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George Croft D.D.
George Croft D.D. is one of most important of all the Steatham vicars in that he married Robert Steatham, and Hannah Butler, at St Martins, Birmingham, Staffs.
George Croft D.D. officiated the following,
Robert Steatham, married.
George Croft (1747-1809)
This research is broken down into Five sections;
Detailed Research (George's origins and Children).
Research - Additional Planned.
George born 1747, at Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Yorkshire.
In 1780 he married Ann Grimston (1752-1838).
They had three sons and six daughters.
Priory Church of St. Mary and
St. Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey.
I have used quotes from "The Author's life" chapter, a brief sketch of the author's life by the Rev. Rann Kennedy of Birmingham grammar school, from the book "1811 SERMONS Rev George Croft minor prophets...". Volume one.
I have the original books [Vol One & Two] in my collection.
George Croft was born, the second son of Samuel Croft, at Beamsley [Beamsly], a hamlet in the chapelry of Bolton Abbey, and he was baptised on the 27th [IGI], of March 1747, at the Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey.
The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North Yorkshire, England. There has been continuous worship on the site since 1154.Despite the loss of most of the Priory buildings during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the western half of the original nave was preserved so that the local parish could continue its worship there.
Aged five George Croft now experienced the calendar correction of 1752.
People living in Britain, America and other English colonies went to sleep on the night of 2nd September 1752, and when they woke up the next morning it was 14th September 1752. Because the people thought the government was trying to cheat them out of 11 days of their lives, there were riots in villages.
Wikipedia article for Calendar changes click here
George's parents were of a humble station, and had only two children, John and George, the former of whom died, in his youth, of a consumption.
George Croft received an excellent education at the grammar school of Bolton Abbey, founded by the illustrious Robert Boyle, under the Rev. Thomas Carr, who not only taught his clever pupil without fee, but solicited subscriptions from well-to-do friends and neighbours in order to send him to the university.
The building that housed the Grammar School is now known as the Old Rectory, Bolton Abbey.
Having given when very young, proofs of a retentive memory and of quick apprehension, as well as of a great zeal in the acquisition of knowledge, his master, the Rev. Thomas Carr, A.M. encouraged his father, Mr. Samuel Croft, to continue his son George at school, by promising to teach him gratis, and to supply him with books.
In a short time George became so celebrated for his rapid advance in learning, not unfrequently, strangers who visited Bolton Abbey, sent for this young scholar, and either attempted to puzzle him with knotty passages from classical authors, or proposed to him questions in divinity.
An uncouthness in his external appearance, accompanied by a slight paralytic affection of the head, increased the astonishment of his examiners, at the readiness and correctness of his answers. He was, in his early years, considered a living harmony of the Gospels, for, when a passage was quoted to him out of one of them, he rarely failed to recollect and repeat the parallel passages from the others. This however, was remarkable in his memory, that he seldom retained, what he did not at least suppose himself distinctly to understand.
His master, lamenting that a boy of such promising talents could not, by any pecuniary assistance which his father could afford, enjoy the benefit of an academic education, solicited subscriptions from the neighbouring gentlemen and from his friends.
The father, no less than the son, had great reason to be thankful for the patronage thus derived from a benevolent and generous preceptor; for the pupil, in consequence of his subsequent success in life, was enabled to display his own filial piety, by liberally supporting his parents in their declining years, and also to extend similar support to an infirm and aged uncle.
University College, Oxford.
George Croft was admitted, aged fifteen, a servitor of University College, Oxford. George Croft signed the Admissions Register at University College on Saturday the 23rd of October 1762, writing that he was the second son of Samuel Croft “plebeius” of Skipton, Yorks.
On Saturday the 23th October 1762, he was chosen bible clerk and again on the following 6th December. Then in 1768, the first year of it's institution, he gained the chancellor's prize for an English essay upon the subject of ‘Artes prosunt reipublicæ.’
