Elizabeth <I>Cripe</I> Stouder

Elizabeth Cripe Stouder

Death 5 Feb 1841 (aged 32)
Burial Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 52085925 · View Source
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History of the Church of the Brethren in Indiana
Otho Winger

*** her father ***

Daniel Cripe

"Daniel Cripe died December 10, 1859, aged 87 years, 7 months and 4 days."

"Magdalena, wife of D Cripe, died May 25, 1842, aged 72 years and 1 day."

"The above inscriptions may be read on very modest looking stone slabs about 9x20 inches, in an old cemetery just south of Goshen, Indiana. And they mark the last resting place of the pioneer family of the Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana.

"Elder Daniel Cripe moved from Montgomery County, Ohio. He had been called to the ministry and was the first elder of the Wolfe Creek congregation."

"He, with his family, his brother, Jacob Cripe, Christ Stouder and John Pippenger and their families came in 1829."

"Daniel Cripe was a man of medium height, was broad shouldered and well muscled; his face was smooth shaven and his complexion light. Being of kindly disposition he made many friends and commanded the love and respect of all who knew him."

"He selected for himself about a half section of land on Elkhart Prairie, about two miles south of where the present Goshen courthouse stands. He at once erected a log cabin upon it and made other preparations for a future home. He with his friends constructed a rude plow, with a wooden moldboard, for the purpose of turning a few furrows to mark their claims and put out small crops to raise provisions for the coming winter. After making the plow the question arose, who should use it first? It was decided that the oldest should use it first; and as Daniel Cripe was the oldest the lot fell to him; and thus, according to tradition, he was the first white settler to plow a furrow on Elkhart Prairie." — Opperman.

In 1830 Elder Cripe made a trip to Ohio and returned with other emigrant families. Among these first families were some of his children. He at once began preaching to these pioneer families, preaching largely in German. A church was organized about 1832. He was the first elder and minister. The first love feast was held in Elder Cripe's home. He himself furnished a ewe lamb for the supper.

Elder and Sister Cripe were the parents of four daughters and five sons. The sons' names were Samuel, Emanuel, John, Daniel and Benjamin. Of the daughters, Susan married Joseph Stouder, Catherine married David Mikesell, Polly married John Pippenger, and Elizabeth married Christian Stouder.

One great-grandchild, Amos Cripe, became a minister in the Mennonite church. One great-grandson, C C Cripe, is a minister in the Church of the Brethren. Jacob Cripe, of Goshen, Indiana, was a brother to Daniel. Another brother settled at North Manchester and another at Wabash, Indiana. Many are the descendants of this first generation, and many of these are active in the service of the church.

Elder Cripe was not so able as a preacher, judged by the standards of today, but he had great influence among his people by his godly life among them. He was faithful to his holy calling and did a great work in the founding of the Church of the Brethren in a county that today is one of the most thickly settled with our people that we have in the church.

Jacob Cripe, a brother to Daniel Cripe, died in 1865 at the age of 98 years, 5 months and 14 days. He was the great- grandfather of John U and Calvin, ministers of the Church of the Brethren in Indiana. His grandson, Jonathan Cripe, was a faithful minister of the church. Jonathan's son, Charles C, is a minister of the church, now located at Winona, Minnesota. A daughter, Una, is the wife of Elder Lafayette Steele, while another daughter, Winnie, is on the China mission field. Elder George W Cripe, of Cerro Gordo, Illinois, and Jacob Cripe, a minister of Elkhart Valley, were grandsons of Jacob Cripe.

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  • Created by: Karen K
  • Added: 7 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 52085925
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Cripe Stouder (27 May 1808–5 Feb 1841), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52085925, citing Union Center Cemetery, Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Karen K (contributor 47242613) .