Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES CROMWELL was born in
Pike, Pennsylvania, on May 23, 1843. His parents, William Nelson
and Matilda (Lowdie) Cromwell, were born in New York and New Jersey, respectively.
The father's father came from old English stock and fought in the War of
1812. To this couple were born the following children: George
F., killed in the battle of Goldsborough, North Carolina, in 1865; John,
died in the army; Charles, our subject; Catherine, wife of B. M. Owen,
of Dodge county, Minnesota; Arminda, widow of Adam Chaffon, of Berlin,
Wisconsin; Hannah, wife of W. C. McFarlain, living in Seattle, Washington.
Our subject was educated in the various places where the family lived and
was living in Wisconsin when he enlisted, in August, 1861, in the First
Wisconsin Cavalry. He was discharged in September, 1865, after serving
faithfully all through the war. Although he was in many battles,
among which was Chickamauga, he was never wounded. After the war
Mr. Cromwell moved to Minnesota and there followed various pursuits until
1893, when he came to Washington and sought out his present place, eight
miles up the Chumstick from Leavenworth. He owns eighty acres of
fertile land and does general farming and stock raising.
In Dodge county, Minnesota, Mr. Cromwell married
Miss Jane Elston and they have become the parents of five children, William
N.; Sam E.; Matilda, wife of William Douglas, whose wedding was the first
in the Chumstick valley; Eleanor, wife of Richard Irwin; Emma, single.
Mr. Cromwell is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in politics is independent
and not very active, although he is keenly interested in the issues of
the day. Mrs. Cromwell is a member of the Baptist church. They
are well respected people.