[servitor] An undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University.
He went through his academic career with credit, and had the good fortune, in the society to which he belonged, of becoming acquainted with the celebrated Sir William Jones, and with those distinguished brothers Lord Eldon and Sir William Scott.
He took his first degree at Easter Term, 1765, and afterwards gained a Bachelor's Prize by a Latin Dissertation upon the subject of ‘Artes prosunt reipublicæ'.
During a short residence in College as Bachelor of Arts, he maintained himself by taking pupils. He was elected scholar 9th May 1768.
On Tuesday the 6th December 1768, aged twenty one, he was appointed master of Beverley Grammar School, in Beverley, East Yorkshire, which was founded in 700 AD and is the oldest state school in England.
The School's motto [Full quote] is,
"Haec studia adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur".
"These studies sustain youth and entertain old age, they enhance prosperity, and offer a refuge and solace in adversity, they delight us when we are at home without hindering us in the wider world, and are with us at night, when we travel and when we visit the countryside."
St. Oswald church, Arncliffe.
George Croft M.A. graduated from University College, Oxford, with a B.A. on Tuesday the 16th February 1768, then an M.A. on Friday the 2nd June 1769.
George Croft M.A. was elected fellow of University on Friday the 16th July 1779.
On Saturday the 11th December 1779, he was instituted by his college to the vicarage of Arncliffe, church of St. Oswald, in the West Riding.
There is a list of Rectors for St. Oswald's, Arncliffe; on the wall in the church.
"In the year 1445, the rectory of Arncliffe was appropriated to University College Oxford, by the Patron, Henry, Earl of Northumberland."
30 Apr 1765. Henr. Tennant, A.M.
11 Dec. 1779. George Croft. D.D.
1809 Eardley Norton, A.M.
Now George Croft succeeded the Rev. Henry Tennant.
We see the following,
Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 1st October 1782
Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 15th October 1782
Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 22nd October 1782
THE Rev. Mr. HENRY TENNANT Rector of Arncliff, and "Vicar of Carlton, near Skipton, (lately deceased) having administered MEDICINE for the Cure of the BITE of a MAD DOG for more than twenty Years, during which Time, tho' applyed in more than Two Years, during which Time, both to the Human Species and Animals, it never once failed of effecting a perfect Cure.
The said Mr Tennant, in order perpetuate such a Blessing to Mankind, bequeathed the Receipt for the said Medicine to his Servant Mrs. MARGARET HALL, of Arncliff, near Kettlewell; together with all his Papers upon the Subject of Canine Infection, and his Remarks upon its Various Symptoms.
BE IT KNOWN THEN, That the Medicine is now prepared and sold by the said Mrs. Margaret Hall, of Amcliff, who constantly made up and administered the the same under Mr. Tennant's Direction.
Witness. William Dawson Esq., Thomas Johnson, Robert Foster.
Anncliff, August 27th, 1782.
The above is basically an advertisement, identical in all three newspapers.
George Croft M.A., now aged twenty three, on 19th and 21st January 1780, took the two degrees in divinity, B.D. and D.D.
Collegiate church of St. Peter and St. Wilfrid.
George Croft D.D., now aged twenty three, marries Ann Grimston, aged just eighteen, daughter of William Grimston Esq. of Ripon, Yorkshire on Thursday the 12th October 1780, at the Collegiate church of St. Peter and St. Wilfrid, Ripon, Yorkshire.
They had in total three sons and six daughters, but as two of his sons died young, subsequent reports in newspapers and his will only mentioned his surviving children, one son and six daughters.
In his will, his daughters are stated as, Ann, Hannah, Maria, Isabella, Eliza, and Harriet. Now Harriet is last, and we know she was his youngest daughter from newspaper reports, and the first female born was usually named after the mother. so I think we have a good reason to assume that they are listed in birth order and further research, which has revealed baptism and birth dates has proved this to be correct.
