David CrallAge: 85 years18211907

David Crall
Given names
Birth November 25, 1821 42 33
80 acres purchased
1844 (Age 22 years)
MarriageMaria StentzView this family
April 12, 1846 (Age 24 years)
In US Censuses
July 1850 (Age 28 years)
Death of a motherElizabeth Henshew
January 31, 1862 (Age 40 years)

Death of a fatherHenry “Henrich” Crall
July 18, 1862 (Age 40 years)

Death of a sisterSusannah Crall
November 3, 1873 (Age 51 years)
Death of a brotherJohn G. Crall
November 25, 1879 (Age 58 years)

Death of a brotherSimon Crall
December 19, 1882 (Age 61 years)

Death of a sisterElizabeth Crall
May 6, 1884 (Age 62 years)

Death of a brotherHenry S. Crall
August 11, 1900 (Age 78 years)

Death April 29, 1907 (Age 85 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: about 1809Pennsylvania
-7 months
elder brother
19 months
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
6 years
elder brother
-8 years
elder sister
11 years
Family with Maria Stentz - View this family
Marriage: April 12, 1846Richland Co, Oh

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"A centennial biographical history of Richland county, Ohio, 1901" gives the following account of David:

David Crall, one of the foremost and most successful farmers of Richland county, Ohio, whose farm is situated in section 19, Sharon township, and whose postoffice is Vernon Junction, was born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1821, on the 25th of November. He is a son of Henry Crall, who was born at the same place in 1779, and died in Crawford county, Ohio, when in his eighty-fourth year. His father also was named Henry. The maiden name of the grandmother of the subject of this sketch was Schopp. The Crall family came originally from Switzerland and settled in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, in 1740, and in this county one of the descendants still lives and owns a farm. The maiden name of the mother of the subject was Elizabeth Henshaw, who was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She married Mr. Crall in 1809. They were well-to-do and prominent farmers and sold their Pennsylvania farm in 1845 to the state.

David Crall first came to Ohio in 1844, riding across the Alleghany mountains on horseback ad consuming nine days in making the journey to Ohio. After purchasing an eighty-acre farm, upon which had been erected a log house and barn, he returned in the fall of the same year to his old home in Pennsylvania, returning to his Ohio farm in the spring of 1845. This farm cost him in cash thirteen hundred dollars and upon it some clearing had been done and there were a good many girdled trees. Upon his return in the spring of 1845 he was accompanied by his eldest brother Simon, who was married and brought his wife with him to this then new country. They all three lived in the log house one year, and in the spring of 1846 the subject was married to Miss Maria Stentz, of Harrisburg. Pennsylvania, and a daughter of John and Sophia (Hentz) Stentz, they being also of Harrisburg, and having settled in the dense forest in that vicinity in 1834. They were industrious, honest and well-to-do farmers, owning two good farms and having a family of two sons and eight daughters. Mr. Stenz died at the age of sixty-eight, and his widow at the age of eighty-two. Both rest from their labors in Oakland cemetery, a beautiful city of the dead.

Mr. and Mrs. Crall began their domestic life in a hewed-log house and hewed out a home in the woods, when wild game was plentiful and neighbors few and far between. To the eighty-acre farm originally purchased in 1844 they have added from time to time other acres, until his landed possessions amount to two hundred and ninety acres, or did amount to that number of acres before the construction of the railroads through this part of the county. Then Mr. Crall laid out the village of Junction City, the plat of which contained about ten acres, and this, together with what has since been occupied by the railroad, reduced the size of his farm. He and his wife are the parents •f nine children, three sons and six daughters, as follows : Elizabeth, the wife of Ezra Kochenderfer, a sawmill owner of Richland county: they have one son and five daughters ; John, who occupies and manages the old farm and who married Mattie Sipe ; Sophronia, the wife of William Hollengbaugh, of Plymouth township; William Rhinehardt, a farmer living in the vicinity, who has a wife, two sons and one daughter; Susannah, the wife of John Shrock, of Shelby; Mary Sophia, the wife of Willis Hershiser, a farmer of Plymouth township, who has a wife, two sons and two daughters; Emily Alice, the wife of George Sprague, a farmer of Springfield township, who has a wife, three sons and five daughters; Henry Nelson, a machinist of Shelby, who is married and has one son and one daughter; and Anna Eliza living at home. All of the above-named children have been well educated at the common school, and four of the daughters have taught school. All are unusually intelligent and of unimpeachable morals and habits of life, using neither tobacco nor intoxicating liquors.

Mr. Crall, the father of this interesting family, was the youngest of his father's family, which consisted of six children, four sons and two daughters. Simon, born about the year 1810, and who died in Crawford county in his seventy-fourth year, having reared nine children ; John, who died at Bucyrus about 1882, leaving six children living, two or three others having died; Elizabeth, who married William Crumb and who died at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, leaving eight children; Susannah, who married, first, John Ely and after his death John Fortney : she reared six children, and died in Van Wert county, at the age of fifty-eight; Henry, who died in Crawford county, at the age of eighty-two; and David, the subject of this sketch. The parents died while all of their children were living, the mother about six months before the father.

David Crall is a member of the United Brethren church, of which his wife was a most efficient member. In politics he is a Republican. He has held the office of township trustee several terms, besides having been a school director and road master. His present fine, large brick house he erected in 1854, and the large evergreen trees which stand as sentinels around his residence, and which attract the admiring attention of all passers-by, were planted by his own hands and will continue to live and remind his relatives and friends of him long after he has moldered into dust. His son's residence is an excellent frame structure, erected in 1887 on the farm. Mr. Crall is a man of unusually strong body and mind, and has a most retentive memory; and, as his father died before any of his children, so it is altogether probable, notwithstanding his firm health, that he will do the same, they being, like him, of unusual bodily health and strength. When he passes away the beautiful poem "The Old Farmer's Elegy" would be a fitting tribute to his memory, and might almost be regarded as having been written to commemorate his life and virtues. All that know him know him but to honor him for the honorable career he has made for himself and the noble character he has always maintained.

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