Photo taken c. 1910
John, at the age of 10, entered his father’s (William) shop as a helper. At the age of 22, he entered his father’s shop as a blacksmith. On September 5, 1864, John enlisted in the 23rd New York Independent Battery. Later, he was transferred to the 8th New York Heavy Artillery. He served until the close of the war. In 1860, he married Sarah Ingraham, daughter of Lyman Ingraham. They had 5 children. All of his sons (3) were blacksmiths and there are many Crookes family descendants still living in the Clarksville area.
Photo taken 2013
The front door step stone, from when it was used as a home, is still there. The building was torn down c.1969.
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