This section deals with the Croft Family in Aysgarth, and the emigration of several members of the family to America.
North Yorkshire to America
Since publishing this website, I have been contacted by numerous descendants of the various branches of the Croft family, including several from America. One branch which seems to have flourished and spread to several areas of the USA is descended from James Croft and his wife Margaret (Temple). James and Margaret lived in the village of Aysgarth. They had a son, also named James, born in Aysgarth in 1757 who married Elizabeth Hutchinson in 1786.
James was a stone mason by trade and it is likely that he played some part in the building of the new church at East Witton (completed in 1809), as well as the new houses around the green (built around the same time). James and Elizabeth, along with their son Joseph and other children, emigrated to Vermont, USA in 1817, and prospered there, spreading to other areas of the US in subsequent generations. (New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri).