John C. Crissey, Somerset and Bedford counties, Pennsylvania

Introduction: According to the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker & Yantz, Hooversville blacksmith and innkeeper John C. Crissey made several guns.

1845: According to his obituary, John C. Crissey was born on November 1, 1845. According to the 2001 Whisker & Yantz book, John C. Crissey's parents were Aaron and Jane Crissey.

1860: The following excerpt shows John Crissey at the age of 14 living in the household of his Master Blacksmith father Aaron Crissey.

1862-1863: The following composite image is from the Company D, 133rd PVI section of Volume 3 of the book History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. It indicates that John Crissy became a member of Company D on August 14, 1862 and was discharged on April 22, 1863 for wounds received on December 13, 1862 at Fredericksburg. The obituary of the blacksmith John C. Crissey (included below) also mentions service in the 133rd PVI, and wounds received at Fredericksburg.

The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that John Crissey was mustered into Company D of the 133rd PVI on August 14, 1862 in Somerset County, and was wounded at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. It also describes the the difficult engagement the Regiment participated in at Fredericksburg.

1863-1864: The following excerpt from the 1906 book "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania" lists a Somerset County Blacksmith named John C. Crissey as a member of Company E of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, 182nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers who began six months of service in July of 1863. The occupation of Blacksmith makes me think this is the same individual who was discharged from the 133rd PVI on April 22, 1863 for wounds received on December 13, 1862. Men named Johnston Husband, Joseph Lambert, and Joseph Shank served in both Company D of the 133rd PVI and Company E of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, and perhaps John Crissey did too. It would be interesting to see the John Crissey service records from the National Archives for both Regiments, to determine if they are indeed for the same individual.

1870: In the 1870 federal census of Shade Township (taken June 30, 1870) 24-year-old son John Crissy is enumerated as an apprentice in the household of his 51-year-old Blacksmith father Aaron Crissy.

Circa 1872: The 1880 census indicates that John C. Crissey had a son named Foster Lee Crissey who was born circa 1872. Foster Lee Crissey is buried at the Holp Cemetery in Montgomery County, Ohio, where his tombstone states "Foster L. Crissey 1875--1942".

Circa 1874: The 1880 census indicates that John C. Crissey had a daughter named Elfie Crissey who was born circa 1874.

Circa 1877: The 1880 census indicates that John C. Crissey had a daughter named Annie Crissey who was born circa 1877.

Circa 1879: The 1880 census indicates that John C. Crissey had a daughter named Ellen B. Crissey who was born circa 1879.

1880: In a transcript of the 1880 census of Quemahoning Township, Somerset County there is a Laborer named John Crissey who is listed as being 25 years old living with his 33-year-old wife Susan Crissey. That individual is the wrong age to be Aaron Crissey's son. The following excerpt from the 1880 census of West Providence Township shows a John C. Crissey living with his 28-year-old wife Susan. This individual is the right age to be Aaron Crissey's son.

1887: A secondary source indicates that John C. Crissey had a son Blair Crissey who was born in 1887.

1888: A secondary source indicates that John C. Crissey had a daughter Merl (Crissey) Kutzer who was born in 1888.

1890: I did not find a John Crissey in the 1890 special census schedule of Somerset County for Union Veterans and widows.

1893: Based on the 1910 census, John Crissey had a daughter named Alverna who was born circa 1893.

1898: The death certificate of Donald Crissey indicates that he is the son of John C. Crissey and Susan (Hockenberry) Crissey, and was born on November 7, 1898.

1900: According to her part of a shared tombstone, John Crissey's wife Susan died in 1900. According to the 2001 Whisker & Yantz book, Susan was a Hockenberry and was from Shanksville.

1909: The following excerpt is from the 1909 "Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Commission of the Soldier's Orphan Schools", and shows a John C. Crissy living in Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania who was a Veteran of Company D, 133rd PVI.

1910: In the 1910 census of West Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, John C. Crissey is enumerated as a 64-year-old individual living with his 17-year-old daughter Alverna.

1911: John C. Crissey and his wife Susan are buried at the Mount Union Christian Church Cemetery (39.97407571, -78.32293345) in Mench, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Their shared tombstone states "John C. Crissey. 1845 -- 1911. Susan, his wife, 1852 -- 1900. At rest." The obituary of John C. Crissey follows, and identifies him as a blacksmith. In the obituary, the names of two then-surviving sisters are harmonious with the names of two of the children of Aaron Crissey. A secondary source indicates that John C. Crissey died on October 4, 1911.

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