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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Mrs. John B. Crawford,   pp. 99-100 PDF (427.0 KB)


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Barnes and wife, of New York, who served in the war of
1812 and whose ancestors served in the Revolutionary
war also. She and her husband, Colonel Alexander Craw-
ford came from the east and settled in Baraboo, in 1844.
Alexander Crawford was the son of Joseph Crawford
who served in the Revolutionary War and his wife, Mar-
garet Shankland, who endured terrible endurances at the
time of the massacre of Cherry Valley. Her father was
Robert Shankland, who also rendered service in the cause
of liberty. Thus John B. Crawford and his wife, Naomi,
had in their blood feelings of patriotism, as well as prin-
ciples of high honor and integrity. Their mothers, Han-
nah Barnes Crawford and Naomi Davis Wood were noble
examples of brave, capable, refined Christian women do-
ing their full share in making early Wisconsin so fine.
Other elements have since those days come in with their
alien influences which the descendants of these early pat-
riots must strenuously battle against to preserve our
great institutions and our federal Constitution.
    Like her mother Naomi Wood Crawford conducted
her home with efficiency. She had six children, one
dying in infancy with scarlet fever. Two daughters
passed away in early womanhood, but the eldest daughter
and the two sons lived to bear their part in mature active
life. Mrs. Crawford was a woman of unusual beauty,
sparkling wit, and extraordinary good sense; an orna-
ment to society, a spiritual force in her circle and the
idol of her children and friends. She and her husband
moved to Sumner, Washington, where he died early in
1893. The lovely daughter Mary passed away in Novem-
ber of that year and the two bereavements broke her frail
strength. She and her son, Lewis, returned to Wisconsin
and in June, 1895, Naomi Wood Crawford slipped away
from this world at the age of sixty-seven years. Thus
the world lost a lovely personality enshrined in a body
of unusual grace and charm.
    She left her sons, J. C. Crawford and Lewis A.
Crawford and daughter Alice C. Bailey to cherish her
memory and to emulate her virtues.
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