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Honoring Our Family’s Veterans | William Dean Johnson


Johnson Bill Jeanne 1987

Great Uncle Bill Johnson and wife Jeanne in 1987. As an airborne infantryman in World War II, Bill helped rescue 2,170 POWs from a Japanese prison in the Philippines the same day as the famed Iwo Jima flag planting atop Mount Suribachi.

Bill Johnson – Philippines POW Rescue | World War II

Kids of my generation — maybe yours, too — should have been accustomed to growing up surrounded by heroes.

Any trip to the comic books store, any guitar lesson, any after-school detention, any spirited soccer practice, any average hello-and-smile from the dude with the cane who liked to watch the pigeons — we were mostly unaware of how many people in our communities had contributed to sustaining our country’s freedoms, had fought for liberty in places far from home.

Of course, any average family reunion would be full of those ex-soldiers, now fathers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, cousins-such-and-such removed.

My Great-Uncle Bill Johnson was one of those. A genuine hero.

Bill was one of my grandma Erma (Johnson) Foutz’s younger brothers, born in November 1924,  eighth in a family of 10 kids.

That Viola (Palmer) and Charles Johnson’s family had been unfairly decimated by tragedy in the 1930s — three brothers on either side of my grandma and Bill died in separate water-related accidents — may have made Bill’s enlistment when he was just out of his teens particularly harrowing for his parents. But then, it was duty. He went.

And returned to New Philadelphia as one of 140 men in the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment credited with rescuing 2,170 internees from a Japanese prison.

Airborne-Led Escape from Luzon, Philippines Prison

On Feb. 23, 1945, same day as the famous Iwo Jima flag-planting photograph on Mount Suribachi, Bill Johnson and 139 others parachuted 25 miles behind enemy lines. Their destination was Los Banos prison, where more than 2,000 POWs had been held the last 3.5 years.

According to an article in the Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio Times-Reporter, it was the first time in military history that airborne parachute units rescued U.S. citizens behind enemy lines.

In early February 1945, Bill Johnson and his cousin Ken Weber, both of New Philadelphia, and Eugene Brady of Columbia were with U.S. troops as they assaulted Ft. McKinley outside Manila in the Philippines.

One night the units were recalled from that action and told they were to participate in the rescue operation. Johnson and Brady were two of the 140 parachutists who dropped at a low altitude from nine planes in effort to surprise the Japanese.

Weber was a sergeant in the communications section who drove an Amtrac that fateful night.

“We will always remember it as something good we did during the war,” Weber said. “Instead of killing people, we saved people. You cannot imagine the good feeling it gave us all.”

The surprised Japanese guarding the prisoners offered “minimal resistance,” according to Johnson and “were eliminated.” The most trouble came from the internees themselves.

Most were missionaries and businessmen, but not all were Americans and British. There were Australians, Canadians, Netherlanders, Norwegians, Polish, Italians, Nicaraguans and French. The non-Americans and “neutrals” believed the war was the Americans’ and not theirs.

“We were told the reason for the raid was that the prisoners were scheduled to be lined up and shot very soon,” Johnson said. “Later the prisoners told us the Japs had been getting more severe as they realized the Americans were getting closer.”

As Johnson and the other parachutists dropped, arms fire broke out, and most of the POWs headed for the barracks. “The non-Americans either refused to leave or spent valuable time searching for things to take with them,” he said.

The Americans knew speed was essential. Some 9,000 Japanese troops were in the hills nearby, and the evacuation had to be accomplished before they returned. There was very little allied air cover.

In order to get the evacuees moving, Johnson and other paratroopers — using only Zippo cigarette lighters in some cases — deliberately set fire to the barracks, which forced the allied prisoners back out on the parade grounds.

There they anxiously awaited the arrival of the 54 (Allied landing craft)… usually used to assault enemy beachheads. The prisoners were loaded onto the Amtracs and left the prison camp under enemy fire. Three trips back and forth had to be made.

The convoy sped through the middle of Lake Taal as the Japanese chased them from either shore. Four people wrote books about the rescue.
You can read the full account of the Philippines prison escape and see a picture of World War II veterans Bill Johnson and Ken Weber by checking out the Times-Reporter article (by Ed DeGraw, I’m grateful to add).

As for Uncle Bill, he returned home after the war and worked in manufacturing for 35 years. He enjoyed golf, and spending time with his large family — wife Jeanne; kids Rae Anne, Guy, Allan and April; and all the in-laws and grandkids attendant a long life of peace. He passed away in August 1995 at age 70.

For my part, I’ll remember Uncle Bill for the gruff, almost-Dirty-Harry-dry sense of humor characteristic of the final quote in DeGraw’s article.

Noting that Bill Johnson had brought back a Japanese .25-.25 carbine from the war, and Weber a Japanese sword, DeGraw noted that other than photographs, neither man had kept mementos from the historic raid.

“We didn’t have time,” on that day, Uncle Bill said, smiling, “to collect souvenirs.”

Johnson crew at a 1970s get-together

Johnson siblings and spouses in the 1970s. (Roughly clockwise): Jeanne, Virginia, Bill (reclining), Nellie, Rebecca, Ernie, Lloyd, Erma, DeLoyce

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Honoring Our Family’s Veterans | Robert Earl Ley Jr.


Suzanne Abbott Weible Robert Earl Ley Jr.

This picture effectively serves as a wedding portrait for Bob Ley and Sue Weible. After their marriage on Oct. 16, 1943 in Oxford, Ohio, Bob & Sue drove to Parris Island, SC, where Bob was stationed with the U.S. Navy, awaiting deployment to the Pacific.

Robert Earl Ley Jr. | Places of Rest & Remembrance #6

There were a lot of photographs I could have used to head this post. Many of which I don’t happen to have in my possession — like my grandfather Robert Earl Ley Jr.’s Navy portrait, or the album full of photographs of chums from the service he seemed to pore over and spin tales about constantly in his final days.

But World War II really began for my grandfather, I’d guess, in the days immediately following one of the happiest days of his life.

On Oct. 16, 1943, Bob Ley married childhood sweetheart Sue Weible. That was in Oxford, Ohio, where Sue had gone to school at Miami University.

Following the ceremony, according to family legend, Bob and Sue drove southeastward, in a car Bob had bought from my grandpa Don Foutz. Sue accompanied her new husband to the base at Parris Island, S.C., where Bob was stationed with the Navy.

Now, Parris Island is well-known as the site of basic training for the U.S. Marine Corps. But there’s also a Naval hospital there, and since grandpa was a dentist, it’s sensible that he may have been assigned to that post before shipping out to the Pacific.

It’s funny — for all the times I sat at his kitchen table or in his living room, listening as he reeled off one tale or another about his time in the war, or stories of his college days at Ohio Wesleyan, or Ohio State, the details have mostly slipped away. So a lot now is conjecture.

There are some anecdotes that remain:

* how Grandpa brought back a desk and a Japanese commando knife, among other trinkets retrieved from World War II

* how he was spared an untimely and inglorious end on some wayward island stop by a buddy who took out a Jap sniper, who’d trained his sites on grandpa as he stepped outside to do the necessary

* how one trip home on leave in 1944, to see his newborn son, Robert III, for the first time, he stopped over in Olathe, Kansas, eventual home of my wife (some 44 years later), and used a pool table as a bed

But I’d guess the war really began for him in that week, when he had to say goodbye to his longtime love and new wife, teaching her to drive stick shift on the way down so she could return in the car, alone, and they could each face whatever the future had in store for them.

Ley RE Sr Jr Dentists 1950s

Robert Earl Ley Jr. (right) returned home from Navy service in World War II to rejoin his father, Robert Earl Ley Sr. (left) in their dental practice in Dover, Ohio.

World War II Service – Robert Earl Ley Jr.

Turned out the future held 63 more married years, 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and an ever-increasing brood of great-grandkids.

Nice when it works like that, huh?

Bob never forgot his time in the service, attending reunions, penning articles for trade and fraternal publications. He continued in the tradition of service to country and community in the mold his own father, Robert Earl Ley Sr., who served in World War I, and other Ley ancestors had.

