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John C. Cribbs family portrait circa 1883 by F.C. Silver of Ludington, MI.

[*] 1860 census Findley Twp, Mercer Co, PA (LDS#0805139) - RE $ 1100, PV $ 100.

  • John G. KRIBBS, 31, Mercer Co., Findley Twp.
  • Catherine, 29, wife
  • Savilla, 7, dau
  • George, 5, son
  • Albert, 2, son
  • Philip, 5/12, son

    [*] lived in Springfield Twp, Mercer Co, PA 1840-1864? farmer. [*] enlisted during the Civil War on 27 Jun 1863 [*] served as a Private in Company F, 55th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry Militia Volunteers Commanded by COL R. B. McComb; Organized at Pittsburgh June 27, 1863. Duty in Pennsylvania during Lee's invasion and in the Dept. of West Virginia.

    Attached to Wilkinson's Brigade, Scammon's Division. {reference: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion.

    Pt 3. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. A concise summary of the regiment's service.} [*] discharged 26 Aug 1863 at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, mustered out with unit.

    {no Soldier Service Record on file in National Archives (served less than 3 months)} [*] lived in Mercer County, PA up to 18 Mar 1864. [*] moved to Ogle County, IL, living there from Mar 1864 to Sept 1873. [*] moved to DuPage Co, IL 1864-1874. [possible due to land grant for service in Civil War] [*] moved to Summit Twp, Mason Co, MI 1874.

    [*] 1880 census Summit Twp, Mason Co, MI p. 92/458 dw#12, fam#12 John C. CRIBBS, 50, b. PA, lives Summit Twp., Mason Co. Catherine, wife, 49, b. PA Albert N., son, 22, b. PA James P., son, 17, b. PA Luella, dau., 15, b. Illinois Willie O., son, 12, b. Illinois Hattie F., dau., 10, b. Illinois Sarah M. GILES, niece, 22, b. PA (actually Albert's wife) [*] 1883 Mason Co. directory - farmer Summit Twp ne qr sec 13 r 18 40a.

    [*] first trustee of Summit Evanglical Church (dedicated 6 Jan 1884).

    [*] Mason Co, MI record of deeds (23:46) 10 Oct 1887

    Trustees of Flint & Pere Marquette Railway Co. to John C. Cribbs of Summit, Mason County, MI,

    $400, NW1/4 NE1/4 of section 13 in T.17N. R.18W. 40 acres. [*] 1900 census Summit Twp, Mason Co, MI p. 145 on 4 Jun 1900 dw#27, fam#27

  • J. C. CRIBBS, 70, 2-1830, b. PA, Summit Twp., Mason Co.
  • Catherine, wife, 1-1831
  • George A., son, 6-1855
  • Philip CRIBBS, 3-1860, b. Ill., Riverton Twp., Mason Co.
  • Emma, wife, 12-1865
  • Vivian, dau., 9-1885
  • Gladys, dau., 8-1887
  • Ellis, son, 11-1889
  • Jennie, dau., 8-1891

  • William O. CRIBBS, 8-1867, b. Ill., Ludington, Mason Co.
  • Lena G., wife, 10-1867
  • John C., son, 9-1893
  • Arthur, son, 8-1895
  • Eva A., dau., 5-1899

    [*] 1904 Summit Twp, Mason Co, MI section 13 40acres NW 1/4 NE 1/4

    [*] Pension Claim: On file National Archives: Invalid claim: 7 Apr 1905 Application 1334.194 Michigan

    John: Description in 1905 at age 75 Occupation: farmer Height: 5'9'' Weight: 150 lbs Complexion: Dark Hair: Gray Eyes: Hazel filed application for pension dated 29 Apr 1905. Attorney Robert J. Quail

    [*] farmer, carpentar, and fruit farmer.

    [*] Mason Co, MI record of deeds (75:409-10); Will received for record this 24th day of October AD 1914, 10-45 o'clock AM.

