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Canadian Croskerys from County Down, Ire
Posted by: Doug Croskery Date: February 27, 2001 at 20:30:50
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My name is Doug Croskery, and I live in Ontario Canada. I come from a large family of Croskerys and I know somewhat of the background of the family. Here is a transcript that might be of use to many of you out there.

Notes on a family history, written in about 1976 by the late Florence
>(Whaley) Croskery at Westport, Ontario, Canada for her grandson, David
>Rodney. These notes are written in the first person from the point of view
>of Rod.
>>My great, great-grandfather Hance Croskery and his wife Jane Dixon and a
>son William 2 years old came to Canada from the vicinity of Downpatrick or
>Ballymurray, Ballyalton, County Down, Ireland, in early 1800 (I think this
>must be the early 1800's. Family tradition has it that they were here
>before the potato famine) and settled in or around Smiths Falls. He was a
>shoe maker. They had two (more?) sons and three daughters. Their names
>were James and Thomas Hance I, Mary Jane, Annie, and Martha. Hance Croskery
>died while quite young and was buried around Smiths Falls. I don't know
>what cemetery. They were Presbyterians.
>>His wife, Jane Dixon Croskery, later married Henry Bell from Newboro;
>therefore, they all moved to this area.
>>Second...generation. Bill Croskery Family.
>>William Croskery married and lived in the Westport area for a number of
>years. He had four sons, Jack, Albert, Robert and Benjamin, and two
>daughters, Bella and Ethel. They all moved to the Cobalt area.
>>Jack married and lived in Renfrew. He had two sons, George and John.
>George, the elder, was a school teacher in Ottawa. He was Principal of the
>Men's Federation of Teachers. (George went on to be director of the Ottawa
>Teacher's College, and retired as a member of the Ontario Ministry of
>Education. His name is highly respected around the Ministry of Education
>and in Ottawa Education circles. I ran across a speech George made in the
>Queen's Education Library at Kingston, Ontario. I seem to recall that he
>made it in the late 1940's or early *50's. ed.) John is a sign painter and
>lives (last I know) in Renfrew. Jack, their father, either owned or clerked
>in a store in Renfrew.
>>Albert Croskery was a policeman in North Bay. That is all I know about him.
>>Bob Croskery was a machinist in Cobalt, then later in Richmond Hill. He
>didn't have any family. Benjamin Croskery lived in the Sudbury area. He
>had a family. He was a school teacher. I only know the name of one boy,
>William (he was Doug's father).
>>James Croskery of Detroit had two sons and two daughters. Sons Thomas
>Hance Croskery II and Bruce James I. Thomas Hance, a banker, had one son,
>Dayl. He is in Washington, DC He has a government position there. Bruce
>James had twin boys, Thomas Hance III and Bruce James II.

Please let me hear your thoughts

Doug Croskery


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