GODFREY CRATES, farmer, P. 0. Arlington, was born July 20, 1831, in Washington County, Penn. His parents. Christian
ands Magdalena (Micron) Crates, of Wurtemburg. Germany. came to America with three young children in 1829. They
lived in Washington County, Penn., until 1842. when they came to this county and located in the wilderness, in
Van Buren Township. settling on a tract of eighty acres of land, which Christian Crates had entered from the Government
about ten years previous. Of the eight children of Christian and Magdalena Crates four are now living: Mrs. Caroline
Rhinehart, John, Godfrey and Mrs. Rosa Ann Harris. Christian Crates died May 13, 1870, in his seventy sixth year;
his widow, the mother of our subject, now resides with her son and is eighty nine years of age. Godfrey Crates
was reared as a pioneer's son in Van Buren Township, this county. He was united in marriage March 30, 1858, with
Miss Lydia Wahl who was born in Canton Basel, Switzerland and came in 1844 to this county with her parents, Frederick
and Anna Maria Wahl who settled in Van Buren Township. Her parents now reside in Orange Township, this county.
Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Crates resided in Van Buren Township, this county, until April, 1880, when they sold their
farm and purchased the old J. C. Ricketts farm of 200 acres of land in Eagle Township, where they now reside. To
Mr. and Mrs. Crates have been born ten children: Mrs. Louisa Jane Bame, Christian F., William E., John W., Marion
E., Margaret E., Daniel G., Mary Magdalena, Henry A. and D. William, a twin, who was accidentally scalded in infancy.
Our subject united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of seventeen years; subsequently, in 1859, he
withdrew from that church, connected himself with the Methodist Protestant Church, and was licensed to preach by
the Ohio Conference in 1877. Mrs. Crates and son, Christian, are also members of the church. Godfrey Crates is
one of the leading farmers and representative citizens of Eagle Township.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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