County, Md., Nov. 16, 1807, and when seven years of age removed with his mother's family to Baltimore, and thence, in 1835, to Wayne County, Ind., settling two and a half miles north of Richmond. Although the land was in the unbroken forest it had a frame house on it, a thing rarely seen in those days. He continued agricultural life till 1850, when he moved to Richmond and became established in the mercantile business, and has now one of the oldest dry-goods and carpet houses in the city, doing business under the firm nane of D. B. Crawford & Son. Mr. Crawford has held at various times different offices of honor and trust in the city and county. He was County Commissioner from 1850 till 1870, with the exception of six years. He has been a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal church many years and has always been a liberal supporter of its interests. He was one of the building committee of the new Methodist church on East Main street. He was married in Baltimore, Md., June 10, 1828, to Agnes Corrie. They have had nine children — Daniel J., Elijah J., Mary F. (wife of J. C. Ratcliff ), John Y., Sarah R., Charles W., Agnes S., Elizabeth A. W. and Robert. They have had a laborious but pleasant life, and now, after fifty-six years of wedded life, are living in the enjoyment of the consciousness of a life devoted to their family and the interests of the community.

History of Wayne County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884. Volume 2