I am now going to cover the children in their entirety and then resume George Croft's story.
#1) Ann Croft, born 1781, baptised on Saturday the 1st September 1781, at Ripon Cathedral. Father Revd. George Croft.
Ann Croft died on Monday the 7th October 1850, and was buried at St. Margaret's churchyard, Ward End, Birmingham. Note Ann Croft was buried with her sister Maria Croft and her brother Edmund Hutchison Croft.
#2) John Hutchinson Croft, born on Monday the 30th December 1782, baptised 8th February 1783, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood. Father George Croft D.D.
John Hutchinson Croft dies, aged just over two years of age. Father Revd. George Croft, and is buried at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, on Sunday the 22nd May 1785.
#3) Hannah Croft (1784-1826), baptised on Monday the 4th October 1784, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Revd. George Croft.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 30th January 1826
Birmingham Journal - Saturday 4th February 1826
Oxford Journal - Saturday 4th February 1826
Death.- On Wednesday, in London, Hannah, second daughter of the Rev. George Croft, D.D. deceased, formerly Lecturer of St. Martin's, in this town.
#4) Maria Croft, baptised on Wednesday the 26th July 1786, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Revd. Dr. Croft. In 1861 Census at Aston, Warwickshire. Also in 1881 census.
Maria Croft , died on Sunday the 15th June 1884, aged 98 at Aston, Birmingham. Maria Croft was buried at St. Margaret, Ward End, Birmingham. Note Maria Croft was buried with her sister Ann Croft and her brother Edmund Hutchison Croft.
#5) Isabella Croft, baptised on Friday the 4th December 1789, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Revd. Dr. Croft.
We see a Miss Isabella Croft, aged 22, of Water Eaton, buried on Saturday the 23rd April 1814, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. This may well be her as we can not see her getting married.
#6) Edmund Hutchison Croft, born 1791, baptised Saturday the 9th February 1788, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Dr. Croft.
Edmund Hutchison Croft died on Saturday the 20th August 1859, aged 70, and was buried at St. Margaret's churchyard, Ward End, Birmingham. Note Edmund Hutchison Croft was buried with his sisters Ann Croft and Maria Croft.
Found in 1861 Census, stated as just Edmund, with his sister Maria. Aston, Warwickshire, with Maria.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 22nd August 1859
Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 27th August 1859
Died - On Saturday last, at Washwood Heath, Edmund Hutchison, only [surviving] son of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D.
21st February 1860 Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of Edmund Hutchison Croft late of Washwood Heath in the Parish of Aston-Juxta-Birmingham in the County of Warwick Gentleman a Batchelor deceased who died 20 August 1859 at Washwood Heath aforesaid were granted at Birmingham to Maria Croft of Washwood in the said Parish Spinster the Sister and only Next of Kin of the said Deceased she having been first sworn.
Effects under £200.
£200 in 1860, in todays money would be the equal to £25,911 - Calculated using this Link.
#7) George Grimstone Croft, baptised on Friday the 30th September 1791, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Rev. George Croft, D.D.
George Grimstone Croft dies the same year, as is buried on Tuesday 1st November 1791, at St. Mary and St. Chad, Brewood, Staffs. Father Dr. Croft.
#8) Eliza Croft (1794-), born on Friday the 12th December, baptised on Friday the 10th August 1798, at St. Martin's, Birmingham. Father Rev. George Croft, D.D. Twin with Harriet.
There is a Eliza Ann Croft, dying in Aston in 1853.
#9) Harriet Croft (1794-1846), born on Friday the 12th December, baptised Friday the 10th August 1798, at St. Martin's, Birmingham. Father Rev. George Croft, D.D. Twin with Eliza.
Harriet died on Monday the 30th March 1846, and was buried at St. Margaret, Ward End, Birmingham, on Saturday the 4th April 1846.
Note Harriet was buried with the families faithful servant, Ann Williams. See Census section and Discussion which includes MIs.
