Sunday, November 30, 2008

John G. Crist & Mary Ann Coffman

  John G. Crist was born in Delaware, Pennsylvania, 28 October 1819, son of John and Mary Crist, died in Appanoose County, Iowa, in 1904, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery [Row 7].  He married in Union County, Indiana, 20 February 1842, Mary Ann Coffman, who was born 22 October 1823 in Indiana, died 2 November 1903 in Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery [Row 7]. 
  John G. Crist served as a Private of Captain George W. Backus, Company B, 87th Regiment of Indiana Infantry Volunteers from 6 August 1862 to 28 August 1864 when he was discharged at Madison IN by reason of surgeons certificate of disability.  His Discharge is registered in Appanoose, County, Iowa, and states that "John G. Crist was born in Northumberland in the State of Pennsylvania, is 30 years of age, five feet seven 1/2 inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a carpenter."  At time of Induction, he lived in Star City IN. He filed for a Civil War Pension on 5 May 1864 [Application #45063; Certificate #359553] His widow filed for a Pension on 11 November 1904 [Application #816540; Certificate # 585271].
  John G. Crist's Estate Probate, administered by J. R. Bradley, filed 10/7/1904, Book 6, Page 284, Probate # 2616.0, Roll 43, Frame 3796, Box 76, in Appanoose County, Iowa.
  Mary A. Crist's Estate Probate, administered by C. R. Noble, filed 12/12/1905, Book 7, Page 104, Probate #2753.0, Roll 46, Frame 976, Box 80, in Appanoose County, Iowa.
1.  Sarah Elizabeth Crist, born c1846 in Indiana, married John Emerson.
2.  Isaac Crist, born c1847 in Indiana.
3.  Alfred Crist, born c1849 in Indiana.
4.  John C. "Ray" Crist, born 28 February 1853 in Indiana, married in Appanoose County, Iowa, 24 December 1874, Mary Elizabeth Criswell, daughter of John Vance Criswell and Mary Ann Brannen, who was born 21 March 1855 in Belmont County, Ohio, died 1 June 1927 in Seymour, Iowa, and was buried in Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa [Section 1, Row 4.38; her gravestone is inscribed "Mother, Mary E. Crist, 1855-1927].  Children:  (a) William Ray Crist, born 3 May 1883 in Iowa, died 4 May 1869 in Iowa, married 8 April 1908 Hilda May Yarnell; both are buried in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Iowa [Section 1, Row 4.39] - their gravestone is engraved "Crist, Ray 1883-1969, May 1887-1965;  (b) Edmond Clyde Crist, born 30 April 1885 in Nebraska, died 20 July 1970 in Kansas, married 21 November 1911 in Kansas Margaret Elizabeth Becker; and (c) Bert Evert Crist, born 26 August 1887 in Nebraska, died Decembe 1967 in Arizona, and married 13 April 1914 Sadie P. Freeborn.
5.  Mary A. Crist, born c1854 in Indiana.
6.  Emily A. Crist, born c1858 in Indiana.
7.  William Crist, born c1861 in Indiana.
8.  Minnie E. Crist, born 1865 in Indiana, married Lewis J. Norris, son of Jacob Norris and Mary J. Abbott, died 1947, buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa 
Biographical and Genealogical History of Appanoose and Monroe Counties, Iowa, compiled under the editorial supervision of S. Thompson Lewis.   [New York & Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903], pages 444-445.  Digitized 24 January 2008 by the Google Book Project.

  The above named, who is now leading a retired life at his home near Jerome, has been a resident of Appanoose county for thirty-three years. Previously he had lived many years in Indiana, where his parents brought him in what the historians call an "early day," and thus Mr. Crist has been familiar with life in the west for the full period allowed by the psalmist as the limit of human existence. Though his career has not been especially adventurous,  Mr. Crist has seen much and can tell many interesting stories of his experiences of what used to be called "the far west," but which is now in the very center of civilization.
  son of John and Mary Crist, he was born at Delaware, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1819. When he was still a lad his parents left their native state and located in Franklin county, Indiana, where they spent the remainder of their days. Though not members of any church, they were believers in the truths of the gospel, often attended divine services and instructed their offspring in the fundamental truths of Christianity.  Of their eight children the four now living are John G., Isaac, Allison and Margaret. 
  Mr. Crist grew up in Indiana, where he got some education by irregular attendance at the country schools, and when the Civil war came on he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served loyally until injury from a fall while marching compelled his discharge for disability, after twenty-one months in the army.
  In 1869 he left Indiana for Iowa, and upon arrival took up his abode on a farm in Appanoose county, near Jerome, which has ever since been his abiding place. In 1849 Mr. Crist was married in Indiana and has eight children : John, Isaac, Alfred, Sarah Elizabeth, Emily, Mary, William and Minnie. The parents are members of the Baptist church and the whole family are among the most respected residents of the neighborhood around Jerome.


