Biography of Jonathan W. Crume (1821- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.,
1888), p. 522 .
Jonathan W. CRUME was born in Nelson County, Ky.,
in 1821, and is a son of John and Jane (KIRKHAM) CRUME, who were born in Virginia and
Kentucky, respectively. The former was born in 1781 and when thirteen years of age went
with his father, Philip CRUME, to Kentucky, where he afterward married and, in 1830,
removed to Lincoln County, Mo. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 and died in 1840. His
wife was born in 1783 and died in 1856. The material grandfather, Michael KIRKHAM, was an
Irishman. Jonathan W. CRUME is the sixth of eight children,. and received a limited early
education. He was married in 1842 to Leah Jane, a daughter of Littleton DRYDEN, who came
from Maryland to Lincoln County in 1836. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. To Mr. and
Mrs. CRUME were born eight children, two of whom are dead. He, at one time, had a good
farm of 650 acres, and is a progressive and prosperous farmer. He was a Whig in politics
previous to the war, but since that time; has supported the principles of the Democratic
party. He is a Mason and his wife is a member of the Methodist Church. Jesse S. CRUME, the
Democratic nominee for county sheriff, is the third child of Jonathan W. CRUME, and was
born in 1849. He received a limited education and at the age of twenty-three began doing
for himself, engaging in the mercantile business, at Cap-au-Gris in connection with an
elder brother, continuing for two years. In 1873 he was married. To Hettie, a daughter of
Monroe and Susan THOMASSON, who were formerly of Virginia and early settlers of Lincoln
County. The father died in 1886 at the age of sixty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. CRUME have
six children: Arthur L., Minor M., Renie S., John L., Hubert J. and Ella G. Mr.
CRUME is quite extensively engaged in breeding fine horses and cattle. He is the present
Democratic nominee for county sheriff, and, if elected, would prove a good officer. He is
a Mason, belonging to Lodge No. 270, at New Salem.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Phyllis Lake, 21 October 1998. Link change or
update: 23 May 2000
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