DR. H. S. CRANDALL, a venerated and beloved physician of Leonardsville, was born in the town of DeRuyter, January 13, 1818. His knowledge of his ancestry goes back far beyond the time of his great-grandfather to the lords and ladies of the court of England. There were three brothers of this name who emigrated from England; and one of them was the great-grandfather of our subject, and the founder of the family in this country. The grandfather Crandall bought a farm in Rhode Island, and lived there all his days. The father of our
subject resided in that State until his marriage to a Miss Abigail West, when they removed to Brookfield, N.Y., where he taught school in the winters, and in the summers worked at shoemaking. This couple had a large family of children, including Oliver B., Abigail, Luke W., Amey, James, Esther W., and Lucius, who became a Seventh-day Baptist minister, very celebrated, and sometimes exchanged pulpits with Henry Ward Beecher. The youngest of the children was named Elizabeth. The mother of these children died; and for his second wife Mr. Crandall married Mrs. Lydia Colegrove, whose maiden name was Lydia Saunders. They had one
child, the subject of this sketch. The mother had four children by a previous marriage; and the father had nine by his first wife, the names of eight being given above. The father spent most of his life in DeRuyter, but in his latter years resided on his farm in Fabius, Onondaga County, N.Y. The mother died September 24, 1848, at the age of seventy-six years. The father was ninety-two years and six months old when he died.
H. S. Crandall remained home until his twenty-first year, working on the farm, and teaching school for four winters, to raise money enough to go to college.- He succeeded so well that he was graduated at Geneva Medical College, and in 184o began to practise in the town of DeRuyter, N.Y. In the spring of 1840 he opened an office in Leonardsville, Madison County, where he has been an active practitioner ever since. When he was twenty-four years old, in 1842, Dr.
Crandall married Miss Fannie A. Sisson; and to them were born five
children--Stephen H., Mary DeEtta, Lucius A., Lucina A., and Charles S. The last-named is a physician of large practice in Utica, N.Y. His wife is an accomplished vocalist, holding a position as a soprano singer in one of the largest churches in that city. They have two children, Lee S. and Francis R. Stephen H. is married, and has three children; namely, Mary, Abraham, and Fannie. Mary DeEtta married Ellis J. Dunn, of New Market, N. J., and has an adopted daughter, thirteen years old. Lucius married a Miss Becker, of Cooperstown, and has one child,
a little girl. Lucina married Silas K. Hawkings, of Burlington Flats, Otsego County, N.Y.; and they have one child, Adrian. The Doctor's first wife having died in January, 1889, he married second Miss Olivia E. Copley, of Eaton, Madison County.
Dr. Crandall stands very high in the medical profession in his county, in skill and experience unrivalled. in his town, having a most extensive practice, and looked upon as a Nestor among the people--a wise counsellor. Kind, cautious, and considerate, his visits are a blessing to his patients. He has been in active practice for over fifty-three years, is now in his seventy-fifth year, and has always lived a temperate, even life. Dr. H. S. Crandall belongs to the Medical Society of Madison County, the American Medical Association, and to the State Medical Society of New York. Of this latter he has been a member twenty-six years, and since 1854 has never missed a meeting of the society. He has been always an attendant of the Seventh-day Baptist church, and in his politics was at first an old-line Whig, casting his maiden vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and is now a strong advocate of the principles of the Republican party.
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