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About The Crosthwaite's Family Tree
Website presented August of 2008.
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A word about the spelling of the name - Crosthwaite this spelling can be traced back 
to Crosthwaite, Cumbria, England, Glasgow & Strathclyde Scotland the variations of the spelling 
are attributed to typographical error and/or name changes by the family.  Crosthwaite, 
Crosthwait,Croswit, Croswitt, Crosswit, Croswitts, Crosswait, Crosswhite, Crossright, 
Croswright, and Croswhite and all with variations of "s" are accepted as variations of the 
original spelling of Crosthwaite.  New information on the pronounciation of the name from John 
James Henry in Tennessee, quoted Carol Crosswhite, last known in Arizona, the proper 
pronounciation would have been Croswit - "th" is silent and waite or wait would have been 
pronounced "wit", it's been noted by several members of different branches that the name was 
changed because they got tired of the mis-pronunciations and mis-spellings."  If it's 
pronounced Croswit, it's easy to see why it would have been spelled this way as in the case of 
the marriage record at Christ Church between William Croswit & Hannah Chew Ward.
William Crosthwait, first known ancestor on this website believed to have come from Cumberland 
England first found in Philadelphia Pennsylvania abt 1720, where his children were born, the 
family moved to Spotsylvania Virginia abt 1732 where he purchased land.  This is the same 
William Crosthwaite known to be from Orange Co. Virginia.

Our website has been up since 2008, I decided to change this part of the 
Home Page from the story of how it was created to what is being researched presently 
and other information recently discovered.  The story of how Rhonda & I met and 
created the website is now in the Stories Section titled Creation of the Website.  
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about William Crosthwait - like how he 
died, where he came from, how he got here and where his home was in Virginia.  So on 
December 10, 2009 I began to fill in what I've discovered this year on these 
unanswered questions.  JCS

How or Where He Died:
On the recommendation of Ann Miller (Orange, Virginia Historian) and Sam Elswick 
(Orange Historian and Proprietor of The Holladay House in Orange) I recently ordered 
Court Judgments on microfiche from the Library of Virginia hoping to find something 
about how he died.  Although I didn't discover anything about his death I did find a 
complaint made by John Petty a Merchant of Philadelphia against William Crosthwaite a 
Trader of Orange Virginia, among the documents was something I titled the "Note", 
there are signatures of the witnesses on the note and the signature of William 
Crosthwaite - at least I believe it to be his signature.  Copies of all documents are 
in the Stories Section in the Story titled "John Petty VS William Crosthwaite 
Complaint".  Finding these documents also shed some light as to what William was 
doing for a living - according to the complaint, he was a trader.  If he was being 
sued by someone in Philadelphia, he may have been travelling on business between 
Philadelphia and Orange.  Travel between these two cities was not uncommon, however, 
it may have not been all that safe either.  This may be a clue as to where he died.  
Although Carol & Frank Crosswhite wrote that William died while looking for land, it 
hasn't been proved, or their resouces have not been found at this time.  I have not 
given up on looking through the Court Judgements and plan to order the next series 
next year.  4/2011 After viewing 6 rolls of Court Judgement records, I didn't find anything 
about how William died, and I didn't see anything like that about anyone else.  I will e mail 
the genealogy department, they may point me in another direction 4/2011.  5/2011 I have ordered 
2 more rolls from the Library of Virginia - these coming from Records. Nothing came from this 
I did find an accounting of Tobacco presented to the court by William's son Timothy.  7/2011
Something else about William's Will has caught my interest - there is a looking glass listed 
among other items.  A ships looking glass?  Why would he have something like that?  Rhonda and 
I have both stumbled over a ship called the William Crosthwaite - new information about William 
Crosthwaite the ship builder - see the stories section.  Although not the same person - they 
may have been related somewhere back in England.  JCS 11/16/2010
NEW 1-13 - Rec'd from Bev in South Africa - In the US the name KNAPP is often a 
mistranscription of the GNYPE/KNYPE/KNIPE and it is KNIPE that I am researching. Anyone who 
bears a Knipe name is actually from the Norse [Norwegian] Vikings who raided the NW of England 
and the SE of Scotland and have no Germanic origins. The fact is that the Maryport area was 
building ships very far back, and the first Knipe's in the US can be tracked back to about 
1600- and with a name like Crosthwaite you can be sure that a] they came from that area of 
England and b] they would probably have shipping somewhere in their line!

William of Orange was definitely not English- and definitely not from the NW of England.
I would suggest that you look for Crossthwaite's in both Westmorland and Lancashire on the IGI 
because that is where they would have been way back, as were the Knipe's.

In genealogy, I have found that there are two things that researchers underestimate- the 
importance of the northern counties of England [for mariners, shipbuilding] and Cornwall if 
there is any inkling that the family you are researching had anything to do with mining, or 
went to a place where the interest was mining.

