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Crapper, Dorsey


Posted By: Mark Cottrell (email)
Date: 2/26/2008 at 11:27:36

Dorsey Scott Crapper is born 07/25/1822 in Kentucky or Henry County Indiana to Levi & Margaret {Wilson} Crapper. Dorsey is the oldest of four children, the rest being; Elizabeth Ann Crapper born 1824 in Henry County Indiana, Dr. Harvey Newton Crapper born 1826 in Henry County Indiana and Levi Z. Crapper born in 1833 in Henry County Indiana. As a young man Dorsey moves to Berrien County Michigan on Lake Michigan and on the 1850 Census he is listed as a sailor. Dorsey Scott Crapper marrys Elizabeth Jane Cottrell in Niles, Michigan on 06/13/1852. between 1853-1855 the couple moves to Winneshiek County near Fort Atkinson. A son Harvey Luther Crapper is born to them 04/17/1855 in Winneshiek County. They move back to Buchanan, Michigan in Berrien County sometime before 1858. A daughter Clara Belle Viola Crapper is born to them 10/25/1858 in Buchanan. A daughter Emma Jeanette Crapper is born to them 07/04/1860 while also in Buchanan, Michigan. Dorsey is listed on the 1860 Buchanan, Michigan Census as working as a laborer. Dorsey and Elizabeth make a second move to Iowa between 1861 & 1864 to Clayton County in Cass Township in the town of Strawberry Point. Twin sons William Sherman Crapper & Eddie Sheriden Crapper are born to them on 01/24/1865. Eddie Sheriden Crapper dies shortly after birth. On the 1870 Census for Strawberry Point Dorsey is listed as a Pedlar. By some accounts he sold medicines during this period of time. Sometime after this 1870 Census was taken they move to the settlement of Newcastle in Hamilton County Iowa where Dorsey is still a seller of medicine. According to his obituary from the Hood River Oregon newspaper named the Glacier Dorsey built one of the first homes there. Newcastle was a previous name of Webster City, Iowa. On 05/12/1876 Elizabeth Jane {Cottrell} Crapper's mother Hepzabeth Cottrell makes a claim for a government pension in Webster City, Iowa for the the death of her son & Elizabeth's brother Perry Washington Cottrell. Perry was shot at the "Battle Of Shiloh" or otherwise known as "Pittsburg Landing" and died six weeks later in an Evansville Indiana Hospital at the age of 18. Elizabeth Jane [Cottrell] Crapper had five brothers serve in the Civil War. They were; Andrew Jackson Cottrell who served with the 9th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry Company "C", George Noggle Cottrell served with the 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company "K", Francis Marion Cottrell served with the 11th Michigan volunteer Cavalry Company "K", John Dawson Cottrell served with the 31st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Company "I" and Perry Washington Cottrell served with the 12th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company "C". This pension claim is filed by Attorney G. B. Praff & signed by clerk G Banning. In a letter I have, Dorsey and Elizabeth {Cottrell} Crapper write in behalf of her parents to the Pension Board stating poor health and living conditions of her folks. Her parents are George Birdwell Cottrell and Hepzabeth {Noggle} Cottrell and they lived in Plymouth, Iowa in Cerro Gordo County at this time. It is signed by Dorsey Scott Crapper & Elizabeth Jane {Cottrell} Crapper and is dated 07/24 1877 from the Hamilton County Clerk of District Court and signed by the same A. A. Wicks. Dorsey moves his family to Portland Oregon area in late 1877 or early 1878. They are living in the Village of Albina Oregon on the 1880 Census where Dorsey is listed as a farmer. His brother Dr. Harvey Newton Crapper & family have met up with Dorsey and are living next to him. On 03/24/1884 Dorsey and Elizabeth Crapper buy a farm in the Oak Grove area of Hood River County Oregon and raise strawberries and also do general farming. Elizabeth Jane {Cottrell} Crapper dies 10/31/1897 and is buried in the Idlewild Cemetery south of the city of Hood River in Hood River County Oregon. Dorsey continues to live on his farm until health problems force him to move to Portland, Oregon for medical treatment a few months before his death on 03/11/1903. He is buried beside his wife Elizabeth in the Idlewild Cemetery.


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