Grandfather Charles had been a city councilman, school board member and treasurer of Tuscarawas County. Great-Grandfather Augustus had served as township treasurer and clerk, founded the first creamery in his county and ran a successful dry goods business on the canal in Port Washington. Second-Great Grandfather Karl Ley, an immigrant from Germany, served on the school board, in addition to supplying saddlery and tack to the Union Army during the Civil War.

Robert Earl Ley Jr. carried on in that vein. In addition to serving on the Dover City Council, he was a member of Dover Kiwanis, Dover American Legion, past president of Dover Lions Club, past exalted ruler of Dover Elks Lodge No. 975, a 32nd degree Mason, member of Dover Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, Tadmor Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, and Chef de Gare of the 40 et 8 Voiture 117. Quite the resume.

And for nearly 50 years he carried on the dental business started by his father in the 1910s, an office first interrupted by service in World War I. Grandpa worked alongside his father for 15 years before going on alone through his 1991 retirement.

But it was his marriage to Sue Weible that brought renewed joy as the years flipped by. After she passed away in January 2007, some days it seemed Bob didn’t quite know what to do with himself. But he seemed to find comfort in those old photographs, many of Sue, many of the extended family, and a whole album of those he called friends and comrades during his time in World War II.

Bob & Sue Ley, 1987

Robert Earl Ley Jr. and Suzanne Abbott (Weible) Ley at their home in Dover, Ohio — 1987.

Ley Robert Jr. Navy Maple Grove Dover 1918-2008

Robert Earl Ley. Jr. served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. This plaque at his grave in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover honors his service, and also features the symbol of the Moravian Church.

Ley Robert Jr Suzanne Maple Grove Dover 2007 2008

Bob Ley and Sue Weible were laid to rest in the Weible plot of her parents and grandparents in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover.

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Honoring Our Family’s Veterans | Robert Earl Ley, Sr.


Robert Earl Ley Sr. and Son

A very young Robert Earl Ley Jr. and his father, Robert Sr. My grandpa would sometimes accompany his father as they worked their bird dogs in the Ohio prairie country.

Places of Rest & Remembrance #5 | Robert Earl Ley, Sr.

An interesting genealogical artifact available for most males in my family of my great-grandparents’ generation is the draft card each able-bodied man was required to submit to for each of the world wars.

Since most of my great-grandparents were alive for both World War I and World War II, the information entered by the draft board provides a snapshot of these ancestors at two different points in their lives, some 25 years apart.

Great-Grandpa Robert Earl Ley is the only one, though, with any official acknowledgment of service in the Great War.

Robert Earl Ley was born Aug. 17, 1893, in Port Washington, Ohio, the third son of parents Charles Henry Ley and Minnie Eillene (Hammersley) Ley. Robert’s father had followed his own father, Augustus Ley, into the dry goods business of a fashion — rather than anchoring himself to a store the way Augustus set up shop on the canal in old Port Washington, Charles traveled the country, first in the employ of the J.B. Haynes Co. of Pittsburgh, and later the Pittsburg Dry Goods Co.

But also like Augustus, and his immigrant grandparents Karl and Susanna Ley, Charles had a taste for political life. Not long after Robert was born, he moved the family to New Philadelphia, Ohio and won election as treasurer of Tuscarawas County, a role in which he served two terms.

His father’s successful career as merchant and civic leader afforded Robert Earl Ley the best education to be had in the early 20th century. He graduated from New Philadelphia High School, then studied at Western Reserve University, earning a dental degree in 1915.

Robert had just set up shop as dentist in neighboring Dover, Ohio, in 1916 when war broke out and he was called to serve.

Robert Earl Ley, Sr. – World War I Service

Great-Grandpa Ley’s obituary indicates he served in the war, and his grave in Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia bears the star marker indicating service.

However, I have been unable to locate his name or his record of service in the Ohio soldiers index for World War I. So we cobble part of the story together through his draft record.

