Biography of Stephen Crocker of Stafford, NY

Stephen Crocker, son of George and Sarah, was born in Bishop's Tawton, Devonshire, Eng., February 26, 1808. His father was a prominent farmer, holding 200 acres. He died in 1850. Mr. Crocker was educated at the public schools, finishing his studies at Barnstable. On leaving school he remained with his father until 1831, when be, with a party of Devonshire Englishmen, came to America, being among the first English settlers in this town. In July of that year he bought the Anson Bristol farm on the "Clipknock road." In September, 1832, he married Susanna, eldest daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Radley. In 1836, with two others, he went to St. Louis, and in 1839 returned to England, where he remained until 1841, when he returned to the United States with his parents and family. He was assessor of the town for six years, and during the Rebellion enrolled the citizens who went to war. Later he was one of the "war committee," doing efficient service, has been road commissioner for six years, and held the office of poormaster for about 20 years. He has also been elected town clerk, and during the administration of President Cleveland was appointed postmaster. Although a staunch Democrat his Republican friends have given him their suffrage. Mrs. Crocker died in 1879. They had one child, Elizabeth, born in 1833, who was the first one baptized in Trinity Episcopal Church at Stafford, by the then rector, John Robertson. She received her education at Mrs. Bryan's school in Batavia, and at the Ingham University of Le Roy. In 1855 she married Dr. Thomas, son of Rev. B. King, D. D., who was pastor of the church at Rockaway, N. J., for 50 years. Mr. King died in 1867, and two years later she married William Wood, son of Leonard, of Devonshire, Eng., by whom she had two children, Leonard and Gertrude. Mr. Wood died in 1884. Tn 1885 Mrs. Wood removed from "Wood's farm," Morganville, to the rectory in Stafford, and is now living with her father.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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