  • Estate of John C. Cribbs, Deceased. I, John C. Cribbs, widower, of Summit Township, in the County of Mason and State of Michigan, being of soung mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, in a manner following,


  • First, I Will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid in full.
  • Second, I give, devise and bequeath unto my son George Cribbs, in consideration of the kindness, help and care shown me in the past ($1000.00) One Thousand Dollars worth of personal property or its equivalent in cash as he may choose.
  • Thirdly, I give, devise and bequeath unto my children and heirs the share set opposite their respective names, said share to be paid out of the residue of my estate whether of real or personal property after the foregoing bequests have been paid in full.
  • The following are the names of my children & heirs who are to be particilate according to the share set opposite their names, to wit:

  • 1, Civilla Lent, is to have one share,
  • 2, George Cribbs, is to have one share,
  • 3, Luella Kistler, is to have one share,
  • 4, Philip Cribbs, is to have one share,
  • 5, James Cribbs, is to have one half a share, and his two daughters by his first marriage are to have one quarter share each.
  • 6, Hattie Rinehardt, is to have one share,
  • 7, William Cribbs, is to have one share,
  • 8, Laura Cribbs, daughter of my son Albert Cribbs, deceased, is to have one half share.
  • Furthermore I hereby appoint Clay P. Olmstead of Ludington, Mich, Executer of this my Last Will and Testament. Lastly, I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made.

    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.

    John C. Cribbs

    On this 28th day of May AD 1913, John C. Cribbs, of Summit Township in the County of Mason and State of Michigan, signed the foregoing instrument in our presence, and declared it to be his Last Will and Testament, and as witnesses thereof we do now, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, hereto subscribe our names.

  • Smith Hawley, residing at Summit Township, Mason Co. Michigan
  • Joseph K. Olmstead, residing at Summit Township, Mason Co. Michigan

    Death of Summit Pioneer

    John C. Cribbs, pioneer resident of Summit, died in his home in that township last Friday night of cancer of the stomach. Mr. Cribbs, who was 83 years of age, had for thirty-nine years been a resident of Mason County, and had in those years won an enviable reputation for uprightness and piety. Since the death of his wife seven years ago, he has been cared for by his son George, who lived with him on the original farm homestead.

    Mr. Cribbs is survived by seven children, of whom the daughters are: Mrs. Andrew Kistler of Summit, Mrs. Elgin Lent of Cherokee, Ia., Mrs. John Rinehart of Traverse City, and the sons, Philip of this city, George of Summit, Will of Manistee and James of Fort Madison, Ohio. Of children and grandchildren there are more than thirty. Funeral serviceswere held Monday from the residence, conducted by Rev. Mohr of the Evangelical church of Summit, of which Mr. Cribbs was a devout and honored member.

    - from 11 June 1913 Ludington Chronicle p.1

    J. C. Cribbs, a Resident of Mason County 39 Years Passed Away John C. Cribbs passed away at his home in Summit at 12 o'clock at the age of eighty-three years. Mr. Cribbs had been suffering with a cancer of the stomach for some time, but until four weeks ago was unable to be about in his usual manner. From that time he has been a terrible sufferer, but through it all, while conscious, had been patient and loving as was his disopition.

    Mr. Cribbs had been a resident of Summit thirty-nine years, and is well known thruoghout Mason county. His son George made his home with his father since the death of his wife seven years ago yesterday, but Mr. Cribbs stayed by the old home until the last. He was a faithful member of the Evangelical church of Summit, always willing to do his share and ever consecrated to his church.

    He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Elgin Lent of Cherokee, Iowa; Mrs. John Rinehart of Traverse City; and Mrs. Andrew Kistler of Summit, four sons, Will of Manistee, Phillip of this city, James of Fort Madison, Iowa, and George of Summit, twenty-four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends who will always remember the kind, loving, and sympathetic nature of Mr. Cribbs. The family have the sincerest sympathy of all in this deep sorrow.

    Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the residence by Rev. Mohr of the Evangelical church of Summit.

    -From 12 June 1913 Ludington Record Appeal p.2


    Dies Suddenly
    Mrs. J.C. Cribbs, wife of one of the prominent farmers of Summit was found dead in her bed Friday morning. Mr. Cribbs arose early as usual and after starting the fires, waited for his wife to come down to breakfast. When she did not put in an appearence he went to her room and found her lying as she had been when he left her.

    Upon investigating he discovered she was dead, but so peacefully had the end came that to all appearences she might have only been sleeping. A corner was summoned who rendered a verdict of death from heart trouble. Mrs. Cribbs was 75 years old and had enjoyed fairly good health for one of her advanced years and the evening before her death had worked in the garden.

    Besides a husband, a family of 7 grown children survive her, all but two of them reside in the county. They are: George, Phillip and Ed Cribbs, Mrs. Ella Kistler and Mrs. Maggie Rinehart. The family have resided in Mason county for the thirty years

    . - The Ludington Chronicle 13 Jun 1906 p. 2


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