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Catharine (Moore) Crites
Catharine Moore-Crites
1842 - 1919
Daughter of Isaac Moore & Elizabeth (Cook)

Born in Harrison Co., Ohio on the 29th of January, Catharine's father Isaac had been born in Pennsylvania in about 1810 and was the son of Eli Moore of Ireland and Deborah Updegraff of Pennsylvania. Her mother, Elizabeth Cook was the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Firebaugh) - both of Pennsylvania.

Catharine was married to William F. Crites, son of George and Mary (Mygrants) on 09 Jun 1861 by the Rev. Amos Platt. Her husband Bill, who was a carpenter, enlisted at Camp Meigs, Ohio not quite five months after they were married.

He joined the 80th Ohio Volunteers who were known as the "Fighting Eightieth" on the 6th of November. In all he served three years and three months, taking part in 15 of the hardest battles of the Civil War and at least 25 skirmishes that took place in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas. He was very proud to be a veteran of the Civil War and, while entitled to a pension of $40 per month, he refused it until he was unable to work.

Although he was not wounded, Bill contracted typhoid fever in Paduka, Kentucky in the early part of 1862 and was severely ill for some time. When he returned home, he resumed his occupation as a carpenter. In 1870 he added on three rooms to the house in which he was born for his growing family. His first child, Clara May, was born during the Civil War in 1862. In all, Catharine and Bill would have nine children- three of which died at a young age.

Catharine passed away in 1919 at the age of seventy-seven on January 8th. Her husband Bill passed away in Dover where he had lived all of his life, on the 8th of July 1925 at the age of eighty-seven. Both are buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover.

Photo Index
Photo of William F. Crites
Biographical Sketch of William F. Crites by Marian E. Karpisek
William F. Crites - Dover's 2nd Oldest Civil War Survivor - 1924 News Clipping
Maple Grove Cemetery - Dover, OH (Family Burials & Headstones)


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