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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JOHN CRAGO, a retired farmer of Cumberland Township, was born February 15, 1814, and is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Greene County.  He is a son of John Crago.  He owns 330 acres of well improved land, where his great-grandfather settled and was afterwards killed by the Indians.  The Cragos all came of industrious and energetic ancestors, and are noted for their morality and patriotism; they were represented in the Revolutionary war.  John Crago, of whom we now write, received his education in the subscription schools of his township, where he was married in 1840 to Eleanor, daughter of John and Mary Flenniken, both natives of Greene County, and of Irish and English descent.  They have two children—Caroline, wife of M. L. McMeans; and Williams H., a farmer, who was born in Cumberland Township April 5, 1843.  He grew up on the farm, attended the district school, and has made farming his chosen occupation.  In 1862 Mr. Crago enlisted in a cavalry company, which was afterwards consolidated and became Company D, Twenty-second Pennsylvania Cavalry.  He was discharged for disability March 22, 1864.  Mr. Crago has been blind for a number of years; but is possessed of such a wonderful memory that he can go all over his farm and attend to almost any kind of work.  He transacts his own business affairs, in which he has been greatly prospered, having at present a competence sufficient to keep him in comfort the rest of his days.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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