Jacob P. Crist, farmer, Washington Township, was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, January 3, 1831, son of Samuel and Sarah Crist, natives of Pennsylvania. In 1845 he came to this county with his parents, who settled on section 19, Washington Township, which was then a wilderness. The father died in August, 1847, and the mother in August, 1886. Of their children six survive -Jacob P., Samuel L., Elias, Jonathan, George and Elizabeth. After the death of the father the care and support of the family devolved mainly upon our subject. He attended the early district schools, which gave him only a rudimentary education. He was married January 15, 1857, to Nancy A. Parish, born May 26, 1837, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and when fourteen years of age came with her parents to this county, where she was reared to maturity. Of the five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Crist three survive -Addie M., Emma J. and Tefrona L. Mrs. Christ's parents were John and Margaret Parish, and they were the parents of eleven children, of whom seven survive -Joshua, Nancy A., Mary J., Joseph, Abner, James and Margaret. Mr. Crist owns 133 acres of good land, and is meeting with fair success. Himself and wife are members of the Protestant Methodist church, and he has served as steward in that church. Politically he is a Democrat.


Biographical and Historical Record of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887