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Samuel Crampton, son of Merick S. and Ann (Smith) Crampton, was born Aug. 10, 1837, in Wayne County, Ind. He was reared to manhood on his father's farm and educated at the country schools. In 1858 he was married to Mary, daughter of Seth and Ruth Cook, of Wayne County. They have one son — William E., born Aug. 3, 1859, and married Dec. 21, 1882, to Jennie, daughter of John N. Cox. Mr. Crampton began life with limited means, but by industry and economy, has met with success. His farm contains 110 acres of well-cultivated land, with good residence and farm buildings. He and wife belong to the Society of Friends. Mr. Crampton's father was born March 1, 1804, in Culpeper County, Va., a son of Samuel Crampton, a native of England, who first settled in Virginia, but afterward removed with his son Merick to Wayne County. He was among the early settlers, and died at an advanced age. Merick Crampton, was married in Wayne County, Ind., in 1824, to Ann Smith, born in Loudoun County, Va., in 1804, a daughter of Jacob and Ann (Spencer) Smith. They were the parents of eight children — Sarah, born Oct. 7, 1825; Rachel, Oct. 11, 1827; Martha, Nov. 10, 1829; Joshua S., Jan. 9, 1832; Mary, Dec. 13, 1834; Samuel, Aug. 10, 1837; Lutetia, April 24, 1840, and Phoebe A., Sept. 28, 1844. Mrs. Samuel Crampton's parents were born in South Carolina in 1794, and were of English and Irish origin. They came with their parents to Warren County, Ohio, in 1803, where Seth and Ruth Cook were married in 1825. They removed to Wayne County, Ind., where Mr. Cook followed farming till his death in his sixtieth year. Mrs. Cook died in her eighty-eighth year. They belonged to the Friends' Society. Three of their children survive — Amos, Elizabeth and Mary. Isaac, Elijah, Sarah, Nathan and Seth are deceased.
History of Wayne County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884. Volume 2