Robert Ley reported to the World War I draft board June 5, 1917. Like all the local draft records from that war, the writing is nearly illegible. But we can make out that he was single, with no dependents, employed as a doctor of dental surgery. There are none of the physical details noted that make later draft cards interesting to researchers. But there is a curious notation — barely legible:

* some remark referring to his career or training as a dentist, and that he would “make an efficient officer.”

We know not how or where Great-Grandpa Ley served during World War I. But we do know he returned home and soon made a life with New Philadelphia girl and local teacher Zula Lucrece Fisher, whom he married June 27, 1917. Son Robert Earl Jr. would follow in September 1918.

Zula was pregnant with the family’s second child, a daughter, when she and the baby tragically died of complications due to influenza and pneumonia in February 1920. Robert sent his son to live with Zula’s parents as he cobbled together a new life, marrying Florence Jones in the 1920s. She bore him a second son, Richard Earl, in 1927. Tragedy would again touch their lives, though, as Dickie suffered a strange ailment and died just weeks before his sixth birthday in 1933.

Robert, Florence and Robert Jr. pressed on, however. The younger Ley graduated from Dover High School in 1936 and through a long stretch of studies at Ohio Northern, then Baldwin Wallace and finally The Ohio State University earned his doctoral degree in dentistry, intending to follow his father into the practice. They were again interrupted by war.

In Robert Earl Ley Sr.’s 1942 draft record he is 48 years old, lives in Dover, works in Dover on the third floor of the Reeves Bank Building, and counts Florence Ley as a dependent. The card notes his height and weight — 5’11 and 185 pounds — his light complexion and dark brown hair. No mention of previous service is recorded, but the examiner does note the “scar over left eye.”

We know that Robert is not called to serve this time, and instead his son serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, working as a dentist aboard battleships.

After the war, the younger Ley would rejoin his father and they would practice dentistry side by side in a new office on the corner of Second and Walnut streets in Dover. Robert Sr. died in 1959 while at work; his widow, Florence, lived above the dental office her stepson kept until her own death in the summer of 1984.

Robert Ley headstone rear Evergreen Burial Park New Phila, Ohio

The Robert Earl Ley plot in Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia, Ohio, is a serene tableau, with dual planters and a bench beneath the pines. Buried there are Great-Grandfather Robert, wife Florence, son Dickie and sister Irma Haines Murphy.

Ley Robert Evergreen WW1

The star indicating Robert Earl Ley Sr.’s service in World War I, 1917-1918.

Ley Robert Sr Evergreen New P 1893-1959

Headstone for Dr. Robert Earl Ley Sr. in Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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Honoring Our Family’s Veterans | Joseph Burkey


Burkey Joseph Civil War 1

not Third-Great-Grandfather Joseph Burkey served in the 126th Regiment, Company B, of the Ohio Valley Infantry during the Civil War. He is buried in New Cumberland Cemetery near Atwood Lake, Ohio.

Places of Rest & Remembrance #4 | Joseph Burkey

Like the life and times of Fifth-Great-Grandfather — and Revolutionary War vet — Jacob Crites, the details of the childhood, married life and final days of Joseph Burkey are mostly elusive.

But we’re pretty clear on his war record and the activities of his company during the Civil War.

Joseph Burkey is Colt’s Third-Great-Grandfather, related on the Johnson side. He’s the father of Anna Burkey, who would marry Clement Johnson. The line continues thus:

Joseph Burkey/Amanda Stevenson – Anna Burkey Johnson – Charles Johnson – Erma Johnson Foutz – Fred Foutz – Colt

Joseph was born May 18, 1840, probably near Guernsey, Ohio, where the Johnson clan called home. In the 1850 census there is a Joseph Burkey Sr. there in Oxford, born in 1805, with a wife named Jane and a bustling household, of which an 8-year-old Joseph Jr. is part. The dates almost line up — in the vein of census inaccuracies and subsequent leeway.

Joseph is next found in a Guernsey County census in 1860, in the home of James and Emeline Scott, listed as a laborer. Joseph and Jane Burkey appear as neighbors on the same census page, a couple households higher up.

