2. Susanna Sechrist

History and Biography of Susanna Sechrist & Jacob Crow

Susanna Sechrist was the 4th child and 2nd daughter of John Sechrist and Anna Wildberger.  Based upon the information from her families emigration records from when they left Rafz, Switzerland, Susanna was born in 1742.  Susanna didn’t live in Rafz, Switzerland long, as she left her hometown in March 1744 and had arrived in America with her family sometime by 1747, as evidenced by her sister Maria Dorothy’s baptism at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA sometime before 1760, Francis married Veronika Feiser.

Sometime in the early 1760’s, Susanna married Jacob Crow/Kroh/Gro.  Susanna and Francis were the parents of seven children.  They were named Frederick, Peter, Martin, John, Michael, Mary, Catharine, Esther, Christina, Elizabeth and Susanna.

Susanna and Jacob moved out to the “western frontier” around 1769 and lived in Greene County, PA.  At that time in history, there were still conflicts with Native Americans and this family lost 4 children in two separate incidents with Native Americans.

In May of 1791, their daughters Catherine, Elizabeth, Susanna, Christina were returning home from a visit to a sickly neighbor when they were attacked by two Indians and one white man named Spicer in what has become known as the Crow Rock Massacre.  The men were hiding behind a big rock and then surprised the girls and attacked them.  Catherine, Elizabeth and Susanna were killed by the attack, while Christina managed to escape, although she had a scar from the attack for the remainder of her life.

Sometime after this occurred, either in 1782 or 1789 according to different sources, their sons Frederick, Martin and John were on a hunting trip along what is now called Crow’s Run in West Virginia.  A group of Native Americans found their camp and opened fire on them.  In the exchange, John was killed.

Susanna Sechrist born 1742 in Rafz, Switzerland, died after November 4, 1821 in Greene County, Pa and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Greene County, PA.  She married Jacob Crow, born about 1732 in Germany, died around August 1823 in Greene County, PA and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Greene County, PA.

Children of Susanna Sechrist and Jacob Crow:

  1. Frederick Crow born July 26, 1762 in York County, PA, baptized August 29, 1762 at Trinity Reformed Church in York County, PA and died March 1824 in Monroe County, OH.  He married Rachel Enochs
  2. Peter Crow born about 1763 in PA, died November 15, 1826 in Marshall County, WV and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Marshall County, WV.  He married Susanna Earlewine born June 7, 1773 in PA, died February 11, 1854 in Marshall County, WV and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Marshall County, WV.
  3. Martin Crow born May 13, 1765 in PA, died September 27, 1837 in OH and buried at Crow/McBride Cemetery in Noble County, OH.  He married Elizabeth Cackler born March 12, 1782 in PA, died January 21, 1822 in OH and buried at Crow/McBride Cemetery in Noble County, OH.
  4. John Crow born about 1767 in PA and died in either 1782 or 1789 in WV.
  5. Michael Crow born about 1769 in PA, died May 8, 1852 in Greene County, PA and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Greene County, PA.  He married Nancy Johnson born May 19, 1782 in PA, died February 6, 1853 in Greene County, PA and buried at Crow Family Cemetery in Greene County, PA.
  6. Catherine Crow died May 1791 in Greene County, PA
  7. Elizabeth Crow died May 1791 in Greene County, PA
  8. Susanna Crow died May 1791 in Greene County, PA
  9. Esther Crow born Septemer 7, 1782 in Greene County, PA, died September 9, 1853 in Elkhart County, IN and buried at Sailor’s Cemetery in Elkhart County, IN.  She married Jacob Sailor born March 17, 1777 in Greene County, PA, died December 16, 1867 in Chickasaw County, IA and buried at Pearl Rock Catholic Cemetery in Chickasaw County, IA.
  10. Christina Crow born November 17, 1783 in Greene County, PA, died August 27, 1853 in Monroe County, OH and buried at Carlisle Methodist Cemetery in Noble County, OH.  She married John McBride born June 26, 1779 in PA, died February 26, 1874 in Monroe County, OH and buried at Carlisle Methodist Cemetery in Noble County, OH.
  11. Mary Crow born about 1784.  She married Hiram Gray

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