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About the Crooks surname

3. THE CROOKS FAMILY . The Jonathan Crooks [senior] Genealogy

Jonathan Crooks b. 1794 Sheffield, England; son of Jonathan and Amelia Crooks. He enlisted with the Royal Artillery as Bombardier in Sheffield on February 19 1812 and married Sarah Bellaby (b. 1796) on February 1 1816 in St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham (Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Bellaby who died on February 24 1879 and was buried in St. Mary’s South End Cemetery). Jonathan Crooks arrived in Port Elizabeth in about 1825. In 1830 he was a shoemaker and during 1832/3 served as Messenger of the Court; d. September 27 1834 and buried in St. Mary’s South End Cemetery, PE. Historical note: November 19 1838 sale of property (house & premises on allotment of erf 5 and comfortable house on hill above town)

Eleven Crooks children were born to Jonathan (senior) and Sarah Crooks (nee Bellaby): (1)-(11):

(1) John Nuthall Crooks b. August 12 1816 in Nuthall, Nottingham; d. April 21 1878; buried in St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth; married Eliza Daniel (b. 1815) January 1 1838, St. Mary’s PE.; Eliza buried in Uitenhage (2) Annie Crooks, b. November 13 1819, Portsmouth, England; d. September 15 1838; Annie buried St. Mary’s South End Cemetery, Port Elizabeth; married John Ainsworth Hancock June 7 1837 (3) Elizabeth Crooks b. September 20 1821; married John McKenzie September 4 1838 in St. Mary’s Church PE; d. August 1843 (4) Mary Crooks b. 1823; married Francis Armstrong January 1 1839 in St. Mary’s Church., PE (5) William Crooks, b. February 18 1825; Christened in St. Georges Church, Grahamstown; d. December 1825 in Barracks, PE (6) Amelia Crooks, b. June 8 1826; married in St. Mary’s Church April 30 1845 to John Potter Tee b. 1821 d. September 7 1867 [Children: Arthur Ernest Tee, Sarah Matilda Tee, John Richard Tee, Mary Elizabeth (Tee) Belt, Lennox Frederick Potter Tee, Walter Scott Tee, George William Tee and John Tee] d. September 11 1903 (7) Emma Crooks, b. Aug 8 1827; d. September 1828 (8) Edward Crooks, b. September 11 1828, d. May 17 1883 at South Union St, PE; buried in St. Mary’s South End Cemetery (9) William James Crooks, b. July 16 1830; occupation Cooper; d. January 18 1898 married in New Church December 8 1853 to Mary Ann Baxter, b. 1834; d. March 4 1910 [Daughter: Isabella Crooks] (10) Henry Crooks, b. October 9 1831; d. July 30 1863 buried St. Mary’s South End Cemetery; occupation Shoemaker. Married August 6 1851 in Union Chapel PE to Sarah Jane Lloyd [Child Henry b. July 17 1859] (11)Sarah Weston Crooks b. February 27 1833; d. April 3 1910. Married Samuel Charles Everitt; (b. 1826/27 d. August 7 1862) March 21 1855 in St. Mary’s Church, PE [Children: Charles Egbert Everitt, Alfred Page Everitt, Frederick Edward Everitt, Ernest Henry Everitt and Samuel Charles Everitt]

Four Crooks sons were born to John Nuthall Crooks and Eliza Crooks (nee Daniel) in Port Elizabeth (A)-(D):

(A) Jonathan Crooks, b. January 31 1840 P.E. and presumably named after his grandfather, Jonathan (snr); d. June 18 1916 in Steynsburg; buried in the Steynsburg Cemetery; married February 14 1861 at “Mulberry Grove” to Elizabeth (Libby) Collett, daughter of James Lydford Collett, b. February 8 1844 at “Groenfontein” d. July 20 1913; buried in the Steynsburg Cemetery. (B) Edward Sampson Crooks, b. July 9 1842 P.E. d. March 4 1877; buried in St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth (C) Frederick Crooks married Sarah ES? [1 daughter, Florence Maud, born PE d. July 20 1874 aged 3 months, buried St. Georges Park; 2 daughters born Uitenhage: Elna Marial, b. July 6 1881; Ethel Eliza, b. February 6 1883]. Eliza Crooks; buried in Uitenhage (D) Henry Daniel Crooks, b. 1846 Port Elizabeth; d. April 17 1878; buried in St. Georges Park, P.E.

Five Crooks children were born to Jonathan and Elizabeth (Libby) Crooks [Nee Collett] (i)-(v):

(i)Aveline Eliza Crooks, b. January 7 1863, d. December 26 1907, m. Eduard John Josef Houzet (ii) Albert John Crooks, b. November 2 1866, d; m. Mary Ann Urie (iii)Amelia d’Egville Crooks, b. September 12 1868, d. 1948, E.L.; m. Otto Joseph Julius Houzet (iv) Percy Roland James Crooks, b. September 12 1871; d. Never married (v) Edith Rhoda Crooks, b. September 11 1873, d; m. Haarhoff