COURT CRIER CRISS IS DEAD
ANDREW SCOTT CRISS, A PIONEER, JOINS THAT HIGHEST COURT, WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.
A LONG AND USEFUL LIFE
COMES TO A PEACEFUL END AT THE SPOT WHERE HE WAS BORN AND REARED YEARS AGO.
The Daily Telegram., June 07, 1907
The Clarksburg Telegram., June 13, 1907, page 7
Andrew Scott Criss, one of Clarksburg’s pioneer citizens, died Thursday afternoon on the identical spot where he was born nearly 86 years ago. His death came after an illness of a few weeks of a general break-down, up to which time he had been quite active and in very excellent health.
Andrew Scott Criss was born at the corner of Mechanic and Second streets, Clarksburg, W. Va., December 23, 1821, and was a son of Michael and Rebecca Criss. About 1844 he married Miss Emaline Robinson, daughter of Marshall Robinson, of Lumberport, this county.
Born of this union were the surviving son and two daughters, namely, Frederick A. Criss and Misses Ida and Maude Criss, all at home, and now deceased, Mrs. Emily Sherwood, wife of Hermon Sherwood, A. S. Criss, Jr., Mrs. Floried Wine, wife of George S. Wine, Mrs. Dora Thompson, wife of Cyrus Thompson and Harry Criss. His wife preceded him to the grave by eleven years.
In early life Mr. Criss was engaged in the mercantile business at Lumberport and Romines Mills, from the latter place he came to Clarksburg and engaged in farming. During the Civil War he served the county efficiently as county assessor. After the war he devoted himself to the wagon-making trade and continued in this until about a dozen years ago, when he retired from active pursuits.
Mr. Criss for a dozen years and at the time of his demise was United State court crier here and became widely and popularly known on that account as well as because of his more than four score years and ten.
Born and reared a Presbyterian he was a member of that denomination all his life, his membership being in the Central Presbyterian church from its organization shortly after the Civil War.
Affable, honest and industrious he lived his life well and set a splendid example for others. Commanding at all times the respect of all who knew him, he was regarded one of the county’s best citizens, which indeed, he was in reality.
Mr. Criss was a great grandfather and more than likely a great great grandfather.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence, the services to be conducted by his pastor, the Rev. H. G. Richardson, and interment will be in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.
Criss Will Probated
In Part By County Court–Estate Left to the Three Children.
The Daily Telegram., June 18, 1907
The Clarksburg Telegram., June 20, 1907, page 2
The will of the late Andrew S. Criss was partly probated by the county court Tuesday, the affidavit of one of the witnesses being taken. The other is our of the State. The property is left equally among his three children, Ida Criss, Maud Criss and Fred A. Criss, with a provision that if any of them die without lawful issue the survivors are to have the property. John J. Davis was named as executor.