Ann Crooker St. Clair
born July 27, 1810 to Jacob and Matilda Lane Crooker. She was
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.
sixteen years of age, she visited her uncle, the Honorable Amos Lane
who lived in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. While there, she met John
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.
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,
where John had purchased a large parcel of property.
after arriving in Illinois, John fell ill and died on October 6, 1834.
Ann returned to her parents in New York, and Delaware County
show that on September 5, 1838, she married Sherman P. Johnson and
shortly afterwards moved to Ewington, Illinois.
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.
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.
Leith died on December 20, 1849. In 1852, Ann married businessman,
Martin K. Robinson only to be widowed again in 1868.
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 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
numerous DAR Chapters in Southern Illinois.
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
our two Real Daughters - Mary Young Montgomery b. 1820 and
Young Armstrong b. 1817, daughters of Rev. War Patriot, Philip Young
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