Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Obituary of Eliza Crites Rider

Eliza Rider was born in Stark County, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1827, and deceased Oct. 28, 1892, aged 65 years, 1 month and 18 days.
She was married to John Crites, in the State of Ohio, August 18, 1842. She and her husband moved to Indiana in 1840, settling in Noble County. To them were born 6 children; 3 boys and 3 girls, 2 sons and 1 daughter are dead.
In 1866 her husband died, leaving her with the principal care of the family. She was married a second time. On November 4, 1874, she was united in wedlock to John Rider who died about two years thereafter.
Since which time she has been in widowhood, spending theirteen years of that time in Pierceton, Indiana. She first united with the U.B. church about 30 years ago and when coming to this place joined the M.E. church, of which she was a consistent member until her death, expressing both a willingness and desire to go and be with Christ, which if far better. The funeral servies took place at the M.E. Church, Monday, October 31, 1892, her paster. H.C. Smith officiating. The text of the sermon was taken from Rev. 14:13. "Write blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea saith the spirit, that they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."


This a photograph of Leona Belle Weaver Crites, the wife of John Franklin Crites.
It was earlier mistakenly identified as Mary Ann Secrist Crites.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


born: 6 October, 1877 in Oswego (Mills) Kosciusco County, Indiana
died: 2 January, 1956 in Minot, Ward County, North Dakota
photo: gift of Phyllis Weaver Giesel - 2001

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Leona Belle (Weaver) and her husband John Franklin Crites. Photo taken by their daughter Mary Crites in Everett, Washington c. 1947.
Leona was the daughter of John S. Weaver and his second wife Elizabeth Ann (Paugh). John Franklin Crites was called Frank by his family. He was the son of Mary Ann (Sechrist) and Josiah Crites.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Albert and Irene Crites - baby is Francis Crites.
Albert Crites was born on the 17th of May, 1873 in Indian Village, Kosciusko County, Indiana. He was the second son of Mary Ann (Secrist) (c-79) and Josiah Crites (c-46). The family called Albert "Bert".
In 1900 Albert married Martha Irene Ash (c-120), the daughter of Jannette Eugenia Smith (c-169) and James William Ash (c-168). The two witnesses were: E. Smith and L. A. Gans. The person recording the certificate was John W. Hartsoch, elder.
Albert and Irene were members of the Church of the Brethren. He directed the church choir in Live Oak, California. The custom of the Brethren of performing Christian baptism in rivers caused them to be called "Dunkers."
MARTHA IRENE ASH (called Polly as a youth) (c-120) (BS-221712-S)
born: 5 June, 1883 in Robinson, Kansas
mother: Jeanette Eugenia (SMITH)
father; James William ASH
married: 12 July, 1900 to Albert CRITES (c-45) (BS-221712) in York, North Dakota
died: 15 April, 1969 in Live Oak, California
buried: __________ in Live Oak Cemetery
source: Gerald Fecht

FRANCIS JOSEPH CRITES (c-125) (BS-2217121)
born: 12 April, 1901 in York,__________ County, North Dakota
mother: Martha Irene (ASH) (c-145) (BS-221712-S)
father: Albert CRITES (c-45) (BS-221712)
married: 1st ________ to __________
married 2nd 3 February, 1952 to Fladger FLAKE (c-161) (BS-2217121-S) in Las Vegas, ____________ County, Nevada
source: Gerald Fecht


The Family of John F. and Leona Crites

L -to - R top"
May, Clinton, Claude, and Mildred
Grandmother Leona Bell (Weaver) Crites (middle) Mary
bottom boys: John and Dale
Grandfather John Franklin Crites
Photo was likely done in Minot, Ward Country, North Dakota


Mildred Irene Crites was the daughter of Leona Belle (Weaver) and John Franklin Crites. She was born in North Webster, Indiana.

Monday, March 3, 2008



So many of you have asked for a forum to share Crites family photos and information that I've created this little blog.
You can make comments by scrolling down below the "posting" or section that you are looking at. You'll have to leave your email address and create a little code.
You can send photos by scanning them and sending them in a jpg format to my email address: jerry@anchoreducation.com

If you prefer, you may send me information, and I'll post it as a comment or as a posting.

Please note that on occasion a spam-creep will leave a comment and ask you to go "here" or some other address. I will visit the site regularly and trash the spam messages. They will be marked as "deleted".

You will notice that maiden names and married names are not coupled.

Jerry Fecht