Saturday, February 15, 2014

Surname Saturday: CROTHERS

CROTHERS is a Northern Irish variant of the Scottish surname, CARRUTHERS, which is a habitational name from a place near Ecclefechan in Dumfries. --Dictionary of American Family Names

My CROTHERS surname is often spelled CRUTHERS or CRATHERS. The family appears to have been Lycoming County, Pennsylvania with my WYCKOFFs, with whom they intermarried. My ancestors are first identifiable in Erie County, New York in 1830.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #82 - John CROTHERS (c. 1799 - bet. 1840-4) - According to information his adult children gave on censuses, John was born in either in Pennsylvania (more likely) or Massachusetts. He married Mary "Polly" WYCKOFF, probably around 1824-5, very likely in Erie County, New York. They had seven known children, and lived in the Town of Clarence in Erie County. John died sometime between 1840, when he was enumerated on the Federal Census, and 1844, when Polly married William CHAPPEL. The family story is that John drowned. New York did not require death records to be kept for nearly another 50 years.

Ahnentafel #41 - Anna CROTHERS (1825 - 1904) - born in Erie County, Anna married John H. YORK (1823 - 1898) in 1847, probably in Erie County. The YORK family were neighbors with Anna's mother's family, the WYCKOFFs. Anna and John had seven known children, five of who attained adulthood. They farmed in the Town of Newstead until the fall of 1850, when they moved to Atlas Township, Genesee County, Michigan, to be near John's mother's family, the SWEERSes. There John died, and Anna remained for another six years, before passing away at the home of one of her daughters in the Village of Goodrich. They are both buried in Goodrich Cemetery.

Ahnentael #20 - James L. YORK (1867 - 1933) - AnceStory here

Ahnentael #10 - Howard Merkel YORK (1898 - 1945) - AnceStory here

Ahnentafel #5 - Jane Marie YORK, also known as Jeanne Marie HOLST (1924 - 2012)

Ahnentafel #2 - my father (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - myself

More About the CROTHERS Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): CROTHERS and CRUTHERS ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Some CROTHERS obituaries [on website]

3. Posts about CROTHERS ancestors and relatives on this blog

4. Some scanned CROTHERS photos

5. My  CROTHERS Virtual Cemetery on Find A Grave

My CROTHERS Immigration Trail:

PA > Erie Co., NY > Genesee Co., MI > Kent Co., MI > Ottawa Co., MI > AK > Stevens Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

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