Harriet never married and in her Will, stated she died at "Aston Juxta", and left everything to her unmarried sister Maria.
The Will was signed on Friday 13th March 1846, just seventeen days before she died, and was proved at London, on Monday the 25th May 1846.
We see mentioned. [BNA]
Coventry Herald - Friday 3th April 1846
On Monday, at Washwood Heath, near Birmingham, Harriet, youngest daughter of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 6th April 1846
At Washwood Heath, near Birmingham, Harriet, youngest daughter of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D. DIED.-On Monday last, at Washwood Heath, sincerly regretted, Harriet, Youngest duaghter of the late Rev, George Croft, D.D.
Daily News (London) - Monday 6th April 1846
At Washwood Heath, near Birmingham, Harriet, youngest daughter of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D.
Morning Post - Wednesday 8th April 1846
On Monday week, at Washwood Heath, Harriet, youngest daughter of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D.
#10) George William Croft, born on Friday the 27th April 1798, baptised Friday the 10th August 1798, at St. Martin's, Birmingham. Father Rev. George Croft, D.D.
Note that Eliza, Harriet and George William Croft were all baptised at the same time, on Friday the 10th August 1798, at St. Martin's, Birmingham, by their father Rev. George Croft, D.D.
George William Croft dies, aged just under one year, and is buried at at St. Martin's, Birmingham, on Friday 26th April 1799. Father Revd. George Croft and Ann.
Note this is just only a little over three months after he marries Robert Steatham and Hannah Butler.
Also interestingly none of George Croft's daughters appear to have married.
Continuing on with George Croft's story...
About this time George Croft D.D. became chaplain to the Earl of Elgin.
To read a Wikipedia article for Lord Elgin, who is remembered for primarily the controversial procurement of marble sculptures (known as the Elgin Marbles) from the Parthenon in Athens. click here
Brewood School, January 1799.
George Croft D.D., now aged thirty three, then left Beverley school at Michaelmas [29th September] 1780, on being named head-master of Brewood school, Staffordshire. Brewood Grammar School was a boys' school in the village of Brewood in South Staffordshire, England.
Founded in the mid 15th century by the Bishop of Lichfield as a chantry school it was closed by the Dissolution of Chantries Act 1547. It was re-founded by Matthew Knightley and Sir Thomas Gifford in 1553 and the original building does not survive. The earliest part of the remaining buildings, originally two houses donated to the school, dates from 1778. In 1799 these were enclosed in the school grounds by moving the road.
The school is commemorated in a recent memorial window in the nearby parish church, St. Mary and St. Chad.
In 1786 George Croft D.D., now aged thirty nine, is regarded with sufficient repute to be entrusted with the delivery of the Bampton lectures.
Wikipedia article for the Bampton lectures click here
The Lectures are delivered at St. Mary's University church, on Sunday mornings, and they are delivered on such eight days in either or both of Hilary and Trinity Full Terms as the Vice-Chancellor may appoint.
Hilary Term  Monday 3rd January to Friday 8th April.
Trinity Term  Monday 25th April to Friday 24th June.
Interestingly it is stated the same person shall not preach the Bampton Lectures twice.
George Croft's contribution is listed as "Eight Sermons preached before the University of Oxford".
To read an online copy of this lecture click here
St Bartholomew's Church 1836.
George Croft D.D. resigned his post at Brewood School in 1791 to accept the lectureship of St Martins, Birmingham, Staffs, to which was afterwards added the chaplaincy of St. Bartholomew in the same parish.
