Dr. Dan “Thomas” Crawford was born on the 19th of October, 1871, in Lambton County. He was the 6th of 8 children born to Thomas Crawford and the former Elizabeth Crone. His siblings were; Samuel A., Francis W., twins Ellen and Sarah, Alexander, Jeffrey J. and John J. The family was raised on a farm in Bosanquet Township, Lambton County.
The source of Dr. Crawford’s education is unknown at this time. Dr. Crawford was practicing medicine in Courtright (Lambton County) in 1896.
Dr. Crawford married Jean MacDonald Shillington on the 28th of October, 1896 in London, Ontario. Mrs. Crawford was born in Stratford Ontario on the 17th of September, 1873, the only daughter of James Shillington and the former Mary Orr. Her father was a merchant. She had an older brother named Robert James and 3 younger brothers; Thomas, Frederick and Arthur.
Dr. and Mrs. Crawford had 6 children, Jean E., Wilfred, Margaret, Gordon, Kenneth and Flora.
Dr. Crawford was known to be practicing in Bothwell, (Kent County), Ontario according to the 1901 Canadian Census. By 1906 the family was living in Strathcona, Alberta. In 1911 Dr. and Mrs. Crawford were living in Medicine Hat, Alberta. By 1916, the family had re-located to the Village of Craigmyle, Alberta, where Dr. Crawford continued to practice medicine.
Dr. Crawford died in 1931. He was buried in the Craigmyle Cemetery. His wife Jean died in 1949.
*Dr. Crawford’s son Wilfred, became a doctor and practiced in Wingham, Ontario.
**His son Petty Officer Gordon Ralph Crawford was killed during WWII when his ship the H.M.C.S. Ottawa was torpedoed and sank on the 13th of September, 1942.