JAMES CRABILL, a native and life-long resident of Clark County, belongs to a family well known among the early settlers of the county. His grandfather, David CRABILL, was one of the first to settle in this section of Ohio, and his son, Thomas V., was born in 1811, on a part of the farm now occupied by our subject. Thomas V. CRABILL was reared to manhood amid the scenes of pioneer life and did much of the work which devolves upon frontiersmen and early settlers. He was educated in the early schools of the county, and became widely and favorably known throughout its bounds as a reliable and public-spirited citizen, a success business man, and one of upright character. In politics he was a Republican, and his religious belief coincided with the doctrines expressed by the Presbyterian Church with which he had therefore identified himself.
After his marriage to Sidney YEAZLE, Thomas CRABILL removed to Springfield Township, where he departed this life, September 5, 1884. He left to his heirs an extensive estate and other property, together with the better inheritance of an honored name. He was the father of fourteen children, of whom the following are now living: William and David, in Springfield Township; James; Lovina, the wife of Michael WILSON, of Springfield; John, in Springfield Township; Nancy E., the wife of Alonzo LEFFEL, in Mercer County; Thomas, in Springfield Township; Milton and Joseph F.
The gentleman who is the subject of this brief biographical notice was born January 12, 1841, receiving his early education in the district schools of the county, and adopting the occupation of a farmer. He owns a farm on section 19, Moorefield Township, which is part of the old CRABILL homestead, his realty comprising one hundred and eighteen acres. This land is managed and cultivated according to the most approved methods, and the crops raised upon it are equal in quality and quantity to those of any farm in this and contiguous counties. The dwelling is a substantial and home-like structure, while the other buildings which adorn the place are equally well built and adequate to the various purposes for which they are designed.
On October 17, 1876, Mr. CRABILL led to the hymeneal altar Miss Clara, a daughter of John B. NICKLIU of Moorefield Township. Mrs. CRABILL is intelligent and well-bred, possesses a thorough knowledge of housewifely duties, and is one who carries her religion into daily life, performing all the obligations which rest upon her in a conscientious manner. She has borne one daughter—Jessie—whose natal day was August 2, 1881. She and her husband belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church at Springfield. Mr. CRABILL is a Republican. He is a man of well-informed mind, as well as an enterprising farmer, and one whose Christian character is known to all with whom he comes in contact.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio Chapman Bros., Chicago, Copyright 1890.