J. W. CRAWFORD, physician and surgeon, is a native of Livingston County, Ky., and a son of Francis and Martha Crawford of South and North Carolina, respectively. Subject's paternal grandfather, John Crawford, came from Ireland. He first settled in North Carolina, and from that State came to Kentucky many years ago, locating in Livingston County. He later moved to Illinois, and died in Hardin County, that State. Subject's maternal grandfather, Willis Champion, was a native of North Carolina, and of Scotch descent; he was an early settler of Salem, Livingston County, and died near Old Salem in 1843 or 1844. Francis Crawford, subject's father, was born in South Carolina, January 27, 1795. He came to Kentucky with his parents when a small child, and spent the greater part of his life in Livingston County, where he became one of the leading farmers, accumulating a large estate; he died in 1860. Mrs. Crawford was born January 22, 1799, and is still living in Livingston County. The family of Francis and Martha Crawford consisted of eight children, viz.: Sarah L. (deceased), William H., Theophilus F., Nancy (deceased), Pernecy, John W. (subject), Lucinda (deceased), and Mary Jane. Dr. Crawford was born December 20, 1831. He commenced life as a teacher, a profession he followed four years, after which he was appointed deputy sheriff of Livingston County, under James K. Huey. While serving as sheriff he employed his leisure time in reading medicine under the instruction of Dr. John Lunday, and in 1856 entered the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, which institution he attended two sessions. In 1857 he became a student of the St. Louis Medical College, from which he graduated the latter part of the same year. After completing his studies he commenced practicing the healing art in his old home neighborhood, where he remained until 1877, at which time he came to Marion, which has since been his home. The Doctor was married December 25, I860, to Elizabeth Frazier, daughter of Jesse and Polly Padon, of Livingston County. The following children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Crawford: Fannie F. (wife of A. C. Gilbert), Mary W. (wife of Robert Dean), Carrie Lee, Elizabeth, Jesse P., Sarah E., John F., William Henry. Dr. Crawford is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the K. of H. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Pages 724-725.