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Thomas CROASDALE

Male 1644 - 1684  (40 years)


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  • Name Thomas CROASDALE 
    Born 20 May 1644  Waddington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 22 Oct 1682  Came to America on the ship "Lamb" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Apr 1683  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Nov 1684  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 10 Dec 1684  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Potts, Thomas Maxwell, Our Family Ancestors, Canonsburg, PA: Thomas M. Potts, 1895, pp. 25-29:

      THOMAS CROASDALE, . . . the first of the family in Pennsylvania, was probably a native of Yorkshire, England. His marriage, recorded by the Lancaster [England] Monthly Meeting of Friends, is the earliest mention of him that has been noticed. On 3 mo. [May] 1, 1664, he married Agnes Hathernthwaite . . . [or Hathornthwaite], of Wyersidd. Subsequent to their marriage they resided at New Hay, Yorkshire, and were under the care of Settle Monthly Meeting.

      By deeds of lease and release, dated April 21 and 22, 1682, Thomas Croasdale, of New Hay, in Yorkshire, yeoman, received a grant of 1000 acres of land, from the Proprietor, to be laid out in Pennsylvania. [Note: Upon a resurvey this tract was found to contain 670 acres.] A couple of months later, a number of Friends, probably neighbors or relatives, procured a Certificate from Settle Monthly Meeting, [Yorkshire,] dated " the 7th of the 4th month [June] 1682," as follows:

      ["]These are to certifie all whom it may concern that it is manifested to us that a necessity is layed upon severall friends belonging [to] this Monthly Meeting to remove into pensilvania & particularly our dear friend Cuthbert Hayhurst (his wife & family) who has been and is a labourer in the truth for whose wellfare and prosperity we are unanimously concerned and also our friends Thomas Wrigglesworth and Alice his wife; Thomas Walmsley Elizabeth his wife; Thomas Croasdale, Agness his wife & six children, Thomas Stackhouse & his wife, Nicholas Waln, his wife & three children; Ellen Cowgill widow & her children; & Wm Hayhurst who we believe are faithfull friends in their measures & single in their intentions to remove into ye aforesaid pensilvania in America there to inhabit if ye Lord permit, & we do testifie unity with their said intentions & desire their prosperity in ye Lord & hopes what is done by them will lead to ye advancement of the truth in which we are unanimously concerned with them.

      Samuel Watson.
      John Moore, Jr.
      Nicholas Franklin.
      Anthony Overend.
      George Atkinson.
      George Bland.
      John Driver.
      Ch. Janson.
      Francis Tennant.
      John Hall.
      Thomas Rudd.

      On 6 mo. [August] 30, following, they bade farewell to native land and set out for the new world, where freedom of conscience was assured, taking passage in the "Welcome," Robert Greenaway, master. [Note by compiler: Thomas Croasdale's family actually came to America in the "Lamb," not the "Welcome."] There are said to have been one hundred passengers on board, one of whom was William Penn, the Proprietor. During the voyage the small-pox broke out with great virulence and thirty of the passengers died at sea. The ship arrived at New Castle, on the Delaware River, 10 mo. [December] 27, 1682.

      The Croasdales settled in Bucks County, and 500 acres was laid out on account of the afore-mentioned purchase, on Neshaminy Creek, possibly not far from the present village of Langhorne. This patent was confirmed by patent, June 28, 1692. They were attached to Middletown Friends Meeting.

      The parents survived but a few years after reaching their new home. Thomas Croasdale died 9 mo. [November] 2, 1684, and letters of administration were granted to Agnes Croasdale, his widow, 10 mo. [December] 10, 1684, by Phineas Pemberton, Deputy Register. . . .

      Agnes Croasdale, the widow, died, 8 mo [October] 20, 1686, and letters of administration upon her estate were granted to her sons William and John, 9 mo. [November] 1, 1686. . . .

      The descendants of Thomas Croasdale, in the male line, seem to have become extinct in the third generation.

      CHILDREN OF THOMAS AND AGNES (HATHERNTHWAITE) CROASDALE.

      1 William Croasdale, b. 12 mo. [February] 7, 1664; d. 1715; m. 1st, Elizabeth Hayhurst, 2 mo. [April] 10, 1690, and had a daughter, Agnes, who m. Richard Hill. He m. 2d, Sarah Wilford, 2 mo. [April] 5, 1698.

      2 John Croasdale. b. 5 mo. [July] 11, 1666; d. 10 mo. [December] 6, 1706; m. Marah Chapman, 2 mo. [April] 25, 1697, and had children, 1 Ruth, 2 John, 3 Agnes, 4 Thomas. Marah, the widow, m. John Wildman, and had children, 1 Mercy, 2 Elizabeth.

      3 Elizabeth Croasdale, b. 11 mo. [January] 5, 1667; d. 6 mo. [August] 4, 1683.

      4 Mary Croasdale, b. 8 mo. [October] 30, 1669; d. 1716; m. William Smith, 9 mo. [November] 20, 1690, and had eight children, one of whom was Margaret who m. Enoch Pearson.

      5 Bridget Croasdale, b. 6 mo. [August] 30, 1671; d. 2 mo. [April] 26, 1701; m. John Cowgill, 8 mo. [October] 19, 1693, and had four children. The late William F. Corbit, the genealogist, was a descendant.

      6 Alice Croasdale, . . . b. 8 mo. [October] 3, 1673; m. David Potts, . . . 1 mo. [March] 22, 1694. . . .

      NOTE. The dates of births here given are from the Settle [Yorkshire] Monthly Meeting, as furnished to the writer by Isaac Sharp, of London. The dates given by the Middletown Monthly Meeting vary from these somewhat.

      (2) Some of the records relating to Thomas CROASDALE and his descendants use "Quaker dates." See the following discussion of these dates in Berry, Ellen Thomas and Berry, David Allen, Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 67:

      Quakers . . . did not use names for days of the week or months of the year since most of these names were derived from the names of pagan gods. A date such as August 19, 1748 will never be found. Rather it would be written "19th da 6th mo 1748." Sometimes this will be written as 6mo 19da 1748. Why 6th month since August is the 8th month? The Quakers, along with everyone else in the American Colonies and England, did not begin using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Under the Julian calendar the year began on March 25th; March was the first month and February the twelfth month. This is something of a problem when an event occurred in the months of January, February or up to March 25th, for then the date is given as 1748/1749.

      (3) Thomas CROASDALE; his wife, Agnes; and his children, William, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Bridget, and Alis have been identified by The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania as having been passengers who came to America on the ship "Lamb." See http://www.welcomesociety.org/Welcome_ancestors.htm.
    Person ID I3655  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Father William CROASDALE, Sr.,   d. 29 Jan 1666, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth (CROASDALE),   d. 18 Jun 1672, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 20 May 1644 
    Family ID F2264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes HATHORNTHWAITE,   b. Bef 13 Jul 1633, Lancaster, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Oct 1684, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 51 years) 
    Married 1 May 1664  Lancaster, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary CROASDALE,   b. 30 Oct 1669, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1716, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     2. Bridget CROASDALE,   b. 30 Aug 1671, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1701, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
     3. Alice CROASDALE,   b. 3 Oct 1673, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Nov 1730, Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 57 years)  [natural]
     4. William CROASDALE,   b. 7 Feb 1664, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 Mar 1715 and 10 Jan 1716, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     5. John CROASDALE,   b. 11 Jul 1666, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1606, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Elizabeth CROASDALE,   b. 5 Jan 1667, Settle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1683, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart