Daniel Crites was the son of Andrew and Anna Maria (Harbaugh) Crites. He was born on August 14, 1814 near Dover in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Andrew and Anna Maria had seven children: Elizabeth (1816-1817), George(1813), Daniel (1814), William(1818), David (1820), Mary Ann(1821), Catherine(1825- 1826).
Daniel Crites had two children with Sarah Ann Keefer. They were twins born in 1838; Daniel Jr and Ann ( died as an infant.). Daniel and Sarah did not marry. He married Catharine Benell in Tuscarawas County on December 23, 1841. They had nine children of their own and a foster child; Simon (1842), John(1844), Wesley(1846), William(1848), David(1850), Sylvanus(1852), Albert(1853), Jesse(1856), George(1859), Nancy Way(1862).
In the 1850 Federal Census, Daniel and his family lived near Dover, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Between the 1850 and 1860 Federal Census, Daniel and the family move to Martin County, Indiana near Shoal.
Daniel served in the Civil War in the 7th Regiment of the Indiana, Calvalry, Company F. A man by the name of Solomon Way who served in the 7th Calvalry, Company A. He died on July 3, 1862, leaving four children; Thomas, Catherine, William and Nancy. Solomon and his family resided in Martin County, Indiana too. Solomon's wife Cordelia died in 1865 and a man by the name of Anthony Way was appointed as the Guardian of Solomon and Cordelia's children. Anthony appears to be related to Solomon but I can not determine if he is a brother or cousin of Solomon. (to be determined at a later date) In 1873, Anthony Way also died. By 1873, Thomas, Catherine and William are all of age but Nancy is still a minor. The War Administration granted Daniel Crites permanent Guardianship of Nancy in 1878. I am trying to investigate whether there is a family relationship here ...that will have to be a different blog... neither the 1870 or 1880 Census records show Nancy listed as a family member in the Daniel Crites family but there is a large Pension record which pertains to this case.There is much more to this story....
Daniel and his family remained in Shoals, Martin County, Indiana. He died on April 18, 1895. I am unable to find the cemetery where he is buried though Findagrave.com has him listed as the father of Daniel Jr with no cemetery listed.
Rest in Peace, Daniel!
Love, Jan Smith