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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Henry Clay Cradduck was born February 16, 1847, in Crawford County, Ark., and is a son of Presley M. and Sarilda (Lamb) Cradduck. The father was born in Callaway County, Ky., and there grew to manhood, married and engaged in farming. The mother was also born in Kentucky, where she was educated and married when about eighteen years old. She bore thirteen children, nine of whom are living: Mary McCaslin, wife of John McCaslin, farmer; Elizabeth, wife of William T. Coatney; Henry C.; Emily, wife of Thomas Dotson; John W.; James P.; Delphia P., wife of William S. Morrison; James Nathan B.; Josie E., wife G. D. Gilstrap. Moses M., Elbert T., Ann A. and William are deceased. Mr. Cradduck came to this county over forty-six years ago, and died here in 1862, and was survived by his widow but four years. The grandparents were natives of Kentucky, who came here also about forty-six years ago. While in Kentucky the grandfather served as deputy sheriff. Our subject was principally reared upon a farm in this county, and until his parents’ death remained at home, receiving in the meantime a good common-school education. He then, having the care of his younger brothers and sisters, worked as a farm hand a year, and in 1868 married Rachel E. McCurdy, daughter of William K. and Mary McCurdy, early settlers of Washington County, who, however, came to this county before the war. Mrs. Cradduck was principally reared in Crawford County, where she received her education. During the war Mr. Cradduck drove a team for the Government, but has now lived upon his present farm eleven years. He owns a nice little farm of eighty acres, half of which is well cultivated. He is a licensed exhorter in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and also officiates as class-leader, steward and trustee, and although he refused to accept a license to teach he is an active worker in the church, as is also his wife. In politics he is a strong Republican.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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