OSWEGO DAILY TIMES
FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 27, 1917
Entered into rest at two o'clock of the morning of Tuesday, March 27, 1917, at the home of her grandson, Robert Crockett McGillvra, on the Yama Farms, Napanoch, Ulster Co. New York,
Mrs. Emily B. Crockett.
Emily Baxter Robinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 4 1832 and was therefore almost eighty five years of age at the time of her death.
Her father was William Robinson born in Rushbrook, near Coleraine County Antrim, Ireland, in 1786, the oldest of a family of six and of so called Scotch-Irish descent, his ancestors having left Scotland in the days of the persecution of the Covenanters. He with his two brothers, John and Thomas, emigrated to America about 1815, settling first in Nova Scotia and removing later to Baltimore, Maryland. Some years previous to his emigration he had married Mary Ann Greer, who was born in Newton near Limavady County, Donegal, Ireland in 1783 who was also Scottish descent and who died in Baltimore April 25, 1849, aged 66 years. Mr. Robinson was a carpenter by trade and pursued his calling almost up to the time of his death. Late in life he owned many acres of what is now some of the most valuable property in Baltimore. He died October 2, 1860, aged 74 years.
To the Robinsons were born eight daughters, two of whom died in infancy, the others all living to womanhood and all marrying and all of them becoming mothers and grandmothers and all of them widowed at the time of their deaths. They were: Jane, born in Rushbrook Ireland, December 1812 who married Patrick Kaneer Morrow of Baltimore, MD and who died in Easton PA, March 26, 1890 aged 78 years;
Phoebe Augevina, born in Rushbrook Ireland February 22, 1814 who married John D. Ford of Philadelphia, PA and who died in Philadelphia Nov. 13 1875 aged 61 years; Eliza Orr, born on the island of Rushabucta, Nova Scotia, Canada May 4, 1816 who married William James Ryan of Baltimore and who died August 25, 1886 aged 71 years; Mary Ann, born on the island of Dorchester Canada August 17, 1817 who married Hugh Crockett of Sterling, New York and who died June 26, 1892 aged 75 years; Anna Matilda born in Baltimore, MD 1821 who married Carey Southcomb and who died in 1895 aged 74 years; and Emily Baxter born in Baltimore, MD May 4, 1832 who in turn has just passed away at the age of nearly eighty five.
In 1848 Mrs. Crockett's sister, Mary, had become the second wife of Hugh Crockett of Sterling, New York, who in 1824, at the age of eighteen had emigrated from the farmstead of Edenmore, Ireland to Baltimore where he had become a merchant and from which city he had removed in 1838 to what was destined to be his hime till his death in 1881, his farm in Sterling, New York. Two years after becoming the mistress of her new home in Sterling, Mrs Hugh Crockett was visited by her sister Emily, who spent the summer of 1851 in Sterling , and who there became acquainted - or re-acquainted - with her sister's oldest step-son, John Boyd Crockett. John had left Baltimore with his father on their removal to Sterling when he was a lad of nine and Emily Robinson, a little girl of six. Both families being connected with the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Baltimore and both being of Scotch-Irish extraction, the two had known each other as children. Their re-acquaintance soon deepened into love. After Emily Robinson's return to her home in Baltimore in the autumn of 1851, she was followed by John Crockett a few months later and married to him January 31, 1852.
The marriage of the two sisters to the father and the latter's son led to all sorts of oddities of relationship in the two families. Mrs. Emily Crockett became the daughter-in-law of her brother-in-law and conversely, Mr. Hugh Crockett became the brother-in-law of his son John. Mrs. Hugh Crockett became the mother-in-law of her own sister. To Mrs. Emily Crockett's children Mrs Hugh Crockett was both Aunt and Grandmother, the latter title, however, being the one always used by her nieces and nephews in addressing her. Mrs. Hugh Crockett's children were at once aunts or uncles as wellas cousins to John and Emily Crockett's children. But, as a matter of fact, it was the relationship as cousins that was recognized, only the two older of Mrs. Hugh Crockett's sons ever receiving the title of "Uncle" and that only from the two younger of Mrs John Crockett's children.
For a year or more John and Emily Crockett lived near Wapping, Virginia, where the husband was employed in laying a railroad south of Washington and where their first daughter, Marion Harvey, was born.
In 1853 the family removed to Sterling where they spent some months at Mr. Crockett's father's and then settled for a year or two in Sterling Valley. During these years a second daughter, Anna Southcomb was born. In 1857 John Crockett built a house on what had been a corner of his father's farm, a little south of Crockett's Station in the town of Sterling. There the family made their home and there; as the years wore on were born three other children; Hugh Boyd, William Day and Renwick Galbraith.
