Flourished: Washington County, Illinois
Alternate name: John Henry
Crain held a number of local offices in Washington County, including county clerk, sheriff from 1830-36, county school commissioner from 1835-42, and member of the county board of commissioners. Crain represented Washington County in the Illinois House of Represenatives from 1836-42 and he represented Washington, Perry, and Clinton counties in the Illinois Senate from 1842-46. In 1850, Crain, the county clerk, owned nearly $2,000 worth of real estate and he lived with his wife Mary and their children in Washington County.
History of Washington County, Illinois (Philadelphia, PA: Brink, McDonough, 1879), 25-26, 36; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Washington County, IL, 112.