Children of John Blackburn and Lucy Ann LeBus

According to my research, John and Lucy Ann LeBus had eleven children. Using the Ancestry website, I have found the following information on each of them.

When Margaret “Maggie” LeBus was born in 1873 in Illinois, her father, John, was 23, and her mother, Lucy, was 20. She married Albert Louis Gillespie in 1895. They had five children in 13 years. To view information about their children, click the following link. Margaret LeBus Gillespie

Goldie LeBus Gillespie and children

Maggie died on March 29, 1938, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 65, and was buried in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Margaret LeBus Gillespie Grave Marker

When Archie LeBus was born on January 26, 1875, in Illinois, his father, John, was 24 and his mother, Lucy, was 21. He had four brothers and six sisters. He died as a teenager on July 31, 1892, in Perry, Noble, Oklahoma, and was buried in Grace Hill Cemetery. He shares a triple, upright, stone, family grave marker with his parents.

Archie LeBus
Archie LeBus Grave Marker

When George Franklin LeBus was born on December 14, 1876, in Flora, Illinois, his father, John, was 26 and his mother, Lucy, was 23. He married Ethel Cleora Calk on November 5, 1899, in Bonham, Fannin, Texas. They had ten children in 24 years. To view information about his children, click on the following link. George Franklin LeBus FGS 

George and Ethel LeBus
George and Ethel LeBus – “Pa and Ma”

George died on December 29, 1956, in Wichita Falls, Texas, at the age of 80, and was buried in Crestview Memorial Park.

George and Ethel LeBus Grave Marker

When Laura LeBus was born in December 1878 in Illinois, her father, John, was 28, and her mother, Lucy, was 25. She married Edward Bullock on November 17, 1897. They had three children in 11 years. After Edward’s death in 1913, Laura remarried John Ashbury Harry in 1915. To view information about her children, click on the following link. Laura LeBus Bullock

Laura died in 1959 at the age of 81, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Ralston, Pawnee, Oklahoma.

Laura LeBus Harry Grave Marker

When Lincoln “Link” LeBus was born in 1879 in Illinois, his father, John, was 29 and his mother, Lucy, was 26. He married Julia Unknown in 1899. They had at least two children but their names have not yet been determined. He had four brothers and six sisters. Location of death and burial are not known.

Lincoln “Link” LeBus with wife, Julia, and children

When John Ervin LeBus was born on December 22, 1881, in Tennessee, his father, John, was 31 and his mother, Lucy, was 28. He was married three times and had three sons and three daughters. His wives were Clementine Calk, Annie Unknown and Ollie Melvina Carlock. To view information about his children, click on the following link. John E. LeBus & Clementine; John E. LeBus & Annie Unk; John E. LeBus & Ollie Carlock

John and Clementine with children
John LeBus with daughter, Annabel

John died on November 24, 1952, in Electra, Wichita, Texas, at the age of 70, and was buried in the Old Electra Memorial Cemetery.

When Ruby LeBus was born in October 1886 in Illinois, her father, John, was 35, and her mother, Lucy, was 33. She had one son and one daughter with Ray Dobson. She had five brothers and five sisters. Death and burial information is not known. To view information about her children, click on the following link. Ruby LeBus Dobson

When Jake Harrison LeBus was born in 1887 in Illinois, his father, John, was 37 and his mother, Lucy, was 34. He married Frances Sophia Schwend on May 11, 1912. They had four children during their marriage. To view information about his children, click on the following link. Jake H. LeBus

Jake died on April 17, 1935, in Wichita County, Texas, at the age of 48, and was buried in Hope Cemetery, Henrietta, Clay, Texas.

Jake LeBus Grave Marker

When Goldie Belle LeBus was born on September 13, 1889, in Oklahoma, her father, John, was 38, and her mother, Lucy, was 35. She married Edwin “Ed” Taylor Sweet in 1908. They had four children in 13 years. To view information about her children, click the following link. Goldie LeBus Sweet

Goldie died on March 2, 1977, in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, at the age of 87, and was buried in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery.

When Beatrice Alma LeBus was born on November 21, 1894, in Oklahoma, her father, John, was 43, and her mother, Lucy, was 41. She married Daniel W Mack in 1914. They had five children in 10 years. To view information about children, click on the following link. Beatrice LeBus Mack

Beatrice died having lived for more than 100 years. She died on October 10, 1996, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 101. Burial location is not known.

