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Enoch Blackwell Chritten
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Birth: 1815
Ohio, USA
Death: 1885
Saunders County
Nebraska, USA

Enoch B Chritton was listed on both the 1870 and 1880 Census as born in Ohio about 1815. His father was either Cornelius Sanford Chritton or Christopher Stanfort Chritton, and his mother was Eura Eaton Drake.

Enoch married Salome Snyder on October 4, 1841 in Montgomery County, Indiana. Please see his wife Salome Snyder's bio for additional information.

In the spring of 1864, Enoch Blackwell Chritton arrived on the north end of Saunders County after a 24-day trip from Illinois to find a homestead. He decided to settle just south of the Platte River, southwest of Fremont, where he saw young trees, ash, maple, hickory, elm, and oak; springs of clear water; and rich black soil. He stretched his full six-feet-two, and shouted for joy.

He went to Nebraska City and filed a claim for the land which he proved up in five years. Later, in September, he returned to Illinois where he worked through the winter to return with his family.

The family consisted of his invalid wife, Salome Snyder Chritton, and their children, Urah Jane who married Daniel Rensler Wells; Cynthy Ann who married Frank N. Moore; William George who married Elizabeth Hawke; Rachael Ellen who married Samuel Wellington Barrett; Sarah Elizabeth who married Bernard M. Carson; Mary Elmina "Mina" who married Samuel W. Beaver; and Bodessa May "Dessie" who married Charles J. Wollen. A son, John, died when young. Enoch came from a very large family whose parents were Cornelius Sanford Chritton and Urah Drake. Salome was the daughter of George Snyder.

The Chrittons returned with a caravan of seven families. Wagons were pulled by horses, oxen, and even milch cows. Salome was brought in a bed inside the wagon where the girls cared for her. Bags of feed and seed tucked beneath built-in bunks by day furnished sleeping pallets for the children at night. They all settled on adjoining claims, and thus a settlement of old neighbors in a new location was formed.

One of the daughters, Mrs. Carson, once related, "Father planted our garden on some old breakin' two miles from home, some was farther. We raised plenty of good garden stuff, but it was a long way to go to hoe and tend. After that our garden was on our own land".

Some corn was planted, but wheat was the main crop. A mill was at Ithaca, 20 miles southwest. To go there and exchange wheat and corn for flour and meal meant a two-day trip. Therefore, enough was taken to make a year's supply of those necessities.

Fremont lay four miles northeast, as the birds fly, across the Platte. The pioneers made their visits there for supplies and mail by raft or ford in the summer, and during the winter by crossing the ice, either on foot or by team and sled. Lady luck rode with them as casualties were few.

The invalid wife and mother never regained her health. She died in 1874, and Enoch buried her on two acres of land at the edge of the timber, on a sunny hillside, sloping west, as a family burial ground. The Pioneer Cemetery, as it was later called, was used by the community for about 25 years. In 1883, Enoch himself was called home, and kind relatives brought his body there and laid it beside Salome. Submitted by Terilee Freeman Roberts

Family links: 
  Salome Snyder Chritten (1815 - 1874)*
  Urah Jane Chritten Wells (1842 - 1913)*
  Rachael Ellen Chritten Barrett (1854 - 1918)*
  Mary Elmina Chritten Beaver (1859 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
1810 - 1885
Critten Barrett Cemetery
Cedar Bluffs
Saunders County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: Brian Winter
Originally Created by: Dennis & Jill Bittner
Record added: Apr 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68057345
Enoch Blackwell Chritten
Added by: Dennis & Jill Bittner
Enoch Blackwell Chritten
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