History of Appanoose County, Iowa  [Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878], page 611:

CRIST, JOHN G., far., S. 1 ; P. 0. Numa; born in Delaware Co., Penn., Oct. 28, 1819; located here in 1870 ; 120 acres of land, valued at 825 per acre. He is a member of the Baptist Church and a Republican. His wife, Mary Ann Coffman, was born in Indiana Oct. 22, 1823 ; married Feb. 20, 1845 ; their chldren's names are Sarah Elizabeth, Isaac, Alfred, John, Mary Ann, Emma A, William A. and Minnie E. 


Census Records Related to John G. Crist's Family 

--1850 Federal Census, Indian Creek, Pulaski County, Indiana, Roll: M432_166, Page 337, Image 340 on  John G. Crist, 29, born PA, farmer; Mary A. Crist, 22, born IN; Sarah E. Crist, 5, born IN; Isaac Crist, 2, born IN; Alfred Crist, 1, born IN.
--1860 Federal Census, Indian Creek, Pulaski County, Indiana, Roll: M653_290, Page 1091, Image 566 on  John G. Crist, 46, born PA, farmer, Real Estate Value: $2000; Personal Property Value: $400; Mary A. Crist, 35, born IN; Sarah E. Crist, 14, born IN; Isaac Crist, 13, born IN; Alfred Crist, 11, born IN; John Crist, 7, born IN; Mary A. Crist, 6, born IN; Emily A. Crist, 2, born IN. 
--1870 Federal Census, North, Marshall County, Indiana, Roll: M593_342, Page 156, Image 312 on  John I. Christ, 51, born PA, farmer; Mary A. Christ, 46, born IN; Alfred Christ, 22, born IN; C. John Christ, 17, born IN; Mary A. Christ, 15, born IN; Emily Christ, 13, born IN; William A. Christ, 9, born IN; Minnie E. Christ, 5, born IN.
--1880 Federal Census, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Roll: T9_326, Family History Film: 1254326, Page 496.3000, Enumberation District 16, Image 0072 on  J. G. Crist, 61, born PA, Farmer; Mary A. Crist, wife, 56, born IN; Keeping House; William Crist, son, 19, born IN, Farmer; Minnie Crist, dau, 14, born IN, At Home.
--1885 Iowa State Census on  Township 68, Range 19, Section 2, NW SW - John G. Crist, 65, born PA, farmer; Mary A. Crist, 61, born IN; William A. Crist, 23, born IN, farmer; Minnie E. Crist, 19, born IN. 
--1895 Iowa State Census on  Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa - John G. Crist, 75, born PA, Carpenter, Baptist, Civil War Service: Company B, 87th Regiment, Indiana Infantry; Mary A. Crist, 71, born IN, Baptist.  Next House: Lewis J. Norris, 31, born Davis County IA, farmer, Methodist; Minnie N. Norris, 29, born IN, Methodist.
--1895 Iowa State Census on  Walnut Township, Wayne County, Iowa - John Emerson, 52, born IN, Farmer; Sarrah E. Emerson, 51, born IN, Keeping House, Christian.
--1900 Federal Census, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Roll: T623_416, Page 3 on  John G. Crist, Head, 78, born PA Oct 1821, married 58 years, farmer; Mary A. Crist, wife, 76, born IN Oct 1923, married 58 years, 8 children, 6 living; John Emerson, son-in-law, 58, born IN Mar 1842, farm laborer; Elizabeth Emerson, wife, 55, born IN Oct 1844, No children.
--1910 Federal Census, Polk Township, Marshall County, Indiana, Roll: T624_370, Page 6B, Enumeration District 111, Image 384 on  John Emerson, Head, 67, born IN, farmer; Sarah E. Emerson, wife, 65, born IN. 
--1930 Federal Census, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Roll: 641, Page 2A, Enumeration District 17, Image 330.0 on  Lewis J. Norris, 66, born IA, farmer; Minnie E. [Crist] Norris, 64, born IN; Sarah E. [Crist] Emerson, 85, born IN. 

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