Biography of William Crabb



Barry County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

William Crabb was born in Plymouth, England, Feb. 6, 1805. His father, Edward Crabb. was a stone-mason, and reared a family of nine children, William being the eldest. At the age of nine he was apprenticed to a farmer, who was more of a brute than a man. He was obliged to toil from morning until night, and was treated with such brutality that he ran away and bound himself to a stonecutter; he acquired the trade, which he followed until his emigration to America, in 1831. With him came his mother, brothers and sisters, and relatives, to the number of nineteen. Their original intention was to settle in Baltimore, but they were induced to change their destination, and came to Newport., R. I., where Mr. Crabb obtained employment upon the fortifications of Fort Adams. Here he remained two years. In 1837 he went to Boston with his family, and was there engaged in the construction of Forts Warren and Independence. He remained in Boston ten years, when he became so broken down by hard labor that he decided to try his fortune in Michigan as a farmer. In 1847 he started for the West, and arrived in Castleton September 20th. He then purchased the farm on which he now resides. He suffered many privations, and four years had the fever and ague. But his pluck and perseverance overcame all obstacles, and he has secured a fine home and a competency. Mr. Crabb has been twice married: first, in 1834, to Miss Maria Lawrence; she was born in Carlisle, England, in 1S05, and died in 1S61. In 1862 he was again married, to Mrs. Frances Burdick, of Rutland she died in 1875. Three children have graced their home circle, viz.: the first-born, a daughter, died at the age of five years; William J., at the age of twenty-one went into the army as a member of Company C, Twenty-First Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, was shot four times at the battle of Stone River, Tenn., and died at the hospital in Nashville, Feb. 9, 1863 and George, now living on the old homestead.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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