My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was Captain John Holdcraft. He was an Officer in the English Army who served in Ireland under Colonel Tysdale during the Irish Revolution of 1798 and settled at Keogh's Cross, near Richardstown, County Louth, Ireland after that Revolution. Some of his descendents still occupy a stone dwelling he erected there in 1801. He was originally from the Lancashire Family of Holdcrafts in Lancashire, England, and the Queen gave him land in Ireland after they (The English)defeated the Irish. He was of the Protestant faith and very unpopular in the Catholic neighborhood there in Ireland because under his orders, his soldiers had laid waste to a great part of County Louth during the Revolution. Four of his sons did not like their unpopular status there in Ireland and decided to migrate to America. The four sons who migrated were: Henry Holdcraft, Bernard Holdcraft, James Holdcraft, and George Holdcraft. I am a direct descendant of George Holdcraft. Can you tell me if my branch (Holdcraft) is related to your Holcrofts??
I have picked up from others that the origin of the spelling "Holdcroft" was originally German, while "Holdcraft" is English in origin. From your family data it seems that Holcroft is English and from the same area (Lancashire, England) as the Holdcrafts?? One other note: I have been told by several Holdcraft's here in the US that their ancestors were originally Holdcroft's, but changed their spelling to Holdcraft after World War II so they wouldn't be identified as German. There are also Houldcroft's from Lancashire too. So tracking down ancestors in England is pretty tough because of the similarities in spelling of family names.