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Throw Back Thursday: Greer Croy (1838-1872)

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This is the first of a series of “Throw Back Thursday” posts highlighting individuals whose grave markers I found on my trip to Ohio. Because Memorial Day is near, I decided to begin the series with a veteran of the Civil War, Greer (Grier) Croy, buried in Decatur Presbyterian Cemetery in Washington County, Ohio.

While in Ohio, I met Deb Root Shell, a historian with deep connections to Washington County. She told me about an original, hand-written document from 1865 tucked away in the Washington County Library Local History and Genealogical Archives. She plans to transcribe these precious records, but until then I am lucky enough to have the pages referencing my family.

Here is the entry for Greer Croy.

“Greer Croy, son of Jacob & Margaret Croy was born in Coshocton Co. O. January 8th 1838. Enlisted from Fairfield in Co F 36th O.V.I. Oct. 12th 1861, & was made “color corporal.” Never disabled from duty by sickness. Was wounded (1st) in the foot, at Antietam, by a fragment of shell. Was in Hosp three months, & on recovery rejoined his Regt at Charleston W.Va. Wounded (2nd) at Chicamauga by a minie ball glancing on the back of his head, stunning him so that he fell, dead, or was supposed. He rejoined the Regt in a day or two. Was wounded (3rd) at Cedar Creek Va., Oct 18th 1864, by a minie ball passing through his hip near the joint, shattering the bone, & was sent to the “Cameron St Gen. Hosp.”, Baltimore, Md. Coming home on a month’s furlough, as soon as his wound would allow. On his return to Baltimore he received his discharge, Feb. 1865, as a disabled veteran being badly lame for life. He was shot while carrying the colors.”[i]

He never fully returned to active life though he purchased land[ii] in Decatur Township below Cutler along the West Branch of the Little Hocking River during the late 1860’s and attempted to farm it. As his brother William noted in a pension deposition:

“Greer Croy was very ambitious & I suppose he thought circumstances compelled him to work & frequently tried to work and did work more or less …when I am satisfied he ought not to have worked at all.”[iii]

Greer had three sons, Sheridan (1868-1953–named after the General who led him) and Jacob Sylvine (1869-1937) who settled in Oregon, and Joseph Ellsworth, (1871-1872–died of consumption at four months old). His wife Malona Basim Croy Place (1839-1916), is buried near Greer’s brother, William Croy, in Centennial Cemetery[iv] not far away. Two markers carry Greer’s name; one is old and worn, the other newer. Greer died of consumption, at the age of 34.Greer Croy 2

[i] Handwritten Roll of Honor document, compiled by Charles Strong Perry, 1865, Washington County Public Library, History and Genealogical Archive, 418 Washington St., Marietta, OH.

[ii] Croy, Greer from Dunsmore, Alson V60, Pg 389; same from Fairbank, Elijah V 65, pg 94; same from Ballard PE V 70, pg 636. Records Office, Washington County Court House, Marietta, OH

[iii] Soldier’s Certificate No. 237291, Greer Croy, Corporal, Company F, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; Case Files of Approved Pension applications of Veterans Who Served in the Army and Navy Mainly in the Civil War and the War with Spain (Civil War and Later Survivors’ Certificates), 1861-1934; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, p 20-21 National Archives, Washington, DC

[iv] find-a-grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=1&GScid=2259906&GRid=129604447&

 

YES! Jacob Croy is the son of Andrew Croy

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signatures of Parent and son

Together on a legal transaction with information on their literacy. (On another document it shows Susanna signing with her mark.) I was pretty excited to see this!

Parents and children care for each other. They support each other. They help each other in their undertakings. Long ago they worked together and lived with each other far into adulthood. As now, when things were tough grandparents cared for grandchildren, and they often bought and sold property together. Love and support (and, yes, its opposite) are human qualities, past and present.

