Today I’m featuring Henry & Sarah Croft. They are the 2nd great grandparents of my two half nieces. The Croft’s are direct ancestors of my father’s first wife, Elaine Croft, whom he married in 1936. My Dad & Elaine had two daughters together (my half sisters, Norlaine & Virginia).
I took another look at the Croft family this week after being contacted by a DNA match to my half niece. This match believed he was connected via the Croft/Sinclair line and I wanted to help out.
Elaine Croft was the daughter of Alexander Croft and his wife Rachel Sinclair. Up to this point, I had never gone back further on the Croft line.
I was able to connect Alexander Croft to his parents Henry Croft and Sarah McTaggart. I was able to locate their marriage record, obituaries, census records and take them back one more generation.
Henry was born 16 Jun 1857 in Ontario, Canada to Peter Croft and Whilemina Young. He came to the U.S. from Canada, as a young man and his family settled in Michigan.
Sarah McTaggart was born 7 Aug 18561 in Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She came to the area when she was 6 yrs. old. She married Henry Croft 21 Dec 18822 in Cass, Tuscola, Michigan.
Henry and his family were pioneers in Sheridan Township, Michigan. Henry was a farmer.
Those towns are located in what is called the thumb of the state of Michigan.
Henry & Sarah are both buried in the McTaggart Cemetery in Bad Axe, Huron, Michigan. You may visit their memorials here, Henry #3612367 and Sarah #36123371.
This post is dedicated to my two half sisters, Norlaine Gould Rankhorn (1942-2001) and Virginia Gould Corbett (1945-2005). I didn’t meet them til I was in my 30’s and wish we’d had more time together.
Sources: 1. Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; 2. Michigan, County Marriage Records, 1822-1940
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