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Here is a brief beginning to our family history.  

My family's line of descent is marked with a **.

Our Cronkhite ancestors were some of the early settlers of America.  Harck Siboutsen was a ship carpenter.  He married at New Amsterdam (now New York City) in 1642 Wyntie Teunis from Naerden. He died between 1681 and 1684. Wyntie survived him many years. They had three sons, Sibout, Theunis, John, and Jacobus. The first three brothers settled in the Manor of Cortlandt, Westchester Co., assumed the name of Krankheyt (later written Kronkhite or Cronkhite) and had many descendants.

Our line is actually the result of a common-law marriage between two different lines of the Cronkhite descendants through the grandchildren of Theunis and Sophia:

Theunis Herox KRANKHEYT .

Sophia Hendrickse WILTSE  
(daughter of Hendrick Martenzen and Margaret Janse (Meyers) MEYRINCK)

Herck KRANCKHEYT 
(son of Theunis and Sophia) married Helena VAN WART (daughter of Gerrit Joachimse VAN WART and Catalyntje (Catherine) CONKLIN)

 

Hendrick KRONKHEYT 
(son of Theunis and Sophia) married Annetje BANCKER (daughter of Laurens Mattyse BANCKER and Jannetie Hendrickse HARMENSEN)

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Hendrick CRONKHEIT 
(son of Herck and Helena) married Mary DELANGE (daughter of Arrie DELANGE and Anna Maria WILTSE)

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Theunis KRANCKHEIT 
(son of Hendrick and Annetje) married Annatje (Antje) VAN TASSEL (daughter of Willem (William) VAN TASSEL and Weyntie KRAUKHEYT)

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Jacob CRANCKHEIT 
(son of Theunis and Annatje) married Anna FERGUSON

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Aurey CRONKHITE Sr 
(son of Hendrick and Mary)     


married

Annye CRANCKEIT  
(daughter of Jacob and Anna)

       

 

 

**Aurey CRONKHITE Sr (son of Hendrick Cronkheit and Mary Delange) was born on 4 July 1757 in Claverack, Dutchess County, New York, USA.  He served in the Revolutionary War in the Albany County Militia--Fourteenth Regiment - Colonel John Knickerbacker; Colonel Peter Yates; Lieut. Col. John Van Rensselaer; Adjutant Jacob Van Valkenbergh.   He appeared on the census in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA in 1790, 1800, and 1810.   Aurey was married to Phebe CRANKHEIT (daughter of Jacob CRANCKHEIT and Anna FERGUSON) on 13 April 1776.  Phebe CRANKHEIT was born in 1758 in New York, USA.  Phebe appeared as head of household on the census in 1820 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  Aurey CRONKHITE Sr and Phebe CRANKHEIT had the following children:

1.                              Jacob CRONKHITE was born on 11 July 1778.

2.                              Ezekiel CRONKHITE was born on 24 January 1780.

3.                              Anna CRONKHITE was born on 25 April 1781.

4.                              Henry A CRONKHITE was born on 28 February 1783.

5.                              Mary CRONKHITE was born on 28 May 1786.

6.                              Phebe CRONKHITE was born on 7 February 1788.

7.                              Alcha CRONKHITE was born on 12 November 1789.

8.                              Deborah CRONKHITE was born in 1791.

9.                              Aury CRONKHITE Jr was born on 12 June 1794.

10.                          Hannah CRONKHITE was born on 19 August 1798.

Shortly after his marriage to Phebe, Aurey also took as his common-law wife Phebe's younger sister, Anna/Annye, our female ancestor.  It is said that he built a house for Anna just across the road from where he lived with Phebe.  He must have divided his time equally and impartially between his two wives as is evident from the dates of birth for both sets of children.  Check out a couple of them:  Phebe’s daughter Mary was born only about one month after Levi, son of Anna;  Phebe's daughter Hannah and Anna's daughter Sally were born only eight days apart.   It is said that Aurey supported both families well and made mention of them in his will.  Having two wives was probably not considered nearly as scandalous among the Dutch of his time.  Evidently the arrangement was with the consent of both sisters.  In fact, Phebe named her first daughter Anna.

**Annye CRANCKEIT (daughter of Jacob CRANCKHEIT and Anna FERGUSON) was born on 4 May 1764 in New York, USA.  By the time Aurey died in 1815, many of their children were grown and had families.  They were enticed by the new west beyond the mountains with cheap land, adventure, and a different future.  Abram, the oldest, chose to stay in New York, but many others of the family went west and Anna went with them.  They briefly stayed in Hamilton County, Ohio near Cincinnati and then moved on to Warren County, Indiana.  Anna lived the latter years of her life with her son, Levi, and his family.  She died on 30 March 1851 in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  She was buried on a knoll in the old section of West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA, flanked by two of her sons and their wives with other family members close by.  Aurey and Annye had the following children:

  1. Abram A CRONKHITE Sr was born on 26 October 1784 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Huldah WILSON on 12 September 1805 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  Huldah WILSON was born on 22 June 1791.  Abram died on 14 August 1824 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  Huldah died on 24 June 1847.  Abram and Huldah had the following children - Alexander CRONKHITE, Aury Walker CRONKHITE, Anna Marie CRONKHITE, Dolly Louisa CRONKHITE, Hulda Salome CRONKHITE, Abram A CRONKHITE Jr, Levi Sheldon CRONKHITE, and Caroline T CRONKHITE.

