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Ann Crooker St. Clair

Ann Crooker St. ClairAnn was born July 27, 1810 to Jacob and Matilda Lane Crooker.  She was the oldest of their four children; Alanson was born September 1812, Amanda in November 1814 and Edmund Z. in August 1818. They were raised on the banks of the Susquehanna River near Unadilla, New York.

When Ann was sixteen years of age, she visited her uncle, the Honorable Amos Lane who lived in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. While there, she met John St. Clair, the grandson of Major General Arthur St. Clair, Gov. of the NW Territory, a Revolutionary War hero. One year later, on August 26, 1827, Ann and John were married.

The young couple moved westward to Cincinnati, Ohio where the St. Clair family lived. In 1834, John and Ann, along with their two small children, son William born in 1828 and daughter Mary born in 1830, moved to Peoria, Illinois where John had purchased a large parcel of property. 

Six months after arriving in Illinois, John fell ill and died on October 6, 1834. Ann returned to her parents in New York, and Delaware County New York records show that on September 5, 1838, she married Sherman P. Johnson and shortly afterwards moved to Ewington, Illinois. 

In 1841 Ann was faced with the death of S.P. Johnson and three short years later the death of 14 year old daughter Mary.  Her parents both died within a few years of moving to this area.

Ann then married Effingham county clerk, Wilkinson Leith, entertaining the dignitaries who came and went through Ewington. It is stated in a letter written by one of her granddaughters that one of these men was a young lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.  

Wilkinson Leith died on December 20, 1849. In 1852, Ann married businessman, Martin K. Robinson only to be widowed again in 1868. 

Ann Crooker St. Clair Johnson Leith Robinson died Oct. 2, 1877 at 67 and is buried at Ewington Cemetery west of Effingham under the big Crooker stone.

Mary Crooker LloydFounding Regent
Years later, Mary Crooker Lloyd, a niece of Ann Crooker St. Clair, returned north to Effingham, Illinois after living in Austin, Texas.  She immediately commenced the work of organizing our chapter in 1902, building the chapter from its original 17 members to 37 in 1905. She discovered and gave the chapter the two “Real Daughters” honored in the March 1905 DAR magazine.  She was also responsible for starting numerous DAR Chapters in Southern Illinois.

Mary Crooker Lloyd was born in NY June 1840 and died June 1931. She is buried next to the large Crooker stone at Ewington near her grandparents, Jacob and Matilda Lane Crooker and Ann Crooker St Clair Robinson.  Mrs. Crooker Lloyd, the founding regent of the Ann Crooker St. Clair DAR Chapter was a niece of Ann Crooker St. Clair, as she was the daughter of Ann’s youngest brother Edmund Z. Crooker and his wife Eliza Craig. Mary Crooker Lloyd brought to this Chapter our two Real Daughters -  Mary Young Montgomery b. 1820 and Martha Young Armstrong b. 1817, daughters of Rev. War Patriot, Philip Young born 1766.

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