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Name Crocker, Charles Templeton
Notes Charles Templeton Crocker, grandson of the railroad magnate, was not very interested in the family businesses. As a man about town, some may have seen him as a rich playboy, but there really was much more to him than that.
He was orphaned in 1897 with the death of his father. His mother had died ten years before. His maternal grandmother, Adeline Easton, had reared him and his two sisters. He graduated from Yale and went on to become a member of all the social clubs one would expect a Crocker to join. He especially enjoyed writing, acting and producing plays that were performed by the exclusive Bohemian Club at their all male retreats among the redwoods. It is said he excelled in the female impersonation parts. Published copies of his plays are still available, along with an opera he wrote which was produced in Monte Carlo and San Francisco.
In 1911, Templeton married Helene Irwin, daughter of William C. Irwin, of the C&H Sugar fortune. This was an alliance of families, something of a tradition among the early Crockers. Templeton had Uplands II built as a gift for his bride. The 35,000 square foot mansion, designed by Willis Polk, wasn't completed until 1917. The couple had no children, and divorced in 1928. He never remarried, and it is rumored he preferred the company of young men.
Templeton was active in the Burlingame County Club, and served on the Tennis Committee when it established the first regulations for use of the facilities in 1916. Rule five allowed ladies to reserve the courts on weekdays. Crocker is credited with saving the California Historical Society in 1922 through his generous financial support. Later his contribution of his Californiana collection helped form the basis for their Research Library.
Of course, he was a yachtsman. One of his boats, the Zaca, was commissioned and launched in Sausalito. The actress Marie Dressler christened it for him. It was a beautiful two masted schooner that was painted black. His interest in sailing may not have involved much hands on activity, however. Is has been said that he always had a captain and crew and an engineer to take care of things. But he went on the trips and paid the bills.
This leads to what is his most enduring legacy. Crocker loved to explore, and he took the Zaca on research expeditions in the Pacific during the 1930s. Two of these trips were for the American Museum of Natural History and they have in their tape archive his films documenting preliminary medical, ethnological and natural history surveys of the Solomon Islands. A study of the Galapagos Islands will include reports from the Templeton Crocker expedition of 1932 for the Academy of Sciences of California. He collected insects, fish, shells, fossils, birds and plants for their collection. Their archives include his notes, papers and manuscripts, including ships logs for 1932-1939.
Last, but not least for the people of Templeton, California, his name lives on in the town that was established in 1886 near San Luis Obispo. It was originally to be named Crocker, and was owned by the West Coast Land Company, part of the railroad conglomerate. The name was changed to Templeton when his father declined to have it named after himself and opted to name it after his young son.
(Joan Levy/2005)
Othernames Templeton Crocker
Born 1884
Deceased 1948
Occupation Bon Vivant, Thespian, Philanthropist
Education Yale University
Places of residence San Francisco
Burlingame

Father Charles Frederick Crocker
Mother Jenny Easton
Spouse Helene Irwin
Children none

Associated Records

Image of 2010.174.001 - Crocker Family Tree Banner, 2010.  Wall hanging (6.5" x 30' x 0.25") of Crocker family tree made by donor Alan Henderson and his wife Sara.  Wall hanging is made of brown felt with red and blue patches machine embroidered with white thread listing family names--one patch per name.  Images of original Crocker couple at top.  Each patch is decorated with a brass split-pin fastener on either side and is organized with accompanying lines of ribbon on felt to show relation in family tree.  There are decorative felt railroad track signs, 3 metal train pins and printed fabric train images throughout.  Small metal rings are hand-sewn to a piece of white reinforcement fabric, which in turn is machine-stitched along the top back side of the wall hanging.  Two wooden dowels (2010.147.002A-D) were placed in the seam at right and left sides for display.  Small rectangular two sets of 9 each fabric pockets are sewn on the back at the top and bottom to hold 72.5" lengths of cross-cut PVC pipe (2010.147.003A-I) used to give the wall hanging structure and support so that it hangs flat.  Each patch had 1 each small gold-colored metal split pin fastener at either end (398 total).  These were removed for archival purposes by Curator Dana Neitzel on March 17, 2016 and saved in a bag labeled 2010.147.001.

