CROFTS OF ECKINGTON
John Daniels and Ann Crofts were married at Rotherham in 1798. There was an Ann, daughter of John Croft, baptised at Sheffield on 29 September 1776. However, Ann, daughter of John Croft was buried there on 25 May 1777, so she cannot have been the individual who married in 1798. When Ann (Crofts) Daniels died in 1802, she was buried at Eckington, over the county border in Derbyshire, which is suggestive of a family connection with that parish. The Eckington registers show that Ann, daughter of John and Mary Crofts, was baptised there on 27 February 1774. John Crofts and Mary Haslam had been married at Eckington on 26 December 1760.
Another relevant circumstance is that the marriage of Mary Crofts and Samuel Witton (sometimes spelt Whitham or variants) in April 1798 at Sheffield was witnessed by an Ann Crofts who, from a comparison of signatures, seems to be the Ann who married John Daniels a few months later. Samuel Witton in turn was a witness at the marriage of Hannah Crofts and Charles Richardson at Sheffield in 1803.
Ruth Margaret (Daniels) Davies, a great-great-great-granddaughter of John and Ann (Crofts) Daniels, has some pertinent DNA matches. She has significant matches of 53 cM and 32 cM with two siblings who are great-grandchildren of Mary Ann (Whitham) Powell. Mary Ann was evidently a daughter of Emily Whitham, daughter of John Whitham, son of Samuel and Mary (Crofts) Whitham. Ruth also has a 33 cM match with a great-great-great-great-grandchild of Godfrey and Sarah (Crofts) Haslam. Another match Ruth has is of 21 cM with a great-great-great-grandchild of Elizabeth Haslam who married Jeremiah Bolsover at Sheffield in 1796. The parentage of Elizabeth is not entirely clear but she appears to have been connected with the Haslams of Eckington as she had children baptised there and the Haslams of Eckington had other connections with Sheffield in that period. The 21 cM match does seem to be through John Daniels or Ann Crofts.
The parentage of the John Crofts who married Mary Haslam is complicated somewhat by a baptism entry in the Eckington parish registers for Elizabeth, daughter of John and Rebecca Crofts, on 4 July 1776. This indicates that there was another John Crofts in the area having one or more children around that time, although I have not found any other clear evidence to confirm the existence of John and Rebecca. A Thomas Crofts and a Godfrey Crofts were baptised at Eckington in 1779 and 1786 respectively as sons of John Crofts but the mother is not named in the entries so it is not certain whether they were sons of John and Mary (Haslam) Crofts.
John Crofts, husband of Mary Haslam, appears to be the sicklesmith of Ridgeway in Eckington whose sons George and John became freemen of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire in 1791 and 1792 respectively. The older John therefore would seem to be the one of that name who was apprenticed to John Booth of Ridgeway, sicklesmith, in 1750, and who was a son of George Crofts of Mosborough, husbandman.
The surname of this family is often spelt Croft in the early part of the period covered here, with Crofts subsequently becoming more common.
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1 HUGH CROFT of Handley, Staveley, Derbyshire, husbandman, was buried on 16 September 1698 at Staveley. He married first, on 15 July 1654 at Chesterfield, ELIZABETH NEWBOLD. She was buried on 8 June 1666 at Staveley. Hugh married second, on 19 May 1668 at Staveley, MARGARET WHITE.
Children of Hugh and Elizabeth (Newbold) Croft:
i ELIZABETH CROFT, bap 2 Nov 1655, Staveley.
iv HUGH CROFT of Chesterfield, fellmonger, bap 8 Mar 1662/63, Staveley, bur 1 Mar 1744/45, Chesterfield; m(1) ca 16 Jul 1687, ALICE BAGSHAW; m(2) 11 Apr 1729, South Wingfield, SARAH FLETCHER.
v JOHN CROFT, bap 16 Apr 1666, Staveley.
Children of Hugh and Margaret (White) Croft:
2 vii GEORGE CROFT (bap 1672); m SARAH GILL.
2 GEORGE CROFT of Mosborough, Eckington, was baptised on 11 August 1672 at Staveley. He married on 21 May 1695 at Dronfield, SARAH GILL, daughter of William and Alice (Rodger) Gill (see here). Sarah was baptised on 13 January 1674/75 at Dronfield and buried on 6 October 1729 at Eckington.
Children of George and Sarah (Gill) Croft:
i SARAH CROFT, bap 30 Sep 1696, Eckington.
3 ii GEORGE CROFTS (bap 1698); m ELIZABETH LEE.
vi JOHN CROFT, bap 17 Sep 1707, Eckington.
vii WILLIAM CROFT, bap 21 Sep 1710, Eckington.
Children of George and Elizabeth (Lee) Crofts:
i GEORGE CROFTS, bap 3 Apr 1727, Beighton.
ii WILLIAM CROFTS, bap 11 Apr 1729, Eckington.
4 iii JOHN CROFTS (bap 1736); m MARY HASLAM.
4 JOHN CROFTS of Ridgeway, Eckington, sicklesmith, was baptised on 28 June 1736 at Eckington. He married on 26 December 1760 at Eckington, MARY HASLAM, daughter of Godfrey and Phebe (Bird) Haslam (see here). Mary was baptised on 10 September 1740 at Eckington and buried on 7 October 1810 at Eckington.
Children of John and Mary (Haslam) Crofts:
i GEORGE CROFTS, bap 13 May 1762, Eckington.
ii JOHN CROFTS, bap 18 Aug 1765, Eckington.
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 There was an Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Haslam, baptised at Sheffield on 5 Apr 1772. However, she was buried there on 14 Jun 1772 so she could not be the wife of Jeremiah Bolsover.
 Godfrey Haslam and Sarah Crofts were married at Sheffield in 1798 and later had children baptised at Eckington. Godfrey was baptised in 1777 at Eckington, son of Godfrey and Christian Haslam.
 The 21 cM match testee and Ruth Margaret (Daniels) Davies have one individual who shows as a shared match and that individual is descended from a brother of Ruth’s paternal grandfather Lancelot Daniels, so it appears that Ruth’s connection with the 21 cM testee is through Lancelot. Furthermore, the immediate ancestry of three of Lancelot’s grandparents was from Devon and Cornwall, whereas the 21 cM testee does not have any traced recent ancestry from that part of the country. Therefore it is probable that the connection is through Lancelot’s remaining grandparent, Henry Daniels, son of John and Ann (Crofts) Daniels.
 South Wingfield parish registers; Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893 (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). It is possible that Hugh had an additional marriage, to Elizabeth Statham on 25 Aug 1721 at Chesterfield, but the bridegroom on that occasion may have been a son of the same name. The will of the older Hugh confirms that his wife was named Sarah.
 Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); will dated 7 Jan 1796, proved 14 Apr 1796 (Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate 1521-1860, online at www.findmypast.co.uk).
 Sheffield parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). This is not the only Hannah Crofts marriage in the period and area but Samuel Witton being a witness suggests a close connection with Mary Crofts who married Samuel Witton or Whitham in 1798.