I just read your postings & would like to get to know this family better. My husband is a gg-grandson of Anthony & Susan Reel Crisamore through daughter Melinda. My husband's cousin has done an extensive genealogy on Anthony's children and decendents but has not went further back in time. I have tried to continue research backward and have been able to pick up bits & pieces. I would like to compare notes to make sure that I am on the right track.
One thing that I thought might be of interest although I do not have an exact date or which newspaper it came from:
Newpaper printing saved by Lucy Houchin
date: prior to Anthony's move to Galatia, Barton Co. Kansas
Saturday, Sept 24, a large crowd of friends and relativies gathered at the home of Isiah Reel, Union township, to enjoy a happy reunion. The day began very pleasantly and ere the dinner hour closed, sixty-two persons had assembled. Those gathered around the festal board loaded with many good things were Anthony Crismore, Everest, Kansas; Henry Crismore and wife, Middleton, Mich.; William Crismore and wife, Wm. C. Zion and family, George and Orley Zion, Uncle Johnny Platte, Edward Platte and famuly, Senus Platte and family, Wm. Platte and family, Wm. Bell and family, David Platte and family, Orlandus Denny and family, Asa Ward and family, Mrs. Anna Crisamore and Mrs. David Wade, Mr. Reel and wife, Daniel Edwards and wife, Nine Mile, Ind.; Randall Schoonover and wife, Harry Wilson and wife, Jasper and Elva Zion.
After a number of us had surrounded the table the old song "Am I a solder of the Cross?" was sung after which Randall Schoonover led in a word of prayer followed by a reading of a paper, and a solo entitiled "Far Away" by Miss Ida E. Zion. Dinner was served on the lawn, byt before the crowd had completed their bountiful repast a glorious shower of rain invired us to move in hastily. The afternoon was very pleasantly spent, each one returning to their homes glad of having the opportunity of attending once more the Crismore reunion.
Address at the Crismore Reunion:
It is with exquisite pleasure that we here assembled today. That as many are privileage to meet together as we never have met or never shall meet again. We are glad to have our loved ones from a distance meet with us once more and to them we extend a hearty greeting and welcome. We hope your visit with us may be a very happy and profitable one. One which you may recall to mind with many happy thoughts. We may look back upon the past as many others may do and behold many indeed very many sorrowful events, but what one of them cannot be balanced with a happy occurence?
In gathering a few scraps of the Crismore family we learn that father and mother Crismore came from West Virginia in about 1834 with their family then consisting of seven children viz: Mary, Nancy, Katherine, Allen, Betsey, Anthony and Henry. After settleing down in the good old Hoosier state, three more children were born, Rebecca, Sarah Sane (should be Sarah Jane) and Sarah Ann. After some years of hardship and toil in the year 1841, the companionship of husband and wife were severed; the other being called to her eternal resting place. In about a year the father married again to which union were born two children, Rose Ann and Samuel both having passed away. From the first family Sarah Jane, an infant and Katherine while in early girlhood, passed away. Then in 1885, the remainde of the family bade a final farewell to their father.
Then with their families they have struggled on midst joy and midst grief, midst smiles and midst tears, some parting with their dear ones, some taken away. Of the number of brothers and sisters who have gone home Betsey Ball, Allen Crismore, Nancy Zion, Mary Martin and Sarah Ann Platte.
Recollection of these occurances must naturally bring a curtain of sorrow over our minds, but need we mourn over the departure of those near and dear ones? Aye I say let not your tears be guarded. They are missed greatly in the different family circles, but they rest from their labors and we ought not wish it to be otherwise. We need but to prepare to meet them over on the other side. Of this large family only three survive. It has pleased Almighty God to spare you and may you by his divine guidance be bright and shining lights working in the vineyard and making ready for the great reward. To Him we do implore for blessings on you in the last days.
We have learned that there are thirty-five children living, who are grand children to Father Crismore, some of whom have the blessed privilege ot being here today. Also some of the great grand children. Well, after all, were we not fully blessed? Let us be joyfull and with hearts full of praise for God is a just God who givith and taketh away and who will not ? one sparrow fall without his notice.
May we all willingly say "Thy will, O God, not mine be done, and as we go away from here to our different places of abode and our vocation may we go with no other thoughts greater this one that we will all meet again in the morning bright and fair.
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