I was reviewing some old Creager message boards and ran across your
request for additional info on Jacob Creager.I see that I replied, but
I don't know if I ever heard back from you.Anyway, I made a trip back
to Tuscarawas County, OH, this summer and was able to establish a firmer
base of proof for Jacob's family.
Here is what I have:
Jacob was born approximately 1763 in what the census records list as
"VA".This could have been anywhere in the western Maryland,
northwestern Virginia area.I am focusing on New HAmpshire County, WV,
because of some other info I will list in a bit.
Jacob married Scharlot (various spellings - her tombstone lists it as
Scharlot), date unknown, last name for Scharlot unknown.
Jacob had as many as six children, I had proof previously of only one -
Peter.Jacob died March 6, 1845, and is buried next to Scharlot in
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, just northeast of Dennison, OH.Scharlot died
January 1, 1846.Both were listed as 82 years of age on the
tombstones.Both tombstones and many other records spell their last
Jacob's children were:
Peter, born January 1, 1793, died October 8, 1864
Jacob Jr. (spelled his last name Creager) born October 9, 1798, died May
John, born 1802, month and day unknown, death date uncertain
Henry, born 1803, month and day unknown, death date uncertain
Catherine, birth date unknown - (I would like to find out your source),
death date unknown
Margaret, born 1808, death date unknown.
I have scoured the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society records for
this family, and there are no other Jacob Cregers in the immediate area
at any time during the early 1800's.There is one with an associated
Peter in the northern township of Sugar Creek, but their birth and death
dates are far enough dissimilar to the One Leg township Cregers that it
can be concluded they were not siblings.
I have marriages documented for all six children, with Catherine's to
Robert Boyd being verified. What was confusing to my grandfather when he
researched this twenty+ years ago was that the marriage record lists
Catherine as "Crege".I verified there were no families in the area by
that last name, and therefore I think I can conclude the spelling was in
error in transcription or handwriting.
I determined that Jacob Sr. left no will, but deeded his property to
John and Henry for $1 about four months before he died.John and Henry
then moved to western Ohio after Jacob Jr. died in 1846, since both
Jacob Sr. and Scharlot had already passed away, and Peter had moved
there earlier.I believe John wound up in the Des Moines, IA, area, but
I have yet to trace it down.Much of his line has already been done, I
just need to find the person who has it.
I also have a number of names of the next generation of children for
these siblings.I have Peter's line complete to present day, as that is
my line.What I find interesting in your information is that Catherine
was the one sibling for which I could find no other info, and it is very
possible that what ever you have on here might shed some light on the
My brick wall has been Jacob Sr.All of the census records for him and
his male children indicate Virginia as their birth place.I have a
distant cousin - Helen Nielsen - who claims she has found evidence the
children were born in New Hampshire county, WV, however, I have yet to
verify that.It will probably take a personal trip, since Helen is
pretty old and hasn't corresponded with me for over two years, and I
can't seem to get anyone in the area down there that has heard of this
I would be very interested to exchange the data I have with you.Can
you accept a GEDCOM file as an attachment?I could send it that way.I
haven't updated my GEDCOM on Rootsweb recently, but that is where I have
I look forward to hearing from you.