My family, like many others, contains a brick wall. I have an
great-great-great-grandfather, Timothy Crapser, who according
to all reasonable record sources has no parents. His wife bore a son, Melbourn Washington
Crapser (who may also be known as Melvin) who carried on the Crapser name.
Over the years his descendants have been told they were descended from
the one and only Crapser who came to America, a mister Johannes
Krapsen von Rotenflau. But after searching, I still find no
definitive record of Timothy's parents. So here I sit, trying to find the
connection between what I've been told and what the records say.
Sources Other items
- 1825- about 1885 - Lived in New York
- 1871- at least1885 - Lived in Catskill area
- sometime between 1886 - 1895 - Moved to Illinois
- 1895 - Died in Boone County, Illinois
- Notes from Allevia Gillespie (granddaughter of Minnie who is
the daughter of Melbourn and
Elizabeth) indicate Timothy Crapser was born
on the 27th of May in 1825 and died on 23rd of July in 1898.5 (same dates are recorded on
- According to the will of Gilbert Lane of Catskill, New York, his
daughter Louisa J. Lane was married to a Timothy Crapser.1
- Timothy and Louisa had two daughters that died quite young and
were buried in old burying ground in the Town of Catskill. The
- Rosa Eveline, daughter of Timothy and Louisa J.
Crapser born April 6, 1874 died Jan 1, 1882
- Lizzie Jane, daughter of Timothy and Louisa J. Crapser born
Oct 18, 1850 died Feb 8 18712
- Allevia's notes also indicate that Timothy and Louisa Crapser
had a son, Melbourn (my great-great grandfather). Melbourn
was born May 27, 1858.5
- According to the 1885 tax records of the Town of Catskill,
Timothy Crapser owned a farm of 114 acres and 1 dog with a real
value of $3100. Mrs. Timothy Crapser was assessed tax on $1000
of personal property. 3
- On the 28th of September in 1886, Melbourn married Libbie
Walker in Cook County, Illinois.6 The Marriage
license indicates both were from Poplar Grove, Boon County,
Illinois. A Miss Laura (or Louisa, handwriting is
debatable) witnessed the marriage.8
- Timothy died on the 23rd of June in 1895 in Illinois. He was
buried in Round Prairie Cemetery, LeRoy Township, Boone
County, Illinois. He is buried in the same plot as a Robert H
Crapser, the son of MW& E, age
2yrs 1m 24 days.4
- Census Records7 indicate
- 1860 - in Catskill, Greene, NY. Household members are Timothy, Louisa, Melbourn,
and Lizzie Crapser and Edward Agan (sp?). Neighbors were William, Catherine,
Augustus, Frances, Josephine, and Isabel Crapser. The families of Joseph Lane,
Joseph A. Lane, and Joseph Sax are also listed as neighbors - these families are
- 1870 - Catskill, Greene, NY. Household members are Timothy, Louisa, Melbourn,
and Lizzie Crapser and Leon Wulford.
- 1880 - Catskill, Greene, NY. Household members are Timothy, Louisa, and Rosa Crapser.
Melbourn, Minerva, and Percy L Crapser are listed seperately
- 1890 - census records destroyed in fire, nothing available for NY, IL, or SD.
- 1900 - Medary township, Brookings, SD - Household members are Melbourn, Lena, Minnie,
Delbert, Laura, and Lewis Crapser.
- Wills of Greene County Abstracts from 1861-1870.
- Unnamed Cemetery #1 URL:
- Town of Catskill Tax Assessment 1885. URL:
- Round Prairie (aka Coynes) Cemetery.
Transcribed by Helen Maxwell Williams. URL:
rndprair.txt Viewed: 4/5/2006
- Notes from Allevia Gillespie given to Donald Crapser after
1980 (actual date unknown).
- Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900.
- Census records from Ancestry.com
- Marriage License of Melbourn W. Crapser and Libbie
Walker. Copy from Illinois Regional Archives
Depository at Northeastern Illinois University. License dated 28
September 1886. Received February 2009.
- Census 1850 - Catskill, Greene, NY - Household members Charles (age 65), Catherine (64),
Timothy (25) and Charolette (19) Crapser.
- If Charles & Catherine are Timothy's parents, is Timothy one of the youngest
children in his family?
- Are Timothy and Charolette living with Grandpa & Grandma? Why? Parents die?
Grandparents needed help?
- Will of Charles Crapser, dated August 18, 1858 (year hard to
read), administrated by Timothy Crapser.