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Families covered: Craster of Craster

BLG1952 reports that "Albert, living 1166, received Craucestre (Craster) from John, son of Orford, for half a knight's fee of ancient feoffment. He m. Christina, sister of William de Argenton." Bateson provides some 12th-14th century ancestors but does not provide a connection with the following (and appears to confuse the first 2 Edmunds).
Edmund Craster
1. Edmund Craster of Craster, Northumberland (d 1511)
  m. ?? Widdrington (dau of ?? Widdrington of Widdrington)
  A. George Craster of Craster Tower (d 06.03.1545-6)
  m. Eleanor (or Elizabeth) Forster (dau of Sir Thomas Forster of Adderstone, m2. Robert Widdrington)
  i. Edmund Craster of Craster (b 1541, d before 17.07.1595)
m. Alice Mitford (d before 06.03.1599-1600, dau of Christopher Mitford of Seighill, alderman of Newcastle)
  a. John Craster of Craster (a 1615)
  m. Margaret Carr (dau of William Carr of Ford)
  (1) Edmund Craster of Craster (b c1600, dsp)
  m. Edith Forster (dau of Sir Matthew Forster of Etherston)
  (2) William Craster (a 19.06.1650, Lt. Colonel, Governor of Morpeth Castle, 3rd son?)
m. Ann Kellam (sister of Arthur Kellam of Firth Hosue)
  (A) Edmund Craster of Craster, Sheriff of Northumberland (d before 04.09.1694)
  m. Barbara Fenwick (dau of Martin Fenwick of Kenton)
  (i) John Craster of Craster (bur 22.07.1722)
  m. (13.02.1693-4) Mary Ayton (d by 03.1730-1, dau of John Ayton of Fawside)
  (a) John Craster of Craster (d 31.12.1763, MP)
  m. (17.01.1726-7) Catherine Villiers (dau of Col. Henry Villiers son of Sir Edward son (sb grand-nephew) of 1st Viscount Grandison)
  ((1)) George Craster of Craster (b 06.12.1735, dsp 08.5.1772, 3rd son)
  m. (02.1757) Olive Sharp (d 12.1769, dau of John Sharp (solicitor of the House of Commons))
  ((2))+ other issue (d young) - John (b 09.10.1730), Edmund (b 09.06.1733), MAry (b 07.01.1727/8), Frances (b 01.09.1737)
(b) Isabel Craster (bpt 07.03.1692, dsp 31.01.1781)
  m. (17.09.1720) John Mylott of Whithill (Millot of Whitehill)
  (c) Elizabeth Craster (bpt 31.08.1704)
  m1. Christopher Blackett of Newham
  m2. John Watson of Newcastle then Goswick
  ((1)) Bertram Blackett (bpt 14.10.1741, d infant)
  ((2)) Brdiget Blackett (bpt 12.01.1742)
  m. (24.09.1770) John Askew of Pallinsburn (b 1732, d 1794)
  (d) Anne Craster (b c1709, d 24.10.1796)
  m. (1737) Thomas Wood of Beadnell (d 1766)
  (e)+ other issue - Edmund (d unm), William (b c1703, a 1720, d unm), Bertram (b c1704, a 1723, d unm), Barbara (bpt 07.05.1691)
  (ii) Edmund Craster of Craster had issue
m. (07.04.1702) Margaret Stewart of Stamford
  (iii)+ other issue - Thomas (bpt 07.06.1660/1?, a 1680), Anne
  (B) William Craster of Stampford (bur 07.10.1721)
  (C) Daniel Craster of Alnwick Abbey (bur 21.08.1700)
  m. (c1680) Elizabeth Fenwick (bur 28.12.1707?, dau of Mark Fenwick of Denton)
  (i) Daniel Craster of Embleton, later of Craster (b c1681, d 13.10.1777)
  m1. (20.06.1716) Mary Proctor (bur 16.02.1724-5, dau of John Proctor)
(a) Daniel Craster of Dunstand Steads & Preston, later of Craster, Sheriff (bpt 19.07.1723, bur 03.08.1784, 2nd son)
  m. (12.06.1750) Ann Coulter (b c1719, bur 04.12.1805, dau of John Coulter of Newcastle by Ann, dau of Robert Carr of Prestwick)
  ((1)) Shafto Craster of Craster, Sheriff (bpt 21.01.1755, d 07.5.1837, 3rd son)
  m. Isabella Atkinson (b c1759, bur 29.11.1831, dau of Charles Atkinson of Newcastle)
  ((A)) Frances Isabella Craster of Preston (b 03.05.1785, d unm 23.06.1860)
  ((2)) Edmund Craster of Preston, Sheriff (bpt 20.04.1762, dsps bur 23.10.1824, 5th son)
  m. (25.06.1812) Phillis Buston (d 20.12.1813, dau of Thomas Buston of High Buston)
  ((3)) Ann Craster (bpt 25.05.1758, d 11.03.1832)
  m. (04.09.1781) John Wood of Beadnell (d 1828)
  Craster Tower passed into the Wood family, members of which assumed the name Craster.
  ((4))+ other issue (d unm) - John (bpt 20.06.1751, dvp 28.11.1779, of Gray's Inn), Daniel (bpt 06.02.1753, dvp bur 25.05.1779), William (bpt 17.07.1760, d young), Mary of Aunstead (bpt 02.09.1755, bur 06.8.1846), Barbara Christiana of Aunstead (bpt 27.04.1764, bur 10.09.1822), Elizabeth (bpt 01.03.1772, d 30.08.1788), other (d young)
  (b)+ other issue - John (bpt 14.09.1726, bur 30.09.1726), Sarah (bur 25.08.1720), Elizabeth (bpt 13.11.1721), Mary (bpt 05.02.1724/5, bur 08.02.1724/5)
m2. (20.09.1727) Margaret (bur 21.10.1735, widow of _ Grey of Alnwick)
  m3. (12.1737) Bridget Pearson (bur 11.08.1767)
  (ii) William Craster of Rock Moor House (bpt 18.12.1682, bur 21.04.1725)
  m. Susanna (a 1723)
  (a) William Craster (bpt 20.12.1725)
  (iii) Barbara Craster (bpt 22.12.1684)
  m. (10.06.1701) Nicholas Whitehead of Lesbury Field House
  (iv) Elizabeth Craster (bpt 16.04.1689, a 1725)
  m. _ Morely
(v)+ other issue - John (a 1715), Edmund (bpt 25.02.1695/6, a 1725), Thomas (bur 11.04.1696), Magdalen (bpt 26.07.1698, a 1725), Ann (a 1725)
  (3)+ other isue (a 1615) - John (d Lutzen 1632, Colonel), George (of Little Houghton?), Margaret, Jane
  b. Margaret Craster
  m. Henry Collingwood of Etall
  c. Isabell Castre
  m. Luke Ogle of Egglingham
  d. Jane Castre
  m. Bertram Anderson (son of Bertram, Mayor/MP for Newcastle)
  e. Barbara Castre
  m. Cuthbert Bewick
  f.+ other issue (a 1606) - Edmond, Thomas, Eleanor, Katherine
  ii. Elinor or Margaret Craster
  m. Michael Hebborne of Hebborne
  B. Jasper Craster (Castre)

Main source(s): BLG1952 ('Craster of Craster'), BLG1886 ('Cra'ster of Cra'ster'), 'A History of Northumberland' (vol 2, Edward Bateson, 1895, 'Craster of Craster', p177+) with some support from Visitation (George Marshall (1878), Northumberland, 1615, 'Crastre' (sic))
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