I am compiling a community history of the colonial tenant farmers of the Saratoga Tax District of Albany County, NY before the Battle of Saratoga was fought.I have been using the 1779 Saratoga District Tax lists as the foundation for my database.However, the names of many of the colonial tenant farmers did not appear on tax list.So I am checking on the siblings of the men on the tax list, whom I can identify.(Some of the colonial Saratoga Taxpayers leased large tracts so that their entire extended family could settle on land near them.)
John McCrea (1742-1811), the son of Rev. James McCrea (1711-1769) and Mary Graham McCrea of Lamington, NJ was easy to identify.I have also been able to identify his brother Stephen McCrea, a surgeon of the village of Stillwater, and William, a Loyalist for whom John posted bail.That leaves me with two other men with the surname of McCrea living near by whom I have not been able to identify.One is Samuel of the Ballstown Tax District of Albany County and the other is an Alexander McCrea of the Saratoga Tax District.
I also need to know if there were any other tenant farmers with the surname of McCrea living in the Saratoga District in the 1770's whose names do not appear on the tax lists.
I also have some information on two of John McCrea's sisters.First, Jane McCrea who was engaged to David Jones, a British army officer, and who murdered by Indians when she tried to elope.Second, Mary McCrea, who resided in Dr. Stephen McCrea's household in the village of Stillwater.
Do you have a complete list of the children of James McCrea (1711-1769) and Mary Graham McCrea of Lamington, NJ with their birth and death dates?I would also like to know where each of them settled and whom they each married.
I would also like toknow more about the parents of Anna McCrea (daughter of James McCrea) who married hercousin James McCrea, son of John McCrea in 1802.What kind of cousins were James McCrea, son of John McCrea, and Anna McCrea, daughter of James McCrea?
I would be delighted to share any of the information in my database with you.All contributions of genealogical information will be gratefully acknowledged in my book in a list of descendant contributors, in foot notes and in the bibliography.
Thank you for your help.I look forward to hearing from you.