John Crockett, before his marriage, had become a cabinet maker and carpenter and for most of his life followed the terade of carpenter. He died April 10, 1884. In turn have followed him to the Better Land their son Hugh, who died in Syracuse, New York October 3, 1908 and their daughters Marion who died in the Oswego Hospital November 27, 1915 and Anna, wife of Alexander John McGillvra, who died at the home of her son in Napanoch, New York, as recently as January 31, 1917. Mrs. Crockett is survived by her two younger sons, Professor William Day Crockett of State College Pennsylvania and Renwick Galbraith Crockett of Syracuse, New York.
Emily Robinson had early united with the church of her forefathers, the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Baltimore MD and after her removal to New York State had transferred her membership to the church of that denomination in Sterling. In this church she continued as member virtually for the rest of her life, though, for the past few years, the local church has ceased to exist. The membership was not disbanded however, by the Commission of Presbytery, until very recently.
Mrs. Crockett's friends of the present century have known her as a quiet, elderly, lovable woman, who went but little into society and as age came gradually and gently to her, less and less frequently to church - to the service in which, in her active years she had given herself unreservedly, with a devotion as natural as it was simple and a loyalty that was as complete as it was devout. Many who are now in middle life will recall her as the gentle friend and kindly neighbor , known and beloved by scores, often the first to be summoned to the neighbor's in time of sickness, before the days of trained nurses, her hold on the affections of the community revealed in the name by which she was almost universally known, locally, for several decades, "Aunt Em" or "Aunt Emily". And by the few who still linger of her generation, she will be recollected as a beautiful girl, vivacious, interesting, liked by everybody.
To the great world, lost on false trails as so often it has been, such a life as Mrs. Crockett's must have seemed but circumscribed; but to those who really knew her it was large and full and rounded - so unswerving was she in her friendships, so helpful in time of trouble, with a faith in God and in the future life that the years left all unshaken, though she had seen her full share of sorrows. She would have been the last little woman in the world to have applied any of these adjectives or any superlatives to herself, or to have dreamed of any one's else applying them to her. Modest as to all her own attainments, she never seemed to realize in her prime that she was unexcelled as a housekeeper and left little to be desired as a cook. Hers was no conspicuous place in the world's eye to fill, but the niche that was hers, she filled - sincere as a woman, loyal as wife and as a mother, showing daily all the love and the self-sacrifice that only a true mother can incarnate into life.
Eight years ago last September, Mrs. Crockett had a stroke of paralysis, which for a week, left her very ill, but from which she made a speedy and perfect recovery. Since that time she has been, as a rule, very well indeed, though frail. Her daughter Anna (Mrs. McGillvra) had always made her home with her and during the past eight years and more she has cared tenderly and beautifully and unceasingly for the Mother who was so gradually being overtaken by the years. Last October the two went to Napanoch, New York to spend the winter at the home of Mrs. McGillvra's son. There, following an illness of only eight days, the daughter Anna succumbed to an attack of pneumonia, January 31st. Almost immediately thereafter, Mrs. Crockett had an attack of grippe, from which, however, she quickly rallied and was in her usual health until the Friday before her death, and was able, during those weeks, to devote much time and attention to her little great-grand-daughter - her third great grandchild. Then she too, was stricken by him who "sets foot alike at the hovels of the poor and the turrets of kings." For four days she lingered, without pain, and her mind clear, almost to the last. And then she peacefully slept her life away there being nothing, practically, the matter but fullness of years and these she has now exchanged for fullness of joy. Beautiful she was as she lay in death, a score of years gone from her face and calm and serene as she had been in life.
The body was taken to her home in Sterling, where the services were held at two o'clock of the afternoon of Thursday March 29th, the officiating clergyman being the Reverend A. A. Wylie of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Syracuse, New York. The interment was in the Sterling Cemetery.
With the passing of Mrs. Emily Crockett, the Oswego Semi-Weekly Times loses one of its oldest and most constant readers. It was probably in 1854 that John Crockett subscribed for the weekly edition of The Times and this he continued to take and so far as we know, without interruption, until his death April 10, 1884. Mrs. Crockett has since that date continued the subscription in her own name, changing to the semi-weekly edition when that edition was begun, and has thus been one of our readers for almost two-thirds of a century.
John Boyd Crockett (1829 - 1884)*
Renwick Galbraith Crockett (1871 - 1917)*
Sterling Center Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Mark Patton
Record added: Jul 21, 2012
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