I went to Ohio hoping to find evidence that Jacob Croy was the son of Andrew Croy. Mind you, I knew it was true. But, for genealogists, proximity, as in living in the same place and even the same house, is not definitive proof of a familial relationship. Still, at some point, can’t all that coinciding evidence be considered “proof?”

I knew a great deal before my trip. (Rehashed below.[i]) From this information, I surmised that Duncan, Michael, Richard, Samuel, and my great-great grandfather Jacob were sons of Andrew. Various age estimates fit the 1820 census information. Referencing only my source information, the names of two sons, one born 1811-1820 and another born 1826-1830 were unknown. The names of two daughters born 1811-1815 and 1821-1825 were also unknown. Now all but one of those names can be confirmed through evidence.

So, what new documentation did I find?

  • Mary Croy married Robert Russell on 14 February 1835 in Carroll County.[ii]
  • Mary died in Carroll County of consumption 11 June 1871. She was born in Jefferson County to “parents Andrew and Susannah Croy.”[iii]
  • Then there was this lovely obituary.[iv] “Matthew Russell who died at the dawning of the 29th day of August 1881 was born May 27th 1818, on the farm on which he died­–his father having entered that piece in 1812…Mr. Russell was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Croy on the 18th of August, 1840, and leaves his widow and six children (we believe all the family) to morn his departure…”
  • And this gem from a synopsis of an “aged newspaper clipping owned by Ed Norris of Fresno [Ohio]…The mill was purchased by Andy Croy, father of the late David Croy in 1839 and operated by him for 16 years.”[v] I found the deed in which Andrew sells that land on the 25th of March 1856. It outlines the history of the property including the previous date of purchase and ownership.[vi]
  • Finally, how about two couples named Croy selling, together, a piece of land in Coshocton County? The document includes the names of both Andrew and Jacob and their wives. And the land is adjacent to, and in the same White Eyes Township and same section and range, S6 R 5, as the land with the mill.[vii] (See photo above)

I think I have a vast body of proof to substantiate my claim. The two daughters are Mary and Margaret whom Andrew and Susannah went to live with after selling the mill. The youngest son is David, who stayed in Coshocton County all his life. The last son…well there is always more history to discover.

What I do know is close to heart. Family takes care of each other, supports each other…or not. The choice matters. Andrew and Susannah chose to foster that connection. And Jacob was their son.

