New Jersey Obituaries - July 20, 1898 - Thomas F. Croft

Thomas F. Croft died of Bright's disease yesterday morning at ten o'clock at the home of his son, F. M. Croft of Eatontown. He was 78 years old. Mr. Croft was born at York, England, March 10th, 1820. John Bright, the great English reformer, and Joseph his brother, were school fellows of Mr. Croft at Kendal, in Westmoreland, England. Martin Croft, one of Mr. Croft's ancestors, was a members of the first Masonic lodge chartered in England in 1089. Mr. Croft was one of the oldest life members of the Pennsylvania horticultural society. The body was taken to Westport, Connecticut, where the funeral will be held.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 20, 1898