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Croan family has rich history

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Our History by Sherry Lee

 We can follow the Croan Family roots going back to Maryland. The name Croan could be spelled several different ways    Robert Crone (Croan) was born 1747 in Maryland and was married to Letitia Knox.  They had several children.  They were Robert, James, John, Thomas and Elizabeth Croan.  In 1800, Robert and his family moved to Huntington, Pennsylania.   Robert died in 1832 and he was buried in the McCullochs Mills Cemetery in Pennsylvania.  Robert wife Letitia died in 1853 and her place of burial unknown.

James Croan  was the son of Robert Crone.  James Croan was born in 1790 in Virginia. He married Martha McDaniel in 1811 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. They had several children.  They were James Jr., Sarah, Mary, Allie and William Croan. James was a farmer and reared his children on the farm.  James died in 1864 and his wife’s Martha died in 1870.  Both died in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Their place of burial unknown.

James W. Croan Jr. was born in 1818 in Bullitt County, Ky.  He was the son of James Croan Sr. and Martha McDaniel.  James Jr. married Eliza Lee in 1847 at the age of 28 years old.  Eliza Was born in 1825 and she was the daughter of William Lee and Sarah Younger.  James and Eliza had several children.  They were Melissa A., Roxanne, Josephine, Edgar H., Oscar, Martha, Robert, James W. and Clarence Lee Croan.  James and Eliza reared their children on the farm.  Eliza died in 1887 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  She was laid to rest in Mt. Eden Cemetery in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  James died in 1902, 15 years after his wife passed away.  He is buried next to his wife in Mt. Eden Cemetery.

Edgar Hamlet Croan was born in 1855 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  His parents were James Jr. Croan and Eliza Lee.  Edgar married Nannie McDaniel in 1876.  Their marriage took place in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Edgar and Nannie had several children.  They were Bertie Hallie, Albert, Paul Herbert and Virgie Holland Croan.  In Edgar’s later days, he became the Bullitt County Representative for Kentucky State Legislature form 1902-1907.  While in office Edgar helped pass a law for a Dog Tax.  The Dog Tax law is a law to compensate sheep owners.  When a dog would kill a sheep, the owner of the dog would be fined and had to paid a tax fee.  Edgar was the only man in Kentucky that urged the passage of the Dog Tax law.  The Dog Tax law was a good law.  It promoted the sheep industry and provided a tax on dogs. 

On a Saturday July 4, 1908 Edgar passed away.  Due to his acute diabetes and a carbuncle that appeared on his neck caused his death.  Edgar’s death was his family lost and he was a faithful father and husband.  Edgar was laid to rest in Bullitt Lick Cemetery in Bullitt County Kentucky.  Edgar wife’s Nannie lived to be 75 years old.  She died in 1931 and is buried next to her husband in Bullitt Lick Cemetery. 

What happened to Edgar and Nannie Croan’s children?

Bertie Hallie Croan was the first child born to Edgar and Nannie Croan.  She was born in 1877 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. When Bertie was 19 years old , she married William Burns on March 17, 1896.  They married in Clark County, Indiana.  Bertie’s husband William was a farmer.  They had several children.  They were Arthur, Albert, Morace and Horace Burns.  In the 1930’s census they were living in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Bertie and her husband lived in Bullitt County until their death.  William Burns died in April 25, 1951 and a month later Bertie died in May 30, 1951.  They both are buried in Hebron Cemetery in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  None of their children are still living today.

Albert Croan was born in 1880 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Albert only lived to be two years old.  He died on June 12, 1882.  Cause of death unknown.  He is buried in Bullitt Lick Cemetery.

Paul Herbert Croan was born in 1883 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  At the age of 20 years old, Paul married Lucy Jackson on January 3, 1904 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Paul Was a farmer.  Paul and Lucy had four children.  They reared their children living on the farm.  They were Evelyn, Virginia, Margie and Fulomore Croan.  In 1953, Paul died having bronchial pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.  He was laid to rest in Hebron Cemetery.  Lucy lived to be 91 years old.  She died in 1977 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  She was buried next to her husband in Hebron Cemetery in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

Bernard Hamlet Croan was born in 1886 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  He married Cora Mattingly on June 5, 1904.  Paul was only 17 years old and Cora was 16 years old.  Bernard’s occupation was a farmer. Bernard and Cora had only two children.  They were Hamlet and Helen Croan.  In 1910 Bernard and his family lived in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  Bernard had fallen ill with pneumonia and died in 1918.  He was buried in Bullitt Lick Cemetery.  In 1919, Cora married Samuel Herbert Cundiff.  Cora and Samuel had three children.

In 1940 census, Cora and family lived in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.  Samuel worked as a Sub Forman for the Government.  Cora was a Laundress.  She worked at home taking in other people laundry and washing and drying the laundry.  Cora’s husband Samuel died in 1968 and is buried in Bullitt Lick Cemetery.  In 1977, Cora died nine years later and is buried in Bullitt Lick Cemetery in Bullitt county, Kentucky.

Virgie Holland Croan was born in 1896.  She was the last child to be born to Edgar and Nancy Croan.  She married at a very early age to Samuel Herbert Cundiff.  Virgie and Samuel had three children.  They were Letitia, Beulah and Samuel Cundiff.  In 1919, Virgie became ill with Bronchitis and then pneumonia.  She died in January of 1919.  She was only 22 years old.  She is buried in the Bullitt Lick Cemetery in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

The Croan Family is one of the earlier families to settled in the area even before it became a county.  With their hard work and raising their families and working with other families, Bullitt County is a great place to live today.