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  • Mathias Croy married Susan Pugh on 4 January 1816 in Brown Township, Stark/Carroll County[i], Ohio (He and Andrew are the only Croy males of age to be Jacob’s father in Stark/Carroll County. Jacob was born 6 March 1810.)
  • Mathias Croy, according to Stark County Tax Records from 1826-1830, lived continuously in Rose Township
  • On the 1820 census, Andrew Croy and a female, born 1776-1794, lived in Brown Township, Stark/Carroll County with 2 boys born 1801-1810 and 4 boys and 1 girl born 1811-1820.
  • Andrew and family, according to the Stark County Tax Records from 1826-1830, continued living in Brown Township through 1828.
  • Andrew bought land in Rose Township, Stark/Carroll County, Ohio on 2 April 1829.
  • Jacob Croy married Margaret Pugh in Stark/Carroll County, Ohio on 5 April 1830.
  • On the 1830 census, four Croy families lived in Rose Township (one township away from Brown), Stark/Carroll County, Ohio:
    • Andrew and a female, born 1776-1794, with one boy, born 1801-1810, 1 boy and 1 girl, born 1811-1815, 1 girl, born 1821-1825 and 1 son, born 1826-1830
    • Duncan and a female, born 1801-1810, with 1 boy and 1 girl, born 1826-1830
    • Jacob and a female, born 1801-1810
    • Mathias and a female, born 1776-1794, 1 boy and 1 girl born 1816-1820, 1 boy and 1 girl born 1821-1825, 1 boy and 1 girl born 1826-1830
  • Andrew Croy paid taxes on lot 18 in Morges, Rose Township Ohio from 1833-1838.
  • Jacob Croy paid taxes on a lot 17 in Morges, Rose Township from 1833-1835
  • Michael Croy paid taxes on lot 24 in Morges, Rose Township from 1833-1835.
  • On the 1840 census, two Croy families lived in White eyes Township, Coshocton County, Oh
    • Andrew Croy born 1871-1880, lived with a female born 1781-1790, 1 male born 1801-1810, 1 boy and 1 girl born 1821-1825, 1 boy born 1831-1835, and 1 girl born 1836-1840.
    • Michael Croy born 1801-1810 with a female born 1811-1820, a girl born 1831-1835, and a boy born 1836-1840.
  • On the 1840 census, two Croy families with the head of household named Jacob lived in Coshocton County
    • Jacob of Washington County who had lived in the township and county on previous census records since 1820 at least…so not our Jacob.
    • Jacob Croy born 1801-1810 lived in Mill Creek Township, Coshocton County with a female and male born 1811-1820, 1 boy and 1 girl born 1831-1835, and 1 boy born 1836-1840.
  • One Croy, Richard, born 1811-1820 with a female born 1815-1821 and a boy under 5.
  • Samuel Croy married Catherine McClish 10 February 1837.
[ii] Robert Russell and Mary Croy marriage record, 14 February 1835; Carroll county Genealogical Library, 24 2nd St NE, Carrollton, Ohio; V I Marriage Records, pg 38.
[iii] Mary Russell death record, 11 June 1871; Carroll County Genealogical Library,24 2nd St NE, Carrollton, Ohio; Record of Deaths, Probate Court, pg 36-38, # 98.
[iv] Matthew Russell obituary; Carroll Chronicle, Carrollton, Ohio, 2 September 1881; Carroll County Genealogical Library, pg 35.
[v] Coshocton County Chapter of OGS, White Eyes Township, Coshocton County: Cemeteries…Brief History… Vol. XV: “The First Grist Mill 1832 on White Eyes Creek pg 174.
[vi] Deed: Andrew Croy to David Reed; Coshocton County Deed Book, V 31, Pg 754; Coshocton County Records Office, Coshocton, OH.
[vii] Deed: Jacob & Andrew Croy to William Adams; Coshocton County Deed Book, V 23, Pg 421; Coshocton County Records Office, Coshocton, OH.

ON THE ROAD (Part 2) Coshocton County

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DSCN0203I stand at the remnants of the Ohio-Erie Canal in Coshocton County, Ohio near the restored old Roscoe Village, a dogwood and redbud dotted treasure through which the Walhonding and Tuscarawas rivers flow and join to become the Muskingum. Coshocton County was home, at one time or another between the 1820’s and 1880’s, to my great grandfather and his parents and grandparents, my great grandmother and her parents and grandparents, AND my great grandmother’s husband’s family. Wow!

So yesterday I spent the day at the Coshocton County Library in Coshocton, Ohio. The library spawned library-envy in me, as it would in all my Friends of the Auberry Library family. A long span of oak pillared, carved oak trimmed alcoves with a naturally lit reading corner at one end and a great family history collection at the other greeted me, as did a fabulous staff.

After seven hours, I had found clues to a brick wall (begging research when I return), excellent books for each township mapping the graveyards, and a reminder of how much I dislike microfilm. But in one of the graveyard books someone threw in a treasure.[i] Here is an excerpt, and there is more…this is just a piece.

“The first [mill] was located on the Ed Steiner farm, one mile north of Avondale, now Fresno. It was built in 1832 by Thomas Diehl and had an undershot wheel sixteen (16) feet in diameter and about three (3) feet wide… Its two stories towered above the wooded slopes of historic White Eyes creek and stood on a foundation 32 x 40 feet…The mill was purchased by Andy Croy, father of the late David Croy in 1839 and operated by him for 16 years.”

My finds will require some contemplation and additional research, but I will write about them when I can find time for both. Meanwhile, after a last bit of Coshocton grave and land hopping, I take what I’ve learned and drive back in time to Stark and Carroll County where the first known Jacob Croy and his wife, Mary Huston Croy arrived, probably by 1798.

