I'm looking for information on the parents of my great-great grandfather, John Chrisman.He crossed the great plains in a wagon train (starting initially from his home in Chester county, PA, then on to Mt. Carroll, where I think his brother Lewis lived, where the trip really started) in 1859.He was all over the state of California, from San Jose to French Camp, eventually settling in what would become the town of Tracy in northern California.
I do know that John's parents were Henry Chrisman and Elizabeth Yeager, both natives of Chester Co., PA (although Elizabeth's family was from Vermont).The problem is that I can't find any Henry and Elizabeth Chrisman who perfectly fit this description.I know for sure that John Chrisman was their son (b. 1831) and that a Lewis Chrisman who settled in Mt. Carroll, IL, from where John started his wagon train, also had parents from Chester Co., PA, named Henry Chrisman and Elizabeth Yeager.John also apparently had a brother named Jesse, who is referred to as living and dying in the San Jose, CA, area.As I've found out through my studies, people frequently used nicknames or middle names when signing documents, so it's hard to be sure who's who.
Any information on Henry Chrisman and Elizabeth Yeager would be great.One last bit of info from a John Chrisman bio mentioned that "Grandpa Chrisman" (apparently Henry's father) fought alongside George Washington in the battle of Valley Forge.I don't know his name and can't find a Chrisman listed in the muster rolls at Valley Forge, but that's not too surprising, given the state of the army at that time.