We see mentioned. [BNA]
Oxford Journal - Saturday 11th August 1792
BREWOOD FREE SCHOOL, In the County of Stafford. NOTICE is hereby given, That by the Resignation of Dr. Croft, the Place of HEAD MASTER of Brewood School will be vacant at Michaelmas [29th September] next, with a Salary from the School Estates of £100 per Annum, and there are great Accommodations for Boarders. It will be expected that tlle Candidates have been regularly educated in either the University of Oxford or Cambridge, and are, at least, of the Degree of Master of Arts. They are desired to send their Testimonials, Post paid, to Mr. John Perks, Attorney at Law, at Saredon, near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. By Order of the Trustees, JOHN PERKS, Secretary. N. B. An UNDER MASTER is provided for out of the School Estates. Notice will hereafter be given of the Day of Election. The Curacy of Sharelhill will be void at the same Time, worth about £50 per Annum, and has been usually given to the Head Master of Brewood School. It is about four Miles distant from Brewood, is a small Parish, with Duty only on Sundays and Holidays, except in Lent. The Trustees desire that no Person will apply that is not qualified, according to the Terms mentioned in the Advertisement.
£100 in 1792, in todays money would be the equal to £15,853 - Calculated using this Link. What an interesting fact this is.
George Croft signing Robert's
George Croft D.D. now marries Robert Statham to [BPL] Hannah Butler on Monday the 24th December - Christmas Eve 1798 at St Martins, the Bull Ring, Birmingham.
Robert signed his name but Hannah left her mark.
Note the signature - G. Croft Lect., this took some time to decipher.
To read more about St Martins, go to Steatham Research - Churches page. In 1802 he receives from his old college friend, Lord Eldon, the rectory of Thwing [All Saints] in the East Riding, which he was allowed to hold, by a dispensation, with the vicarage of Arncliffe. Wikipedia article for Lord Eldon click here
A list of Rectors for Thwing shows,
1779 Barnard Foord
1802 George Croft
1809 John Kirk
Now George Croft succeeded the Rev. Barnard Foord.
We see the following,
Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette - Saturday 24th August 1799
The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to present the Rev. Barnard Foord, L.L.D. to the Rectory of Thwing in the East-Riding of this county, vacant by the death of the late incumbent.
Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 23rd September 1788
His Grace the Archbishop of York has collated the Rev. Barnard Foord, A.M. rector of Market Deeping, and chaplain to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to the prebend of Tockrington, vacant by the death of the late Rev. Sir William Lowther, Bart.
Portrait of George Croft
courtesy of the British Museum.
George Croft circa 1800.
Description - Portrait of George Croft, half-length, slightly turned to the right, with an open book in his hands, dressed in an academic gown with bands at his neck.
Print made by: Francis Eginton Junior 1800 c. Lettered below image "Painted by George Heape" "George Croft. D.D." and "Engraved by F. Eginton Birm.m"
From O'Donoghue 1908-25 / Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum (undescribed).
Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) courtesy of the British Museum number 1914,0317.
I wonder where the original portrait by George Heape is?
Oxford Journal - 12th June 1802
The Rev. George Croft, D.D. Lecturer of St. Martins, Birmingham, and Chaplain to the Earl of Elgin, is enabled, by dispensation, to hold the united Rectory of Thwing, with the Vicarage of Arncliffe, both in the county and diocese of York.
We now see.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Monday 24th January 1803
Sunday last was married, St. Martin's church, Birmingham, by the Rev. Geo. Croft, D. D. Rector Arncliffe, Yorkshire, Chaplain to the Earl of Elgin, George Lipscomb Esq. formerly Captain-Commandant of the Warwickshire Volunteer Infantry, and Deputy Recorder of Warwick, to Mrs. Hopkins, late of Stratford, on Avon.
George Croft D.D. health started declining beginning of 1809 and after a short confinement to his house, he died at Birmingham on Thursday the 11th May 1809, aged sixty two, and is buried in the north aisle of St. Martin's Church, where there is a monument to his memory. I have in February 2022, visited St Martins, and sadly his monument does not now appear to be there, and on enquiring no one there seemed to have any knowledge of the monuments at the church.
