Civil War Veteran Passes Away
James M. Crawford, the subject of this sketch, was born in South Otter township, Jan. 8th, 1843 and died at the home of his son, Wm. O. Crawford, April 16, 1930, aged 87 years, 3 months and 8 days. Most all his life was spent near where he was born. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Nash in 1866, who preceded him in death in 1876.
To this union three children were born, Jonathan L., who died in 1920; Rowena J. Mann [sic], who died in 1901, and William O. Crawford.
In 1879, he was married to Nancy Ann Adcock who died in 1920. Of this union was born three children, Letha Davidson, and Louise Mae who preceded him in death and Mary Rowden of Lincoln, Ill.
He was converted in early life and united with the Baptist church at Oakland Grove schoolhouse. Later in life he moved his membership to Union Baptist church at Union Chapel, living a quiet, Christian life and was a good, honest man, a good neighbor, and will not only be missed by his children and grandchildren but by the community where he spent a long life.
He enlisted for service in the Civil War and was a member of the 122nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was a charter member and the last surviving member of the Luke Mayfield Post, G. A. A.
He is survived by a son and a daughter, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a goodly number of other relatives, a large circle of neighbors and sympathizing friends.
Funeral services were held at Union Chapel, Thursday, at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. Will England of Girard and interment was made in Crawford cemetery, just north of Blooming Grove church. The pallbearers were Henry, Jess and Walter Crawford, Aaron, M. M. and John Hays, all nephews. The flower bearers were Mrs. Milly Adcock, Mrs. Paul Johnson, Misses Hazel and Lora Bristow. Those in charge of the song service were Mrs. Cephas Hays, Mrs. Owen Bivin, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Casteel and daughter, Mrs. Anna Boulter, H. L. Wright and J. J. Gardner, with Mrs. Will England at the piano. Members of the Girard Legion had charge of the services at the grave.