Monday, June 16, 2014
Hewson L. Peeke wrote in his 1916 edition of A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, that Jacob Crecelius was born in Germany, and was married to Catherine Erf. He came to the United States in 1850, first settling in Huron County, Ohio, and then moving to Erie County in 1852. He was a farmer in Oxford Township, Ohio. Mr. Peeke stated, "Jacob Crecelius was a man of no little prominence in Oxford Township, served as trustee and for a number of years as a member of the Oxford Township school board, and was not only keenly interested but an influential and helpful factor in matters of local progress. He was a democrat in politics, and in every way public spirited." Mr. Jacob Crecelius was the father of Jacob J. Crecelius,who was also a farmer in Oxford Township. The younger Jacob Crecelius served as an Erie County Commissioner for several years.
An obituary for Jacob Crecelius, the father, who died on June 14, 1899, appeared in the Sandusky Star newspaper on June 16, 1899. Jacob Crecelius was buried at St. John's Cemetery, near the intersection of Mason and Thomas Roads in Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio. Many surnames of German descent can be seen on the tombstones of individuals buried at the St. John's Cemetery.