Charles Crocker Family Tree - Five Generations

1)  Charles Crocker (1822-1888)
m: Mary Ann Deming (1827-1889)
2) Emily Elizabeth Crocker (1853-1853)
2) Charles Fredrick Crocker (1854-1898)
m: Jennie Mills Easton (1858-1887)
3) Mary Crocker (1881-1905)
m: Francis Burton Harrison (1873-1957)
4) Virginia Randolph Harrison (1901-1993)
m: Christian Channing Gross (1895-1933)
5) Peter Christian Gross (1923-1933)
5) Barbara Gross (1925-1933)
m: Marius de Zayas (1880-1961)
5) Ana Virginia de Zayas (1928- )
m: Frank Llewellyn Williams (1927-1996)
5) Santiago Rodrigo de Zayas (1935- )
m: Collette al Khoury
m: Nicole Veilhan
m: Anna Perret
4) Barbara Harrison (1904-1977)
m: Lloyd B. Westcott (1907-1990)
5) Deborah (1942-2008)
m: Leon Prockop
m: Thaine Clark
m: Dudley Woodbridge
3) Charles Templeton Crocker (1885-1949)
m: Helene Irwin (1889-1966)
3) Jennie Adeline Crocker (1887-1974)
m: Malcolm Douglas Whitman (1887-1932)
4) Fredrick Crocker Whitman (1913-2004)
m: Cynthia Vansittart (1922- )
5) Tania Whitman (1942- )
m: Michael Stepanian (1939- )
5) Michael Whitman (1944- )
m: Sandra Gompertz (1944- )
5) Jonathan Whitman (1948- )
m: Geraldine Bagot (1950-)
5) Kevin Whitman (1950- )
m: Georgina Poston (1925- )
4) Mary Whitman (1915-1931)
4) Tania Whitman (1918-2000)
m: Robert Burns Henderson (1887-1940)
4) Robert Easton Henderson (1927- )
m: Susan Scott Snell (1931- )
5) Charles Snell Henderson (1953- )
m: Kela Robinson (1958- )
Robert Easton Henderson Jr. (1954-1985)
m: Valerie Ann Bennett (1959- )
5) Alan Scott Henderson (1955- )
m: Lisa Ockerman (1964- )
m: Sara Ann Smith (1957- )
2) George Crocker (1856-1906)
m: Emma Rutherford (1856-1904)
2) Francis Crocker (1858-1862)
2) Harriet Valentine Crocker (1859-1935)
m: Charles Beatty Alexander (1849-1927)
3) Harriet Alexander (1888-1972)
m: Winthrop Williams Aldrich (1885-1974)
4) Winthrop Williams Aldrich Jr. (1918-1922)
4) Mary Aldrich (1921- )
m: Robert Homans (1918-1969)
5) Robert Homans Jr. (1947- )
5) Lucy Truman Homans (1949- )
m: Hugh Bangasser (1946- )
5) Abigail Homans (1955- )
m: Henry B. Wilder (1949- )
4) Harriet Aldrich (1922)
m: Edgar Andrew Bering Jr. (1917-1994)
5) Edgar Andrew Bering III (1946- )
m: Barbara Adele Clark (1952- )
5) Charles Crocker Bering (1949- )
m: Marilyn Richardson (1944- )
5) Harriet Alexander Bering (1952- )
m: Lawrence Hoder (1950- )
4) Lucy Aldrich (1924)
m: David W. Devens (1920-1995)
5) Wenonah Devens (1951- )
m: Frank Fields (1955- )
5) David W. Devens Jr. (1955- )
m: Nancy Jennings (1958- )
m: George Davenport (1916-1977)
m: Francis H. Burr (1919-2005)
4) Elizabeth (Liberty) Brewster Aldrich (1925- )
m: J. Woodward Redmond (1921- )
5) Roland Redmond (1949- )
m: Marjorie McGregor (1950- )
5) Winthrop Williams Redmond (1951- )
m: Susan Eileen Cambrey (1957- )
5) John Alexander Redmond (1952- )
m: Janlee Salestrom (1955- )
4) Alexander Aldrich (1928- )
m: Elizabeth Hollins (1932- )
5) Elizabeth Aldrich (1952- )
m: John Atcheson (1959- )
5) Winthrop Aldrich (1954- )
5) Amanda Aldrich (1955- )
m: James Currell
m: Patrick O'Bannon
5) Alexander Aldrich (1959- )
m: Susan Kennedy (1957- )
m: Phyllis Watts (1939- )
5) William Clement Aldrich (1973- )
m: Jennifer Gobel
5) Sarah Aldrich (1976- )
3) Janetta Alexander (1890-1973)
m: Arnold Whitridge (1892-1989)
4) Janetta (Jane) Whitridge (1921)
m: John Leake (1912)
5) Alexandra Leake (1948- )
m: Owen Walker Sullivan (1943- )
5) Joan Leake
4) Frederick Whitridge (1922 )
m: Elizabeth Beatrice Bird (1921-2004)
