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Descendants of Francis Crakes

First Generation


1. Francis Crakes was born about 1789 in Yorkshire, England. He died about 1838 in Roanoke, Huntington Co., IN.

Interesting Notes:

  • Francis brought his family from England to New York (via Quebec) around 1828.
  • In 1837, Francis Crakes of Ontario County, New York purchased "the Southwest Quarter of Section 34 in Township twenty-seven North, of Range ten East" from the General Land Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Francis worked on the Wabash and Erie Canal as it was being built. He, wife Martha, daughter Sarah, and a neighbor woman were riding home from town one day when Francis ran horses with another man who worked on the canal. The other man crowded the Crakes wagon into the canal. Francis drowned attempting to save his horses. Sarah also drowned. Martha and the neighbor clung to the wagon until they were rescued.
  • Francis married Martha Anne Witty Watson Marshall daughter of Philip Witty and Anne Watson on 4 Mar 1810/1809 in Shipton By Thorpe, Yorkshire, England. Martha was born on 15 Aug 1788 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire, England. She died on 15 Sep 1878 in Mishawaka, IN. She was buried in Mishawaka City Cemetery.

    Interesting Notes:

  • Martha was born to Ann Watson, a spinster. Ann later married a man named Marshall and Martha took that name. Philip Witty was ordered to pay Ann 20 pounds in bastardy bonds for the "bastardy child" Martha.
  • They had the following children:

      2 F i Jane Crakes was born on 20 Mar 1810/1812 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire, England. She died about 1854 in South Haven, Van Buren Co., Mi.
            Jane married George Bowman Smith about 1835.
      3 F ii Martha Crakes was born - 1 Apr 1813 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire, England. She died on 17 Apr 1866 in Lancaster Twsp, Huntington, IN.
            Martha married Thomas Broom.
      4 F iii Margeret Crakes was born in 1810/1812 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire, England.
            Margeret married Henry Johnson.
      5 M iv John Crakes was born on 8 Jun 1815 in Cranswick, Yorkshire, England. He died after 1880 in Stuben, Ny.
            John married (1) Mary.
            John married (2) Abigail Comstock.
            John married (3) Sarah Miller.
    + 6 M v Francis Crakes Jr.
      7 M vi Watson M Crakes was born on 19 Sep 1819 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England. He died on 18 Sep 1867 in Roanoke, Huntington Co., IN.
            Watson married Eliza W. Hamilton on 9 Jun 1849 in Huntington Co., IN.
      8 M vii Robert Crakes was born in 1822 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England. He died on 11 Oct 1866 in Roanoke, Huntington Co., IN.
            Robert married (1) Catherine Hunt on 3 Sep 1846 in Huntington Co., IN.
            Robert married (2) Margareta Holt on 26 Oct 1848 in Huntington Co., IN.
      9 M viii William Crakes was born on 25 Nov 1823/1825 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England. He died on 26 Sep 1896 in Manilla, Crawford Co., IA. He was buried in Astor Cemetery.
            William married Phoebe Melvina Welch on 17 Dec 1859 in Geneva, VanBuren Co., MI.
      10 M ix Thomas Crakes was born on 7 May 1827 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England. He died on 26 Apr 1904 in Mishawaka, St. Joseph, IN.
            Thomas married (1) Mary Moon on 16 Jan 1849 in St. Joseph Co., IN.
            Thomas married (2) Elizabeth Moon.
      11 F x Sarah Crakes was born on 13 May 1828 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England. She died about 1838 in Huntington Co., IN.
      12 F xi Mary Ann Crakes was born in 1833 in Walkill, Orange Co., NY.
            Mary married Harry or Harvey Minor on 26 Sep 1850 in Huntington Co., IN.
      13 M xii George Crakes was born on 12 Jul 1831 in Seneca, NY. He died in Aug 1899 in Jackson, Huntington, IN.

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