[i] White Eyes Township, Coshocton County: Cemeteries…, Coshocton County Chapter, OGS, P.O. Box 128, Coshocton, Ohio, Pg 174: housed at the Coshocton County Library, Family History Collection.

ON THE ROAD: Graveside visits to Mary Croy and three of her children in Ohio

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An Account of a Novice Tombstone Hunter

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On my first day in Ohio, I set off, directions in hand, to visit three cemeteries, two in Union County and one just over the boundary into Madison County. The first stop was in Plain City, Madison County at the Darby Township Cemetery. I barely got lost and immediately found the site of my 4X great grandmother, Mary Croy. Beyond death date, this site verifies Jacob Croy as her husband. While Pennsylvania records and land records name Jacob, he died early so probate records do not name him and, though all the children had the last name “Croy,” Mary’s name was Roberts for her second husband, George Roberts.

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My next objective–look for Eleanor Croy Marquis (seventh child of Mary and Jacob Croy) and John Marquis– proved equally easy. Their stones lay right next to hers, along with their daughter Eliza’s grave marker showing a life only five days long.Except for one detail–when I got home, I couldn’t find Eleanor’s picture. What? Had I not taken it. After cursing my dumb cluck foolishness, I filed it in lessons learned.

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Stop number two, Mitchell Cemetery. I drove (almost) right there! The place was serene and labeled the oldest cemetery in Union County. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the signage, but you can find a great account of the cemetery established on Big Darby Creek here. With a little hunting I found the tombstone for Margaret Croy Jolley, Mary and Jacob’s tenth and last child, born a little before Jacob died. I also found her husband, John Jolley, and his first wife, Hannah Cook Jolley. I took pictures but forgot to release my flash! Could they have been better? Probably. (Note: They read: Margaret Jolley, 31 Jan 1805-8 Jan 1889, ae 83y 11m 8d, wife of John Jolley and John Jolley, d 31 Jul 1860, ae 77y 7m 12d

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On to Watkins Cemetery. I was feeling pretty successful, maybe a little too cocky. I had reversed my directions so got miserably lost. Finally after asking directions, discovering that sometimes even locals don’t know what lies close at hand, and resorting to my phone using cross streets, I found the cemetery on a charming little corner of Bucks Road. Sadly, the stones showed severe wear, accosted as they were by a lively golden lichen, and the marker of David (ninth child) and that of his wife, Sarah Wasson Croy, were illegible. Thank goodness for the photo posted ten years ago on findagrave. I was able to get two good pictures of his son’s markers. But this is about Mary’s children, so I won’t post them here…for now. (Okay, I know I posted little Eliza above, but it was just so sad. I felt obligated.)

What did I learn from my first foray?

  • Carry batteries, know your camera, and open your flash
  • Preview findagrave information for the cemetery you are visiting and make a check list. That way you can take a picture that may seem unreadable…who knows. You also won’t miss an important marker!
  • Take pictures of all signage.
  • Double check your directions and always carry our gift of technology, a phone with mapping directions!

Next stop after the Ohio Genealogical Conference (more on that later), Coshocton County. Maybe I can get beyond novice at the three cemeteries I will visit there. What suggestions do you have toward expert grave hopping?

ONE FOR THE ROAD TO OHIO: breaking down brick walls…

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The Ohio Erie Canal went right by Canal Lewisville, Coshocton County, OH

I head to Ohio this coming week for the Ohio Genealogical Conference and two weeks of research and discovery. At the conference, I will be inducted into the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio. Now, I’ve acquired numerous awards and certificates in my life and was never  big on ceremony, certificates, or standard celebrations, but this is different. It isn’t for me. It is for the seven men, the sons of Jacob Croy and Margaret Pugh Croy, who served with the Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War. I wrote a series of articles regarding them. To read more, click “Civil War” to the right of this post.

