Tombstone Tuesday – November 26, 2019 – Ellsworth Crites


Ellsworth Crites was born on February 7, 1877 in Crooked Run, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.   He was the son of William and Mary Ann ( Foney) Crites. William and Mary Ann had eight children listed in the 1880 Federal Census; Daniel (1864), Joseph H. (1866), Jesse (1868), Emanuel (1869), Viola (1872), Pearly (1876), Ellsworth (1877), Alpha (1879). William was a farmer in Tuscarawas County according to the Census.

Ellsworth married Dora Hoopingarner on January 21, 1900 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.   In the 1900 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora live next door to his father and mother, William and Mary Crites.   In the 1910 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora live in New Philadelphia, Ohio. They have two daughters, Oleda (1903) and Inez(1908). Dora’s mother, Sarah, is also living with them. She is a widow.


On September 12, 1918, Ellsworth registered for the draft for WWI. They lived at 332 Park Street in New Philadelphia. He works for Belvenet Enamel Company in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Ellsworth lists his birth date as February 11, 1877. His social Security records list his birth as February 7, 1877.

By the 1920 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora now have three daughters; Oleda, Inez and Orpha who was born in 1911. They live in New Philadelphia, Ohio and Ellsworth is working for the enameling company and he is now a foreman. They live at 332 Park Avenue.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Ellsworth and Dora are still living at the Park Avenue address. Ellsworth now works for a steam railway.  Orpha is nineteen and is still living at home. The two older daughters have married and moved on. In the 1940 Federal Census, Ellsworth is working at a farm as a farm hand. He is sixty two years old. They remain at the Park Avenue address.


Ellsworth and Dora Crites – Photo shared on Ancestry by Ben Strickland

Forty six years ago today, Ellsworth died at Union Hospital in Dover (formerly New Philadelphia) , Ohio. He is buried next to his wife in Unionhill Cemetery in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.


Rest in Peace, Ellsworth!

Love, Jan

Ellsworth is my first cousin four times removed.

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