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John B. Krepps, of Brownsville

From: Nelson's Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book of Fayette County.

John B. Krepps
John Krepps, the father of the subject of the sketch, one born in Philadelphia, June 11, 1764, and died March 16, 1845. He came to Washington county prior to 1787, as we find deeds recorded by him on that date. He first settled across the river from Brownsville, on the property now known as "Krepps Knob" farm. He established the ferry across the Monongahela river from Bridgeport to West Brownsville, which he continued to operate until bought out by the old Monongahela Bridge Company. He married Mary Gillespie, the daughter of Neil Gillespie, Sr. Neil Gillespie Sr. was the great grandfather of James G.Blaine. Mr. and Mrs. John Krepps had five children; Christopher, born of August 4, 1790; Solomon, born January 27, 1793; Samuel J., born November 2, 1794; Eleanor, born August 24, 1796, and John born February 17, 1807. Samuel Jackson Krepps, on January 13, 1822, married Elizabeth Brook, daughter of Dillon Brook, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 17, 1800. He settled in Bridgeport about 1823 on the place now called "The Valley Mill" property. He ran the saw mill at the Jonah Cadwallader dam on Dunlap's creek, also operating the coal banks on that property. In 1832 he built a residence in Brownsville, which is now known as the Monongahela house, and owned by the widow of his son, John B. Krepps. In 1834 he built the "Valley Mills" on Dunlap's creek in Bridgeport. He, like his brother, Solomon G Krepps, was a prominent and public spirited citizen, and was identified with the business interests of both boroughs for many years. About 1846 he moved to the old Krepps homestead, west of the Monongahela, and soon afterwards to the Neil Gillespie farm, where he died March 6, 1866. In 1854 he was elected to the legislature from Washington county. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Krepps had eight children: John B., Mary Ellen, Ann Eliza, Clement Dillon, Charles Wickliffe, Samuel W., Solomon G., and Christopher C. John B. Krepps, the immediate subject of this sketch, was born November 2, 1822, in Brownsville, Fayette county. He was educated in the Brownsville schools, and is also a graduate of Washington college. He entered the law office of Judge Veech, of Uniontown, and was had admitted to the bar, and practiced law for several years. About 1855 he took charge of the coal lands owned by his father. In December, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, 112th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, was commissioned first lieutenant and promoted to captain. He was wounded at the battle of Chapin's farm, was taken to Fortress Monroe, where his wife nursed him eleven weeks, and then brought him home. As soon as he was able he returned to his company, and served until they were mustered out in the spring of 1866. He was married to September 20, 1849, to Ada Officer, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (O'Hara) Officer. She was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1828. Her father, Thomas Officer, Jr., was born in Washington county, Pa. May 14, 1797. He served as deputy sheriff under his father, and after his father's death continued as deputy under his brother, Robert. He was appointed prothonotary by the Governor. After serving one term, was elected by the people for two successive terms. He was married April 8, 1817, to Mary O'Hara, daughter of Dr. William O'Hara, of Lancaster county. They had four children: Thomas P., born July 4, 1820; Ann Eliza, born 1826; Ada J., born February 15, 1828, and Mary W., born January 17, 1834. Mary O'Hara was a cousin of "Stonewall" Jackson. Thomas Officer, Sr., grandfather of Mrs. Krepps, was born in Carlisle, Pa., November 1, 1764, married Jean Patterson, January 20, 1790, and died May 18, 1817. Jean Patterson was born February 3, 1767, at Huntington, Pa., and died December 11, 1837. Thomas Officer, Jr., died October 23, 1855, and his wife died October 28, 1859; does are buried at Mobile, Alabama. To John B. and Ada Krepps six children were born, all of whom have died, except John B. Krepps, Jr. John B. Krepps, Sr., died January 9, 1881. His widow, Ada Krepps, is respected by all who know her.





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