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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


THOMAS J. CRAGO, boat builder, was born in Cumberland Township, Greene County, Penn., June 30, 1847.  He is a son of Joseph and Maria L. (Thomas) Crago, and grandson of Thomas and Priscilla (Thurman) Crago, who were of English descent.  His grandfather was a farmer, and one of the early settlers of the county.  He was the father of fifteen children, of whom Thomas Crago’s father, Joseph, was the youngest.  Joseph was born in Cumberland Township, August 7, 1811.  He had two older brothers in the war of 1812, and his grandfather, Archibald Crago, was killed in this township by the Indians.  Thomas, the oldest in a family of seven children, received a common-school education, and early in life engaged in the saw-mill business.  He has also paid considerable attention to boat-building, having built a number of boats and started them out from his place of business.  In addition to his saw-mill, he owns a nice little farm of thirty-eight acres, which he has secured through his own industry and a strong determination to succeed.  In 1866 he was united in marriage with Mary E., daughter of John Ridge.  They have eight children—Amos A., W. L., Lorenzo, Susannah, Louella, Bertha, Grover Cleveland and Tina M.  In politics Mr. Crago is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of t he M. E. Church, in which he is a trustee.


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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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