Jacob, Son of Jacob and Nancy Christlieb
Jacob was the sixth child born to Jacob and Nancy Christlieb, born September 16, 1787. According to the 1850 Census for Barbour County, Virginia, he was born in Maryland. Jacob died in Roane County, West Virginia in June 1870, at age 83. This is his birth entry as set down in an old family record:
Jacob married, in Harrison County, (West) Virginia, Elizabeth Reger, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Reger. The marriage took place in Harrison County on 19 February 1816, on the same day that their marriage bond was issued. Jacob’s signature on the bond is large and bold, while John Reger’s is nearly illegible. It should be noted that Elizabeth’s surname is spelled Reager on their marriage bond.
One of the earliest documents pertaining to Jacob Chrislip II, involves a non-payment lawsuit that was brought against the 23-year-old in 1810, by John Vincent. It reads:
“The jury not appearing in Court according to their adjournment and George Crislip appearing in Court and entering himself as Surety for the Plaintiff costs, this cause is continued until the next Term.” John Vincent apparently made restitution as the case, Jacob Crislip, Jr. vs. John Vincent was declared, “By consent of the parties this suit is ordered to be ‘endino’ dismissed agreed.” Harrison County Minute Book 1810-1811, pp. 34, 46, 95.
Of Jacob Crislip’s settling in Roane County, the following has been preserved:
“Jacob Crislip and Elizabeth, his wife, with several children born to them while residents of Harrison County, on the Monongahela River, were the first of this family name here; they had acquired a large tract of land on Upper Left Reedy Creek in what later was included in the Curtis Magisterial District. The date of this must have been in the first of the decade, 1850.”
“It is seen on records of conveyances that Jacob and Elizabeth, his wife under date, May 31, 1862, conveyed unto A. West, Jr., 315-acre tract of land on Left Reedy in exchange for the Mill property of A. West, Jr., being three and a half acres on Spring Creek adjoining Jesse Tanner’s survey, on the south side of the base line. How long he ran the mill or whether Jacob and family came to reside here at the mill, we do not know; if they did, they soon returned, for there on the Upper Reedy was the Crislip home and neighborhood for forty years; from there their sons and daughters were married; two sons, Lemuel and Asby carved larger farms out of the paternal lands, and continued the Crislip prestige there for twenty-five more years and there both died and were buried. They were loyal to the Union through the Civil War, and devout Methodist Episcopals in church affiliations.” Excerpted from “History of Roane County, West Virginia”, pp. 320, 489, 490.
Jacob II's, Land Acquisitions
In addition to the share of land he received from the settlement of his father, Jacob Christlieb’s estate, Jacob II, purchased 198 acres of land in Lewis County from the estate of Stephen Martin. Lewis County Deed Book D, p. 173.
With no exact date given for the arrival of Jacob Crislip in Roane County, it may be assumed that he and Elizabeth arrived after 1840, as the Federal Census for that year shows him residing in Lewis County, while all of his brothers — George, John, William, Abram, Isaac, and Samuel — were in Harrison County in close proximity to one another. Although Jacob does not appear in any 1850 census, he and his family were enumerated in the 1860 Census for Roane County.
When Jacob drafted his will in 1821, he directed “. . . that my grandson, James O’Connor have one horse beast and saddle and a new suit of clothes to be given to him when he comes to be Twenty One years of age.” The arrangement was short-lived, as Jacob Christlieb died two years later in 1822.
A deed, dated 23 May 1851, between Jacob and Elizabeth (Reger) Crislip and Christian Smith, reveals that Jacob and Elizabeth received $2,480 for “a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Barbour . . . on the waters of Peck’s Run, joining land [that] said Smith bought of Joseph McCoy and Alva Teter, Henry Lance, McVaney, & J. Brake. . .” Upshur County Deed Book “A”, pg. 29. That Christian Smith bought out five of Jacob Crislip’s neighbors at about the same time suggests that these neighbors may have had a common goal, perhaps to move to Upshur or Roane Counties.
A notation accompanying the recorded deed reads, “Examined, delivered to C. Smith, 1, 1861.” This shows that the deed between Jacob and Elizabeth Crislip and Christian Smith went unrecorded for ten years after it was drawn up. The deed for the land in Barbour was recorded in Upshur County, an indication that Jacob and Elizabeth were residing there at the time.
It should be noted that the 1870 census incorrectly lists Jacob and Elizabeth Crislip as ages 81 and 64, respectively. Born in 1787, Jacob would have been 83 years old in 1870; born in 1796, Elizabeth would have been 74 years old.
Deaths of Jacob and Elizabeth Crislip
Jacob Crislip II, died in 1870, at the age of 83. Elizabeth died nine years later in 1879. Her will was submitted for probate on 9 June 1879. Roane County Will Book No. 1, p. 21.Back to Top
Children of Jacob and Elizabeth Crislip
Nancy Crislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Jacob Crislip II3) , married, 14 July 1836, John McCoy, born 1815. On July 12, 1836, John McCoy, along with Jacob Crislip Jr., signed a marriage bond in Lewis County, in anticipation of John’s forthcoming marriage to Jacob’s daughter, Nancy. Included with the marriage bond is a voucher signed the previous day by John’s father, Joseph McCoy, stating that his son was of full age. The voucher reveals that the McCoys resided in Buckhannon on Peck’s Run. John McCoy was a descendant of William McCoy of the McCoy Clan of Argyleshire, Scotland. His grandfather John, for whom he was named, was active in politics, being a trusted friend of President Andrew Jackson. He also commanded a company of volunteers in the French and Indian Wars. John Ira McCoy was born in 1857. John and Nancy (Crislip) McCoy are buried in the Boyce Cemetery, located on Locust Grove Ridge near Cottageville in Jackson County, West Virginia.
Lemuel S. Crislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Jacob Crislip II3) , born 16 October 1822 in Harrison County; married, 1st, 22 January 1846, Salina Peck, born 11 March 1825; 2nd, Josephine ___. Lemuel made his will on 28 September 1897. It was submitted for probate to Roane County Court Clerk’s office on 9 August 1898, an indication that Lemuel died in the early part of August that year.
Jacob Asbury “Asby” Crislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Jacob Crislip II3) , born April 1832, in Harrison County; married, 10 January 1809, in Harrison County, Olive Peck, born 1831, daughter of Josiah Peck, born 1779. Jacob and Olive Crislip lived on the road to Ripley near the mouth of Reedy Creek in Roane County, West Virginia. Jacob married 2nd, Mary Christina Timmel, born May 1842. Mary Christina was the daughter of Ferdinand Gottfried Timmel, an organ builder, born in Merseberg, Germany and Anna Christina Rheinhardt, born Quebec, Canada. Of German descent, Anna was known in America as Anne Rhinehart.
Abraham R. Crislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Jacob Crislip II3) , born 1826; died 4 June 1903. “Resides in Kentucky and is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal denomination. ” B.F. Christlieb, p. 38. In 1890, Abraham married, 1st, Martha Virginia McGinnis; married, 2nd, Kathryn, born February 1843. Kathryn’s maiden name unknown. No issue.
Allen Crislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Jacob Crislip II3) , born June 1830 in Barbour County; married, ca. 1851, Sarah A. Peck, born April 1831, in Virginia. Two Allen Crislips appear in Civil War records: The first was a private in the 10th West Virginia Infantry, Company K; the second Allen Crislip was a private in the 11th West Virginia Infantry, Company F. Curiously, the second record shows Allen with the alternate surname, Crisleb.