Note: All census show his name as Abraham Crites. The William Abraham came from the death certificate of Charity Crites Tye researcher Tessie McMillian. She states the death certificate read William Abraham Price, but all other information was correct. Just an error by recorder should have been Crites.
William Abraham Crites was believed by most to be the oldest child of Daniel Crites and Elizabeth Stepp Crites. The Crites Book and also German Speaking People place him there even though I have found no legal document stating such. Hood County, Tx history has him coming to The Paluxy Valley in a wagon train that came to Texas in the late 1850's from SE Missouri. On the Wayne Co., Missouri census in 1850 he was married to Louisa Cato and had one child William Green. Later information in Hood Co, Texas shows the son as William Green Crites. 10/20/2001 Internet site Cato Catacombs show Louis Cato, b 1827 married Abraham Crites. Only info shown, however, she had a brother named Green and also William Chapman (Chap). These are names familiar in Abraham's children. Abraham's oldest son whose mother is shown as Louisa was named William Green and son Daniel was Daniel Chapman. Age of Louisa Cato also responds.
1-6-01 pjmgam@@mindstpring.com (Peg Meyer): response to Cato Inquiry circuit court record in Bollinger Co. listing Green Cato and Artimassa McGee suing James Cato, Castin Cato, Sanford Cato, Nathan L. Cato, W. Cato, Buck Cato, Artimassa Clubb, W. CRITES and Chapman Cato. Thought these individuals were descendants of Sarah Cato who had died. Sarah and Louis Cato were Granderson's parents. Granderson had died when this document was prepared so his son, Nathan L. was listed.
1869 Sep 21 Bollinger Co.MO Probate Book 2, pg. 403-04-This document shows William Crites and Chapman Crites as chldren of Abraham and Louisa Cato Crites. According to this document Louisa was deceased and these were her two heirs.
Hood County history records that the The Crites family traveled with the Tinnen's and Baker's to Texas from Missouri around 1857. It is not known what other families may have been in the group. His brother Columbus is living 2 residents from Abraham in the 1860 census, between Columbus and Abraham the Rowe's live. This is the family of Catherine Rowe who Columbus married. The 1860 Hood County census shows the all children born in Missouri but Charity, born in Texas, age 1, so the date of 1857 for arriving in Hood Co is about right. By 1860 William Abraham was in Hood County, Texas with Sarah who is later revealed as Sarah Mabery Tinnen. She was a sister to William Benjamin Tinnen one of the families in the migration to Hood County.
Hood County history has: When the Comanche and Ute Indians almost took over in the Paluxy Valley, Abraham helped to capture the last of both tribes by killing their Mexican ringleader whose name was Paluxy. Paluxy believed himself to be Indian because he had been captured when small and raised by the indians. Unlike his brother Columbus, who is mentioned quite a bit in Hood Co history, Abraham was not found in the news.
William is buried next to Elizabeth in Mitchell Bend Cemetery, Hood Co, Tx. His death date from a picture I have taken at the cemetery shows the death portion was broken off and just sitting on the other part of the stone. It says died Mar 20, 18 and the corner is broken off. Since he is not shown on the 1880 census with his family, it is believed he died Mar 20, 1880. Their is no death certificate in the county or state vital statistics. I have not found him on the 1880 Mortality Schedule.
On the 1880 Sommervell Census Betsy Crites, age 52, which agrees with Sarah Tinnin Crites, is shown with their children. Sarah, age 21, James age, 21, Mary Ann, age 14 and Martha age 11. This is where Sarah is shown as her daughter.
Texas Land and Title Abstracts: District: Milam, County Hood, Grantee Abraham Crites, 160 Acres, Class Mil3rd File 2232. No date. In 1859 the State of Texas gave each head of a family 160 acres of land if it was occupied and improved for three years and paid surveyors and patent fees which was about $10 - 12 dollars.
2005: David Howard of Oklahoma does not think his name was William Abraham Crites. Bible pages shared by David show Abraham as a definite son of Daniel and Elizabeth Crites. In this newly found Bible there is a child listed as Nelly C. Crites born October 12, 1854 that is not accounted for.
1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Abreham Crites
Estimated birth year: abt 1825
Age in 1870: 45
Home in 1870: Hood, Texas
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Granbury
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