Biography of Jacob Creps
Indiana County, PA Biographies

CAPT. JACOB CREPS, a veteran officer of the Army of the Potomac and a popular citizen and active business man of Rayne township, is a son of Samuel and Eleanor (Wolfe) Creps, and was born in that part of Washington township which is now Rayne township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1836. His grandfather, Jacob Creps, was a native, in all probability, of Centre county. He came, in 1837, to what is Rayne township, where he died a few years after his arrival. He was a lutheran and an old line whig and served in the war of 1812. He married and reared a family of three sons and three daughters. One of these sons was Samuel Creps, who was born in Centre county, in 1807, and died near Dixonville, in 1858. He was a whig and afterwards one of the early abolitionists of Indiana county. He was active in political affairs and married Eleanor Wolf, daughter of John Wolf, a whig and farmer of Centre county, who married Susanna Lutes and came to Rayne township, where he reared a family of six sons and three daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Creps were the parents of two sons and one daughter, all of whom are dead except the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Creps was born in 1814 and is still living.

Jacob Creps was educated in the common and select and normal schools. Before lie attained his majority he had assisted his father in clearing out a valuable farm of seventy acres of land. At eighteen years of age he engaged in teaching and taught five terms of school at one place and two at another. He displayed quite a military taste at a very early age and was a drummer and leader of the band in a militia company when only twelve years of age. At sixteen years of age he was elected first lieutenant of the Washington artillery and at the time of the Utah troubles offered his services to the government, but was not accepted. When Fort Sumter was fired on, he was captain of a militia company which offered its services for the three mouths service. It was not accepted as the quota was full. Under the call for three hundred thousand men the company enlisted, and he resigned as captain and enlisted as a private, but was unanimously re-elected as captain of the company, which became Co. A, 63d regiment, Pa. Vols., and served till 1864, when they were honorably discharged. Capt. Creps served under General Scott and every other commander of the Army of the Potomac and led the advance of that grand old army three times across the Rappahannock. The first time his company was given the honor of leading the advance they crossed on pontoon bridges. This company has a remarkable war record and it is said had more men killed and wounded, according to its numbers, than any other company in the United States service. Capt. Creps was always found at the head of his company and participated in all of the great battles between the armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia from the fall of 1861 to the winter of 1864. When his term of service expired he returned home and engaged in farming, stockraising and stock dealing, which business lie has followed successfully ever since.

He married Christiana Bookinmire, who is a native of Germany. To them have been born five children, of whom fonr are living; Ida, wife of William Campbell, an oil broker of Pittsburgh; J. Augustus, who lives with his father and married Minnie Ray, by whom he has two cbiJdren, Minorica and Ella E.; John F., of Allegheny city, who is a bookkeeper for Clever Bros., of Pittsburgh, and married Eliza Pulfer, by Whom he has one child, Percy; and Flor ence, who is at home.

In politics, Capt. Creps was a republican until 1877, when he became a greenbacker. In 1887 he was elected sheriff; and from 1877 to 1879 was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. In 1886 he was a candidate of the Labor party for the legislature and lacked but one hundred and ninety-three votes of being elected when the county gave twenty five hundred republican majority. In 1890 he was the candidate of the Labor party for Congress, in the Twenty first Congressional District. He is a member of the Lutheran church, the Patrons of Husbandry, the Loyal Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic. On August 21, 1887, the surviving members of his company presented him with a one hundred dollar goldheaded cane, and an address written on parchment, expressing in glowing terms the high esteem in which be was held by those who had served under him on many a bloody field.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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