MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 377
submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007
CRAWFORD – April 2, at her late residence in Bloomington township, MRS. SARAH A., wife of William P. Crawford, aged 64 years, 2 months and 12 day.
Mrs. Crawford came to Iowa quite young in life. She became the wife of William P. Crawford. They settled in Bloomington township on the Moscow road, where they secured for themselves a pleasant home, and by industry and good management acquired a competency in life. Her husband and three children, Emily T. Harris, Oliver Crawford and Nellie Housman, survive her.
Mrs. Crawford, at about the age of 14 years, by confession of faith, united with the First Presbyterian church of Muscatine, Nov. 9, 1850. Her connection with this church, according to the records, dated back further than any other living member. She was a very devout Christian and was active in every good word and work. She had a loving interest in the advancement of Christian work.
More than two years ago she began to be affected with slow paralysis, showing itself first in the use of her hands. The dreaded disease continued its sure progress until she almost lost the use of her hands and arms. She became speechless, and could only communicate with the members of the family and friends by signs. At this time her mind was vigorous and active, and she understood and enjoyed listening to everything her friends told her. Her Christian experience during her sad affliction was truly beautiful. Her Bible was open before her every day and she read from it as long as her hands were able to hold it. She was instant in prayer, and took great comfort in talking about the subject of religion. She was praying and watching and waiting for the Lord to come. She was faithful unto death, and her Master will bestow upon her, according to His promise, the faithful servant’s crown. ---COM
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