Born in Dover,
Ohio on 13 Apr 1838, Bill was a carpenter who
married Catherine Moore, the daughter of Issac
and Elizabeth (Cook) on 09 Jun 1861. Less than
six months later he joined the 80th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. He was a private in Company C
and fought in fifteen of the hardest battles of
the Civil War and at least 25 skirmishes, some of
which were the Seige and Battle of Corinth,
Mississippi, the Yazoo Pass Expedition, the Seige
of Vicksburg, the Battle and Seige of Atlanta,
and was also t the Seige of Savannah.
He served for
three years and three months and afterwards
returned to the trade of carpenter. He was the
father of William, George, Wealthy, Charles,
Emmet, Clara and Harvey Crites.
His wife Catherine
passed away on 08 Jan 1919 at the age of
seventy-seven. William passed away at the age of
eighty-seven on 08 Jul 1925 in Dover where he had
lived all of his life, and was laid to rest at
Maple Grove Cemetery.