Biography of Thomas Crakes
Madison, St Joseph County, IN Biographies





Thomas Crakes, son of Francis and Martha (Marshall) Crakes, was born in England in 1827, and was brought to America by his parents when quite young. They first settled in New York, and are now deceased. Mr. C. came to this tp. in 1848; he was married in 1849 to the widow Hollingshed, whose maiden name was Mary Moon; she was a native of New York, and died in 1868, leaving 6 children: Francis M., Lawrence W., Martha A., Mary J., George O. and Hattie H. In 1868 he was married to Elizabeth (Moon) Pickerd, a sister to his former wife, who had 3 children: Oatholine, Alonzo and Martha. Politically, Mr. C. is a believer in the principles of the Republican party; he and his wife are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. C. owns 125 acres of land, worth about $6,000; also a saw mill and eight acres on which it is located, worth about $1,400. Mention of this mill has already been made elsewhere. He has always been an industrious farmer, and is now on see. 7. In 1861 he enlisted in the army, in company F., 48th Ind. Inf. Vol., at Mishawaka, under the command of Captain Burket; was in the service until Jan. 16, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He engaged in the battles of Lila, Corinth., Vicksburg, Jackson and Champion Hills, together with a number of other battles, entering as a private, but was soon promoted to Corporal, and afterward to Sergeant, which position he occupied during the whole war. P. 0., Mishawaka.

From:
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
Chicago 1880.


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