Biography of John Cripe
Lincoln, St Joseph County, IN Biographies





John Cripe was born in Fort Wayne, Oct. 11, 1826, a son of Rinehart and Elizabeth Cripe. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother of Ohio. In early childhood he was taken by his parents to Goshen, and in 1835 to South Bend. In the spring of 1836 they moved out into Lincoln tp., where his father purchased a large tract of land, of about 1,000 acres. In the spring of 1847 they started for Oregon, wintered at St. Joseph, Missouri, and in the sparing of 1848 they resumed traveling and arrived at their destination Sept. 5. In 1850 they went to California, and located about 60 miles from Sacramento. In 1852 our subject, with his family; returned to their former home in St. Joseph county, where he invested in lands. His father bought a steam saw mill; in this business he utterly failed. He then disposed of the remnant of his property, and in the fall of 1862 he and family started for California. They spent the winter in Iowa, and in the spring John and his family started for California, and met his father and family at Council Blnffs, Iowa, where a large train was staiting across the plains. They arrived in California Aug. 5. They returned home in 1865. on the Union Pacific railroad. Sept. 16, 1870, his mother died, and the 30th day of the following October his father died, at the ripe age of 80 years. Our subject was married May 20, 1847, to Ann E. Petrie, daughter of Wm. and Mary Petrie, natives of Canada, and they had 11 children, of whom 6 are living; viz.: William, Mary E., now wife of Jacob Rinehart; Joseph A., John C. W., Anna K, now wife of Marion Murray, and Ada J. July 23, 1880, the happiness of Mr. Cripe was marred by the death of his, wife. In the death of this aimable woman a loss was suffered in that family that can never, never be repaired. She did all in her power to harmonize the feelings of this little family and to promote their earthly happiness. She was always cheerful and sociable, and by thus doing she won the love and esteem of all who knew her. Even the stranger, however depraved he appeared to be, was cared for and treated with the greatest hospitality. In this sad affair a family circle is broken, and the neighborhood has lost a friend whose equal is seldom found. She was a member of the German Baptist Church for 18 years, and during that time led a life of perfect consistency.

From:
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
Chicago 1880.


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