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Thomas Croyle (iml202)

Father: Thomas Croyle, b. 1682 in Pfalz, Bayern, Germany
Mother:


b. 1708 in Platz, Bayern, Germany [Ritchey]

d. between April 1, 1788 and February 17, 1789 buried in Clyde Dibert Farm Cemetery, Bedford County, Pennsylvania [Ritchey]

m. April 12, 1741 in Tulpehocken, Lancaster County, PA, Maria Margaretha Koelimer, b. 1720 in Tulpehocken, Lancaster County, PA [Ritchey]

Issue: [Ritchey]

Adam, b. 1741, d. 1821

George, (iml1002), b. 1744/5, d. May 7, 1829

John Adam, b. September 9, 1743 in Swatara, Lancaster County, PA, d. 1808 in Bedford County, PA

m. 1757 in Bedford County, Margaret Deibert, b. 1743, d. before 1784

Judith, b. March 22, 1747, d. February 15, 1812 in Bedford County, PA

m. Jacob Fetter, b. April 15, 1749, d. September 23, 1821 in Bedford County, PA

Johannes, b. May 14, 1747 in Swatara, Lancaster County, PA, d. 1787 buried in the Four Family Cemetery, Dutch Corners, Bedford County, PA

m. 1754 in Bedford County, PA, Catherine Miller, b. 1735 in Bedford County, PA, d. in Dublin Township, Huntington County, PA

Anna Catarina, b. May 5, 1750 in Swatara, Lancaster County, PA

Ana Maria, b. December 1752 in Swatara, Lancaster County, PA, d. January 1, 1753 in Swatara, Lancaster County, PA.

m2c. 1759 in Cumberland County, PA, Judith Creyelin, b. 1724 in Bedford County, PA, d. January 31, 1814 buried in Clyde Dibert Farm Cemetery, Bedford County, PA [Ritchey]Judith married 2 John Stoneking.

Issue: [Ritchey]

Thomas, b. 1760 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA, d. June 23, 1858 buried in St. Johns Lutheran Church, Summerhill, Cambria County, PA

m. 1785 in Hagerstown, MD, Maria Barbara Garn, b. Sept. 10, 1773 in Frederick, Maryland, d. October 11, 1855 in Summerhilll, Cambria County, PA

Charles Carl, b. 1761 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA, d. 1836 buried in St. John's Lutheran Church, Summerhill, Cambria County, PA

Jacob, b. 1763 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA, d. in Wayne, Wayne County, Ohio

Daniel, b. 1764 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA, d. September 18, 1828 buried in the Messiah Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bedford County, PA

m. Catherine Imler, bc. 1763, d. 1842

Eve, b. 1765 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA

m. --- Bridaham

Joseph, b. 1768 in Snake Spring Valley, Cumberland County, PA, d. June 18, 1840 in Union Township, Bedford County, PA

m. Eva Riddle

Mary B., b. 1778 in Dutch Corner, Bedford County, PA, d. May 29, 1851 in Buffalo Township, Butler County, PA

m. --- Moury

Information:

September 19, 1732:
Thomas arrived with his father Thomas and a brother John Adam at the Port of Phildalphia on the S. S. Johnson, David Crocket, master, from Rotterdam. [Ritchey]

Thomas first settled in the Lancaster area. In 1736 his brother had a land pattent issued on the east side of his property. The land was on the head of the Conestoga Creek. They were members of the Lutheran and Reformed Church in Lancaster County. [Ritchey]

1750:
Thomas was on the tax list for Hanover County which is now Dauphin County and parent county is Lancaster. [Ritchey]

1752-4:
Thomas moved to the Village of Conocheague (later became Mercersburg in Franklin County). He left his family there and went on to Snake Spring in Bedford County and began building their future home. He built a two story log house at the mouth of Snake Spring. He finished the house in 1753. He moved his family there in 1754. The house is being used today (1999) by the Weatherization Program of Bedford County. His name and the date he built it are carved in the huge rafters. [Ritchey]

June 10, 1762:
Thomas was able to claim improvement rights and so was issued a Warrant for his 100 acres. He later owned an additional 200 acres adjacent to this property. [Ritchey]

Thomas was the first blacksmith in the area. He was alson a blacksmith for the army during the Revolutionary War. He was listed as having received a warranty of land from the government for his efforts. His sons George and Thomas were also balcksmiths and their shops were located at the Willows on the Forbes Road. [Ritchey]

1774:
Thomas moved to Dutch Corners and built a new log cabin next to his son George. [Ritchey]

1779:
Thomas appears on the tax list as having 100 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle and 10 sheep. [Ritchey]

April 1, 1788:
Thomas wrote his will in German: "I am Thomas Croyle and it is my will that this be my last will and testament while I am of sound mind. Namely that my wife Judith shall retain everything in her hands as long as she is my widow; should it be she would change her widow status she should inherit one-third of all things and my eldest son Adam shall receive $4 of his inheritance, Johannes, my second son, shall receive $4 of his inheritance, Carl shall receive $4 of his inheritance and Thomas shall have all the tools of the blacksmith and shall do good on his younger brothers and sisters with half of the estimated value of the rest. And with that I want for me and all my loved ones who I am about to leave, God ordering and being willing, sign with my own hand before two witnesses on this the first of April in the year of Christ 1788." [Ritchey]

February 21, 1798:
Some of the things listed on Thomas' Inventory of goods and chatttels were 1 black horse, 1 dark bay horse, 1 black and white cow, another black and white cow, 1 white cow, 1 black cow, 1 brindle heifer, 1 black bull, 1 red bull, another black bull, 1 spotted steer, 2 calves, 3 weathers, 1 ram and 4 ewes and 6 small hogs. [Ritchey]


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