Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"First Cousins" xerox image shared for this Crites Family Photos blog by Dana Colbran 2007 (click on image to enlarge)
"All First Cousins"
l to r
Dane Secrist, Art Secrist, Albert Crites
Bertha McKibben, May Whitaker, and Ida Crites Gawthop
Ida and Albert were the children of Mary Ann (Secrist) and Josiah Crites


David Secrist was the seventh child of Huldah (Hockasmith) (BS-221-S) and Jacob Secrist (BS-221). He was born on the 27th of March, 1827 in ___________Pennsylvania or Ohio. David died on the 23rd of March, 1857 and was buried in the old Mock Cemetery in North Webster, Kosciusko County, Indiana. David was raised as a member of the Church of the Brethren.
Note: “David's date of birth is taken from Viva Sechrist's (GX5A2) typescript, which indicated that David and Catherine first lived in Stark County, moving to Indiana circa 1853 with his brother Solomon (B2214). In Indiana they settled near his father, which was close to today's Indian Village, Sparta Township, Noble County, Indiana. Later, David and Catharine moved to the "T. K. Warner" farm north of North Webster, Tippecanoe County. In the 1879 census, Thomas Warner owned over 300 north and west of Webster between Tippecanoe Lake and Boydston Lake.”
(notes of Bob Secrist 1998)

In 1849, the year of the great California gold rush, David married to Catherine Ann Bachtel. (a sister to Mary Bechtol, the wife of Solomon Secrist). David and Catherine resided in Tippecanoe Township, in Kosciusko County, Indiana.

Catherine Bachtel was the daughter of Mary (Sherman) and Daniel Bachtel. Her paternal grandparents were Catherine (Letch) and David Bachtel. Catherine’s family moved to Pike Township, in Stark County, Ohio in the spring of 1814. And, according to a note in the records of Margaret (Crites) Leonard, the family “settled in the woods.” Mary (Sherman) and Daniel Bachtel had ten children. They were: 1) Samuel, 2) Martha, 3) Moses A_______, 4) Aaron, 5) Jacob Andrew, 6) Cathine Ann, 7) John Henry, 8) Mary Ann, 9) Emmanuel, and 10) Susan.

(note: some records call her Catharine)
born: 31 July, 1828 in Stark County, Ohio
mother: Mary (SHERMAN)
father: Daniel BACHTEL
married: 1st) 23 December, 1849 to David SECRIST (BS-2217)
in Stark County, Ohio
widowed in 1857
married: 2nd) 22 June, 1873 to John KUHN jr. (BS-2217-T)
in Kosciusko County, Indiana
died: 22 September, 1898 in ________________
buried: ______________ in Mock Cemetery, North Webster,
Kosciusko Co., Indiana

According to Bob Secrist’s records, Catherine resided in Sparta Township, Noble County, Indiana in 1860. Catherine's birth data is from Viva Sechrist's (GX5A2) typescript.

Catherine Ann (Bechtol) and David Secrist had four children. These were: 1) Mary Ann, 2) John H_______, 3) Lewis Francis and 4) Elizabeth ________ Secrist.


1) MARY ANN SECRIST (B-22171) (c-79 - s-383)
born: 4 February, 1851 in near Canton, Stark Co., Ohio
mother: Catherine Ann (BACHTEL) (B-2217-S)
father: David SECRIST (B-2217)
married: 7 November, 1868 to Josiah CRITES (B-22171-S)
in Pierceton, Indiana
died: 30 March, 1932 in North Webster, Kosciusko Co, Ind.
buried: __________ in North Webster, Tippecanoe Township,
in Kosciusko County, Indiana.

2) JOHN H__________ SECRIST (B-22172) (s-313)
born: 23 March, 1853 in
mother: Catherine Ann (BACHTEL) (B-2217-S)
father: David SECRIST (B-2217)
died: 23 September, 1939 in

3) LEWIS FRANCIS SECRIST (B-22173) (s-314)
born: 17 July, 1855 in ________ Noble County, Indiana
mother: Catherine Ann (BACHTEL) (B-2217-S)
father: David SECRIST (B-2217)
married: 19 March, 1893 to Ester C. HOOPER (B-22173-S)
in ________, Kosciusko County, Indiana
source: (Bk J p 291)
died: 2 October1910 in ___________, __________ County, _______
buried: __________ in Indian Village Cemetery,
Sparta Township, Noble County, Indiana
grave: Section 31: 2 - row 7
residence: Cromwell, Sparta Township, Noble County, Indiana

4) ELIZABETH __________ SECRIST (B-22174) (s-315)
called “Lib”
born: 24 August, 1857 in Noble County, Indiana
mother: Catherine Ann (BACHTEL) (B-2217-S)
father: David SECRIST (B-2217)
married: 9 November, 1881 to Joseph Defreese PLEW (B-22174-S)
in __________
died: 20 November, 1939 in ________________, Indiana
buried: _________ in Leesburg Cemetery, Leesburg, Indiana

Notes: (by Bob Secrist)
“After Catherine's husband's death she moved back to the Indian Village area. The 14 June 1860 Sparta Township, Noble County, census reported she was 32 years old and had $200 personal estate. According to family tradition, circa 1863
Catharine sent her children Mary Ann (B22171) and Lewis (B22173) to her sister Elizabeth (B2216) to raise. Some descendants state that only Mary Ann was sent there and Lewis was raised by his mother. In the 25 August 1870 Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, census, she was a 42 year-old housekeeper residing with Jesse and Elizabeth Beighton(?) and her children John (B22172) and Elizabeth (B22174).”

Some years after the loss of her first husband Catherine Ann (Bechtol) Secrist married a second time to John Kuhn Jr. John was the son of Susannah (Mock) and John Kuhn Sr.

JOHN __________ KUHN Jr. (B-2217-T)
mother: Susannah (MOCK)
father: John KUHN Sr.
married: 22 June, 1873 to Catherine (BECHTOL) SECRIST (B-2217-S) in Kosciusko Co, Indiana

Notes: (Bob Secrist) “Catharine married second John "Grandaddy" Kuhn, Jr. in Kosciusko County (see page 100 of Kosciusko County Marriage Book E) on 22 June 1873. John and Catharine lived north of Secrist Lake, southwest of North Webster, Kosciusko County, about one- fourth mile on the east side of the highway. John's parents were John Kuhn and Susannah "Susan" Mock.
Catherine's interment is from Viva Sechrist's (GX5A2) "Secrist Genealogy", but family tradition gives burial in either the Indian Village Cemetery, Sparta Township, Noble County or North Webster Cemetery, Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko County.
We have seen Catherine's last name spelled Bechtel, Bechtal and Bechtol. Mary Bechtol (B2214S) was her sister.”

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