5) David P. Whitridge (adopted) (1944- )
m: Barbara Petit
5) Arnold Whitridge II (1951- )
m: Susan Grace (1947- )
m: Candance Field
5) Thomas D. Whitridge (1953- )
5) Frederich Whitridge Jr. (1955- )
m: Serena Hatch (1953- )
4) Rhoda Whitridge (1925-1999)
m: Daniel Boyd (1923-1958)
5) Christopher Lamont Boyd (1947-1998)
m: Connie L. Staudohar (1954-2009)
5) James Boyd (1950- )
5) Wendy Boyd (1952- )
m: David Wyman Close (1947- )
3) Mary Crocker Alexander (1895-1986)
m: Sheldon Whitehouse (1883-1965)
4) Charles Sheldon Whitehouse (1921-2001)
m: Mary Celine Rand (1925-1986)
5) Sheldon Whitehouse (1955- )
m: Sandra Thornton (1959- )
5) Charles R. Whitehouse
5) Sarah Whitehouse
m: Janet Ketchum Grayson
4) George Whitehouse (1923-1944)
4) Sylvia Whitehouse (1927 )
m: Robert Blake (1921)
5) Lucy Blake
2) William Henry Crocker (1861-1937)
m: Ethel Willard Sperry (1863-1934)
3) Ethel Mary Crocker (1891-1964)
m: Andre Chanu de Limur (1890-1971)
4) Helen Marie de Limur (1920-1997)
m: Thomas Stokes Page (1916-1997)
5) Margot Elizabeth Page (1944- )
m: Winslow Gibson
m: Chester Washer (1909-1989)
4) Charles Alexander de Limur (1923-2004)
m: Eleanor (Nonie) Walsh (1930)
5) Andree Christina de Limur (1951- )
5) Charles Edward Crocker de Limur (1954- )
m: Gretchen Bond (1959- )
5) Philip Alexander de Limur (1959- )
4) Mary de Limur (1930- )
m: Neil Carothers III (1919-2001)
5) Neil Carothers IV (1956- )
5) Andre Carothers (1958- )
m: Renee Soule
m: Firuzeh Mahmoudi (1971- )
m: Eric Weimann (1913-2007)
3) William Willard Crocker (1893-1964)
m: Ruth Mary Hobart
4) William Henry Crocker II (1924- )
m: Mary Jean Bates
m: Roma Beauregard
5) Myles Hobart Crocker (1972- )
m: Jean Galloway Thomas
4) Diana Crocker (1926- )
m: John Redington (1922- )
5) David Redington (1950- )
5) Sylvia Hobart Redington (1952-1980)
5) Ruth Mary Redington (1956- )
m: Edmond Nouri (1918- )
m: Gertrude Hopkins Parrot ( -1958)
m: Elizabeth Fullerton Coleman
3) Helen Victoria Crocker (1896)
m: Henry Potter Russell
4) Charles Howland Russell (adopted)
m: 
5) Ethan Russell
3) Charles Crocker II (1904-1960)
m: Virginia Bennett (1906-1973)
4) Marianne Crocker (1931)
m: Earle Elrick (1904-1998)
5) Marianne Elrick (1955- )
5) Earle Crocker Elrick (1956- )
m: Rafael Montoro (1918-2010)
4) Ethel Crocker (1933- )
m: Marquerite Brokaw
4) Charles Crocker III (1939- )
m: Lucinda Whittlemore (1933- )
Daphne (Suzanne) Crocker (1942- )
m: Anthony Russell White (1939- )

2010.174.001 - Crocker Family Tree Banner, 2010. Wall hanging (6.5" x 30' x 0.25") of Crocker family tree made by donor Alan Henderson and his wife Sara. Wall hanging is made of brown felt with red and blue patches machine embroidered with white thread listing family names--one patch per name. Images of original Crocker couple at top. Each patch is decorated with a brass split-pin fastener on either side and is organized with accompanying lines of ribbon on felt to show relation in family tree. There are decorative felt railroad track signs, 3 metal train pins and printed fabric train images throughout. Small metal rings are hand-sewn to a piece of white reinforcement fabric, which in turn is machine-stitched along the top back side of the wall hanging. Two wooden dowels (2010.147.002A-D) were placed in the seam at right and left sides for display. Small rectangular two sets of 9 each fabric pockets are sewn on the back at the top and bottom to hold 72.5" lengths of cross-cut PVC pipe (2010.147.003A-I) used to give the wall hanging structure and support so that it hangs flat. Each patch had 1 each small gold-colored metal split pin fastener at either end (398 total). These were removed for archival purposes by Curator Dana Neitzel on March 17, 2016 and saved in a bag labeled 2010.147.001. Charles Crocker Family Tree - Five Generations 1) Charles Crocker (1822-1888) m: Mary Ann Deming (1827-1889) 2) Emily Elizabeth Crocker (1853-1853) 2) Charles Fredrick Crocker (1854-1898) m: Jennie Mills Easton (1858-1887) 3) Mary Crocker (1881-1905) m: Francis Burton Harrison (1873-1957) 4) Virginia Randolph Harrison (1901-1993) m: Christian Channing Gross (1895-1933) 5) Peter Christian Gross (1923-1933) 5) Barbara Gross (1925-1933) m: Marius de Zayas (1880-1961) 5) Ana Virginia de Zayas (1928- ) m: Frank Llewellyn Williams (1927-1996) 5) Santiago Rodrigo de Zayas (1935- ) m: Collette al Khoury m: Nicole Veilhan m: Anna Perret 4) Barbara Harrison (1904-1977) m: Lloyd B. Westcott (1907-1990) 5) Deborah (1942-2008) m: Leon Prockop m: Thaine Clark m: Dudley Woodbridge 3) Charles Templeton Crocker (1885-1949) m: Helene Irwin (1889-1966) 3) Jennie Adeline Crocker (1887-1974) m: Malcolm Douglas Whitman (1887-1932) 4) Fredrick Crocker Whitman (1913-2004) m: Cynthia Vansittart (1922- ) 5) Tania Whitman (1942- ) m: Michael Stepanian (1939- ) 5) Michael Whitman (1944- ) m: Sandra Gompertz (1944- ) 5) Jonathan Whitman (1948- ) m: Geraldine Bagot (1950-) 5) Kevin Whitman (1950- ) m: Georgina Poston (1925- ) 4) Mary Whitman (1915-1931) 4) Tania Whitman (1918-2000) m: Robert Burns Henderson (1887-1940) 4) Robert Easton Henderson (1927- ) m: Susan Scott Snell (1931- ) 5) Charles Snell Henderson (1953- ) m: Kela Robinson (1958- ) Robert Easton Henderson Jr. (1954-1985) m: Valerie Ann Bennett (1959- ) 5) Alan Scott Henderson (1955- ) m: Lisa Ockerman (1964- ) m: Sara Ann Smith (1957- ) 2) George Crocker (1856-1906) m: Emma Rutherford (1856-1904) 2) Francis Crocker (1858-1862) 2) Harriet Valentine Crocker (1859-1935) m: Charles Beatty Alexander (1849-1927) 3) Harriet Alexander (1888-1972) m: Winthrop Williams Aldrich (1885-1974) 4) Winthrop Williams Aldrich Jr. (1918-1922) 4) Mary Aldrich (1921- ) m: Robert Homans (1918-1969) 5) Robert Homans Jr. (1947- ) 5) Lucy Truman Homans (1949- ) m: Hugh Bangasser (1946- ) 5) Abigail Homans (1955- ) m: Henry B. Wilder (1949- ) 4) Harriet Aldrich (1922) m: Edgar Andrew Bering Jr. (1917-1994) 5) Edgar Andrew Bering III (1946- ) m: Barbara Adele Clark (1952- ) 5) Charles Crocker Bering (1949- ) m: Marilyn Richardson (1944- ) 5) Harriet Alexander Bering (1952- ) m: Lawrence Hoder (1950- ) 4) Lucy Aldrich (1924) m: David W. Devens (1920-1995) 5) Wenonah Devens (1951- ) m: Frank Fields (1955- ) 5) David W. Devens Jr. (1955- ) m: Nancy Jennings (1958- ) m: George Davenport (1916-1977) m: Francis H. Burr (1919-2005) 4) Elizabeth (Liberty) Brewster Aldrich (1925- ) m: J. Woodward Redmond (1921- ) 5) Roland Redmond (1949- ) m: Marjorie McGregor (1950- ) 5) Winthrop Williams Redmond (1951- ) m: Susan Eileen Cambrey (1957- ) 5) John Alexander Redmond (1952- ) m: Janlee Salestrom (1955- ) 4) Alexander Aldrich (1928- ) m: Elizabeth Hollins (1932- ) 5) Elizabeth Aldrich (1952- ) m: John Atcheson (1959- ) 5) Winthrop Aldrich (1954- ) 5) Amanda Aldrich (1955- ) m: James Currell m: Patrick O'Bannon 5) Alexander Aldrich (1959- ) m: Susan Kennedy (1957- ) m: Phyllis Watts (1939- ) 5) William Clement Aldrich (1973- ) m: Jennifer Gobel 5) Sarah Aldrich (1976- ) 3) Janetta Alexander (1890-1973) m: Arnold Whitridge (1892-1989) 4) Janetta (Jane) Whitridge (1921) m: John Leake (1912) 5) Alexandra Leake (1948- ) m: Owen Walker Sullivan (1943- ) 5) Joan Leake 4) Frederick Whitridge (1922 ) m: Elizabeth Beatrice Bird (1921-2004) 5) David P. Whitridge (adopted) (1944- ) m: Barbara Petit 5) Arnold Whitridge II (1951- ) m: Susan Grace (1947- ) m: Candance Field 5) Thomas D. Whitridge (1953- ) 5) Frederich Whitridge Jr. (1955- ) m: Serena Hatch (1953- ) 4) Rhoda Whitridge (1925-1999) m: Daniel Boyd (1923-1958) 5) Christopher Lamont Boyd (1947-1998) m: Connie L. Staudohar (1954-2009) 5) James Boyd (1950- ) 5) Wendy Boyd (1952- ) m: David Wyman Close (1947- ) 3) Mary Crocker Alexander (1895-1986) m: Sheldon Whitehouse (1883-1965) 4) Charles Sheldon Whitehouse (1921-2001) m: Mary Celine Rand (1925-1986) 5) Sheldon Whitehouse (1955- ) m: Sandra Thornton (1959- ) 5) Charles R. Whitehouse 5) Sarah Whitehouse m: Janet Ketchum Grayson 4) George Whitehouse (1923-1944) 4) Sylvia Whitehouse (1927 ) m: Robert Blake (1921) 5) Lucy Blake 2) William Henry Crocker (1861-1937) m: Ethel Willard Sperry (1863-1934) 3) Ethel Mary Crocker (1891-1964) m: Andre Chanu de Limur (1890-1971) 4) Helen Marie de Limur (1920-1997) m: Thomas Stokes Page (1916-1997) 5) Margot Elizabeth Page (1944- ) m: Winslow Gibson m: Chester Washer (1909-1989) 4) Charles Alexander de Limur (1923-2004) m: Eleanor (Nonie) Walsh (1930) 5) Andree Christina de Limur (1951- ) 5) Charles Edward Crocker de Limur (1954- ) m: Gretchen Bond (1959- ) 5) Philip Alexander de Limur (1959- ) 4) Mary de Limur (1930- ) m: Neil Carothers III (1919-2001) 5) Neil Carothers IV (1956- ) 5) Andre Carothers (1958- ) m: Renee Soule m: Firuzeh Mahmoudi (1971- ) m: Eric Weimann (1913-2007) 3) William Willard Crocker (1893-1964) m: Ruth Mary Hobart 4) William Henry Crocker II (1924- ) m: Mary Jean Bates m: Roma Beauregard 5) Myles Hobart Crocker (1972- ) m: Jean Galloway Thomas 4) Diana Crocker (1926- ) m: John Redington (1922- ) 5) David Redington (1950- ) 5) Sylvia Hobart Redington (1952-1980) 5) Ruth Mary Redington (1956- ) m: Edmond Nouri (1918- ) m: Gertrude Hopkins Parrot ( -1958) m: Elizabeth Fullerton Coleman 3) Helen Victoria Crocker (1896) m: Henry Potter Russell 4) Charles Howland Russell (adopted) m: 5) Ethan Russell 3) Charles Crocker II (1904-1960) m: Virginia Bennett (1906-1973) 4) Marianne Crocker (1931) m: Earle Elrick (1904-1998) 5) Marianne Elrick (1955- ) 5) Earle Crocker Elrick (1956- ) m: Rafael Montoro (1918-2010) 4) Ethel Crocker (1933- ) m: Marquerite Brokaw 4) Charles Crocker III (1939- ) m: Lucinda Whittlemore (1933- ) Daphne (Suzanne) Crocker (1942- ) m: Anthony Russell White (1939- )

Crocker Family Tree Banner, 2010. Wall hanging (6.5" x 30' x 0.25") of Crocker family tree made by donor Alan Henderson and his wife Sara. Wall hanging is made of brown felt with red and blue patches machine embroidered with white thread listing family names--one patch per name. Images of original Crocker couple at top. Each patch is decorated with a brass split-pin fastener on either side and is organized with accompanying lines of ribbon on felt to show relation in family tree. There are decorative felt railroad track signs, 3 metal train pins and printed fabric train images throughout. Small metal rings are hand-sewn to a piece of white reinforcement fabric, which in turn is machine-