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HENRY CRULL

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HENRY CRULL

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Posted: 7 Jan 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Crull, Worl, Rhoer
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901

HENRY CRULL, a prominent farmer of Polk township, Huntington county, Indiana, was born in Fayette county, September 8, 1831, his immediate ancestors being John and Polly (Worl) Crull. During early Colonial times, two Crull brothers crossed the ocean from Germany to America, and, as the great struggle for American independence was at that time raging, one of the brothers entered the conflict to aid his adopted country and was never heard from again. The remaining brother finally drifted to Ohio, where he and his descendants lived for many years; but later a branch of them settled in Indiana, in Fayette county, among them the father of our subject. John Crull and Polly Worl were joined in marriage March 24, 1828, and later moved to Henry county. They were almost of an age (sic), the former being born July 26, 1806, and the latter July 20, of the same year. A family of eleven children were born to them, viz: Nancy, July 25, 1830; Henry, September 8, 1831; Esther, July 28, 1833; Joseph, August 26, 1834; Mary J., July 2, 1836; Elizabeth, August 27, 1837; Lucinda, July 2, 1839; John, June 21, 1841; Sarah, September 12, 1843; Benjamin, June 22, 1845; and Rhoda, October 20, 1847.

Henry Crull was brought up on the farm and made that the occupation of his life. He was married August 13, 1854, to Miss Mary Rhoer, who bore him a family of eleven children, namely: Sarah, October 26, 1856; Catherine, November 11, 1858; Enoch, March 18, 1860; Eli, May 7, 1861; Rachael, March 25, 1863; Laura, June 16, 1864; John S., October 11, 1868; Clarence, November 7, 1866; Mary J., April 25, 1871; Alonzo, June 8, 1874; Joseph, October 19, 1877. For several years after his marriage, Mr. Crull rented the farm of his father-in-law and operated it. He then purchased a forty-acre tract in Henry county, which he sold, moved to Huntington county and bought his present homestead of eighty acres in Polk township. This land was bought in 1864, and the following year he moved thereon and began its improvement. There was considerable work to do before this land was ready for the plow, it being covered with heavy timber; but persevering industry was at last rewarded and it is now one of the most productive properties in this region. Mr. Crull is a good neighbor, a splendid example of citizenship and excellent character. He and his wife are members of the Dunkard church, as are many of the children; and it would be as difficult for him to do a wrong act as it would for the sun to change its course in the heavens. Mr. Crull is a loyal Republican, but has taken little part in political issues, although he has been elected a number of times to the office of supervisor.

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