(*Edward Fanning – Sophia Adeline Fanning – William Charles Crooks – Norman Chipman Crooks – Ada Constance Crooks)
Edward FANNING and his wife Maria lived in Lunenburg, though I have not been able to confirm his origins with certainty. In 1784, an Edward Fanning, along with numerous others, was granted a 50 acre lot in Mason’s Division below Shelburne, Queen’s County, on the Eastern side of the harbour. There is also an Edward Fanning that appears on the 1787 census for the Ragged Islands in Hebron, Queens County.
According to the “History of the County Lunenburg” by Mather Byles DesBrisay (published in 1895), an Edward Fanning was among those illegally settled at Cape la Have “many years ago”. This group of settlers had “built houses, cleared land and fenced in hay lots, and claimed the right to sell sea manure from the beaches”, but they were ejected by the authorities and their homes torn down. It is unclear, though, whether any of these references relate to our Edward Fanning.
Edward and Maria had seven children:
(*James William Crooks – William Charles Crooks – Norman Chipman Crooks – Ada Constance Crooks)
James William CROOKS was born 26 Dec 1825 in Lunenburg, the son of William CROOKS and Margaret Ann ACKER. He was baptized on 3 Mar 1826 at the Dutch Reformed Church. At some point circa 1842 (based on the DoB of their first child), James married Sophia Adeline FANNING, the daughter of Edward FANNING. Sophia was born 16 Aug 1821 and baptized 3 Mar 1822 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Lunenburg.
James died early circa 1856, when he was around 31 years old, leaving Sophia a widow with seven young children. In 1871, Sophia and some of her younger children were living in Isaac’s Harbour in the household of her oldest son James. In 1881, Sophia was living with her son John and her daughter Lydia, still in Isaac’s Harbour. And in 1891, Sophia was still living with John, now married with children, and her spinster daughter Lydia. Sophia likely died sometime before 1901, as she does not appear on the census for that year.
James and Sophia had seven children:
- James William CROOKS (1843 – bef. 1908) m. Elizabth BURKE
- Johanna CROOKS (1846-1915) m. (1) Henry WARRINGTON (2) Judson LUDDINGTON
- Sarah Jane CROOKS (1849-1931) m. (1) Duncan LATHAM (2) William Berton SILVER
- William Charles (Bill) CROOKS* (1849-1907) m. Ada Jane HULL
- Lydia CROOKS (1853-1929)
- John Herman CROOKS (1853-1920) m. Elizabeth Odessa LANGLEY
- Henry I. CROOKS (1857-1933) m. (1) Melissa FANNING (2) Effie BEESWANGER