Samuel, son of Jacob and Nancy Christlieb
Samuel Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2) was the thirteenth child born to Jacob and Nancy Christlieb. He was born in Harrison County, Virginia (later Barbour County, West Virginia) on 2 May 1800, the same year that Thomas Jefferson became the nation’s third president. Below is Samuel’s birth entry copied by him from an earlier record; probably his parents’ family Bible.
A surviving artifact, once belonging to Samuel, is a single page from his “Hand and Pen Copy Book.” Dated December 1818, when Samuel was 18 years old, the page contains eighteen lines of penmanship.
One of the lines reads, “He that is wicked is hatefull.” Another reads, “He that sins will sink in sorrow – Crislip.” Samuel’s name appears a third time at the bottom of the page, as seen below. In all cases, he spelled the family surname without the “h”, evidence that he had yet to decide how he would spell his name in adult life.
Samuel Chrislip was 39 years old when he married Eleanor Jane Board, on 19 May 1839. Born 28 January 1824, she was 15 years old when she married Samuel. Eleanor Jane Board was the eldest of seven children born of Reuben and Nancy (Pepper) Board, Fauquier County, Virginia.
Eleanor Jane (Board) Chrislip
Samuel Chrislip's Lands
According to the terms of his father’s will that was drafted in April 1821, Samuel and his six brothers were to share equally in the profits from the sale of all the lands that he had accumulated in his lifetime.
In his will, Jacob required that “my three sons to wit: William, Abraham, & Samuel do hold possession of all my lands to improve and cultivate at their will and for their profit and benefit inclusive of the said maintenance of her my wife Nancy during her natural life.”
A tax list compiled in 1847 shows that Samuel Chrislip paid taxes on 300 acres of land on Limestone Creek in Harrison County. According to the tax table, the value of the acreage plus building was $750. The amount of tax paid by Samuel appears to have been 75¢. List of the Land Tax Within the District of J.B. Denham, Commissioner of the Revenue in the County of Harrison.
On 8 February 1858, Samuel and Eleanor sold to Abraham [sic Abram] Chrislip 133 acres of land on Elk Creek. Barbour County Deed Book 4, p. 142. On that same date, Samuel purchased from Abram and his wife, Amanda, 52 acres. The location of the acreage is not mentioned in the index of deeds. Barbour County Deed Book 4, p. 140.
On 11 March 1865, Samuel and Eleanor deeded to J.N. Hall 150 acres of land on Elk Creek. Barbour County Deed Book 8, p. 441.
On 24 June 1875, Samuel Chrislip deeded 190 ¾ acres on Elk Creek to his sons, Gipson Roy and Samuel Lee. Barbour County Deed Book 16, p. 347. Within the next twelve years, Gipson acquired more than 190 acres of land in that vicinity, through two other purchases.Back to Top
Children of Samuel Chrislip and Eleanor Jane Board
Sarah Melissa Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 14 June 1840; died 7 February 1929; married 1st, 17 October 1857, Lamar M. Hoff; born 1825, in Harrison County, Virginia; son of Henson Lewis and Ann (Rightmire) Hoff. Lamar Hoff died 18 October 1865, at age 32. Sarah Melissa Hoff married 2nd, Theodore Nutter.
Virginia Alciuda “Ann” Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 6 November 1842; died 29 March 1908; married, 20 October 1864, in Barbour County, West Virginia, Job Harrison Glasscock.
Deniza Ann Lieubertima Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 3 September 1843; died 4 August 1917, in Exeter, California. Two months after her 21st birthday, Deniza Ann married, on 10 November 1864, Joel Williamson Reger, having applied for their marriage license three days before on the 7th of that month. Joel and Deniza’s ages were given on the document as both being twenty years old, suggesting perhaps that Deniza did not want to appear older than her husband.
Harriet Alice Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 17 October 1845; died 18 June 1916, in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia; married, 18 October 1869, in Barbour County, West Virginia, Charles Wilson Wade, son of Henry Slaven Wade and Frances Arbogast; born September 1847; died 22 February 1927.
Strickler James H. Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 1847; died 21 February 1853, age 5 years, 7 months, & 3 days. “In 1853 occurred the first murder trial in the county. Thomas Board waylaid and shot his nephew, Strickler J.H. Chrislip, a small child, and was indicted for the offence in April, was tried in July, and hanged in October.” History of Barbour County, West Virginia, p. 211.
Martin V. B. Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born May 1850. Probably named after President Martin Van Buren, he is listed in the 1850 census at age 4/12 (age four months). Census records indicate that Martin may have died ca. 1853. A burial site is thought to be in the old family cemetery at Chrislip Hollow.
Samuel Lee Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 10 February 1851. The birth year for Samuel Lee was previously given as 1850. However, the 1850 Federal Census, which was taken on September 24th of that year, does not include him. Had he been born in 1850, he would have been 7 months of age when the census was taken. Samuel Lee Chrislip died single, of typhoid fever, in Kansas, at age 31, on 6 November 1881.
Almond Draper Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 23 September 1853; died 2 January 1863, at age 9 years, 3 months, 28 days.
Gipson Roy Chrislip, (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 17 January 1855; died 4 January 1934; married, 1 January 1884, in Taylor County, West Virginia, Frances “Fannie” J. Reynolds. Gipson is believed named after his uncle, Gipson Board.
Floyd H. Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 11 August 1858; died 27 October 1865 at age 7 years, 2 months, 11 days.
Marcellus Reuben Chrislip, (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , born 17 May 1862; died 7 July 1931; married, 29 December 1887, in Barbour County, West Virginia, Mary Virginia Young.
Lucinda Chrislip (Friedrich Carl Christlieb1, Jacob Christlieb2, Samuel Chrislip3) , died in infancy in 1863. Her grave is marked with a fieldstone in the Chrislip Cemetery at Chrislip Hollow.