Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - April 19, 2016 - Jesse Clinton Crites

Jesse Clinton Crites

Jesse Clinton Crites was born on June 17, 1892 in Newton Kansas, the son of Jesse and Sarah (Burns) Crites.  In the 1895 Kansas State Census, the father, Jesse is still alive and the family is living in Newton, Harvey County, Kansas. By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Jesse is with his mother who is a widow and head of the household in Newton, Kansas. 

Sarah Crites moved her family back to Ohio between the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census. In the 1910 Federal Census, Jesse is 17 years old and the family is found in Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio. His occupation is listed as laborer.  Four years later at the age of 21, Jesse married Florence Winchell Grimwood (who was previously married to Jay C Grimwood) on September 2, 1914. 

Jesse Clinton Crites  and Florence Winchell Grimwood Marriage License
 In the WWI draft records of 1917, Jesse is in Phalaux, Turnbull County, Ohio with his wife and two children. (but he actually has three children) He was farming for Mrs Dell Kerns in Braceville. He has a broken instep so he was claiming a medical exemption. Florence and Jesse would have following children; George (1914-1923), Emery(1914-1922), Themond Jesse (1915), Arlo Adolph (1917), Ester Florence(1919), Henry Ray(1924) and possible another daughter named Clara. 

 I am unable to find Jesse and his family in the 1920 Census in Ohio.  Florence died on May 1, 1926 in Warren,  Ohio. Jesse remarried Matilda Cecelia Miskie on December 4, 1926. In the 1930 Federal Census, Jesse  and Matilda are shown living with three of the children; Themond J. Crites, Arlo A Crites and Ester Crites.

The 1940 Federal Census shows Jesse and Matilda Crites living in Paris, Portage County, Ohio. All of the children are grown and living on their own. In the WWII draft records from 1942, Jesse Clinton lives in Newton Falls, Turnball  County with his wife Matilda Crites and works for Portage Ordinance in Ravenna, Ohio. Jesse Clinton Crites died on April 19, 1944 at the age of 51 years old.  He is buried in the Burnstetter Cemetery in Mahoning, County Ohio, with is first wife Florence Crites.

Rest in Peace,

Jan Smith

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