Biography of Abraham Crider
Allen County, OH Biographies

ABRAHAM CRIDER. farmer and county commissioner, P. O. Lima, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, October 19, 1828; son of Ephraim and Mary (Dunkle) Crider, former born December 25. 1805, died in 1880. Ephraim Crider was a son of Abraham and Sophia (Larick) Crider, who settled in Pickaway County in 1814, and were parents of Sophia (married to Andrew Thompson and who died, leaving a family in Wyandot County, Ohio), David (deceased, left family in Ross County, Ohio). Sally, wife of Timothy Spangler (died leaving a family in Pickaway County, Ohio), Ephraim, father of our subject; Amelia, the only one living of the family, married to a Mr. Howell, who died leaving a family in Ross County, Ohio; and George (deceased. left family near Adeiphi, Ohio). The children of Ephraim and Mary Crider were ten in number: Isaac (residing near Howard, Kans.); Eliza (died, aged six years); Abraham; Hannah, wife of Jacob Darst, in Auglaize County, Ohio; Maria, wife of Alexander Shaw. of Cridersville, Ohio; Leanna, wife of Allen Spiker, in Cridersville, Ohio; Reuben, in Auglaize County. Ohio; Susan (deceased wife of John Reichelderfer, who lives in Auglaize County, Ohio); Ephraim (deceased, aged two years); and John J., in Cridersville, Ohio. Ephraim Crider came to Auglaize County, in 1854, and in 1855 laid out the town of Cridersville. The subject of this sketch received a limited schooling, but studied late at nights by fire light. He remained with his father until his marriage, September 26, 1852, with Mary Garling, who was born June 11, 1828, in Fairfield County. daughter of John and Catharine (Hummel) Garling, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Fairfield County, Ohio, in the winter of 1824. John Garling was a son of Frederick Garling, and died in 1872, aged eightytwo years; his widow died in 1884, aged eighty three; she was a daughter of Frederick and Hannah (Stein) Hummel, natives of Pennsylvania, but early settlers of Ohio. The children of John and Catharine Garling were Jeremiah, Solomon and William, in Logan County, Ohio; Daniel, in Hardin County, Ohio; Mary, and John. in Columbus County, Ohio. Mr. Crider and his wife came to this county in December. 1852, with a team and $90 in cash, all their wealth, and here they endured the trials and hardships of pioneer life. In 1854 Mr. Crider bought eighty acres of land where he now lives, to which he added until he now owns 400 acres. To our subject and wife were born nine children: John F. and F. E. born October 2, 1853. both married, the former residing in Ada, Ohio. the latter in Shawnee Township. this county; George W., born February 16, 1855; Catharine, born December 15, 1856. wife of Amos Reichelderfer, in Auglaize County, Ohio; William E., born May 29, 1858; Flora C., born December 20, 1859, wife of Frank Terwilleger, in Tipton County, Ind.; Mary A,. born June 22, 1861; Margaret M., born Decem. ber 26, 1863; Hattie V., born March 11, 1868. Mr. Crider was chosen by the people of his township to the office of trustee and treasurer, which be held many years, and as a further reward for his strict business integrity he was chosen in 1882 by the people of his county, to the more responsible position of county commissioner, being now chairman of that board.

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