So my “One for the Road” comes out my work, in advance of my trip, fine tuning and organizing my research. My lesson, oft repeated, I repeat once more. It’s important.

Keep returning to your brick walls, those ancestors with typical names (or dusty pasts); the ones who elude you. Why? Okay, I know you’ve heard it before, but here it is again. New information is uncovered, discovered, and digitalized all the time.

When I plugged Henry Smith into Ancestry.com, I expected little, but got a treasure. Henry, the father of my great grandmother, Sarah Angeline Payne Smith who married Calvin Croy (my great grandfather and one of the Civil War brothers mentioned above), left a will.[i] It was one of the new probate records recently added to Ancestry.

Look what returning to Henry uncovered:

  • On 1 March 1883 the will of Henry Smith of Tuscarawas Township, Coshocton County, OH was filed with the court.
  • In the will he bequeathed “to my beloved wife Sephrona Smith the lot and house in which we live numbered (154) and 155) the one half of each lot divided east and west, South half and situated in the town of Canal Lewisville, Coshocton, State of Ohio…”
  • Sephrona (Sephronia in some records) had full rights to the land “to sell and convey or otherwise control…according to her own judgement.”
  • The will was signed in his own hand on 3 May 1879.

So never stop looking! With this find, I go to Ohio with confirmation of their home in Canal Lewisville, along with lot numbers. Can’t wait to get there!

Picture from Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=507197
[i] Will Records, 1811-1912; Probate Place: Coshocton, Ohio. Ancestry.com. Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998 [accessed April 2016]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Ohio County, District and Probate Courts.

The Ohio History Connection: Thumbs Up!

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Jacob Croy Forfeit part 1

Receiver’s Ledger of the Steubenville Land Office, left side

Jacob Croy Forfeited Land part 2

Receiver’s Ledger of the Steubenville Land Office, left side

When I go to Ohio at the end of April, I have only two weeks. So, in the interest of saving time, I sprung for the $25 dollars required to do a single land search through the Ohio History Connection. Phenomenal!

This week I received a page long, single-spaced explanation of the purchase made in 1805 by Jacob Croy in Range 8, Township 9, Section 29 then of Columbiana County, Ohio. That information from the Early Ohioans’ Residences From the Land Grant Records was the only information I provided.

From the researcher’s superb efforts, I now know:

  • He made an initial payment to purchase the northwest quarter of R8, T9, S29
  • The claim was for 187.82 acres and sold for $2 an acre
  • The purchase price was $363.64
  • Jacob paid $90.91, leaving a balance of $272.73
  • He made no further payments
  • The land went into forfeiture by December 6, 1810
  • On October 18, 1811, Cornelius Hainelin purchased the forfeited tract
  • Cornelius received a patent for said land on December 12, 1815

The researcher substantiated all this information with documentation. In the interest of being thorough, he included land purchase information for too other Jacob Croy’s. Unbeknownst to him, they were Jacob’s son and his son Andrew’s son. He even expressed his regret that the additional information was for two different Jacob’s.

Consider the time I saved, the knowledge I tapped into through this researcher’s expertise, and my pleasure knowing just a little more about my earliest know Croy ancestor, all for $25. Is there a state research facility where your family settled? Use them! Are they from Ohio? Do not hesitate.

Two Challenges; Four Principles of Support

 

The family gathered, in way of celebration, at the edge of Sandy Creek on the floor of the new mill, still roofless but operational. They rejoiced at the rhythmic rumble of the saw as it cut through the first log, its first task in its new home. The saw, along with her wheel and a miscellany of household items, had bounced into Ohio over the rough roads of the Allegany. It ferried over the Ohio at Fort Pitt and kept them company under their makeshift shelter outside Fort Stuben. It weathered the winter and muddy spring. Now, while they ate, the saw bustled along, happy to be productive again.

