OBADIAH CRATTY

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OBADIAH CRATTY (deceased), formerly of Parker�s Landing, Armstrong County, was born in September 1835, in Westmoreland County, PA, son of William and Elizabeth (Henchew) Cratty, who were natives of Westmoreland and Butler counties, respectively.

Obadiah Cratty received a thorough education in the public schools of Westmoreland County and at Witherspoon Institute, Butler, PA.  Having this qualified himself, he taught school for about ten years, and during that period, studied medicine, but he never practiced his profession.  For several years, he held the contract for carrying the United States mails between Butler and New Castle, PA, and New Castle and Youngstown, Ohio.  After residing for ten years at Butler, Mr. Cratty went to Parker Township, where for two years he was an oil producer, and branched out into the grain and merchandise business, conducting extensive operations along these lines at Stone House for ten years.  In the fall of 1880, Mr. Cratty moved to Parker�s Landing, where he established himself as a merchant, and continued to conduct his store until his death, which occurred in the fall of 1885.

In March 1865, Mr. Cratty enlisted in Company K, 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and after a service of seven months was honorably discharged as corporal.  He belonged to Craig Post, No. 75, G. A. R., of Parker City, and was adjutant of the same for several years, being elected on the Republican ticket.  The Presbyterian Church held his membership.

On Aug. 11, 1859. Mr. Cratty was married to Carrie A. Griesemer, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Donnelly) Griesemer, both born in Pennsylvania and early settlers of Allegheny County, PA.  Mr. Griesemer was in employ of the Spang Iron Company, acting as their manager at Etna, PA.  His death occurred in 1864, when he was forty-eight years old.  His wife survived him, living to be seventy-six years old.  Mr. And Mrs. Cratty became the parents of ten children, eight of whom attained maturity:  Henry L.; Edwin E.; Estella, wife of J. M. Whyte; Sterling H.; Charles W.; Roswell S.; Samuel O., and Clarence K.

Source: Page 489-496, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Donna Rae Smith for the Armstrong County Beers   Project                                                                                     
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