In between is the great Civil War. And in 1880, we again catch up to Joseph Burkey in Guernsey County, this time farming and married to a Mary J. Burkey, born about 1830 and 10 years his senior, with a household of five young children, including Sarah E. A., age 13. A 75-year-old Joseph Burkey senior is also among the family.

What makes the three records hold at least loosely together are the birthplaces of Joseph Burkey’s father in Pennsylvania and mother in New Jersey, the consistent ages of the particulars, the birth year of Mary J., which is consistent with Amanda Stevenson’s in family lore, and the 1867 birth year of Great-Great-Grandmother Anna Burkey Johnson.

As to the rest, and the latter details of Joseph’s life, it’s a bit murky. We don’t know when Amanda died. An 1890 census that was largely destroyed by fire keeps us from catching up with Joseph again until shortly before his death in 1900. By then he is living in Warren Township, Tuscarawas County, and remarried to Clara (Kerr) about 5 years. She is 47 and childless; he is 60. He works as a farm laborer and owns the house he’s living in. Again — this record matches up with birth year and with parents born in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively.

We also match the couple to Joseph’s pension record, which lists Clara as dependent. There is the curious notation next to invalid status, in March 1885, and records Clara’s widowhood in December 1901, a full year after Joseph’s death. But who knows with bureaucracy and paperwork?

Joseph is buried in New Cumberland Cemetery, near Atwood Lake, Ohio. Clara is there, too, — her stone bears a death date of June 26, 1911. The grave of Amanda Stevenson is nowhere to be found.

Joseph Burkey – Civil War Service

What we do know is that Joseph Burkey enlisted as a private in Company B of the 126th Infantry on May 17, 1864 at age 23. He was drafted, according to Army records.

He was mustered out at the same rank on June 19, 1865 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The record of his Ohio regiment is set forth below. Joseph would have seen action the year’s worth of battles throughout Virginia, just after Spotsylvania Court House.

Regimental History
OHIO
ONE HUNDRED and TWENTY-SIXTH INFANTRY
(Three Years)

One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Infantry. – Col., Benjamin F.
Smith; Lieut.-Cols., William H. Harlan, Aaron W. Ebright, Tho-
mas W. McKinnie; Majs., George W. Voorhes, William G. Williams.
This regiment was organized at Camp Steubenville from Sept. 4
to Oct. 11, 1862, to serve for three years and was sent to
Parkersburg, W. Va., a few days later. It remained in the
western part of Virginia during the succeeding winter and
spring, and in June was engaged in a brisk skirmish at Martins-
burg, in which Co. I was captured entire by the enemy. At
Bristoe Station in October the regiment and its corps took part
in a fight with a portion of Lee’s army, and for many days
thereafter were engaged in skirmishing with the enemy up to
Centerville. After spending the winter at Brandy Station, the
regiment in April, 1864, went to Rixeyville, where it remained
until the opening of the grand campaign under Gen. Grant, in
his march on Richmond. It took part in every engagement of the
campaign, from the crossing of the Rapidan to the crossing of
the James. The loss of the regiment at Spottsylvania was 16
killed and 54 wounded, and in front of Cold Harbor it was in
the assault of Ricketts’ division, 6th corps, on the enemy’s
works, carrying and holding them under a heavy fire. After
crossing to the south side of the James the regiment partici-
pated in all the marches, skirmishes, etc., of the 6th corps,
up to July 2, when it went into entrenchments at the Williams
house, 5 miles south of Petersburg. Four days later it em-
barked for Baltimore, and there took cars for Monocacy Junction
where it played an important part in the severe battle of Mono-
cacy, in which it lost heavily. It marched in pursuit of Gen.
Early’s army and participated in engagements at Snicker’s gap,
Charlestown and Smithfield. It was in the battle known as the
Opequan, losing a large number in killed and wounded. In the
action at Fisher’s hill the regiment performed a conspicuous
part, losing 4 men killed and 17 wounded. Then it was engaged
in a number of marches and counter-marches, arriving at Cedar
creek just in time to take part in the memorable battle of that
name. In December it rejoined the Army of the Potomac and
spent the winter in the trenches around Petersburg. In a
charge on the enemy’s picket lines on March 25, 1865, the regi-
ment behaved with great gallantry, being the first to enter the
entrenchments. At 3 a. m., April 2, it went into position in
the front line of battle and participated in the charge which
was to dissipate the last hope of the Confederate States. The
regiment was mustered out on June 25, 1865. It lost during its
term of service 9 officers and 111 men killed; 10 officers and
379 men wounded; aggregate, 509.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 2