2.                              **Levi CRONKHITE Sr (see below)

  1. Merriam CRONKHITE was born on 4 February 1788.   She was married to Mr. FAREWELL.
  2. John A CRONKHITE was born on 24 May 1790.  He was married to Anna POTTER on 22 October 1810 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He died about 1834.
  3. Esther CRONKHITE was born on 17 December 1792.  She was married to Samuel CROSS about 1812.  She died on 6 March 1858.
  4. Elijah CRONKHITE was born on 2 July 1797 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Catherine OUDERKARK (daughter of Jacob OUDERKARK and Catherine UNKNOWN).  Catherine OUDERKARK was born in 1798 in New York, USA.  She died on 17 February 1839 in Marshfield, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Elijah and Catherine had the following children - Mariah Hester CRONKHITE,  Levi S CRONKHITE, Jacob CRONKHITE, Altha CRONKHITE, Euphene CRONKHITE, Abram CRONKHITE, Rebecca CRONKHITE, Sarah CRONKHITE, Josephus CRONKHITE, and Lansing CRONKHITE.  He was married to Martha WILES WILSON (daughter of Luke WILES and Mary HOBSON) on 6 May 1841 in Vermillion County, Illinois, USA.  Martha WILES WILSON was born on 9 February 1817 in Switzerland County, Indiana, USA. Elijah died on 20 June 1877 and was buried in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA. Elijah and Martha had the following children - Augustus C CRONKHITE, Luke CRONKHITE, Henry C CRONKHITE, Katherine CRONKHITE, Philander C CRONKHITE, Christopher Columbus CRONKHITE, Leanna CRONKHITE. 
  5. Sally CRONKHITE was born on 27 August 1799.  She was married to Samuel CROSS on 11 July 1858.  She died on 21 December 1881.
  6. Enoch CRONKHITE was born on 4 September 1800 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Salina SWEET in 1824.  Salina SWEET was born on 16 May 1808 in New York, USA.  He died on 25 October 1846 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Salina appeared as head of household on the census in 1850 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  She died on 19 March 1888 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Enoch and Salina had the following children - Mary Ann CRONKHITE, Minerva CRONKHITE, John H CRONKHITE, Harriet CRONKHITE, William F CRONKHITE, Helen M CRONKHITE, Freelove S CRONKHITE, Stephen S CRONKHITE, Hosea CRONKHITE, and Francis M CRONKHITE.
  7. Betsy CRONKHITE was born on 30 March 1802.  She was married to Lemuel BOWERS.
  8. Sylvia CRONKHITE was born on 28 February 1804.  She died on 28 April 1856.  She was married to Henry TOBY.
  9. Salome CRONKHITE was born on 8 April 1806.
  10. Cornelius CRONKHITE was born on 8 January 1808 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Charlotte BOWERS on 1 December 1831.  They appeared on the census in 1850 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  He died on 17 February 1879 in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA
  11. Polly CRONKHITE was born on 9 September 1809.

Aurey cut his hand on the blade of a scythe in the summer of 1815, probably while cutting hay.  Blood poisoning set in and he died August 5, 1815 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  His will was probated August 18, 1815.  He was buried in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA in the same cemetery where his father, mother, and other members of the family were buried.  The cemetery was destroyed many years ago for a gravel pit.

 

**Levi CRONKHITE Sr was born on 17 March 1786 in Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Rebecca SWEET about 1809/10.  Rebecca SWEET was born on 1 December 1790 in Rhode Island, USA.  As the Cronkhites moved west, they lived from around 1817 to 1826 in Hamilton County, Ohio.  In 1826 they decided to continue west and moved on to Warren County, Indiana.  The trip was made with wagons over the wilderness roads and trails.  Once there, they had to work quickly to clear land and build log houses to survive the coming winter in the wilderness.   The family appeared on the census in Warren County, Indiana, USA 

  • 1830
  • 1840
  • 1850 (Steuben Township, Household #83)

Levi died on 6 May 1857 in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  His will was probated May 19, 1857.  Rebecca died on 12 June 1866 in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Both were buried in West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Levi and Rebecca had the following children:

