Fonds ID436 - Crookshank family

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Crookshank family

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  • 1786-1967 (Creation)
    Crookshank (family)

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25 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins 1766)

Biographical history

Andrew Crookshank (1766-1815) and his brother Robert William (1770-1861) were the sons of George Crookshank (1732-1797), a native of the Orkney Islands who left the United States at the end of the American Revolution and became a merchant in Saint John, New Brunswick. Both brothers were born in New Jersey, where Andrew remained. He was a partner of the commercial firm Crookshank and Walker, West India Merchants, later changed to Crookshank & Johnston. He married Elizabeth Irons (ca. 1760-1847) of New Jersey. Their son Robert Crookshank married Hannah Otty. Their daughter was Elizabeth Irons Crookshank.

Robert William Crookshank (1770-1861) lived on Queen Square in Saint John and was chiefly known for his financial activities. He was president of the Friendly Fire Club from 1854-1857; director of the Saint John Marine Insurance Company, of the New Brunswick Milling company, and of the Saint John Water Company; a commissioner of the Marine Hospital; a member of the Saint John District Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; and for many years a justice of the peace. He was senior partner of the firm Crookshank and Walker in 1836. He married Jane Mackenzie (ca. 1792-1846). Their children were: Andrew G.; Robert William; Hector; John Colville; Frederick George; Jane (ca. 1824-1841); Catherine Rachel (1827-1911); Isabella (1828-1898).

Robert William Crookshank (1822-1897), son of Robert William Crookshank, Sr., married his first cousin, Elizabeth Irons Crookshank (1825-1897) in 1848. Robert was the assistant receiver general for the province of New Brunswick, and manager of the Dominion Savings Bank of Saint John. From 1867 to 1873 he was collector of inland revenue for the port of Saint John.

Allan Otty Crookshank (1853-1907), son of Robert William and Elizabeth Irons Crookshank, married Marion Sneed Thomson in 1878. Their children were William Blair Crookshank (b. 1880); Allan Robertson Crookshank (April, 1883-1965), and Harold Otty Crookshank (August 1888-1967).

Canadian Biographical Dictionary, 1881

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Scope and content

This fonds consists primarily of family correspondence and legal records. It includes correspondence between Harry Crookshank of Stromness, Orkney and Andrew Crookshank, 1808-1810, correspondence of Robert William Crookshank senior, 1819-1861, and correspondence of Robert W. Crookshank, Jr., 1841-1900. There are also deeds, leases, mortgages and other documents of Crookshank family, 1786-1891, and genealogical information about the Crookshank and Thomson families.

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Acquired from Allen and Harold Crookshank (Saint John) 1959,1966


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  • English

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Related records can be found in Robert W. Crookshank Accunt Book and the Allan O. Crookshank fonds at the New Brunswick Museum.

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