From A Row of Stones (new tentative title…can’t decide) by Donna Croy Wright

When tackling any challenge in life, it helps to have a support system, experts to consult, a way to organize and analyze your efforts, and an understanding of the impact of human nature. It’s true whether the challenge is to determine familial connections before 1850 when no birth and death records were kept and census records did not name wives, sons, or daughters. And it’s true when writing a book (or losing weight or catching a criminal for that matter, but I’ll focus on the first two challenges.)

BUILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM

Through this blog, I connect with a fabulous network of family historians willing to share their time and resources. Only this week I corresponded with Oswalt, Croy, and Huston family members who shared their ideas and information with me. Meanwhile, for my writing, I meet meet weekly at The Writing Gym. We listen, critique, encourage, and share; and Pam Smedley always comes with some kernel to spark our thinking. Thank you all.

CONNECT WITH EXPERTS

As I prepare for my trip to Ohio, I scoured the Internet but discovered a phone call to the research library of the state or county can be invaluable–besides connecting you to a real human being! I used Lisa Louise Cook’s recommended site, Stanford Newspaper Data Visualization, to determine the newspapers for the times and places I am researching for the trip. Using the indicator in the upper left corner I discovered the papers were not on line and housed only the Columbus, Ohio History Connections. So I did what I hate to do most, I made phone calls, and contacted the genealogy library in the county. They have those papers! They weren’t listed on the above site but they have copies. It will save time and be much more fun.

For my writing, I rely on some informative web sites and books, many of which I’ve shared.

ORGANIZE WHAT YOU KNOW

I adore Excel. When I have a lot of information to analyze I create a spreadsheet. I’ve done this with the Bedford PA spreadsheet, Morges, Ohio Lot Ownership 1833-38, and Tracking Andrew Croy Family. Click on any one of the links above to check them out. I use tables and excel to organize my historical fictional, as well. For my book based on the Payne family in New Haven Colony, I created a table comparing historic events in New Haven Colony and Connecticut with the individual lives (and plot points) of my characters. (I do the same thing in my genealogy research.)

LOOK TO HUMAN NATURE

Humanity may change outfits but our emotions remain. The desire to be loved, valued, to nurture, to care for our children and our grandchildren prevails. The anger at rejection, the desire to hurt, abandon, take revenge or protect our interests remains. People cluster with those who are like them; the same religion, nationality, the same childhood history and familial relations. With this knowledge I read between the lines of all those tables and come to conclusions regarding them. It may not be “proof,” but it’s pretty likely.

It’s human to read emotion into the past. When I started my genealogical journey my empathy went into overdrive. I imagined their passions, I felt their pain, I wondered how they got from here to there and why. Their stories became my fictional world, and because I’m a romantic at heart, their stories are hopeful. They love each other. They nurture and protect each other. They care. Besides, like phoning a real person, it ends up being fun.

So what about Andrew and Susannah Oswalt Croy’s children? Using information on Susannah Oswalt Croy’s Saint Luke Cemetery Find-a-grave page as a jump off point, then organizing census and tax information on my trusty spreadsheet, along with marriage and later census records, I drew these conclusions. Grandparents take care of their grandchildren when their children can’t. They move to be near their children. They often have similar jobs. Children die, they move away, they divorce. They’re human.

