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John Cripps 2226,2233,2622,2957

  • Born: 25 Aug 1822, Ireland 1721,2226,2958
  • Marriage: Ann Ross on 16 Dec 1845 in Simcoe District, Ontario 2021

bullet  General Notes:

James Michael Douglas Oosterlaken <>
To John Crips:

#012977-04 (Muskoka Dist): Amos CRIPPS, 47, widower, farmer, born in Cookstown, residing in Erindale, s/o John CRIPPS & Ann ROSS, married Alice P. COULLARD, 32, widow, born in Lindsay, residing in Bracebridge, d/o Thomas THURSTON & Sarah Ann BAILEY, witn: John & Martha E. WILSON of Bracebridge, 2 March 1904 at Bracebridge

1881 Census: Muskoka, Muskoka, Ontario
NA Film # C-13243, District 131, Sub-district C, Page # 33, Household #144
Name Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occupation Religion
Thomas Thurstan M M 43 English Eng Farmer Weslyan Methodist
Sarah Ann Thurstan F M 43 English Quebec Weslyan Methodist
John Henery Thurstan M 18 English Ont Farmer Weslyan Methodist
Martha Thurston F 13 English Ont Weslyan Methodist
Clarissy Hester Thurstan F 11 English Ont Weslyan Methodist
Alice Phenia Thurstan F 8 English Ont Weslyan Methodist
Mary Thurstan F 6 English Ont Weslyan Methodist
Charlotte Ann Thurstan F 4 English Ont Weslyan Methodist
Sarah Victi Thurstan F Apr 1881 English Ont Weslyan Methodist

From the Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers
Simcoe County, Innisfil Twp, Volume 1, Page 395:
Mary A. Crips, d/o John and Ann, born in Innisfil on Oct 24, 1846, baptized in Innisfil by Rev. Wm. Graham on Oct 31, 1847.

From Ontario Microfilm Indexes
Crips Lavina F 11 Barrie 51 05/05/1877 028142 77
Cripps Amos M 91 Muskoka Twp. 36 11/16/1915 033851 15

The LDS IGI file source below is the best so far for John Crips, jca

John CRIPS ,Sex: M
Christening: 31 Aug 1823
Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland
Father: John CRIPS
Mother: Sarah

Source: Batch number: C700591, 1742-1875 , film 0897365

1871 census, Simcoe South, district 41, Division G-2, page 58

Crips, John, male, age 42, b. Ireland, Wesleyan Methodist, Dutch origin, occupation Labourer, married
Crips, Anne, female, age 44, b. Ontario, Wesleyan Methodist, Dutch origin, married

Crips, John, male, age 22, b. Ontario, Dutch origin, single
Crips, Villirs, male, age 20
Crips, Amos, male, age 18
Crips, Joseph W, male, age 15
Crips, Gidion, male, age 13
Crips, Sarah, female, age 16,

(note by jca.. I think that we can count on John Crips being of Irish origin, in spite of the Dutch origin of his wife Anne, )
1881 census, Census Place: Barrie, Simcoe North, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375887 NAC C-13251 Dist 139 SubDist F Div 2 Page 16 Family 77
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace

John CRIPPS M M 54 Irish Ireland
Occ: Laborer Religion: C. Methodist
Ann CRIPPS F M 50 Irish Ontario
Religion: C. Methodist
William H. CRIPPS M 21 Irish Ontario
Occ: Mill Hand Religion: C. Methodist
Gideon CRIPPS M 19 Irish Ontario
Occ: Mill Hand Religion: C. Methodist
Sarah E. CRIPPS F 15 Irish Ontario
Religion: C. Methodist
Extract from letter from George MacKinnon of Bracebridge, Ontario, P0B1C0, Jan 7, 1980
to Orland Cripps of Kelowna B.C. (note: the locations mentioned are in the province of Ontario..jca)

Dear Sir,
While visiting with my aunt, Mrs Weathers in Huntsville yesterday, the subject of some of our forebearers, the Cripps, came up and she asked me to write to you with what little knowledge we have. I am quite interested in the matter and have been for quite sometime but I haven't done much research except to ask a few questions.
I recently read a book which was written recently pertaining to the area of Aspdin and I noticed that a John Cripps lived on lot 8, concession 10 in Stisted township in 1878, I believe, but no further relevance was made until your letter revealed that your father was born there.
According to information supplied by my mother's sisters- Mrs William Weathers and Mrs William Brenn- their father Mr. John Cripps, a brother Daniel and two sisters Joanne of somewhere in Oregon and Mary of Garrick, Sask. were descendants of Amos Cripps- one of six brothers- Amos, Jacob, Gideon, John (Jack), Joe, and Villers. The John or Jack of this family I believe was your grandfather and also, not for sure, his father's name was John.
According to my aunt's story of their great grandfather was that he arrived in the U.S. from Ireland to work for the U.P. (Union Pacific.. ed) Railroad- fought in the civil war- came to Toronto (York)- later to Cookstown, Ontario, where he and his sons cut timber for railroad ties at Holland Landing (editors note: Simcoe County), - moved north with his six sons and their wives to a place near Huntsville called Chubb Lake.

(note by jca... Huntsville is in the Muskoka region of Ontario just East of Parry Sound).

It was most interesting yesterday listening to my aunts relate the story of the family arriving at Chubb Lake- apparently in one day they cleared some land- planted a garden, built a log house complete with hand split cedar shakes. After living there for a while some or all moved to Aspdin and neighbouring places.
Maybe you can enlighten me more on the subject and in the meantime I'll try to do a little researching on the matter.
Since 1968 my family and I have been in your area a nunber of times. Friends of ours, who have since moved, used to live at Peachland.
This year we spent the month of July touring out there and also on Vancouver Island.
Until we here from you. Sincerely, Geo. Mackinnon

bullet  Research Notes:

Andrew Frederick Hunter 1863 - 1940
and the Simcoe County Historical Society

It is an appendix to the book "The History of Simcoe County"


Innisfil Twp

John Cripps, concession 4, lot 20

John Cripps, who arrived upon S. half 20, con. 4, about the same time as the other pioneers of this neighborhood, at first performed all his farmwork with one ox; then, after fortune had smiled more graciously upon him, with a horse and an ox yoked together -- which presented a spectacle rather more amusing than convenient. Some years later he sold his farm, and shortly afterwards a false report was circulated by some one that gold had been found upon the farm which he had just left, causing him sorely to regret the sale of his possession.

The first school in Innisfil, and the one to which the "Dalhousie" settlers sent their children, was erected at Gimby's Corners (Churchill), in 1837 or 1838. One Harrison was the first teacher there, and was employed directly by the people, who clubbed together for the purpose. To this school came children from Croxon's Corners, Gilford, and indeed from every place west and east, north and south, within a radius of ten miles.
This was the first and only school in this part of Innisfil for some years. We have been enabled to obtain the family names of those who attended it; the list is made up of almost all those familes who were resident in the southen part of Innisfil at the time: Kettle, O'Donnell (Gilford), Clement, Willson, Ross, Scott, Rogerson, McLean, Cripps, Lennox, Hindle, Ritchie, Gimby, Patterson, Todd, Fisher, Garbutt (from the hollows of West Gwillimbury), Gartley, Wallace, Moore.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Residence: Innisfil, Ontario, 1845, Simcoe District, Ontario. 2021


John married Ann Ross on 16 Dec 1845 in Simcoe District, Ontario.2021 (Ann Ross was born on 23 Apr 1826 in Ontario 2221,2226,2958.)

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