Crofts Family Bible

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Crofts Family Bible, The Practical and Devotional Family Bible (Scotland: William Collins, Sons, and Company, n.d. (but after 1868)); privately held by Geoff Setford, Porepunkah, 1998. Much of the data contained within appears inaccurate (i.e. not written up at the time of the event).

The publisher's particular style of name did not exist until after 1868

The family pages start off with Joseph and Ann Crofts' names, splendidly calligraphed.

Lauren Thomson suspects that perhaps the bible could have been a gift to Fred Crofts on the occasion of his marriage to Mary Ann Hingston Tickell in 1875 from his mother Ann (Blower) Crofts who was living nearby at the time. The bible lists details of Joseph and Ann's marriage, and then lists the births of their children.

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Family Register - Parents Names
Husband: Joseph Crofts
Wife: Ann Crofts

In St Nicholas's Church, Liverpool. County of Lancaster, England
(Suspect this is written by Susannah (Vigars) Tickell)

Frederick James & Mary Ann Crofts
Married 25th March 1875
at Wandiligong
By the Rev Henry Moore
(above entry is written by Mary Ann Hingston (Tickell) Crofts

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Children's Names
Sarah Ann Born June 16 1847
Frederick James Janry 14th 1849
John Dec 19th 1850
Charles Janry 6th 1853
(Suspect above is written by Susannah (Vigars) Tickell)
(Handwriting now changes to Mary Ann Hingston (Tickell) Crofts)
Mary Ann Hingston 14 July 1853
Frederick Joseph Janry 15th 1876
Mabel April 6th 1888
Florance Feb 9th 1890
Mary Winifred Oct 10th 1892

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1. Esther Ann married to Alexander Charles Alum May 20th 1898 Melbourne
2. Josephine married to Thomas Scott Gillespie August 20th 1903 Melbourne
3. Susanna married to Francis Bullen Oct 15th 1907 at Wandiligong
4. Mabel married to Horace Setford Sep 17th 1909 at Melbourne
5. Mary Winifred married to Oto Vicgor Godry Draeger April 26th 1917 at Brunswick
6. Florence married to William Henry Duke Dec 22nd 1916 at Melville St, Hawthorne

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Charles died March 9th 1854
(Suspect above is written by Susannah (Vigars) Tickell)
(Handwriting now changes to Mary Ann Hingston (Tickell) Crofts)
Ann Crofts died Dec 1st 1890 aged 78-9
Frederick Joseph died Feb 19th 1879 aged 3-1
Frederick James died June 27th 1904 aged 55
Iris Bullen died at Longreach 25 Nov 1912 aged 7 months
William Frederick died July 11th 1913 aged 28 years and six months
Thomas Bruce Gillespie died Sep 8th 1918 aged 7 weeks
Anthony Victor Draeger ied 7th Oct 1918 aged 8 days
Frank Bullen died at Longreach Aug 24th 1919 aged 56 years
John Crofts died at Wandiligong Nov 4th 1922 aged 72 years
(handwriting changes)
Mary Ann Hingston Crofts died at Hawthorn August 30th 1935 Aged 82 years
Hester Ann Allum died July 5th 1940

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John Tickell died Oct 26th 1916 at Hawthorne aged 53 years
Susie Foote died at North Melbourne Nov 1915. Aged 28 years

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John Tickell died at 19 John St, Glenferrie Oct 25 1915 aged 53 years
William Tickell died at No 3 Malmsbury St Auburn Nov 2nd 1928 aged 73 years
Elizabeth Ann died at 3 Malmsbury St Auburn Feb 1st 1930 Aged 70 years
John Crofts died at Wandiligong Oct 4th 1922 Aged 72 years (he actually died 4 November 1922)
Mrs Snell died a month later aged 87
Elizabeth Crofts wife of John Crofts died at Wandiligong 7th September 1945 aged 88 (actually died 6 September 1945)
(The next two lines are written by Ron Setford)
Mabel Setford died at St Georges Hospital Kew on 13th August 1943 aged 55
Horace Turner Setford died at Sacred Heart Hospital Moreland on March 26th 1944 aged 63
(Handwriting returns to same as rest of page)
Iris Bullen died at Longreach aged 7 months (research has her as dying at <1 month)
Susie Foote
" Croucher died at No 4 Melrose Place North Melbourne Nov 1915 aged 28 years
Effie Nicholls died at Mitcham May 23rd 1922
Aunt Nicholls died at the hospital Heidelbergh Sep 6th 1926 aged 90 (she died in 1925)

There was further information in the bible, and for some unknown reason, this wasn't photographed.

It was noted this section had a piece of paper pasted over it

And Etties children. First grandchildren
Charles Fredick William Feb 12 1899
Gladys Mary Ann Aug 1902. Died 4 days old

Josephine children
Dorris Mary b. Oct 28
Frederick Robert Apr 15 1905

Bill Aug 27 1936
Ian McKillip

Don 01-05-37 (this is Don Setford's wedding date)
Ron 10-10-36 (this is Ron Setford's wedding date)

When transcribing I also noted this death but didn't take a photo

Margaret Gladdes died at 27 Grove Rd, Hawthorn aged 80 years. Nov 21st 1916

I also noted at the time:

Unfortunately it looks as though there was a page of further family information at the back of the bible, but it has been removed.

It is as if information was recorded on the next generation and then someone decided that the bible should only include the man + first family (wish I could read my own writing) and have then covered up the section on the next generation and removed the page from the book.

I have checked all the pages of the bible to see if there are any loose pages or other pages of family information.

The scrap for the page at the back has the following:


and on the other side


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