|Birth: ||1724, Germany|
North Carolina, USA
Otto Rudolph "Rudolph" Crecelius was born about 1724, a son of Johannes Crecelius & Anna Margarethe Senkenberg. He fathered 12 children by his three wives. He married first on 13 Jan 1750 to Anna Margaretha Zubrod (1727-1758), daughter of Johann Ludwig Zubrod (1682-1734) & Maria Elisabeth Schwalbach (1689-1747); 2 children: Maria Philippine Wilhelmina and Johann Gotthard "John" Crecelius.
Rudolph married second on 9 July 1759 to Anna Ursula Gerlach (1740-1765), daughter of Johann Adam Gerlach; 3 children: Maria Elisabetha "Elizabeth", Wilhelm Christian Heinrich, and Anna Magdalena.
Rudolph married third on 4 Feb 1766 to Maria Elizabeth Diederle, daughter of Michael & Elizabeth Diederle; 7 children: Maria Barbara "Barbara", Catharine Barbara, Rudolph Isaac "Isaac", Dorothea "Dolly", John, Margaret, and Jacob Crecelius.
In 1764, Rudolph Crecelius immigrated from what is now Germany to America with his second wife and three children, sailing from Amsterdam. It's believed that son Wilhelm, born on 14 November 1762 in Reichelsheim Wetterau, Nassau, Germany, died on the voyage to America and was buried at sea.
In Germany, Rudolph was a storekeeper and a clerk of the court. In America, he taught at the Frederick Lutheran German School while living in Frederick County, Maryland. Between 1775 and 1777, the family is recorded in Culpeper County in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He and his third wife are buried in the Old Dutch Meeting House Cemetery--back then the Immanuel Lutheran Church & cemetery, with services in both German & English--in what is now Washington County, Tennessee. When Rudolph died in 1787 and Elizabeth in 1790, it was Washington County, North Carolina. The area changed states in 1796.
Thanks to fine detective work by cousin Eleanor Edmundson, we now conclude that our Otto Rudolph Crecelius was NOT the same person as Adolph Chryselius who served in the Revolutionary War from Pennsylvania, and afterwards received 250 acres of bounty land from that state for his service. On 25 April 1794, Adolph petitioned the 3rd U.S. Congress for compensation for his military service. Our Otto Rudolph was living in Virginia when the war began, and he died in 1787---seven years BEFORE Adolph petitioned Congress.
Another possibility: In the 1950s I interviewed elderly cousin Ada Conrad, granddaughter of Mahala (Crecelius) Conrad. Ada said she'd been told years earlier that our Rudolph Crecelius served as trumpet major with Col. "Light-Horse Harry" Lee's Virginia Dragoons during the Revolution. Might be worth checking into.
Otto Rudolph Crecelius was only about 63 when he died in 1787. Of his 12 children, 31 years separate the births of his first & his last: 1751 & 1782. (I can beat that! 32 years between my half-brother Fred born in 1912 & me born in 1944. We are great-great-great-great-grandsons of Otto Rudolph.) Steven
Johannes Crecelius (1682 - 1760)
Anna Margarethe Senkenberg Crecelius (____ - 1753)
Anna Margarethe Zubrod Crecelius (1727 - 1757)*
Anna Ursula Gerlach Crecelius (1738 - 1765)*
Maria Elizabeth Diederle Critselious (1746 - 1790)*
Maria Philippine Wilhelmina Crecelius (1751 - ____)*
John Gotthard Crecelius (1753 - 1835)*
Maria Elisabetha Crecelius Bottles (1761 - 1843)*
Wilhelm Christian Heinrich Crecelius (1762 - 1764)*
Anna Magdalena Crecelius (1765 - ____)*
Maria Barbara Crecelius Kindle (1767 - 1830)*
Catharina Barbara Crecelius (1770 - ____)*
Rudolf Isaac Crecelius (1772 - 1852)*
Isaac Criscillis (1772 - 1852)*
Dorothy Crecelius Lashbrooks (1775 - ____)*
John Crecelius (1777 - 1861)*
Margaret Crecelius (1780 - ____)*
Jacob A Crezelous (1782 - 1826)*
Jacob A. Crecelius (1782 - 1826)*
Otto Rudolph Crecelius (1724 - 1787)
Johann Gotthard Crecelius (1728 - 1798)*
Old Dutch Meeting House Cemetery
Created by: steven coulter
Record added: Oct 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21968637