Where He Came From:
I think this is one of the most interesting subjects to research at this time.  I've 
been perusing through "Certificates of Removal", on microfilm at the Carlsbad Cove 
Library here in San Diego County.  The majority of immigrants that came to 
Philadelphia between 1682 to 1750 were from Northern Ireland.  The largest group 
coming in 1728, this was the year of the worst famine in Ireland's history.  And the 
majority of these people were Scot's, they were called the Ulster Scot/Irish.  The 
majority of them were Quakers or Presbyterians, Ulster is a County in Northern 
Ireland.  The "border" Scots were given land to farm in Ulster by England and were 
appointed "overseers" to keep the peace with the Irish living there.  William Penn 
founded Pennsylvania and was a Quaker and he began a campaign to bring the Quakers to the new 
land. The Quaker's kept better records than the other groups who came.  Remarkably many of 
these people came with their entire congregations, so they would have been neighbors and 
relatives that came together.  

Hannah Chew's family were Quakers. This may be a clue that William may have also immigrated 
from the Ulster area.  The second clue that William may have been separated from the 
Church of England was that he didn't baptize one of his younger children, until he 
was ordered to do so by the court.  Since Hannah was a Quaker if she married outside the Quaker 
religion the punishments were severe.  Basically you were never allowed to see your Quaker 
family again or attend meetings. Hannah's first two husbands were also Quakers, one of her 
father in-law's Mark Newby formed the first Friends Meeting House in New Jersey.  Going through 
the micro film records, I have run across many, many family names that are also tied to William 
and his children through land and marriage.  There are Richardson's (William's first wife was a 
Richardson), Taylor's (his land in Orange was bordered by two Taylor's and Abraham married a 
Taylor), Jackson's (William purchased land in Virginia from Thomas Jackson)there are many more, 
too many to mention here.  But these same names appear in Philadelphia records, Orange Virginia 
records and continue into Kentucky and Missouri - I'm about 1/2 way through the 
microfiche film, but hope to complete them in 2011. I didn't find what I was looking for.JCS 
Where he lived in Virginia:
When I visited Orange Virginia in August of this year(2009), I stopped in at the Orange 
County Historical Society and found a wealth of information as to where William & 
Timothy's land was in Orange, today the entire Village of Orange & the Town of Orange 
sit almost entirely on the land that William & Timothy owned.  Ulysses P. Joyner did 
research and wrote a paper on what he titled "The Courthouse Tract", which include 
maps - I've included these maps (figures) on the website in the stories section, the 
original is available through the Historical Society.  At the same time that I 
visited the historical society I met Ann Brush Miller there, she is one of town's 
historians and also wrote two publications on the "Orange County Road Orders".  I 
spent some time going through them and came upon a complaint by William Crosthwait 
that his road wasn't being maintained on Tomahawk Run.  A stream or river was called a "run" 
back in the day.  Discovering a clue as to where he lived, I started perusing the road orders 
and sent off an e mail to Ann Miller asking for her help to try to pin point where William's 
house was located.  Looking closer at Mr. Joyner's figures and maps, it may be that Timothy's 
Tavern which was called The Orange Hotel, which was built where the current courthouse 
(built in 1858) is located. Since Timothy inherited his father's home which was also 
used as a tavern and where the court was held from 1749 until it was built on the 
public lot, then torn down and rebuilt in 1858 on the location of where Timothy's 
Orange Hotel was and which burnt down in 1855 - can you see where I'm going with 
this?  Waiting for input from Ann Miller. And the RESULTS ARE - there is a very 
strong possibility that William's home was where the current (built in 1858)
courthouse sits today.  I had hoped that when they added onto the courthouse (which was fairly 
recently) that they would have done some excavations for antiquities, possibly would have found 
something that had belonged to the Crosthwait family, I asked Ann and she said they didn't.  I 
did get a tour of the old courthouse which isn't used anymore, pictures of it are in the story 
section.  1-2010 JCS.

The Province of Pennsylvania, also known as Pennsylvania Colony, was a colony in 
British America founded by William Penn on March 4, 1681 as dictated in a royal 
charter granted by King Charles II of England. Pennsylvania got its name for William 
Penn's father and the Latin word silva, meaning "forest". The name itself 
means "Penn's Woods".  Another example Spotsylvania, named after Govenor Spotswood, 
would mean "Spot's Woods", Spotsylvania is the county in Virginia that Orange County 
was derived from.  From Wikipedia.  JCS

How He Got Here:
If I use Vida Vance's research that he was here about 1720, and from my research of 
who was coming when, I think my most probable place to research is those who came 
from Ulster and should be able to find a Certificate of Removal and/or information 
from Passenger Lists or Ship Lists, these two resources seem to go hand in hand, and 
will need to be researched through the library, Passenger Lists are scarce as hens 
teeth. JCS 

Rhonda & Judy
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