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The Cropsey Family
* Contributed by Dianne McQuaid

Andrew Jackson Cropsey 1,2,3

Birth: 22 Dec 1823, Niagara Co., NY 1,2,4
Death: 25 Mar 1896, Ogden, Utah 4,5
Burial: Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE
Burial Memo: Wyuka Cemetery
Occupation: Land development
Father: Daniel W. Cropsey (1797-1882)
Mother: Elizabeth Straight (1797-1871)

Spouse: Maria J. Harrington 8,9,7
Birth: 25 Aug 1825, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH 8,4,6
Death: 16 Jul 1874, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE 8,7,4
Burial: 19 Jul 1874, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE 10
Burial Memo: Wyuka Cemetery
Marriage: bwt 1846 and 1848, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH 11

Children: Daniel Burns (1848-1930)
	  Louis Edward (Lou) (1850-1885)
	  Allen J. (1852-1877)
	  Cassius M. (1855-1875)
	  William (-<1896)
	  Sherman (Died as Infant) (-<1896)

Other Spouses: Emma Rockwood

George Cropsey, Andrew’s older brother, appears to be the first Cropsey
to come to Illinois in 1842. A younger brother, Jacob Hamilton and his
bride followed George in 1845. Then Andrew’s father, Daniel W., with
the remainder of the family came from their home in Chautauqua, New
York and settled in Wheatland Twp., Will Co., Illinois, north of
Plainfield in 1846. Andrew had gone to Cincinnati from his home in New
York and became a lawyer while there. He also married Maria J.
Harrington in Ohio before he joined his parents in Illinois. Andrew
moved from Plainfield to McLean Co., IL and was granted 1120 acres east
of Pratt in 1853. He obtained all of section twenty-two and the north
3/4 of section twenty-seven that adjoined section twenty-two on the
south. He built a home near the center of section twenty-two. George
Cropsey received land east of Andrew in 1853 also. Andrew remained on
the farm a few years; but in 1857, he moved into the village of
Fairbury. The village was granted a post office in 1859, supplanting
Indian Grove. Andrew Cropsey was a lawyer in Fairbury. He sold 160
acres to his uncle, A. P. Straight of Indian Grove Twp. Andrew
mortgaged many acres of land and rented them to tenants. His cousins,
Levi and Amos Alonzo (Straight), Rufus C. and David Straight all bought
land and moved to farms near Andrew’s land. In February 1858 at a
meeting at the home of Levi Straight a new political unit was formed.
The name Cropsey was selected as the name of the township, in honor of
A. J. Cropsey. Later the village of Cropsey was founded.

He was a Lt. Col. in the 129th Reg. IL Volunteers. He served in 1862,
raising a company in response to Pres. Lincoln's call. He resigned due
to ill health following arduous duties.6, 7

In 1867, Andrew moved to Nebraska and was one of the first residents of
Lincoln. He lived for some time in a frame house on the site occupied
by Hyatt's livery stable. He afterward built an expensive mansion south
of the capitol square. He was one of the prime movers in the
impeachment proceedings against Governor Butler. In 1870 he was elected
to the senate. The panic of '73 crippled him financially and Maria died
in 1874; he ultimately moved to Lawrence, Texas. At some point, he was
in McHenry Co., IL where he married a second time in 1875 to Emma
Rockwell. In 1886, he returned to Lincoln from Texas. He became
greatly interested in building the Wesleyan University and in the sales
of land at University Place. Again suffering financial reverses he
moved to Ogden, Utah in 1889, where he died in 1896.

Sources:
1. “IGI. Ver3.2, #F868862,” Mormon Church, 1993. 2. “Fanny Margaret Cropsey's Bible,” Bruce Cropsey, Lincoln, NE. 3. “1850 Census,” Will Co., IL. 4. Headstone 5. Internet, “Pioneer Record, Vol.3, #4. May 1896.” 6. “Our Ancestors,” Mrs. Bleecher Bangs (Charlotte R. VanWoglum), private, Jan. 20, 1896, pp 68-90. 7. Obituary, DKMc's File 8. Fanny Margaret Cropsey letters and papers, DKMc's files 9. “DAR,” 1905, Vol 53, pg 29, 356. 10. Fanny Margaret Cropsey letters and papers, DKMc's files newspaper clipping. 11. Internet, “McLean County, Illinois Heritage,” freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~henline/potosi/chapter2.html, Apr.6, 2003. 12. “DAR.” #52066. 13. Back of Picture. DKMc's files. Curtis' album. 14. IGI, Morman Church, #1903677 15. Fanny M. Cropsey's Calendar, C. Craig files 16. Fanny Margaret Cropsey letters and papers, DKMc's files Nettie S. Cropsey letter. 17. RootsWeb.com 18. Notes in DKMc's files newspaper clipping. 19. Back of Picture. DKMc's files. 20. RootsWeb.com J. Burt.


Daniel W. Cropsey Andrew Jackson Cropsey Maria J. Cropsey


George Washington Cropsey Martha Cropsey Daniel Burns Cropsey


Louis E. Cropsey Cassius M. Cropsey William Cropsey

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