McCracken, Richard, was born in Ireland, October 12, 1833, a son of Thomas and Mary (Oliver) McCracken. Thomas McCracken enlisted for twenty-one years in the 13th Light Dragoons and served twenty years, having one year given him for being in the battle of Waterloo and a medal presented him by King George IV and also a pension for life. He came to Canada in 1845 and died at Coburg in 1849. His wife was born in Ireland and was with him eighteen years in the British army; she died in 1845 in Canada. They were the parents of six sons and four daughters. Richard McCracken was reared on a farm and educated in Ireland and at the age of thirteen came to Lewiston and worked for William Miller. He worked by the month for six years and then came to Porter and purchased a small farm and also manufactured brooms for some years. He has made his own property, starting with twenty-five cents when he came to Lewiston, and now owns two farms, one of fifty five acres and one of 130. He has also practiced law for the past eighteen or twenty years, and has been a fruit dealer, shipping fruit to all parts of the United States and Canada. In politics he is an ardent Republican and has been assessor for three years and trustee of schools for twelve years. In 1853 he married Clarissa Putnam, and they had five children: Emma, Samuel D., Ida and Oscar, all living in Porter except Samuel D., who is a merchant in Colorado Springs, and Eva, who died at Ransomville in 1862. Two of Mr. McCracken's sisters died in Manchester, England, one in Portugal and one in Ireland, and one brother died at Coburg, Can.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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