The following was posted in the Gallery (of relevant information) for each of the highlighted individuals. Three days were devoted to searching for and documenting this family. There are thirteen individuals in the immediate family plus spouses and their children. Frequently I find an extra bit of information with each individual–information that would be overlooked if I limited myself to the “hints” provided by Ancestry. It all started so innocently with the search for information regarding the spouse of “cousin.”
I’m a “storyteller” with articles published in Mennonite Family History. A story begs to be written about this family. Find this information as one of several “comments” attached to the record of Owen Homer Cripe. Observation: Owen’s mother died nine months after he was born. Where was he during the time between her death (1890) and his documented residency, in 1900, in “Old Folks & Orphan Home”?? The 1900 Federal Census for Carbon County, Wyoming, lists the father, David E. Cripe, and three siblings. The 1900 Federal Census for Carroll County, Indiana, lists an older brother as “inmate” in “Poor Asylum.” That brother, Levi, died in the same institution in 1904. The 1900 Federal Census for Allen County, Indiana, lists another older brother as “inmate” at “Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth.” (Actually, I had to do a Google search because the death record listed I.S.F.M.Y.) That brother, Joseph, died in the same institution in 1901. The 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 Federal Census for Allen County, Indiana, lists a sister, Minnie, as an “inmate” at “Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth.” She died there in 1954. ~~~ There’s more to this family than public records reveal?! Truthfully, I have been emotionally distraught as I searched for records and documented this family.