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GREIB (CRIPE) Family History

August 2011

Daniel GREIB1 (~1690-)

1. Daniel Greib1 was born about 1690 and is believed to be the father of two children who married into the Ulrich family:

11. Jacob Greib (Sr.) 8 Aug 1712 (1801) (88)
12. Elizabeth Greib2 (1720) (1780) (60)

The Greib family likely immigrated from Hessen or Baden, Germany, in 1733. Both Jacob and Elizabeth married Ulrich siblings Elizabeth Ulrich and Stephen (Waggoner) Ulrich3.

Jacob GREIB (Sr.) (1712-1801)

11. Jacob Greib (Sr.) was born on August 8, 1712, in either Amöneburg or Gießen (Giessen), Hessen, Germany, or perhaps up the Rhein River in Baden, Germany. He immigrated to America on September 28, 1733, and married Elizabeth Ulrich in 1740 in York County, Pennsylvania. They had at least 10 children:

11A. Jacob Cripe (Jr.) (1746) (1805) (59)
11B. Johannes (John) Greib, Sr. (1746-1749) 9 Jul 1814 (70)
11C. Elizabeth Greib (1748) (< 1799) (< 51)
11D. Susannah Greib (1747-1748) 1818 (70)
11E. Daniel Cripe, Sr. 15 Apr 1752 23 Oct 1823 (71)
11F. Samuel Greib, Sr. (1755) 1845 (90)
11G. Mary Greib (1756) 1786 (30)
11H. Esther Greib (1762) 1834 (72)
11I. Catherine Greib (1759/1764) --  -- 
11J. Hannah Greib (1767) 1827 (60)
Surname Spelling
January 2011 Copies of signatures in deed books up through 1813 show the continuted German ("Fraktur") script spelling of "Greib" used by Jacob's sons. English-speaking record keepers, on the other hand, present an evolution of Anglicized spellings from Gripe to Cripe, with a preponderance of "Gripe" in the 1790 and 1800 censuses of Huntingdon (now Blair) County, Pennsylvania, and beginning to shift to "Cripe" in Montgomery and Miami counties, Ohio, by 1807.

The Greib family settled in Morrison's Cove, a long valley that stretches across Bedford and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania. In 1776 they were recorded in Frankstown Township, Bedford County (later Huntingdon and finally Blair County), where they owned 200 acres, 4 of which were improved. Their sons Jacob Jr. and Daniel, and daughter Elizabeth Martin lived nearby. One of the Jacobs increased his land to 900 acres by 1782.[Tax 1776-1782]

Jacob Greib died on February 8, 1801, in Frankstown, then in Huntingdon County and later in Blair County, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth (Ulrich) Greib is believed to have died soon after her husband in Huntingdon (Blair) County.

After Jacob's and Elizabeth's deaths, nearly all of their surviving children moved to western Ohio and settled in Montgomery County. Four arrived by 1804 and most of the rest were accounted for by 1809. Two (Samuel and Esther) continued northwest to Carroll County, Indiana, in the late 1820s.

Sources
  • Tax 1776-1782: Tax Assessment Book, 1776-1788, Frankstown Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1790: 1790 Census, Huntingdon (Blair) County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1800: 1800 Census, Frankstown, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth (GREIB) ULRICH (~1720-~1780)

12. Elizabeth Greib (Cripe/Gripe)2 was born about 1720, probably in Hessen or Baden, Germany, and likely immigrated to America about the time of her brother Jacob in 1733. She married Stephen Ulrich (Ullery) (Jr.)3, a widower with one son. They had as many as nine more children:

 -- Daniel Ulrich (Sr.) 1735 (1792) (57)

121. David Ulrich 1746 1823 (77)
122. Stephen Ulrich (III) 25 Apr 1750 1836 (85)
123. Christina Ulrich (1752-1753) 1810 (57)
124. Samuel Ulery 1754 1822 (68)
125. Lydia Ulrich (1756) (1819) (63)
126. Elizabeth Ulrich4 (1752/1757) Sep 1834 (77/82)
127. Susannah Ulrich 3 May 1759 7 Nov 1830 (71)
128. Hannah Susan Ulrich (1762) 2 Aug 1798 (36)
129. Mary Ulrich (1765) (1844) (79)

Elizabeth (Greib) Ulrich died about 1780 in Washington County, Maryland. She was around 60 years old.

Stephen Ulrich died a few years later in 1785 at around the age of 74.