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Aurella Bliss Croninger
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Birth: Feb. 29, 1820
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1902
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Aurilla was the daughter of Sidney/Bradey Bliss (B-MA) and his wife Anna Wood, (B-CT) born in Franklin Co., VT, on Feb. 29, 1820.

Aurilla married Michael Croninger on October 14, 1839, a son of Joseph and Barbara Croninger and a veteran pioneer of Kent Co., MI. His grandfather, Joseph Croninger Sr., was one of General George Washington's body guards through the Revolutionary War.

5 CRONINGER children (1 died early):
Elizabeth A. (Mrs. W.H. Potts)
Ida M. (Mrs. H. Gruss),
Della I. (Mrs. Geo. Phalings)
Sydney B.
In 1836 Michael came to Detroit, MI from OH, and manufactured 900 barrels of cider. He made a second trip to MI in 1846 and entered 160 acres on Sec. 33, Cascade Twp., Kent, MI, and the following year (1837) brought his family to the new farm. It was in its original state, claimed as tree territory by Indians and wild animals.

Mr. Croninger was an expert with the rifle and became a champion deer-hunter. One exploit was the killing of two deer by one shot; thus he was able to feed his family during lean times.

In 1866, the family moved to Calednoia, Kent, MI, where he purchased 80 acres on Sec. 22.
Exerpts from "History of Kent County, MI", pg. 654.
1850 Census for Cascade, Kent, MI:
Michael Croninger, 35, M, Farmer, PA
Onilla Croninger, 30, F, VT [Aurella]
Ann E. Croninger, 10, F, OH
Rich'd M. Johnson, 11, M, KY

1860 Census for Cascade, Kent, MI:
Michael Croninger, 46, 1814, OH, M
Aurelia Croninger, 40, 1820, VT, F
Ida Croninger, 6, 1854, MI, F
Delia Croninger, 4, 1856, MI, F

1880 Census for Calednoia, Kent, MI:
Michel Croninger, 1814, PA, 66, Farmer [Michael]
Orilla Croninger, 1818, VT, 65, Keeps House [Aurella]
Sidney B. Croninger, 1864, MI, Son, Single, 16, Wk farm
State of Michigan Death Certificate:
Orilla [Aurella] Croninger, Died: 3 Feb. 1902, in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI, Widow. Born: 29 Feb. 1820 VT, 81y11m3d, Parent of 5 children of whom 4 are living.
Age at 1st marriage: 17years, Housekeeper; Father: Sidney Bliss, Born: MA, Mother: Anna Wood, Born: MA,
Burial: 5 Feb. 1902, Whitneyville, Kent, MI.
Informant: M. Cook. 
Family links: 
  Michael Croninger (1814 - 1896)*
  Sidney Bradley Croninger (1863 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Wife of Michael Croninger. Daughter of Bradey and Anna Bliss.
Whitneyville Cemetery
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Mary E. Warner
Originally Created by: Laura Pinks
Record added: Sep 29, 2011
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