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J. F. McCRABB. Much of the enterprise which helps make DeWitt County one of the most prosperous ones of the State belongs, in a consid­erable degree, to the worthy gentleman whose name is at the head of this sketch. A man's life-work is the measure of his success, and he is truly the most successful man who, turning his powers into the channel of an honor­able purpose, accomplishes the object of his endeavor. Mr. J. F. McCrabb, one of the prominent farmers of the county, was born here in 1846, to the mar­riage of John and Mary (Miller) McCrabb, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Tennessee. The father grew restive,in the old country, bade adieu to friends and scenes long loved, and came to Tennessee, where he married Miss Miller. Previous to this he made a prospecting trip to Texas and located on land in Gonzales District, and then, returning to Ten­nessee, he was married. Bringing his family back with him, he resided in Vic­toria, and was there during the Texas Revolution. After taking his wife to Texana, he returned and joined Houston's army, and was in the battle of San Jacinto, remaining in Texas a year and a half. He then brought his wife back and made a permanent settlement on the banks of Guadalupe River. This was an isolated neighborhood and the Indians became so troublesome that Mr. McCrabb soon moved his family near Clinton, where he resided until his death in 1848. He was a very extensive farmer and a very prom­inent citizen, holding the office of District Clerk of Victoria for some time. He held that position at the only legal execution in that county. At the time of his death he was Assessor and Collector of this district. Mr. McCrabb was a man of education and was very methodical in his work and duty. At the time of his death he owned four tracts of land. The mother's sec­ond marriage was with N. J. Ryan, a native of Pennsylvania and an early settler of Texas. He was a soldier in the Mexican War. His death occurred in 1862. In his native county our subject grew to mature years and there received a limited education. He was in the school-room when Civil War broke out and, although but seventeen years of age, he enlisted in the Con­federate Army, in S. H. Hudson's Company of Independent Scouts, and served on the Rio Grande River until the close of hostilities. After return­ing home he engaged in the stock business and became, and still is, a large operator. He has graded his stock and has about 1,200 head of blooded animals. He owns about 7,000acres, 4,000 acres in a single tract near Thomaston. About 150 acres are under cultivation and is all good bottom land. Mr. McCrabb has one of the handsomest places in the county, and is one of the best stockmen of the locality. In the year 1883 he was married to Miss Cora Augustine, a native of Texas, and daughter of Dave Augustine, a native of this State also, and one of the oldest settlers. Two interesting children have been born to this union, John and Mary.