I thought I’d work on this line a bit-especially people I have photos of.
I found out through DNA testing of a male relative that while the paternal Crabtree NAME comes from West Yorkshire, England, the DNA is actually Scandinavian-probably Viking, probably from the time after the 900’s when the Vikings had a strong presence in much of eastern England.
Where I’ve always sort of ignored the paternal line-because it was boringly “English” I’m now curious-after all, it is where we get the really tall, long-faced bodies from, and one can hope just a little Viking toughness as well. This map (link) shows that the W. Yorkshire DNA is distinctively different from the Southern and Eastern British Isle DNA…As are the Welsh, Cornwall and Devon areas (which is my Whitecotton family-a post for another time)…
My great grandparents were Alexander Wilson Crabtree, Left, below. Center is Alexander’s wife, Alice Rosaline Goddard Crabtree. “Rosa” and Alex had 5 children, and then Alex died, of appendicitis, leaving Rosa with five children and extreme poverty.
Family stories have it that she was so poor she could not afford medicine when her kids got sick, so when she needed something she would ask someone going across the river to stop in with some Native folks that people called “the root diggers” and get some wild-harvested medicine. (That’s where I get my love of herbal medicine!) Rosa was also a midwife, not only to those being born, but sometimes to those dying as well.
After Alex died, Alex’s brother Sylvester (right, above) married Rosa. They had two more children, for a total of 7.
My dad used to say they had the “10 year club” going in the family. Rosa’s first son, my grandfather John Willis Crabtree, was born close to the end of 1886.
His full brother, Frank was born in 1897, and their half brother Thom was born in 1907. Then in 1917, my grandfather had my Dad, so there was 10 years between each of them. Apparently my dad remembers this conversation while he and Thom were brushing their teeth around the cistern.
Alexander and Sylvester’s mother was Elizabeth Crabtree, born 1837.
Elizabeth(1) married Thomas M. Crabtree(2) and yes, they were 2nd cousins.
Elizabeth(1)’s father was William W.G. Crabtree(3), below.
William W.G.(3-note middle initial)’s father is William(5).
Thomas M (2)’s father is William T.(4-note middle initial).
William T (4)’s father was Thomas (6).
William(5) and Thomas (6) were sons of (you guessed it!) William and Ann Riley Crabtree.
If that’s as clear as mud, try the diagram, below. Elizabeth and her husband/2nd cousin Thomas M. are on the right. They shared the same Great Grandparents. (Perhaps this accounts for their son Alexander being what looks like cross-eyed?)
Note also in the diagram below that one brother married a Sarah Flory and one married Sarah Flory Graham-they were likely also cousins, which, ugh, is just weird. Apparently there were no other dateable women except cousins?