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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SAMUEL G. CRIPPS. Richard Cripps (grandfather) was a native of Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania. He was born near Holmesburg, and obtained his education in the schools of the vicinity. After leaving school he learned the trade of stone mason, and became one of the most extensive builders and contractors of his time. He married Judith Wood. They had two children-John, who married Rebecca Hawk, and had several children: Richard, Elizabeth, Rebecca, William, John, Samuel and another who died young; Samuel C., married Mary Hughes, daughter of John and Mary (Ward) Hughes, and had seven children, Anna, Charles C., William H., and Emily H., Rebecca R., Samuel G. and Jesse S. Samuel G. Cripps (father) was educated in the public schools of Frankford, in Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer by occupation, owning the homestead farm on the Bristol turnpike, containing about twenty five acres.

Samuel G. Cripps, subject of this sketch, was born August 16, 1843. He obtained his education in neighboring schools, and after leaving his studies learned the trade of carpenter, and is now one of the leading builders and contractors of Ogontz vicinity, at which place he resides. Mr. Cripps has been twice married. His first wife was Caroline Eadline, daughter of James and Catherine Eadline. By his first marriage there were two children, Ella H. and James E. Mrs. Cripps died in 1880, and he married (second wife) Johannah Weisner.

Mr. Cripps has been successfully engaged in contracting and building in Ogontz and its vicinity for more than a quarter of a century, and has erected some of the finest suburban residences in that improving section of Montgomery county. He is thoroughly trustworthy, and enjoys the fullest confidence of his many patrons and of the community at large. He is a member of the order of Knights of Pythias. In politics he is a Republican, and an earnest party worker, although he has never sought or held office. He was for twelve years the efficient president of the Chelten Hills Mutual Improvement Association. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Ashbourne.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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