History of Greene County,
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
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
August 7, 1811. He had two older
brothers in the war of 1812, and his grandfather, Archibald Crago, was
in this township by the Indians. Thomas,
the oldest in a family of seven children, received a common-school
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
place of business. In addition to his
saw-mill, he owns a nice little farm of thirty-eight acres, which he
secured through his own industry and a strong determination to succeed. In 1866 he was united in marriage with Mary
daughter of John
They have eight children—Amos A., W. L., Lorenzo, Susannah,
Bertha, Grover Cleveland and Tina M. In
politics Mr. Crago is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of t he
Church, in which he is a trustee.
History of Greene
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County,
Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007
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