Four generations of our Croft family line are well documented. Unfortunately, we reach a “brick wall” when get to 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 verify the ancestry of Daniel Croft or his country of origin. However, I am inclined to think, that like Margaret, he was of Germanic ancestry.
Fellow researchers of Daniel R. Croft think his parents might have been George or Daniel Croft and a woman whose surname might have been Brollier, Braillier or Brolliars. We speculate they lived in Maryland and moved to Bedford or Blair County, Pennsylvania. I think they had four children – George, Polly Philip and Daniel.
Note: It is likely that Daniel R. Croft’s oldest brother was named George, and he and Margaret named their oldest son George. This lends to the theory that the name of Daniel’s father was George.
The parents of Anna Margaretta “Margaret” were John and Anna Dils Hipple or Hippel. She was born about 1795 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. John Hipple’s father, Johan Jacob Hippel, was from Germany. Anna’s grandfather, Johan Peter Dils, was also from Germany.
Several estate records for Margaret Croft were found in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Blair County is located in the south central part of the state, adjoining Bedford County. Blair County was formed from Bedford and other counties in 1846. Its lush farmland and woodlands made it a very attractive site for farming.
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…The majority of these immigrants originated in what is today southwestern Germany.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Dutch)
As mentioned, much research has been done, but little documented information about Daniel and Margaret Croft has been uncovered. There are 1820 and 1830 census records for Woodbury, Bedford, Pennsylvania. One records a Daniel Kroft and the other a Daniel Croft. Census records before 1850 record only the head of household and age ranges for members of the family and this makes it difficult to determine if either of these men was “our” Daniel Croft.
From estate information for Margaret Croft, I found that Daniel and Margaret Croft had seven children – Ann, George, John, Jacob, Catherine, Elizabeth and Daniel. Further research on each of the children verified this information. All the children were born in Pennsylvania. Margaret Hipple Croft estate info (click link)
Note: A marriage record for John Hipple Croft and his second wife, Rebecca A. Scott Rush, was found on FamilySearch. It gives the names of Daniel and Margaret as John’s parents. At this time, this is the only record with have found for Daniel Croft. John H. Croft marriage record (click link)
Unfortunately, no death and burial information for Daniel and Margaret has has been found. Both died before 1858 when Margaret’s estate information was dated. Margaret Croft info – Transcript Letters of Administration (click link)
Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Blair County, Pennsylvania, Petition for Letters of Administration, Orphan’s Court, Docket Book B, Estate of Margaret Croft, Nov. 30, 1858.
Blair County, Pennsylvania, Petition of Sale, George Croft, Heir of Margaret Croft, Aug. 29, 1859.
Familysearch.org. Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995, index [database on-line].
Daniel R. Croft Family Group Sheet (click link) Daniel R. Croft FGS