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John Croot
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1844
Moretonhampstead
Devon, England
Death: Jul. 31, 1904
Bernardsville
Somerset County
New Jersey, USA

John Croot was born in Howton, outside of Moretonhampstead, Devon in 1844. He was the son of Robert Croot (1801 - 1869) and Susanna Pethybridge Croot (1812 - 1883). In England, both he and his father are listed in census records as farm workers. The family lived at Howton and then at Bowden Farm. About 1863/64, he moved from Moretonhampstead to Combe Pafford, Torquay, Devon. He may have moved to work for the owner of Howton Farm who lived in the St. Marychurch area of Torquay and was then renting the farm to tenants.

He met Emma Skittreal there and they married at St. Marychurch, Torquay in 1865. She was then living with her mother Rebecca Skittreal and stepfather John Haynes. They moved back to Moretonhampstead for several years where their first three children were born.

They lived on Court Street probably between Court House and Battenburg House and the building that was then Borohayes and is now Coppelia House. This was on the edges of Moreton then. Now is is at about Court Street and Betton Way. According to the 1871 Census, John was a farm laborer. He may have then worked at Lowton Farm which was located further down Court Street and where his younger brother lived and worked. In his household in 1871 were his wife, their three children, her son, and his widowed mother.

Four of John's brothers and one sister and her husband had already immigrated to America. One came back to England for a visit in 1868 and may have convinced John to join them in the US. He, his wife and children, his younger brother, and his widowed mother all immigrated 1871/72 (exact date unknown).

It is not known how they afforded passage for four adults and four children. There is a family story that John and his step-son Albert went first and were followed by the others. Considering the timing of the Census and the birth of their first child in America, this is unlikely.

He lived first in Morris County in Ironia and Hacklebarney and from about 1877 in Bernards Township, Somerset County, in what is now Bernardsville.

He was a landowner, farmer, stone mason, and miner.

In 1879, he purchased a farm near Bernardsville on Mine Mount/Bernardsville Mountain on what is now Post Kennel Road in Far Hills, NJ. There was an 18th century stone house that was incorporated into a later house and then burned in 1939. He and his family lived there until they sold it in 1901. He built another home at 570 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville where his widow lived for the rest of her life. It was later owned by a daughter and granddaughter. It remained in his family until the 1980s.

Generally the impression is that John Croot did very well in America. He left a will leaving his property first to his wife Emma and then to their children in equal shares. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Croot (1801 - 1869)
  Susan Pethybridge Croot (1812 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma Skittreal Croot (1836 - 1917)
 
 Children:
  Albert Ernest Croot (1862 - 1934)*
  George Croot (1865 - 1879)*
  Anna Maria Croot Collins (1868 - 1890)*
  Mary Jane Croot Lewis (1870 - 1953)*
  John Robert Croot (1872 - 1938)*
  Clara Croot Terry (1875 - 1960)*
  James C Croot (1877 - 1951)*
  Samuel Robert Croot (1879 - 1941)*
  Ernest Grover Croot (1884 - 1895)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Croot (1835 - 1898)*
  Joseph Croot (1837 - 1907)*
  Ann Croot Stone (1841 - 1910)*
  John Croot (1844 - 1904)
  James Croot (1852 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Basking Ridge
Somerset County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Linda Lyons
Originally Created by: TomKat
Record added: Mar 30, 2007
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