Critz of Patrick, Virginia
Capt. Haman Critz [a] b abt 1730, prob Germany, d prob Lunenburg, VA. He md Elizabeth abt 1653. She was b abt 1738, Amherst, VA.
Child of Haman Critz and Elizabeth was:

Capt. Haman Critz [b] b bef 1755, Lunenburg, VA, d 5 Aug 1828, Patrick, VA. He md Anne "Nancy" Dalton 19 Dec 1790, daughter of William Dalton and Rachel Harris..
Children of Haman Critz and Elizabeth (Nancy) Dalton were:

  • Frederick Critz b Dec 1786, Lunenburg, VA, d 1849; md Nancy Franz 21 Jan 1812.
  • Sarah "Sallie" Critz b Jan 1788, Lunenburg, VA; md Abram Penn.
  • William Critz b Jul 1790, Patrick, VA, d 1863, Patrick, VA; md Polly Harrison 30 Oct 1816, Patrick, VA.
  • Haman Critz b Mar 1792, Patrick, VA.
  • Gabriel Critz b Feb 1794, Patrick, VA, d 4 Dec 1869, Critz, Patrick, VA; md Mary McFarland Dalton 18 May 1819, Rockingham, NC.
  • Elizabeth Critz b Jul 1795, Patrick, VA.
  • Peter Critz b 9 Jun 1797, Patrick, VA, d prob Augusta, GA; md Polly Moore.
  • Nancy Critz b Aug 1799.
  • Mary "Polly" Critz b Nov 1802, Patrick, VA ; md Martin Smith 4 Apr 1812.
  • Archelaus Critz b Dec 1804, Patrick, VA; md Louvenia Stovall Penn.

Nancy Critz b Aug 1799, Patrick, VA, d 1880, Patrick, VA. She md James Hunter Dalton 16 August 1820, Critz, Patrick, VA, son of Nicholas Dalton and Rachel Hunter.

a. His exact origin and date of arrival are unknown, but he may have come from the Alsace-Loraine section of France or Germany. He is believed to have first come to Lunenburg Co., Va., before migrating eastward to another section of that county (now Pittsylvania Co.). In Sep 1753, he is recorded as appearing at the Halifax Court for his Naturalization Papers. He is mentioned on 9 Jul 1769 when the Vestry of Camden Parish (including the now Pittsylvania, Halifax, Patrick and Henry Counties) directed that a chapel be erected "located near the home of Haman Critz." He was a Captain of the militia of Camden Parish in 1767, and served until 1770, and also served as Justice of the Peace in that Parish for several years.

b. He was commissioned Captain over a Company in the Henry County Militia 20 Jan 1777 and discharged at Yorktown under the command of Col. Abram Penn. His forces were engaged at Guilford Courthouse, N.C. and later at Eutaw Springs. On 10 Oct 1796, Haman Critz, Jr. obtained a grant for 96 acres of land on Spoon Creek (now Patrick County), and also had another grant for land at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains; one or both grants may have been compensation for his service in the Revolutionary War. Haman and wife Nancy (Dalton) Critz lived in the center of what is now the town of Critz (formerly known as Rock Spring) in Patrick County. The original log house in which they lived was renovated in the 1960s by Thomas Ayers and his wife Christine Critz Ayers. After Haman Jr.'s death, widow Nancy (Dalton) Critz applied for a pension 14 Jan 1841; several affadavits in her behalf were given, including one by James Harris, who stated that he had been a cook for Haman Critz in the Revolution, and that he had known him for 40 to 50 years. Another affadavit, by James Boaz, stated that he had seen Captain Haman Critz in March of 1781, guarding and escorting a number of British prisoners. Her pension was awarded for $120 annually. Interestingly, her application for pension was recorded in Stokes County, N.C., which indicates that she had likely removed there; her father, William Dalton, was born in the part of Rockingham County, NC now in the confines of Stokes County, so it would appear she had removed there to be close to family members still in that area. Haman Critz' will is recorded at Stuart, in Patrick County. He left each of his children $736.83 (a grand sum in those times), and prior to his death, had already established each of his children with a home or the equivalent thereof.

GJB [34-36].
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