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James B Crooks

James B Crooks

Posted: 1271971594000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Crooks, Robinson
In 1880 he is married to an Ella, but by 1900 he's remarried to May Gertrude Ontis, Married about 1887, probably in Humboldt County California.

1880 Petrolia, Humboldt, California, Page Number 446B
James CROOKE, 27, IA, Laborer, PA, IL
Ella, Wife, Married, 20, UT, Housekeeper
William SMITH, Other 50 NY Farmer CT NY.

In 1900 they are in Oregon, but by 1910 back in Humboldt County.
1910 CA, Hydesville twp, Humboldt Co., ED 12, page 27 B, line 69
Crooks James B. 59, m2 for 22 yrs, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, minister
May G., wife 41, m1 for 22 yrs, 5 born, 4 alive, Cal, Il, Va.
Zelpha, 14 (!?) Oregon,
Glenn, 9, Cal.

We see they are back in California and this is his 2nd marriage. The children's ages may be confused, as Zelpha was born 1901. James seems to have died and May Gertrude remarried in 1917 to Lorenzo D. Robinson.

California Death index has:
Fortuna 11/02/1965  88 yrs.

This may be our “May” Gertrude Ontis, born in Sonoma County Cal to John Ontis & Jane Weaver-Cathey-Ontis?

Any index of obits from that time?

Interested in more info on these people.

Re: James B Crooks

Posted: 1272602005000
Classification: Query
I posted Mrs. Robinson's obituary at my genealogy blog:


Re: James B Crooks

Posted: 1274413057000
Classification: Query
From the Humboldt County Marriage Records 1873-1896:
Crooks, James B married Titus, Ella 7 Dec 1879 at Petrolia.
Crooks, James B married May G. Ontis 9 Feb 1887 Springville.

From the book of Births pre 1900:
James Baker & Ella Titus (First Wife)
1. Ella M., born 15 Oct 1880 at Petrolia

James Baker & Mary Gertrude Ontis
1. Paul William, born 10 Jan 1888 at Fortuna
2. (Female) born 12 Jul 1889 at Bull Creek died 24 Oct 1889
3. (Female) born 14 Dec 1890 at Fortuna
4. Georgia Levicy born 14 Dec 1891 at Dyerville
5. Glenn Elbert born 29 Jul 1895 at fortuna

Re: James B Crooks

Posted: 1274425565000
Classification: Query
Thanks Darlene!
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