Re: HOLDCRAFT'S in Gloucester County, NJ
I am Michael Holdcraft originally from Louisiana.I now live in Asheville, North Carolina. I have a George Holdcraft as my 3rd Great Grandfather.His father, Captain John Holdcraft served in the English Army in Ireland under Colonel Tysdale in the Irish Revolution of 1798 and settled at Keogh's Cross, near Richardstown, County Louth, Ireland after that Revolution. I am told some of his descendents still occupy a stone dwelling he erected there in 1801.John was originally from the family of Holdcraft's in Lancashire, England, and the Queen gave him land in Ireland after they (The English) defeated the Irish in that revolution.He was of the Protestant faith and very unpopular in the Catholic neighborhood there in Ireland because of the battles he fought there. Four of his sons did not like their unpopular status there in Ireland and decided to migrate to America.The four sons who migrated were: Henry Holdcraft, Bernard Holdcraft, James Holdcraft, and George Holdcraft.
George Holdcraft (my 3rd Great Grandfather) had six children: Aaron Thomas, Charles, John, Henry, Margaret Anne, and Mary Holdcraft. Aaron Thomas Holdcraft is my 2nd Great Grandfather.I know that at some point in time Aaron Thomas lived in or near Alanta, Georgia, but then moved to Mississippi, married and had six children (2 boys and 4 girls. The eldest son Edgar Braxton Holdcraft was killed in the Civil War. The other son, Aaron Thomas Washington Holdcraft(my Great Grandfather), moved from Mississippi to Louisiana after the Civil War. His kin are now spread throughout Louisiana and southern Arkansas.
I really don't have any more specific info on George Holdcraft except for his children's names I listed above and that he came to the US fron Ireland in the early 1800's as I stated above. Maybe he is your George Holdcraft too?
Do you have any specifics on where your George Holdcraft originated from before New Jersey?