|CRARY, Christopher Gore
Christopher married Aurelia MORSE, daughter of Captain John MORSE and Temperance HAMLIN, on 30 Nov 1834 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.1 (Aurelia MORSE was born on 10 Apr 1807 in Massachusetts, died in 1838 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio and was buried in 1838 in South Kirtland Cemetery, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.)
Christopher next married Nancy M. DAVIS in 1839 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio. (Nancy M. DAVIS was born about 1810 in New York, died in 1847 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio and was buried in 1847 in South Kirtland Cemetery, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio 14.)
Christopher next married Charlotte Sophia RANNEY, daughter of George RANNEY and Anna B. UNKNOWN, on 16 Jul 1854 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.2 (Charlotte Sophia RANNEY was born on 1 Jun 1813 in Pike Twp, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, died on 14 Oct 1894 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio and was buried in Oct 1894 in South Kirtland Cemetery, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio 15.)
Geauga County Ohio Licenses and Marriages (Geauga County GenWeb site: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/oh/geauga/marriages/grooms/c3.txt). Surety: 4. CRARY, Christopher G
License Date: 29 Nov 1834
Marriage Date: 30 Nov 1834
2 Unknown, Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio: Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake: Containing Portraits of All (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1893), p. 501. Surety: 4. In 1854 Mr. Crary married Charlotte Ronney, his present companion. They have one son, William, a farmer at the old homestead in Kirtland.
3 1810 US Census (Geauga, Ohio). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Chistopher Crary, his wife and children, early settlers of Ohio.
4 1860 US Census (Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Christopher [Gore] Crary (age 54, b. MA), third wife Charlotte [Ranney] (age 46, b. PA), and children Marion (age 24, b. OH), Virginia (age 22, b. OH), Octavia (age 18, b. OH), Charles (age 14, b. OH), George (age 13, b. OH) and William (age 4, b. OH), living in Kirtland, Ohio. Christopher is listed as a "farmer." Marion, Virginia and Octavia are all listed as "teachers." Living next door is Charlotte's father, George Ranney, and her sister, Alice [Ranney] Axtel.
5 1850 US Census (Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Christopher G. Crary (age 44, b. MA) and children Marion (age 14, b. OH), Virginia H. (age 13, b. OH), Octavia A. (age 9, b. OH), Christopher C. (age 5, b. OH), and George E. (age 4, b. OH), living in Kirtland, Ohio. Also in the household is Christopher's sister Sarah A. Crary (age 50, b. MA), and William Rockefellar (age 19, b. OH), who is listed as a "farmer."
6 1870 US Census (Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Christopher Crary (age 64, b. MA), wife Charlotte S. [Ranney] (age 57, b. PA), and children Virgina (age 32, b. OH) and William R. (age 14, b. OH), living in Kirtland, Ohio. Christopher is listed as a "farmer." Virginia is listed as a "teacher." Also in the household is Charlotte's sister, Alice [Ranney] Axtell (age 59, b. PA).
7 1880 US Census (District 299, Washington, Marshall County, Iowa). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists George E. Crary (age 33, b. OH), wife Elinor (age 32, b. Canada) and child Charles C. (age 6, b. IA), living in Washington, Iowa. Also in the household is George's father, Christopher [Gore] Crary (age 74, b. NY [erroneous, info prob. provided by George]). George is listed as a "farmer." Christopher is listed as a "boarder" and "father." Living nearby is Christopher's brother, William G. Crary, and niece, Lucy Crary, as well as William's son, Avery Crary, and his family.
8 1895 Iowa Census (Washington, Marshall County, Iowa). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Christopher G. Crary, age 88, living in Washington, Marshall County, Iowa in 1895.
9 1820 US Census (Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 3. Lists Christopher Crary (age 45+, b. bef. 1775), wife Mary [Witter] (age 45+, b. bef. 1775) and children: 1 male (age 16-26, b. 1794-1804) [could be Oliver or Christopher], 2 males (age 10-16, b. 1804-1810) [Ebenezer and William] and 2 females (age 16-26, b. 1794-1804) [Sarah and Nancy], living in Kirtland, Ohio. At this time, Kirtland is part of Geaugua County. It will later become part of Lake County.
Unknown, Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio: Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake: Containing Portraits of All (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1893), p. 500-502. Surety: 4. Christopher G. Crary, one of the oldest settlers of northeastern Ohio, and an honored resident of Kirtland township, Lake county, has resided here for eighty-two years, being now eighty-seven, and still very active for one of his age. He is familiar with every phase of pioneer life and has kept pace with the progress of later years. Recently he published a pamphlet, containing over a hundred pages, on reminiscences of his life, covering a period of four-score years. In it he has clearly pictured pioneer life in northern Ohio, and his little book will be read with interest long after he has passed away. More than a passing notice is due him on the pages of the work now under consideration. Therefore it is with pleasure we present the following sketch of his life:
Christopher G. Crary was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, January 22, 1806, son of Christopher Crary, who was born in New London, Connecticut, in 1759, and grandson of Oliver Crary, also a native of Connecticut. Great-grandfather Robert Crary was a son of Peter Crary, who emigrated from England to America when Charles II. was restored to the throne.
The father of our subject was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was twice taken prisoner. The first time he made his escape from the prison at Halifax, and after his second imprisonment he was liberated from a British ship in New York. He was in the marine service. After the war he was a merchant at Becket, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, for some time but later became a farmer. He exchanged his farm with Joshua Stow, of Middletown, Connecticut, in 1811, for 680 acres of land in Lake county, Ohio, and in that same year moved with his family to this State, coming with ox teams, and at once taking up his abode on his land in Kirtland township. He was the first actual settler in the township; was then seven miles away from his nearest neighbor, and it was not until after the War of 1812 that emigrants began to locate here. Only two miles from where he built his cabin there was a camp of Indians, and for many years the forest abounded with game of all kinds. He, however, cared little for hunting. In 1837 he moved to Union county, this State, where he died at the age of eighty-nine years, in 1858. His wife, whose maiden name was Polly Winter, was born in Connecticut in 1765, and died in 1869, aged ninety-three. Both were members of the Congregational Church, and for many years he was a magistrate in Lake county. They had a family of nine children, the subject of our sketch being the eighth born, and he and his sister, Mrs. Nancy Whelpley, being the only ones now living.
Being five years old when the family moved to Ohio, Christopher Crary has a vivid recollection of the journey to their frontier home and of the many hardships and privations they endured for several years after settling here. He had learned to read before they left Massachusetts, but it was some time after they came West before he had the opportunity to attend school here. The first school he did attend was one taught by Miss Metcalf, - a subscription school in her own home. Teacher's wages here were then less than a dollar per week. All the schooling he ever received was a few winter terms of three months each, but he applied himself closely to his studies, always making the best of his opportunities. He taught school a part of one winter. In 1825 Mr. Crary went to Kentucky, remaining there for several years. For six years he travelled nearly all over the State, selling clocks, and two years he was engaged in the mercantile business at Richmond. The first political speech he ever heard was made in Kentucky by Henry Clay. Coming back to Ohio, he began clearing land in Kirtland township, and here he has since lived. After his marriage, which occured in 1834, he settled on land which he cleared and on which he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was well acquainted with the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, frequently having dealings with him. He furnished nearly $200 worth of lumber for the Mormon Temple, which was erected at Kirtland in 1834, and which is still standing.
Mr. Crary married in 1834 to Aurelia Morse, a native of Massachusetts and a member of one of the pioneer families of Ohio. Mrs. Crary died in 1838, leaving three daughters, Marian, Virginia and Octavia, all still living. In 1839 he wedded Nancy Davis, whose death, in 1842, left him again bereft of a loving companion. She left two children, Charles and George, the former a business man in Custer county, South Dakota, and the latter a farmer in Marshall county, Iowa. In 1854 Mr. Crary married Charlotte Ronney, his present companion. They have one son, William, a farmer at the old homestead in Kirtland.
