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Susan Pethybridge Croot

  • Birth 20 Apr 1812 Moretonhampstead, Teignbridge District, Devon, England
  • Death 23 Oct 1883 Chester, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Bernardsville, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 103201767

Susan Croot was born Susanna Pethybridge in Mortonhampstead, Devon, England in 1812. She was baptized 20 Apr 1812. She was the daughter of Samuel Pethybridge (1771-1842) and Rose Green Pethybridge (1766-1842).

She had long roots in Moretonhampstead. Her grandfather was Joseph Pethybridge, son of "wool serger" Edward Pethybridge and Susannah Tozer. It is not clear exactly how this Susannah's father Arthur Tozer, a "clothier" and wool merchant, (baptized in Lustleigh and the son of yeoman John Tozer and Mary Nosworthie) was related to the Tozers of Howton, but he clearly was, likely in the 16th century. There is a sense that in the early 19th century the Pethybridges had come down in the world, perhaps because of the waning of the wool industry in Moretonhampstead.

She married Robert Croot 23 Oct 1831. They lived at Cattiscombe, outside of Mortonhamptead near Linscott Farm, at Howton (now half a dozen buildings including Great Howton Farm), and Bowden Farm.

Robert Croot was baptized 15 Feb 1801 in Sampford Courtney, Devon, England, and was buried 3 Feb 1869 in Mortonhampstead, Devon. He was the son of John Croot and Judith Evans Croot. He seems to have been raised in North Tawton. It is not known why and when he moved to Mortonhampstead, but there were other Croots in town. He was a husbandman.

After her husband's death, she immigrated to New Jersey with her son John Croot and his family c. 1871. Seven of her eight children--six sons and one daughter--immigrated to the US between 1857 and 1871. At the time of the 1871 UK Census she was living with son John Croot on Court St., Mortonhamptead and was listed as a "washer woman," the classic job for a poor widow.

There is no existing identifiable grave marker at the Bernardsville Methodist Cemetery, but her grave was included in a list made of then-marked graves in this cemetery in 1951. The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey lists a crumbling gravestone for her in their list of graves there. She was listed incorrectly as the "wife of Ruben" on the list rather than Robert and as having been 75 at her death. It is believed that her grandson George Croot is also buried near her.

Her son John lived nearby on Mine Mountain/Bernardsville Mountain on what is now Post Kennel Road, Far Hills, NJ, which may be why she was buried here. Family history says she mostly lived there. However she died at another son's home in Chester, NJ.

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  • Created by: Linda Lyons
  • Added: 7 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103201767
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Pethybridge Croot (20 Apr 1812–23 Oct 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103201767, citing Bernardsville Methodist Cemetery, Bernardsville, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Linda Lyons (contributor 47510021) .