Biography of Lewis McCracken
Clearfield County, PA Biographies

LEWIS McCRACKEN, * a retired farmer living on a farm in Ferguson township, adjoining the one on which he was born, February 8, 1838, owns 172 acres, situated one mile northeast of Kerrmoor, Pa. His parents were William and Mary (Bell) McCracken.

William McCracken was born in Pike township, Clearfield county, March 10, 1807, and died in January, 1891, and his burial was in the Fruit Hill Cemetery. He was six years old when his parents moved to the McNaul farm, where he grew to manhood. After his marriage he moved to the adjoining farm, in Ferguson township, on which his eleven children were born, and continued to live there until all had grown up. Then he sold and moved to Virginia, where he was interested in farming at the time of his death. He was an elder in the Fruit Hill Presbyterian church. In politics he was a Democrat and he served one term as county commissioner in Clearfield county. William McCracken married Mary Bell, who was born in what was then Bell but is now Greenwood township, Clearfield county, a daughter of Greenwood Bell, and died in January, 1886. They had eleven children, namely: Hiram, who is deceased: Julia Ann, who is the widow of Christian Straw; Robert, who died in 1907; Lewis; David, who is deceased; Hezekiah, who lives in Lawrence township; Arthur, who died at the age of eight years; Josephine, who died in 1903; Ashley, who lives near Farmville, Va.; and Seth and Amanda, the latter of whom is the wife of Emanuel Shaffer, both living in Ferguson township.

Lewis McCracken obtained his education in the schools of Ferguson township. He worked on the home farm for his father until he was twenty-two years of age and then married and moved to his present farm and here has made many improvements including the erecting of the substantial farm buildings. He has his land under excellent cultivation and is utilizing all of it except thirty five acres on which timber is still standing. He has successfully carried on general farming, raising crops, fruit and stock and doing a little dairying. Formerly he was very active but in late years has turned his responsibilities to a large degree over to younger workers.

Mr. McCracken was married first to Miss Dorcas Lewis, who was born in Elk county, Pa., and died in April, 1875. They had four children: Ellis; Emily, who is the wife of Joseph Shaw, residing at Marron; William, who lives at Miliport, Pa.; and Laura, who is the wife of Charles Wiley, of Ferguson township. Mr. McCracken was married secondly to Miss Elizabeth McGarvey, who was born in Clarion county, Pa., September 17, 1847, a daughter of Hugh and Mary (Boyd) McGarvey, who moved from Clarion to Clearfield county. To the second marriage of Mr. McCracken, two daughters were born: Estella, who is the wife of William Metlack, residing near Kerrmoor; and Delta, who is the wife of Jesse Metlack, residing at New Millport, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. McCracken are members of the Baptist church. He has been a. Democrat ever since he cast his first vote, and on several occasions has been elected to township offices on the Democratic ticket. He is one of the leading members of the Kerrmoor Grange.

Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).

Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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