When Irene Lucille LeBus was born on April 13, 1896, in Oklahoma, her father, John, was 45, and her mother, Lucy, was 42. She was married three times and had two children. The names of her husbands were John Frank Pollack, Noble E. Ballou and George Clifford Hughes. To view information about her children, click on the following link. Irene LeBus Pollack

Irene died on December 24, 1989, in Houston, Harris, Texas, at the age of 93.

Marriage and Burial Sources

John Blackburn LeBus

Clay County, marriage record, Clay County Clerk’s Office, Louisville, Illinois.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Margaret “Maggie” LeBus

Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. (Record for marriage)

Ancestry.com. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Archie LeBus

Ancestry.com. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

George Franklin LeBus

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Ancestry.com. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Laura LeBus

Ancestry.com. Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Lincoln “Link” LeBus (No records)

John Ervin LeBus

Ancestry.com. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Ruby LeBus

Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. (Record for marriage)

Jake Harrison LeBus

Ancestry.com. Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Ancestry.com. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Goldie Belle LeBus

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. (Record for marriage)

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Beatrice Alma LeBus

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. (Record for marriage)

Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

Irene Lucille LeBus

Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. (Record for marriage)

Ancestry.com. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Ancestry of Lloyd Ollie Croft

William and Alice Croft with children.
William and Alice Croft with children, 1935.

Four generations of the family line of Lloyd Ollie (Olie) Croft are well documented. Unfortunately, we reach a “brick wall” when we get to his great, great grandparents, Daniel and Margaret Hipple Croft. Even though there are several records for Margaret, only one has been found for Daniel. Because of this lack of documentation, I have not been able to determine the ancestry of Daniel Croft or his country of origin.

John Hipple Croft was born March 30, 1817 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. There is family lore this Croft line was Dutch which certainly may be the case. However, many German immigrants settled in this area and became known as “Pennsylvania Dutch.” *This was a “cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants.”

**Croft is also an “English surname of pre 6th century origins. These included a nickname surname for a smart, cunning person, deriving from the pre 7th century word ‘craeft’ meaning craft or skill. Secondly, it may be topographical for someone who lived by a “croft”. This described a piece of enclosed land used for tillage or pasture. Thirdly, there are several places in England called Croft and the surname may equally be locational from any of them.”

Did this Croft family line originate in Holland, Germany or the British Isles? More research needs to be done before this can be determined.

Note: Lloyd Koenning Croft, son of Lloyd O. Croft, had an autosomal DNA test which shows DNA inherited from the autosomal chromosomes of both parents. This test shows his ethnicity estimate to be 50% Great Britain; 30% Europe West; 5% Italy/Greece; 4% Scandinavia; and 1% each of Europe East, Iberian Peninsula, European Jewish, Africa and West Asia. He also had the YDNA test, showing the chromosome passed only from father to son. His greatest number of matches are from England, Ireland and Germany. Neither test shows matches of people with the surname of Croft, Kroft or any variations of the name. As more people get tested, other matches will be made, and hopefully, this will help in the search for Lloyd Croft’s elusive ancestors and their country of origin.

Variations in the spelling of this surname include Croft, Crofts, Craft, Crafft, Cruft, Kraft, Krafft, Kraftt and Krafter.

The focus of this book is on Lloyd and Gertrude Koenning Croft; Oscar and Ethel Mohler Croft; William and Alice Caulk Croft; and John Hipple and Elizabeth Teeter Croft.

Other related surnames are Bowton, Caulk, Jones, Kirkpatrick, Mohler, Shambaugh and Teeter.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Dutch

** www.surnamedb.com/Surname/croft

Croft Family photo. (Seated R to L) William and Alice Croft; Oscar Croft, Paul Harold Croft, Vede Weaver Croft, George Allen Croft, Edna Ruth Croft Durfee. (Standing R to L) Fred “Fritz” Dewey Croft, Frank Monroe Croft, Floyd Ward Croft, Grace Irene Croft Montgomery, Blanche Marie Croft Mumford, Hope Cansada Croft Thompson, and Russell William Croft. Photo taken in 1935.