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Family of Robert H CROOKS and Emily T or P VESEY

Robert H CROOKS b. 1834 Nov 155326 at Holmes Co., OH5326. d. 1898 Oct 305329 at at home, suicide by hanging, Penn twp, St Joseph Co., IN5329. bd. Mishawaka City Cem., Mishawaka, IN840.
Emily T or P VESEY b. 1833 Dec 94633 at Ohio2902. d. 1913 Mar 214633 at 214 W 4th St, Mishawaka, IN4633. bd. City Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN4633.

Married2072 1861 Apr 82072 at St Joseph Co., IN2072. Emily and Robert were married by Francis Norwood, Minister. Their marriage license was dated Mar 18, 1861.

The death certificate4633 for Emily P Crooks lists her as widowed; her husband as Robert H Crooks; her parents as George W Vesey and Olive Graham.

A biographical sketch5326 of Robert H Crooks states he was born in Holmes county, Ohio, the son of James and Mary Crooks, both naties of Pennsylvania. He went with his parents to Noble co., Indiana, in 1841, where he lived for 7 years. They then moved to La Porte county and lived there until 1855, when they moved to St Joseph county.

Robert went to Illinois in 1857 and worked on a farm. He married Apr, 1860, Emily Vesey, dau of George Vesey of Penn township.

Consistent with the sketch mentioned above, other records indicate Robert resided with his parents and his brother James W Crooks in Kankakee, IN, in 18505327, and in Mishawaka, IN, in 18602903.

Following their marriage, Robert and Emily, and their 4 year old daughter, resided2904 in Penn Twp.

On the morning of Oct 30, 1898, Robert H Crooks hanged himself at his home. For some time he had been regarded as rather queer in his actions. He had seen his son-in-law, Frank Cook of Mishawaka, the evening before, and told Frank that he would probably never see him again. Mr Crooks had made similar remarks before and no particular notice was taken. His suicide was apparently due to ill health, "together with a diseased mind."

In 1850, the family of James and Nancy Curtis resided2902 adjacent (enumerated consecutively) to George W Veasy, and a William Curtis, age 20, born Ohio, appears to be their child.

Emily married William Curtis in 1851. William died in 1863. Whether Emily and William had a son George is discussed below.

Following William's death, Emily appears2905 in 1860 as Emily Veazy, residing with her father, and her siblings Lucian(sic), Horace and Roxa.

Emily Curtiss(sic) and Robert Crooks were married2072 in 1861. There is some disagreement regarding the marriage date for Emily to Robert Crooks. History of St Joseph County5326 has April, 1860, but Emily was residing2905 with her father that year, enumerated June 12. Hillman800 has April, 1863, without specific reference. Hillman's 1863 year may have come from the 1900 census3181 in which Emily (enumerated as "Robert Crooks," mother-in-law, female, born Dec 1833, resided with her daughter Grace and Grace's husband Frank Finch. Emily's marital status is widowed, followed by "37" which is crossed out. That census year, the column following marital status was "years married." The crossed-out "37" may have indicated a marriage year of 1863, but then was crossed out by the enumerator as that column wasn't normally filled in for widows or widowers.

In 1900, though listed as "Robert Crooks, mother-in-law," Emily resided3181 with her daughter Grace, and Grace's husband Frank Finch. She is listed as the mother of 8, 4 currently living. Also in 1910, Emily T Crooks resided with Grace Finch, Grace's husband Frank J and their children Emily and Robert, in Mishawaka.

The informant for Emily's death certificate4633 was her daughter Grace, "Mrs F J Finch," of Mishawaka. The undertaker listed on that certificate was "Finch & Sprague," likely Grace's husband.

Mrs Emily (Vesey) Crooks died Mar 21, 1913, at 214 W 4th street, Mishawaka, Indiana. She was widowed (husband recorded as Robert H Crooks). The informant for her death certificiate was Mrs F J Finch, elsewhere identified as daughter Grace.

In 1870, a George Curtis resided2904 in the household of Robert Crooks, Emily, and their daughter Olive. George was age 18, engaged in farming, and was born in Indiana. With an estimated birth year of 1852, he could assumed to be Emily's son by her previous marriage. That same year, George Curtis, age 20, engaged in farming, born Indiana, resided2904 with William Curtis' parents, James and Nancy Curtis, and their son Horace. It's possible that those two persons were one and the same, as there are occurrences of one person being enumerated in separate households. Further, in 1850, a George Curtis resided2902 in the household of James and Nancy Curtis, with several other children, including (as mentioned above) William Curtis. The George Curtis in that record is listed as age 4 months, born in Indiana, and is assumed to be the son of James and Nancy. In 1860, George Curtis, age 10, resided2905 with James and Nancy Curtis, along with several other children. If Emily Vesey and William Curtis had a son born about 1852, a George Curtis of the appropriate age can't be found in that year in that vicinity.

Children of Robert H CROOKS and Emily T or P VESEY:

1. Olive A CROOKS2904 b. 1865 Dec 44633 at St Joseph Co., IN4633. d. 1947 Jan 244633 at St Joseph Hosp., Mishawaka, IN4633. bd. Fairview Cem., Mishawaka, IN4633.
md. Frank G COOK
2. Lucius Merrill CROOKS3179 b. 1873 Dec 175338 at St Joseph Co., IN5338. d. 1931 Jun 204633 at Indiana Hotel, Concord, Elkhart Co., IN4633. bd. Mishawaka, IN4633.
md. 1) Carrie WOODWARD
md. 2) Helen Louise Devere HUGGINS
3. Mary E CROOKS3179 b. 1875~3179 at St Joseph Co., IN4636. d. 1937 Sep 285346 at Elkhart, IN5346.
md. Chester A MIXER
4. Grace M CROOKS3179 b. 1879 Jan 134633 at St Joseph Co., IN4633. d. 1948 Oct 264633 at 908 E Donald St, South Bend, IN4633. bd. Fairview Cem., Mishawaka, IN4633.
md. Frank J FINCH

800. Veazie Genealogy, Ralph E Hillman, CG, Penobscot Press, Private Printing, Feb 2011.
840. Gravestone inscriptions -
2072. Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959; Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992, Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, Indiana Select Marriages Index 1748-1993, Indiana Marriages 1811-2007, Indiana Marriages 1810-2001; 1,2,5), 3,4,5)
2902. 1850 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;,
2903. 1860 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Mishawaka;
2904. 1870 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;,
2905. 1860 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;
3179. 1880 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;
3181. 1900 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;
4633. Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011;
4636. Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940;
4663. 1910 Fed Census IN, St Joseph Co., Penn Twp;
5326. Indiana, St Joseph County, History of, anonymous; Chicago: Chas C Chapman & Co., 1880;
5327. 1850 Fed Census IN, La Porte Co., Kankakee;
5329. Obit - Crooks, Robert H, committed suicide, Bremen (IN) Enquirer, Fri, Nov 4, 1898, p 1;
5338. Crooks, Lucius M, mrg lic to helen l d huggins; image; Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001, Elkhart, 1908-1909 Vol 19;
5346. Mixer, Mrs Mary C, committed suicide, The (Hammond, IN) Times, Wed, Sep 29, 1937, p 91;