Elias Crites

Elias Crites, one of the esteemed citizens and
substantial residents of German township, where he owns a finely
improved farm of 228 acres located in sections 7 and 8, was born June
21, 1825, in Salt Creek township, Pickaway County, Ohio, and is a son of
John D. and Catherine (Peters) Crites. 
        John D. Crites was born in Linn township, Northhampton County,
Pennsylvania, and moved from there to Berks County, Pennsylvania, where
he married Catherine Peters and later moved to Salt Creek township,
Pickaway County, Ohio, where both died in the course of time.  They
reared a family of 13 children, 10 of these reaching maturity, our
venerable subject being the only survivor.   John Crites and his wife
were consistent members of the German Reform Church, in which he was a
ruling elder. 
            Elias Crites was reared on his father's farm and attended
the district schools.  His mother died when he was 17 years of age and
he left home and learned the carpenter and cabinet-making trade at which
he worked for some eight years.  He then engaged in farming in Pickaway
County, Ohio, until 1871, when he came to Allen County and bought 228
acres of land just north of Elida.  This land he has placed under a fine
state of cultivation and he has improved it with substantial houses and
barns.  He served eight years as trustee of Salt Creek Township and for
eight years was a trustee of German township.
              On June 18, 1851, Mr. Crites was married to Catherine
Mowery, who was a daughter of John Mowery.  She died May 3, 1862,
leaving three children- John D. and W. W., who operate the home farm;
and Mary Selena, now deceased, who was the wife of Alvin Davis, of
Elida.  On October 5, 1862, Mr. Crites was married to a sister of his
first wife, Mrs. Leannah (Mowery) Reichelderfer.  Mrs. Crites by her
first marriage had one son George S. Reichelderfer, a resident of
Pickaway County, engaged in the banking business at Laurelvlle, Ohio;
and one daughter, Sarah Jane, deceased, who was the wife of Hon. S. D.
Crites, of Elida.  Elias Crites is a member of the German Reformed
Church, while his wife is a Lutheran.