biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
CRAWFORD W. KENTFIELD, who came into Iowa in his youth, while it was still a territory, is now an extensive farmer, stockraiser and shipper, residing on section 32, White Oak Township. He was born in Vermont, Sept. 10, 1829, being the son of Charles and Triphosa (Graves) Kentfield, who emigrated from the Green Mountain State to Wapello County, Iowa, arriving there Jan. 1, 1845. After a residence of one year they came to Mahaska County, and remained until their death. The parental household included six children-Crawford W., R. H., C. Z., E. M., M. J., and Bradford, deceased. The subject of this sketch was married, Oct. 18, 1849, to Miss Margaret J. Brooks, and by this union there were four children: Alice, born Sept. 12. 1850; Mary, Feb. 13, 1853; Albert, March 30, 1856, and Jessie, Nov. 14, 1861. The mother of these children died Oct. 7, 1864. Mr. Kentfield was the second time married, to Mrs. Nancy A. Barton, nee Boswell, and they became the parents of one child, Iowa Elta, born Oct. 29, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Kentfield are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the political affiliations of our subject are with the Republican party. His home farm consists of 200 acres of excellent land, all under fence, in the best possible state of cultivation and with first-class improvements. His dwelling is tasteful and commodious, and his barn and out-buildings ample and well adapted to the nature of his business. He has a fine orchard, containing a general assortment of all kinds of fruit trees best adapted to this climate, all the trees, of which are in good bearing condition and are yielding well. Mr. Kentfield's specialty is that of raising, feeding and shipping cattle, in which he has been successfully engaged. He has grown with the growth of this county from its earliest settlement, and has achieved his prosperity by energy, industry and excellent management. Personally he is a gentleman of great worth, and highly esteemed as citizen, friend and neighbor.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy