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Crist, Henry

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Crist, Henry
March 10, 2007 01:25PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885,
Hardin Co.

GEN. HENRY CRIST was born in Virginia in 1764, and was a son of Jacob
Crist, who, with his family, migrated to western Pennsylvania during the
Revolutionary war. From this point young Henry and his youthful companions
made frequent and daring excursions westward and southward, and as early as
1779 visited the falls of the Ohio. In May, 1788, he fitted out an
expedition at Louisville, and with a party of eleven males and one female
descended the Ohio River to the mouth of Salt River, intending to proceed
up the latter to a place called Mud Garrison, near the Licks, and there
engage in the manufacture of salt, but the party was attacked by Indians a
short distance up the latter stream, the greater portion killed, and the
expedition came to a disastrous end, after one of the most desperate
struggles of which there is any record. Henry Crist, however, alone and
wounded, succeeded in reaching the Licks, and eventually made his permanent
home in Bullitt County. He afterward became a member of the Kentucky
Legislature, and in 1808 was elected to Congress to represent his district,
and served one term with acceptance, after which he practiced law, with
which he combined the pursuits of agriculture and surveying. He died in
August, 1844, in Bullitt County, from the effects of exposure sustained
while canvassing the county for his friend and favorite, Henry Clay. He was
married, in Bullitt County, to Miss Sophia Withers. She was born in Bullitt
County, and spent her life there, dying in 1854. She had a family of six
children: John F., Henry Clay, John Roan, Ben H., Catherine (widow of Jacob
Hibbs) and Margaret (widow of Felix Harris, of Bullitt County). Ben H. was
born in 1831, and grew to manhood in Bullitt County, and came thence to
Hardin County in 1885. He spent his life in the pursuits of agriculture up
to the year 1877, since which time he has been in the employ of
manufacturers of machinery, etc. He was married, in Bullitt County, in
1855, to Miss Nancy L. Roby, daughter of Lawrence Roby, and to this union
have been born two children: William Franklin and Martha L. Crist.

Crist Clay Withers Hibbs Harris Roby
VA PA Bullitt-KY

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