The burial record says George Croft D.D.; Lecturer of this Church; NB He was buried in the North Side of the Church opposite the Second Window from the East End. W. Taylor.
We see mentioned. [BNA]
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 18th May 1809
DIED. - George Croft, D. D. vicar of Arncliffe, Yorkshire and for the last 18 years lecturer of St. Martins in Birmingham.
Derby Mercury - Thursday 18th May 1809
On Thursday, in the 62nd year of his age, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University College, Oxford, Preacher, of the Bampton Lectures In 1786, Vicar of Arncliffe, & Rector of Thwing, in the county of York, late Head Master of Brewood School, Staffordshire, and for the last 18 years Lecturer of St. Martin's, in Birmingham.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 20th May 1809
On Thursday fortnight died in the 62d year of his age, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University College, Preacher of the Bampton Lectures in 1786, Vicar of Arncliffe, and Rector of Thwing, in the county of York, late Head Master of Brewood School, Staffordshire, and for the last 18 years Lecturer of St. Martin's, Birmingham. To great classical learning he added a considerable knowledge of the Hebrew, the Syriac, and some modern languages, and an extensive acquaintance with Ecclesiastical Law, and made himself known in the literary world, by several publications on Theology, Politics, and Ethics.
Oxford University and City Herald - Saturday 20th May 1809
CLERGYMEN DECEASED. May 11, in the 63rd year of his age, the Rev. George Croft, D.D. fellow of University college, Oxford, vicar of Arncliffe, and rector of Thwing, in the county York, formerly head master of Brewood school Staffordshire, and for the last eighteen years lecturer , of St. Martins, Birmingham — Endowed with, a strong mind, highly improved by classical erudition, he was versed in the Hebrew, Syiac, and most modern languages, and was no less distinguished by an extensive knowledge of ecclesiastical law. Firm and decided his public character, hostile to the specious innovations of modern times, he was a zealous advocate for our admirable constitution in Church and state; manifesting principles by a generous warmth of feeling, void of hypocrisy and time-serving complaisance. The literary world is indebted to him for several productions, theological, political, and moral. His private life was characterised by unaffected manners, kind, hospitality, steady friendship, and uniform practice of all the relative and social duties.
Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 22nd May 1809
Thursday fe'night died, aged 62, George Croft D.D. formerly of University College, Oxford, preacher of the Bampton lectures n 1786, vicar of Arncliffe, and rector of Thwing, in this county; a zealous Anti-jacobin.
Hampshire Chronicle - Monday 29 May 1809
DIED.— On Thursday se'night, in the 62d year his age, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University College, Oxford, Preacher of the Bampton Lectures in 1786, Vicar of Arncliffe, and Rector of Thwing, in the county of York, late Head Master of Brewood School, Staffordshire, and for the last 18 years Lecturer of St. Martin's, in Birmingham.
Hereford Journal - Wednesday 24th May 1809
DIED. In the 62d year his age, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University' College, Oxford.
Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 27th May 1809
On the 11th inst aged 62, George Croft, D. D. formerly of University College, Oxford, preacher of the Bampton lectures in 1786, Vicar of Arncliffe, and Rector of Thwing, Yorkshire.
Leeds Mercury - Saturday 27th May 1809
DIED.— On the 11th instant, in the 62d year, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University College, Oxford, Preacher of the Bampton Lectures in 1786, Vicar of Arncliffe, and Rector of Thwing, in the county of York, late Head Master of Brewood School, Staffordshire, and for the last 18 years Lecturer of St. Martin's, in Birmingham.
Worcester Journal - Thursday 18th May 1809
ln the 62nd year his age, George Croft, D. D. formerly Fellow of University College, Oxford; and for the last 18 years Lecturer at St. Martin's, Birmingham. To great classical learning he added a considerable knowledge of the Hebrew, the Syriac, and some modern languages, and an extensive acquaintance with Ecclesiastical Law.
George Croft's will.
