From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 673-674


A. D. Crain was born in Upper Canada, June 4, 1825, a son of Ezekiel W. and Rebecca (Demary) Crain.  His parents were married in 1823, and in 1834 moved to Washtenaw County, Mich., making the journey from Canada with ox teams.  In the spring of 1836 his father came to Steuben County, Ind., and bought land, and in August built a log cabin.  The following December he moved his family to his new home.  He died in Steuben County in 1863, and his wife in March, 1880.  They had a family of seven children, five born in Canada, one in Michigan, and one in Steuben County; all are living-- A. D., Orange, Nicholas, Richard, Elizabeth (now Mrs. William Carpenter), Benjamin and Chester.  A. D. Crain has been a resident of Steuben County since his twelfth year, and has assisted materially in the growth and development of the country. Being the eldest son he was early obliged to assist his father, and thus learned lessons of industry and application in his youth which have been of lasting benefit in his later life.  He was married Jan. 21, 1848, to Miss Harriet C. Perry, a native of Connecticut, born Nov. 19, 1825, a daughter of Chester and Anna (Pearsons) Perry, who moved to Chautauqua County, N. Y., in 1826, and thence in 1831 to Washtenaw County, Mich., and in 1839 to Steuben County, Ind., settling in Pleasant Township, where Mr. Perry died, in 1841, and Mrs. Perry Sept. 23, 1873.  To Mr. and Mrs. Crain have been born ten children-- Marcus F., a physician of Fargo, Dak.; Martha, widow of A. T. Jordan, of Steuben County, a dentist, died in Leadville, Col.; Mary E., wife of James McConnell, died March 23, 1883; Chester M., married Villa Kluik; Francis M., a physician of Spink County, Dak.; Hiram M., married Mary Parcel; Lillie M., wife of Hiram Ritter, of Steuben County; Z. A.; Ida M., wife of Wm. M. Brown, and Martin L.


Submitted by Kim Davoli