Jacob Crissey, Somerset County, Pennsylvania blacksmith

Introduction: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that a genealogy written by John Thorne Crissey reports that Elias and Elizabeth (Wilt) Crissey's blacksmith son (their fifth son) Jacob made guns, or at a minimum, repaired them. The 2001 book reports that Jacob's father Elias was born in 1783, married Samuel and Anna Margaret (Bear) Wilt's daughter Elizabeth, was a Hooversville blacksmith, and died in 1861. The book indicates that this Elias was Jacob Crissey, Junior's son. By my reckoning, Jacob's father Elias was the brother of the gunsmith Elias Crissey's father David, which (if correct) would make the gunsmith Jacob Crissey and the gunsmith Elias Crissey first cousins.

1850: In the 1850 federal census of Somerset Township (October 4, 1850), Elias Crissey (described in the 2001 book as the gunsmith Jacob Crissey's father) is enumerated as a 67-year-old Farmer with a value of $1,000. In his household are 67-year-old Elizabeth Crissey, 37-year-old Catherine Crissey, and 64-year-old Peter Wilt, a Basketmaker.

1853: The 2001 book indicates that Jacob Crissey's parents Elias Crissey and Elizabeth Wilt were married on March 3, 1853. This is a mistake. I suspect the authors of the 2001 book misunderstood the following item from the February 1978 "Laurel Messenger", which indicates that Elias and Elizabeth (Wilt) Crissey's daughter Catherine was married on March 3, 1853.

1860: The 2001 book indicates that Jacob Crissey died in 1860.

1860: I don't know if it is relevant, but the Shade Township portion of the 1860 Walker map identifies the residence of a "J Crissey". 1860 is too early for John Crissey (b. 1845) to have his own residence. This could potentially be a representation of the residence of the Jacob Crissey who died in 1873 at age 91 and is buried in the Hooversville Reformed Cemetery.

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