HOLLY W. CRAWFORD, farmer, section 31, Sheridan Township, is a native of Macomb Co., Mich., and was born June 24, 1837. His parents, David and Lydia (Farr) Crawford, were natives of New York, and settled in Macomb County in a very early day. They afterwards moved to Oakland County, where the father died, and the mother came to Fremont, this county, and afterward died. Holly W. was 12 years old when his parents removed to Oakland County. He lived there three years and then returned to Macomb County, where he lived until he obtained his majority, then went to Illinois and remained about three years.
In June 1861, he enlisted in the 11th Ill Inf. and served three years. He was wounded in the hand and shoulder in the battle of Fort Donelson, and received a furlough of two months. He was honorably discharged at Springfield, Ill., and returned to Macomb County, where he lived one year, and August, 1865, he came to Newaygo County and purchased 80 acres of wild land in Sheridan, in what was then Bridgeton Township, where he now lives, and has 50 acres under cultivation. He was married in Sheridan Township, in 1869, to Luella A., daughter of John and Sarah Nelson, natives of Ontario, Canada, and New York respectively. She is a native of Ontario, Canada, where she was born Feb. 16, 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford are the parents of seven children: Rilla M., John C., Reuben E., Perrin H., Guy W. Lydia A. and Geo. N.
Mr. Crawford has held the office of Township Clerk two years, Justice of the Peace 17 years and Supervisor one year. He was appointed Postmaster at Sitka in 1868, under P.M. Gen. Randall, and has since held that office. He is a staunch Republican.