  • First child: Michael Croy 27 March? (Find-a-grave not legible) 1801(census shows 1805, 1810) d. between 1860 and 1870 in Johnson Township, Clinton, Indiana. Matched to male of his age on Andrew’s 1820 and 1830 census, owned lot next to Andrew in Morges until 1837, appears in Coshocton 1840 census next door to father, Andrew, appears in 1850 in Coshocton with Rachel and children (Catharine, Andrew, Eunice, David, and Michael) then in Johnson Township, Clinton, Indiana with Rachel and children (Andrew, David, Michael, and Nancy)
  • Second child: Duncan Croy between 1801 and 1809 d. between 1841 and 1850 (based on census information and marriage records,) moved from Rose Township to Coshocton between 1831 and 1833 (Duncan shows up on 1830 census matching birth date of Andrew’s 1820 census. He marries Sally Morrison 27 September 1827. No record of him on Carroll County tax records 1833-1838. Andrew Croy moved to Coshocton by 1840 and a male of Duncan’s age is living with them with young children, a male age 5-9 (see Michael) and female under 5, no woman of similar age, wife likely dead. By 8 October 1841 married Elizabeth Clipliver (Clissliver.) No record after, likely both died between 1845 and 1849. In 1850, Susanna age 11 and Margaret age 5 live with Andrew (grandpa?)
  • Third child: Jacob Croy 6 March 1810 (causing him to appear in both 1801-1810 and 1811-1815 category depending on when census was taken) d. 2 June 1872 (My great-great-grandfather, wife and children are documented extensively in my blog so if you are interested, search. Suffice to say the family stayed in Coshocton with father Andrew until he moved back to Carroll County with his daughters. Jacob was a wagon maker, a complimentary job when your father is a saw mill owner.
  • Fourth and Fifth children: Richard and Mathias??Here it gets tricky. There were definitely 2 children born 1811-1820 besides Jacob and Samuel (seen below) but they are missing in 1830. A Richard Croy appears in the Rose Township census (born 1811-1820 fitting Andrew’s 1820 census,) no other record. Susannah Croy find-a-grave info lists a Mathias, but I found no collaborating evidence. I e-mailed to the find-a-grave contributor but got no reply.
  • Sixth child: Mary Croy Russel(l): b between 1812-1814 based on census d. after 1880. Married Robert Russell of Monroe Township, about 1834 (need better proof.) The photo on the website is difficult to read and looks like it says Mary C., daughter of R & M Russell. The family is found on 1840-1880 census records.
  • Seventh child: Samuel Croy: b 1811-1815 (census) d unknown Married Catherine McClish 10 February 1837. Age appropriate male appears on Andrew’s 1820 and 1830 census; based on land record resident of Muskingum County in 1 August 1839 and purchasing land NE ¼ of SE ¼ of S28 T13 R17, 1840 Census Samuel Croy in Green, Hocking, Ohio with a boy and girl under 5. By 1850 Catharine alone in Hocking County with children David, Cristina, Andrew, Noah, Luticia, George. Was Samuel looking for land in Nottingham, Wells County, Indiana? 1860 Catharine is there but alone with children Andrew, Mary L.(Luticia? listed as born in Indiana 1848) and George. 1870 no record 1880 Catharine in Wells with George listed as divorced. One marriage for a Samuel Croy in Wells to Mary Saltamore 2 August 1855. No other record.
  • Eighth child: Margaret Croy Russel(l): On find-a-grave at St. Luke Cemetery b. (census) 1821-1822 d. 29 November 1895 Married Matthew Russel(l) about 1841. Found in Monroe, Carroll County in 1850-1880 census.
  • Ninth child: David Croy Well documented. b. 22 March 1823 d. 4 March 1909 death cert. and find-a-grave: Oak Grove, Coshocton, 1840- 1900 census in White Eyes, Coshocton County, OH Married to Eunice Frazer (Frazee) who died 27 November 1860. Children: Robert, William, Matthew, Margaret, Mary, Jennie, Jacob, Richard, Nancy. Remarried a Hannah Phillips McPherson. 22 October 1871. Like his father, worked in sawmill. (Note: 1850 an Andrew Croy 19 is listed. Child of Duncan?)

While in Carroll County, I will look for marriage records and on Mary, Margaret, Mathias, Richard, and Michael, for obituaries on Mary, Margaret, husbands, and Andrew and Susannah, and other records for Mathias and Richard. Of course I will also visit the family cemetery, St. Luke in Carroll County.

As always, if you are interested in the citations regarding any of this, or have your own information or ideas to share, contact me. And a note on copyright: You are welcome to all information, charts, and pictures. I want to share. Only my words are sacrosanct and require my permission. Thanks.