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Michael Croninger
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1814
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1896
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Michael was the son of Joseph Croninger and his wife Barbara Speace.

6 CRONINGER siblings: Sarah B. B-1807 m. (_) Guntz; Jacob (1809-1900) m. Sarah Ann "Sally" Dodge; Jane B. (1812-1900) m. Joseph Fairbanks; Mary Ann (1813-1896) m. William J. Barris; [Self] (1814-1896) m. Aurilla Bliss; Daniel (1818-1899) m. Melissa L. Bliss; Joseph (3rd) (1822-1904) m. Martha S. Stewart.

Michael married Aurilla Bliss on 10/14/1839 in Euclid Twp., Cuyahoga, OH.

4 CRONINGER children:

1. Elizabeth A. (1841-12/8/1928) OH, m. William H. Potts (1838-7/29/1908) OH, on January 1, 1860 in Kent Co., MI. No children listed. Research this. Elizabeth died in Delaware Co., PA.
Elizabeth #65803380.
William Potts #65803375.
2. Della I. (10/26/1856-6/27/1947) MI; died in Assyria Twp., Barry, MI. Della m. 1) George Phalings B-1854 MI, on September 19, 1879; m. 2) John Groves B-1854 MI.

Name: Della I Groves
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 27 Jun 1947
Event Place: Assyria, Barry, Michigan, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 90
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 26 Oct 1856
Birthplace: Whitneyville, Michigan
Father's Name: Michael Croninger
Mother's Name: Arella Bliss
3. Sidney Bradley (8/9/1863-7/31/1933) Alaska, Kent, MI, died in Marengo Twp., Calhoun, MI; m. 1) Christine Lutz on October 28, 1886 in Caledonia, Kent, MI. 5 children. Divorced. Married 2) Irene Housner on 5/5/1910 in Kent Co., MI. One child.
4. Ida May (9/30/1854-1/18/1937 in Cascade Twp., Kent, MI. Ida died on 1/17/1936 in Calhoun Co., MI. Ida married 1) Hiriam /Hiram Gress (1831-1906), 3 children. Ida married 3) Harvey J. Wood, B-1852 on 7/7/1924 in Quincy, Branch, MI.

Ida May Wood
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 18 Jan 1937
Event Place: Battle Creek, mi
Gender: Female
Age: 82
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 30 Sep 1854
Birthplace: Caledonia, Michigan
Father's Name: Michael Croninger

3 GRESS children:
a. Gertrude Lee B-8/6/1875 in Millsville, WI; died 11/2/1938 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI.
b. Claude H. B-10/2/1878 MI; died 10/26/1969 in Sparta, MI.
Fag # 25400737
c. Frank B-1880 MI; deceased date unknown.

Marriage Alfred Lee
Marriage Nelson McWilliams
Marriage 7 Aug 1924 Harvey J Wood; Quincy, Branch Co, Mi

1930 Census for Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI:
Claude H Bowman 34
Hazel Bowman 43
Ester Haight 20
Walter Croninger 40
Edith Croninger 39
Source: Title: Russell L. Warner, "Croninger Families of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan". (Accumulation of Files of Croninger Family Records: FHL Film #0987306.)
"History of Kent County, MI", Pg. 654:
Michael Croninger, a veteran pioneer of Kent County, was born on the Ohio river, Feb. 14, 1814. He is a son of Joseph and Barbara Croninger. His grandfather, Joseph Croninger, was one of Gen. Washington's body guard through the Revolutionary War. In 1836 Mr. Croninger came to Detroit, Mich., and manufactured 900 barrels of cider. He made a second trip to Michigan in 1846 and entered 160 acres on Sec. 33, Cascade twp., and the following year settled with his family on 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.

In 1866, Mr. C. moved to Caledonia, [Kent Co.] where he owns 80 acres on Sec. 22. He was married Oct. 14, 1839, to Aurilla, daughter of Bradley and Anna Bliss, born in Franklin Co., VT, Feb. 29, 1820. They have had four children, four of whom grew to maturity: Elizabeth A. (Mrs. W.H. Potts), Ida M. (Mrs. H. Gruss), Della I. (wife of Geo. Phalings) and Sydney B."

1850 Census for Cascade Twp., Kent, MI:
Michael Croninger, 35, M, Farmer, PA
Onilla Croninger, 30, F, VT "Afflicted"
Ann E. Croninger, 10, F, OH
Rich'd M. Johnson, 11, M, KY

1860 Census for Cascade Twp., Kent, MI:
Michael Croninger, 46, 1814, OH, M
Aurelia Croninger, 40, 1820, VT, F
Ida Croninger, 6, B-1854, MI, F
Delia Croninger, 4 B-1856, MI, F
Bradley Bliss 74 [father-in-law]

1870 Census for Caledonia, Kent, MI:
Michael 56
Avilla 45
Ida 16
Delia 13
Sidney 6

1880 Federal Census for Calednoia, Kent, MI:
Michel Croninger, B-1814, 66, PA, Farmer
Orilla Croninger, B-1818, 65, VT, Wife
Sidney B. Croninger, B-1864, 16, MI, Son, works farm

1890 no census for this year

Michael was buried in the Whitneyville Cemetery, Cascade Twp., Kent, MI.
CRONINGER lineage: Michael-10 Croninger, Joseph-9 Croninger Jr., Joseph-8 Croninger Sr., Leonard-7 Groninger, Johnannes-6 Groninger, Georg-5 Groninger, Paulus-4 Groninger, Hans-3 Groninger, Paulus-2 Groninger, Hanssen-1 Groninger.
Reference and Census research: Fraya Weiss, 2011. 2013
Research: Mary E. Warner, 2011, 2013. 
Family links: 
  Joseph Croninger (1780 - 1837)
  Barbara Speace Croninger (1779 - ____)
  Aurella Bliss Croninger (1820 - 1902)
  Ida M. Croninger Wood (1854 - 1936)*
  Sidney Bradley Croninger (1863 - 1933)*
  Jacob Croninger (1809 - 1900)*
  Michael Croninger (1814 - 1896)
  Daniel Croninger (1818 - 1899)*
  Joseph Croninger (1824 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Whitneyville Cemetery
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Mary E. Warner
Record added: Nov 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80958006
Michael Croninger
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 Added: Nov. 26, 2011

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