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Rev. Frederick Emanuel Crever

Rev. Frederick Emanuel Crever was born in Carlisle, Penn., April 9, 1826. His parents, James and Mary (Cart) Crever, were natives of Carlisle, and of German descent. His father was one of the founders, and for many years the editor and proprietor of the Carlisle Republican, now the Carlisle Herald.

Frederick K. was educated in the public schools of Carlisle, and beginning at the age of nineteen, served an apprenticeship of three years at the carpenter's trade, and worked three years more as journeyman, was baptized in infancy, and brought up in the Lutheran Church; united with the Methodist Episcopal Church; early felt called to the ministry, but learned his trade to satisfy his father; joined the conference as a candidate in 1853, and was appointed to Sinnamahoning Circuit; at once applied himself to the course of study required by the rules of his church, and, at the end of two years, was ordained deacon, and two years later elder, and was appointed to Newport Circuit, Perry County, Penn., remaining one year; continued in the regular work of the ministry until 1876, holding some of the most important charges in Pennsylvania and Maryland the full time; was placed on the supernumerary list in 1878; a year and a half later, on the superanusted list. His last regular charge was Castle Fin. He removed to his farm of ninety-five acres, two miles south of Shrewsbury, where he now resides, and is still a member of the conference, preaching where he may be called, averaging about twice a month, often in York and vicinity.

In 1861 he made a war speech in McConnellsburg, in connection with the raising of troops, and during the war acted as volunteer chaplain, visiting hospitals and battle fields. He has always been an active temperance worker.

He was married, February 26, 1857, to Rachel Ann Hendrix, of Shrewsbury Township, and daughter of Isaac Hendrix, and they had seven children, of whom five are dead: Katie, aged eighteen months; Charles A., aged four years; Susan, aged two years; James F., aged eighteen months, and Benjamin A., aged fourteen years. The two living are Annie Rozilla and James Willis, student. Mrs. Crever is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, although brought up in the Lutheran.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.