  1. Orville CRONKHITE was born on 6 October 1809 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Lovina BAUGH on 17 March 1831 in Warren County, Indiana, USA by Nathaniel Butterfield.  Lovina BAUGH was born on 2 June 1814 in Pickaway County, Ohio, USA.  They moved to Jones County, Iowa, and signed a deed there in 1864.  He was a Probate Judge, Justice of the Peace, and held other offices.  Orville died on 7 April 1875 in Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa, USA.  Lovina died on 18 September 1900 in Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa, USA.  Orville and Lovina had ten children - William CRONKHITE, Jane CRONKHITE, Henrietta CRONKHITE, Caroline CRONKHITE, Buell CRONKHITE, Emily CRONKHITE, John CRONKHITE, Orville CRONKHITE Jr, and Emeline CRONKHITE.
  2. **Sidney CRONKHITE (see below).
  3. Orrin CRONKHITE was born on 4 May 1813 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Lucinda SAUM (daughter of Jacob SAUM and Barbara MAURER) on 27 April 1835 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Lucinda SAUM was born in 1817 in Saumsville, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA.  They moved to Iowa.  Lucinda died in 1875.   Orrin and Lucinda had the following children - Barbara Ann CRONKHITE, Jacob L CRONKHITE, Rebecca E CRONKHITE, P Emily CRONKHITE, George A CRONKHITE, and William S CRONKHITE.
  4. Hosea CRONKHITE was born on 24 November 1814 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He was married to Eleanor Garrison/Garretson ACERS on 6 June 1836 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  They appeared on the census in 1850 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.     Hosea died on 12 February 1864 in Steuben Township, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Eleanor died on 24 January 1874.  Hosea and Eleanor had the following children - Emily U CRONKHITE, Polly A CRONKHITE, Malinda CRONKHITE, Levi CRONKHITE, William H CRONKHITE, and Elizabeth CRONKHITE 
  5. Polly Ann Mary CRONKHITE was born on 26 December 1816 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  She was married to Ephraim Buell TILLOTSON (son of Luther TILLOTSON) on 13 February 1834 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  She died on 22 November 1893.  Polly and Ephraim had the following children -  Sarah Ann TILLOTSON, Rebecca TILLOTSON, Belinda TILLOTSON, Levi C TILLOTSON, Walter B TILLOTSON, Priscilla TILLOTSON, James Madison TILLOTSON, Buell TILLOTSON, Luther TILLOTSON, William Wallace TILLOTSON, Frances TILLOTSON, and Mary Ann TILLOTSON.
  6. Levi CRONKHITE Jr was born on 22 November 1818 in Ohio, USA.  He was married to his cousin, Mary Ann CRONKHITE (daughter of Enoch CRONKHITE and Salina SWEET), on 6 April 1844 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Mary Ann CRONKHITE was born on 25 June 1825.  Soon after their marriage they went to Iowa for six years.  They returned to Indiana, and then in the early 1850's went to California for two years.  They again returned to Warren County, Indiana, where he was admitted to the bar in 1866.  He was a Justice of the Peace for many years and was known as Squire Cronkhite.  Levi died on 19 April 1893 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Mary Ann died on 25 December 1912 in Marshfield, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Levi and Mary Ann had the following children - Minnie Ann CRONKHITE, Cassius Marion Clay CRONKHITE, Salina CRONKHITE, Winfield Scott CRONKHITE, Lora B CRONKHITE, Orville CRONKHITE, Jessie F CRONKHITE, and Mary Louise CRONKHITE.
  7. William CRONKHITE was born on 15 February 1821 in Ohio, USA.  He died young on 15 October 1821.
  8. William S CRONKHITE was born on 12 May 1823 in Ohio, USA.  He was married first to Frances BLACK on 27 March 1845 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Frances BLACK died on 17 August 1849.  William and Frances had the following children - Frank CRONKHITE and Clara CRONKHITE.  He was married second to Eliza SWEET (daughter of Hiram SWEET and Malinda WATERMAN) on 9 October 1853 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Eliza SWEET was born on 30 March 1834 in New York, USA.  William died on 27 February 1901.  William and Eliza had the following children - Omer CRONKHITE, Ross CRONKHITE, Lee CRONKHITE, Rebecca CRONKHITE, Malinda CRONKHITE, Hosea CRONKHITE, May CRONKHITE, Scott CRONKHITE, and Fanny CRONKHITE.

