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CRISS OR CHRISS Family

First Generation

1. Abraham Sr.1 Criss or Chriss(437) was born about 1780. Abraham died before 1866 in Shelby Co.,IN..

He married Catherine Ann unknown before 1810. Catherine was born about 1784. Catherine died April 17, 1865 in Shelby Co.,IN.. Catherine's will was probated in Shelby Co.,IN, July 11, 1866.(438)

Abraham was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in Noble Twp.,Shelby Co.,IN.(439) It looks like Criss was changed to Chriss in Abraham Jr.'s generation.

Abraham Sr. Criss or Chriss and Catherine Ann unknown had the following children:

child 2 i. Henry2 Criss or Chriss was born in Maryland about 1810. I am told the reason why Henry, Elisha and John Criss would need Wm. Reed as their guardian is that they were handicapped in some way.

child + 3 ii. William Criss or Chriss was born after 1810.

child + 4 iii. George Criss or Chriss was born June 6, 1813.(440)

child 5 iv. Mary A. Criss(441) was born in Maryland February 19, 1814. Mary died April 16, 1889 in Shelby County, Indiana, at 75 years of age. She married Jonathan Parkison in Decatur County, Indiana, April 2, 1835.(442) Jonathan was born in PA. July 29, 1800.(443) He was the son of John Parkison and Jane or Jennette unknown. Jonathan died January 10, 1871 in Shelby County, Indiana, at 70 years of age. His body was interred after January 10, 1871 in Middletown Cem., Shelby Co., IN..(444) (See Jonathan Parkison for the continuation of this line.) Mary A. Chriss Parkison received an inheritance from Catherine Chriss' estate: Probate Order Book 6 1865-67 page 270 reads Erwin W. Madison makes final settlement as adm. of the estate of Catharine Criss dec. The residue of her estate was dist. to; George and Sarah Criss, Mary Parkinson and Henry, Elisha and John Criss with Wm. Reed as their gdn. and Lydia Ann and Mary C. Garrett heirs of Abraham Criss and George W., Eliza C., Sarah E. and Amanda J. Criss with Catharine Criss as their gdn. and the heirs of William Criss. Sarah Criss is also listed as Sarah Christian. July 11, 1866.

child 6 v. Sarah Criss or Chriss(445) was born after 1817. She married Mr. Christian. Sarah Criss is also listed as Sarah Christian. July 11, 1866 - Probate Order Book 6 1865-67 page 270.

child + 7 vi. Abraham Chriss was born 1822.(446)

child 8 vii. Elisha Criss or Chriss was born in VA 1822. Mentioned in mother's probate with William Reed as guardian, believe Elisha was a male.

child 9 viii. John Criss or Chriss was born in IN 1828. Mentioned in mother's probate as under William Reed's guardianship.

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