To read George Croft's Wikipedia entry click here
Click Here to read George Croft's Will. The Executors were a William Gilby, Doctor and John Cope, druggist and his son Edmund Hutchison Croft.
It says a lot about George Croft in that in his Will he wished "to see my funeral solemnized in the lest ostentatious manner possible without pall bearers and by our clergyman only...".
George Croft also willed that "William Gilby and John Cope jointly with my Wife Guardianship of all my Children during Minority".
Here ends George Croft's story.
Many years later, Ann dies, aged eighty six, on Sunday the 11th February 1838.
We have mentioned. [BNA]
Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 19th February 1838
Birmingham Journal - Saturday 17th February 1838
DIED.- On the 11th inst. at Ward End, in the 86th year of her age, Ann. relict of the Rev. George Croft, D.D. formerly Lecturer of St Martin's Church, in this town.
Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 24th February 1838
DIED. On the 11th inst. at Ward End, in the 86th year of her age, Ann. relict of the Rev. George Croft, D.D. formerly Lecturer of St Martin's Church, Birmingham, and head master of Brewood school from 1780 to 1791.
I have searched the 1841-1911 Census's, and here are the results.
The Census was always conducted on a Sunday,
Dates will be added in once / if children are found.
Locate in 1841 Census.
[1851 - March 30th]
At Hamlets of Satley, Washwood, Aston, Warwickshire.
Maria Croft, Head, Unmarried, Female aged 62, born 1789, occupation Canal share holder, place of birth Brewood, Staffordshire, England.
Edmund Croft, Brother, Unmarried, Male aged 60, born 1791, occupation Annuitant, place of birth Brewood, Staffordshire, England.
Sarah Shaw, Servant, Unmarried, Female aged 29, born 1822, occupation Servant, place of birth Worcestershire, England.
Jane Luckman, ?, Married, Female aged 37, born 1814, occupation Chair woman, place of birth Gailey, Staffordshire, England.
[1861 - April 7th]
Maria Croft, Head, Unmarried, aged 74, Share holder, born 1787 Brewood, Staffordshire;
Jane Parsons, Servant, Unmarried, aged 28, "Servant of all work", born 1833 Worcestershire;
Locate in 1871 Census.
Locate in 1881 Census.
Locate in 1891 Census.
Locate in 1901 Census.
Locate in 1911 Census.
We have mentioned. [BNA]
Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 9th February 1842
On the 4th instant, at Washwood Heath, in the 70th year of her age, Mrs. Ann Williams, who during the long period of 56 years was faithful servant in the family of the late Rev. George Croft, D.D. and was greatly endeared to them all by her gentleness and goodness of heart.
We find in the graveyard of St Mary's, Aston, the following.
/TO THE MEMORY OF/
/WHO DIED FEBRUARY 4TH 1842/
/AGED 60 YEARS/
/SHE WAS A FAITHFUL SERVANT/
/IN THE FAMILY OF/
/THE LATE REV. GEORGE CROFT D.D.
/DURING THE LONG PERIOD OF 56 YEARS/
/BY EVERY MEMBER OF WHICH SHE WAS/
/MOST DESERVEDLY ESTEEMED AND BELOVED/
/HER INTERMENT TOOK PLACE/
/9th FEBRUARY 1842/
/BEING THE FIRST IN THIS CHURCHYARD/
/WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT/
/ENTER THOU INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD/
/ALSO INTERRED IN SAME GRAVE/
/APRIL 4th 1846/
/ARE THE REMAINS OF/
/YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE/
/REV. GEORGE CROFT D.D./
Next door we find the following.
/ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE/
/REV. GEORGE CROFT D.D./
/DIED OCTOBER 7th 1850/
/ONLY SON OF THE LATE/
/REV. GEORGE CROFT D.D./
/DIED AUGUST 20th 1859/
/AGED 70 YEARS/
/DIED JUNE 15th 1884/
/AGED 98 YEARS/
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