**Sidney CRONKHITE was born on 9 June 1811 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York, USA.  He appeared on the census in Warren County, Indiana, USA in 1840, 1850, and 1860.  He was married first to Cornelia TILLOTSON (daughter of Luther TILLOTSON) on 9 February 1832 in Warren County, Indiana, USA by Nathaniel Butterfield.  Cornelia TILLOTSON was born about 1808.  She died about 1845.  She was buried in Tillotson Burying Ground, Marshfield, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Sidney CRONKHITE and Cornelia TILLOTSON had the following children:

  1. Priscilla CRONKHITE was born on 15 November 1833 in Indiana, USA.  She was married to Isaac M REESE on 11 September 1853 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Priscilla and Isaac had the following children - Sidney REESE, Abraham Lincoln REESE, Elizabeth REESE, Mary REESE, and Cornelia REESE.
  2. John Warren CRONKHITE was born on 4 September 1835 in Indiana, USA.  He was married to Mariah Louisa Norton GUINN on 6 April 1865 in Vermillion County, Illinois, USA.  John and Mariah had the following children - Cora Cornelia CRONKHITE, Gertrude CRONKHITE, and John Herbert CRONKHITE.
  3. Byron Elijah CRONKHITE was born on 27 August 1837 in Indiana, USA.  Never married.  He died about May 1937 in Chase, Rice County, Kansas, USA.
  4. Milton "Levi" CRONKHITE was born on 26 November 1839 in Indiana, USA.  He was married to Sarah Marshall BEARD on 24 January 1861 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Levi and Sarah had the following children - Isaac CRONKHITE, Flora Augusta CRONKHITE, James Irving CRONKHITE, and Infant CRONKHITE.

He was married second to Sarah Sibrena SWEET (daughter of Hiram SWEET and Malinda WATERMAN) on 18 June 1848 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Sarah Sibrena SWEET was born on 4 September 1832 in Troy, Rensellaer County, New York, USA.  She died on 26 January 1903 in Steuben Township, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  She was also known as Sally.  Sidney and Sarah had the following children:

  1. Lafayette CRONKHITE was born on 14 March 1849 in Indiana, USA.  He was married to Francis Sophia GUNN on 19 October 1876 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Lafayette and Francis had the following children - Ira CRONKHITE, Myrtle CRONKHITE, Herman CRONKHITE, Bert CRONKHITE, Alva CRONKHITE, Dewey CRONKHITE.
  2. Hiram Eldridge CRONKHITE was born on 16 August 1850.  He was married to Eliza J THOMPSON on 31 December 1878 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.
  3. **Cornelia CRONKHITE (see below)
  4. Louisa Willson CRONKHITE was born on 14 February 1854.  She was married to Dr Wilmer GREEN on 31 January 1886 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  No children.
  5. Albert CRONKHITE was born on 10 September 1858.  He was married to Nellie Leona GOODRICK on 21 February 1889 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Albert and Nellie had the following children: - Lena Lee CRONKHITE, Edwin Rufus Stanley CRONKHITE, Clarence Earl CRONKHITE, Warren Chester CRONKHITE, Florence Myrtle CRONKHITE, Ethel CRONKHITE, Ralph CRONKHITE, Audrey Irene CRONKHITE, Glenn CRONKHITE, Alberta Lenora CRONKHITE, and Geneva Lola Madeline CRONKHITE.
  6. Sidney CRONKHITE Jr was born on 8 January 1862.  He was married to Elizabeth MORGAN on 21 July 1889 in Vermillion County, Illinois, USA.  Elizabeth MORGAN was born in 1868.  Sidney died in 1939.  Elizabeth died in 1956.  Both were buried in Elizabethtown Cemetery, Washington Township, Delaware County, Indiana, USA.  Sidney and Elizabeth had the following children - William CRONKHITE, Ruth CRONKHITE, Esther CRONKHITE, and Henry CRONKHITE.
  7. Delia CRONKHITE was born on 4 August 1864.  She was married to Charles GIBSON Sr.  Delia and Charles had the following children - Cecil GIBSON, Maurice GIBSON, Harold GIBSON, and Charles GIBSON Jr.
  8. Eugenia CRONKHITE was born on 13 June 1867.  She died on 6 March 1874.
  9. Ezra CRONKHITE was born on 6 October 1869.  He died on 29 January 1871.

Sidney's family appeared on the US census in Steuben Township, Warren County, Indiana in:

  • 1840
  • 1850 (Household #22)
  • 1860 (Household #241)
  • 1870 (Household #476)

Sidney died on 27 February 1874 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  He was buried in Warren County, Indiana, USA.

**Cornelia CRONKHITE was born on 15 April 1852 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  She was married to Sylvester Joel LARRABEE (son of Sylvester LARRABEE and Eliza Jane ELLIS) on 22 February 1877 in Warren County, Indiana, USA.  Sylvester Joel LARRABEE (also known as Ves) was born on 8 January 1854 in Licking County, Ohio, USA.  Cornelia died in 1923.  Sylvester died on 22 April 1928.  Both were buried in West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana, USA.  See the LARRABEE Family page for their children and descendants.

This is only the first couple generations of our family tree.  For more information about the Cronkhite family, check out my WorldConnect database

 



 
 
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