|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1846|
County Down, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1901|
This mini-biography is currently (26 Sept 2013) being edited. For extended, more detailed and authoritative biographies, with sources, click on the names of Leif and his father, in the next paragraph. All links were last accessed 26 Sept 2013.
Leif Newry Fitzroy CROZIER was the third of four sons born to St George Baron Le Poer CROZIER and Isabella "Bella" née DEACON CROZIER.
Leif remained unmarried and had no children, as far as is reported by his biographers. However, very little has been researched and documented about his years in the Oklahoma Territory. In time, early Oklahoma newspaper archives may be digitised and come online.
The family comprised:
4 sons -- dates & places..
[pending revisions to this bio, see all of their linked memorials via the memorial for Leif's mother - appearing below// grh 20 Jun]
"The Crozier family settled in Belleville, Upper Canada in the 1860s. Despite articling as a lawyer and training as a doctor, Crozier pursued a military career and was appointed a sub-inspector of the newly created mounted police force in 1873. He rose rapidly through the ranks and was one of six NWMP superintendents by 1876." excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
After graduating from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Leif rose to the rank of Major before leaving military service to join the N.W.M.P.
The 1868-69 Directory of Hastings County lists the following (pp 71-72):
Volunteer Militia - 15th Battalion Infantry, H.Q. Belleville
Quarter Master. - Lieut. Geo. B CROZIER
Company No. 5. - L.N.F. CROZIER, Captain
The same directory lists Albert College (a university) in Belleville (pp 75-76) and includes in its faculty "St. Geo. B. Crozier Professor of Music."
Further, in the List of Belleville Residents (pg 118):
Crozier, St. George B., professor of music at Albert University, Belleville and Ontario College, Picton, residence music teacher, South side of Hotel Street.
Crozier, John A. G., clerk Crown Timber Office.
Crozier, L. N. F., clerk Registry office.
[additional details and dates TBA]
Major L.N.F. Crozier, Assistant Commissioner, Royal North-west Mounted Police, retired with gratuity, June 30, 1886.
Shortly afterward, he moved to the then Oklahoma Territory of the United States where "land rushes" were underway.
Leif Crozier had played a significant role in 1881 negotiations between the NWMP and the US government for the return of Sitting Bull, following the death of General Custer at the Little Big Horn. Crozier was widely mentioned in the US press of the day. It is likely his prior reputation made him a welcome addition to Oklahoma society.
He engaged with much success in both real estate and banking, including a co-owned general store. [to be expanded upon//grh 14 June 2012]. He died of angina pectoris (probable heart attack) while sitting in a barber's chair in Cushing, OK. His remains were returned by rail for burial in the CROZIER Family Plot in Belleville.
Leif Crozier's death was front page news the day he died and for a few days afterward in newspapers in many major US cities. In Belleville, three obituaries were published between 27 Feb. and 2 March. A large front page obituary appeared in the Saturday Globe (Toronto) on 16 Mar 1901. Significantly, it dealt only with his career up to 1886 when he left the NWMP. It made no mention whatsoever of his 15 years in the US.
NOTE regarding his given names and nickname:
(1) "Leif" vs "Lief": It is most likely that "Leif" is the proper spelling. It appears as such on his headstone in the CROZIER family burial plot in the Belleville Cemetery. He is also referred to as "NWMP Superintendent Leif N.F. Crozier" in a display at the RCMP Heritage Centre Museum (Regina, Saskatchewan) concerning the 1885 Duck Lake incident during the Northwest Campaign (aka North-West Rebellion or North-West Resistance) involving Louis Riel. Although Leif died in Oklahoma and was transported by rail for burial in Belleville, it appears officials required an Ontario death record. His Ontario "death registration" spells his first name is "Lief". Collections Canada in the NWMP database have 104 pages of records in his file. His name appears as "Lief" in a great many of those records.
[below TBA as hidden link 20 Jun]
(2) "Newry": Leif's father was a Canadian military musician, stationed briefly in Newry, Ireland - where Leif was born and got his second name in recognition of that event.
(3) "Fitzroy": In some military / NWMP service records, his name is shown as "L.N. Fitzroy Crozier" suggesting he might often have used "Fitzroy".
(4) "Paddy" -- seems to be not of his own use but by others due to his Irish birth. This nickname is found in the online bio by Bob Beal (linked at top of this mini-bio)
This mini-biography written by Gordon R Hines and last edited 26 Sept 2013)
St George Baron Le Poer Crozier (1814 - 1892)
Isabella Deacon Crozier (1822 - 1908)
John Albert Gordon Crozier (1842 - 1922)*
Baron St George Augustus Crozier (1844 - 1850)*
Leif Newry Fitzroy Crozier (1846 - 1901)
Andrew Deacon Crozier (1848 - 1888)*
Plot: P - CROZIER Family section
Created by: Gord Hines
Record added: Nov 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61036698