Battles Fought
Fought on 9 Oct 1862.
Fought on 14 Jun 1863 at Martinsburg, WV.
Fought on 15 Jun 1863 at Williamsport, MD.
Fought on 15 Jun 1863 at Martinsburg, WV.
Fought on 14 Oct 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA.
Fought on 27 Nov 1863 at Mine Run, VA.
Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 7 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 9 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 13 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 21 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 30 May 1864 at Hanoverton, VA.
Fought on 1 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 2 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 4 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 6 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 19 Jun 1864 at Bermuda Hundred, VA.
Fought on 22 Jun 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
Fought on 22 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 9 Jul 1864 at Monocacy, MD.
Fought on 21 Jul 1864 at Snicker’s Gap, VA.
Fought on 9 Aug 1864 at City Point, VA.
Fought on 28 Aug 1864.
Fought on 19 Sep 1864 at Opequan, VA.
Fought on 21 Sep 1864 at Flint Hill, VA.
Fought on 22 Sep 1864 at Flint Hill, VA.
Fought on 22 Sep 1864 at Fisher’s Hill, VA.
Fought on 19 Oct 1864 at Cedar Creek, VA.
Fought on 12 Nov 1864 at Middletown, VA.
Fought on 25 Mar 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Petersburg, VA.

Burkey Joseph Civil War CLOSE

A star marks Joseph Burkey’s grave, for service in the Civil War.

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Honoring Our Family’s Veterans | Jacob Crites


Crites Jacob Crooked Run 2012

Fifth-Great-Grandfather Jacob Crites was laid to rest in Crooked Run church cemetery south of Dover, Ohio. A Revolutionary War star, American flag and Daughters of the American Revolution plaque adorned his burial site when Colt visited in February 2012.

Places of Rest & Remembrance #3 | Jacob Crites

As we honor the veterans in our family’s history this month, I thought I’d jump way back. Back to the Revolutionary War, and some of our first ancestors in America.

Jacob Crites is a Ley ancestor — Colt’s fifth-great-grandfather, to be precise — but is buried among forebears of the Weible branch in Crooked Run Cemetery, south of Dover, Ohio.

(An earlier post in the Weible line focused on Fifth-Great-Grandfather Johann Friedrich Metzger, a drummer boy among those at Valley Forge during the American Revolution.)

He was the father of Elizabeth Crites, who married Henry Fisher. The line continues from there thus:

Jacob Crites – Elizabeth Crites Fisher — George Fisher – John William Fisher – Mary Zula Lucrece Fisher – Robert Earl Ley Jr. – Janet Ley Foutz – Colt Foutz

As far as prevailing genealogical knowledge goes, Jacob was born June 15, 1759 in Northampton County, Pa. to German immigrants William and Dorothea Creutz. He spent most of his life in Washington County, Pennsylvania, marrying Elizabeth Kintner in 1779. They eventually move to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, sometime in the early 1800s.

Before that, though — and Jacob had to be very young — Jacob served his country in the American Revolution. There are some question marks — such as the DAR plaque that identifies his birth as 1740, or the repeated date of 1820 for his death among several genealogists — but the presence of the entire Fisher family burial plot nearby and subsequent generations of Crites make it reasonably certain that this is our Jacob, one of our Revolutionary War ancestors. Additional research may yield details such as his regiment, role and years of service.

Crites Jacob Revolution DAR Plaque Crooked Run 2012

The Revolutionary Soldier plaque placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution upon the gravesite of Jacob Crites in Crooked Run church cemetery south of Dover, Ohio seems to get his birth year wrong. We trust they are correct as to his war service.

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