In politics, Mr. Crary was for many years a Whig, and since 1856 has affiliated with the Republican party. He cast his first vote for John Quincy Adams. He served as County Commissioner for two terms of three years each. During the late war he was enrolling officer, and he has also served the public in various other minor capacities. For many years he has been a member of the Congregational Church.
Such is a brief sketch of the life of one of the venerable citizens of northeastern Ohio.
Morse, J. Howard & Leavitt, Emily W., Morse Genealogy: Comprising the Descendants of Samuel Anthony, William, and Joseph Morse, and John Moss: Being a Revision of the Memorial of the Morses Published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850. (The Morse Society: New York, 1903.), p. 221-222. Surety: 4. 1632: Captain John6 Morse, son of John5 (Issac4, Captain Joseph3, Joseph2, Samuel1) Morse, was born in Pittsfield, Mass., January 7, 1771. He removed to Kirtland, Ohio. He married March 4, 1799, Temperance, daughter of Isaac and Damaris (Grummon) Hamlin, who was born October 4, 1771. He was the first captain who refused to allow his company to use intoxicating drinks; he died at Kirtland, June 5, 1852; she died there January 23, 18---.
They had children:
I. Clarissa, born January 1, 1800; she was a mute and became a skilled musician; was trained at a school in Hartford, Conn.
II. John Flavel, born in October, 1801, married October 16, 1824, Mary, daughter of John Granger; resided at Painesville, O.; she was his cousin.
III. (Captain) Harvey H., born October 15, 1805, married October 16, 1834, Ann Holbrock; resided at Kirtland.
IV. Aurelia, born April 10, 1807, married, November 9, 1834, Christopher G. Crary, a farmer of Kirtland, born in Becket, Mass., January 22, 1806; he was county commissioner; they resided for a while at Marshalltown, Iowa; she died in Kirtland, August 5, 1843; he died there March 13, 1895; they had Children:
(1) Marion Amira Crary, born October 22, 1835,
(2) Virginia Crary, born August 23, 1837, married, May 6, 1882, W.P. Whelpel [Whelpley],
(3) Octavia Crary, born July 29, 1841, married October 28, 1868, Edward D. Billings.
Adams, Charles Collard, Middletown Upper Houses: A History of the North Society of Middletown, Connecticut, from 1650 to 1800, With Genealogical and Biographical Chapters on Early Families and a Full Genealogy of the Ranney Family. (New England Historical Society: The Grafton Press: New York, 1908.), p. 366. Surety: 4. 356 Charlotte7 Sophia Ranney (George6, William5, John4, John3, John2, Thomas1), b. June 1, 1813, Pike Township, Bradford Co., Pa; m. July 16, 1854, Kirtland, O., Christopher Gore Crary, b. January 21, 1806, Becket, Mass. His parents rem. 1811 to Western Reserve. He d. Mar. 11, 1895, Kirtland; farmer, Rep., and Cong., was author of "Pioneer Reminiscences," she was Cong. and d. Oct. 14, 1894, Kirtland.
William Ranney, b. Oct. 22, 1855, Kirtland, O.; m. Sept. 24, 1884, Stapleton, Iowa, Carrie May Davis, b. Sept. 24, 1860, Stapleton, dau. Edmund Willis Davis and Caroline Matilda Randall. P. of H., Dem., farmer and business; res. Kirtland, O. Children:
(1) Charlotte Beecher, b. Apr. 12, 1886, student of Oberlin College,
(2) Marion Davis, b. Sept. 27, 1892.
South Kirtland Cemetery Inscriptions (Section DA, Row 10, Stone 5). Surety: 4. Christopher G. Crary/ 1806-1895
South Kirtland Cemetery Inscriptions (Section DA, Row 10, Stone 2). Surety: 4. Nancy M. Davis Crary/ 1823-1847
South Kirtland Cemetery Inscriptions (Section DA, Row 10, Stone 1). Surety: 4. Charlotte S. Ranney Crary/ 1813-1894