From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 557-558
Samuel F. Crandal, a worthy farmer and stock-raiser of Warren township, son of the late Chelca and Nancy (Whitacre) Crandal, first saw the light of day in Warren county, Ohio, January 31, 1829. His paternal ancestors were originally from Connecticut, but his father immigrated to Ohio when a young man, settling in the county of Warren. The Whitacres were natives of England, the American branch of the family arriving in the United States about the year 1826, locating in the Buckeye state.
Chelca Crandal and Nancy Whitacre rode on horseback from their home to Cincinnati to be married, a distance of thirty-six miles, and after the ceremony began keeping house in the county of Warren, where they resided until their removal in 1834 to Huntington county, Indiana. By occupation Chelca Crandal was a carpenter, and assisted in the erection of many of the old buildings in Huntington and several of the first frame houses erected in other parts of the county. He was elected sheriff in 1841 and served continuously in that capacity for six years, being one of the prominent men of the county during the early days of its settlement. After a long and useful life he died in 1876, full of years and rich in honors, his wife preceding him to the grave in 1853.
Chelca and Nancy Crandal had a family of twelve children, namely: Lucinda, Sarah, Samuel F., Cynthia, Robert, Jonas, Newton, Julia, Malinda, Jefferson, Mary and Harrulla. Samuel F. Crandal, the immediate subject of this biography, received his education in such schools as the country in his boyhood days afforded, and at the age of twenty-two began his contact with the world as clerk in a store, a capacity in which he continued for a period of three years. October 15, 1850, he was married to Miss Dorris Hayward, who was born October 15, 1828. Her people originally came from England and settled in Connecticut, thence removed to New York, her great-grandfather being a captain in the American army during the Revolutionary war. Her father served in the war of 1812 and for a number of years lived in Ohio, moving from that state to Huntington county, Indiana, in 1844. Following are the names of the brothers and sisters of Mrs. Crandal: Benjamin, Arma, Alma, Chancy, Susan, Mary, George, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Durris, Nahum, Ann and Minerva.
Some time after his marriage Mr. Crandal moved to his present farm in section 13, Warren township, and is now one of the successful agriculturists of that part of the county. Always a hard working man and believing in the dignity of honest toil, he has provided well for his family of fourteen children, besides accumulating a sufficiency of this world's goods to place him in comfortable, if not independent, circumstances. He belongs to that large and eminently respectable class of citizens who in a quiet and unostentatious way do so much for the prosperity of the country and form a substantial part of the body politic. His good wife has been an able assistant during the many years of their married life, and by her counsel as well as with the help of her willing hands has contributed in no small measure to his material success, besides preparing the children for the active duties of life in which they are now engaged.
The names of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Crandal are as follows: Francis, Alonzo A., Esmerelda, Minerva, Anna, Samuel, Oliver, Milton and Mildred (twins), Charles and Chelca (twins), Addie, Robert and Florence, eight of whom are now living, all married and well settled in life except Francis, who makes his home in California. Alonzo, the second in order of birth, is one of Huntington's prominent citizens, and at the present time is sheriff of the county.
Mr. Crandal has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for a period of twenty-eight years. In religion he believes in the liberal creed of Universalism, and in politics supports the Republican party. He voted in Warren when but two Republican ballots, besides his own, were cast in the township, and has lived to see his political principles triumph and his party become dominant in the affairs of the county. He has never aspired to official honors, though frequently inportuned by his party so to do.
He keeps along the quiet pathway of life, attending faithfully to his domestic concerns, building for himself a character that for sterling worth has always been far above reproach. He has passed beyond the allotted limit of three-score-and-ten, but bids fair to live many years among the people whom he has so long known and by whom he is so highly esteemed.