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Name Crocker, William Henry
Notes William Henry was one the children of Charles B. and Mary Ann Crocker who eventually settled on the Peninsula. He followed his father into the family businesses and continued to prosper. Charles B. Crocker was part of the "Big Four" of railroad fame. The Crocker Land Company was an offshoot of the railroad, and the Crocker name has been associated in real estate, banking and finance since the 1880s.
William Henry married Ethel Sperry from Stockton. She was a Sperry of the flour millionaire family. Their union produced children who continued to marry into wealthy local families. William H. Crocker's "New Place" in Burlingame, as he called his 500-acre estate, was built when he decided to make the Peninsula his principle family residence after the 1906 Earthquake. Up until then, he had maintained a house on San Francisco's Nob Hill, and used his Burlingame estate, "The Oaks," as a country getaway. He hired his cousin, Lewis P. Hobart, to design a grander home. The 12 bedroom, 10 bath place required a staff of 65 to run. The house itself took 20 servants, and the other 45 cared for the grounds. Crocker maintained dairy cows and orchards to supply the kitchen, so he was able to have the property assessed as a family farm for tax purposes.
Many notable people were entertained at New Place. A Japanese diplomatic mission, the Prince and Princess of Sweden, Winston Churchill, and assorted politicians and actors were among the guests at various times. W. H. Headed the Republican Party in California for many years.
Of course, a man in such a position was called upon to serve in other fields. He was on the boards of several companies, including the Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Empire Mines and Investment Company, to name just a few. He also was president of Crocker Investment Company and Crocker Securities Company.
Crocker also served in more philanthropic circles. He was regent of the University of California and president of the Community Chest of San Francisco. He served on hospital boards, was president of the California Academy of Science and many other benevolent organizations.
Crocker was a commuter. He rode his horse from New Place to the Burlingame Station to catch the train to the City. Along the way he would toss coins to the children. A car to take the horse home after his ride would follow him. You have to love old William Henry for using public transportation.
(Joan Levy/2005)
Born 1861
Birthplace Sacramento
Deceased 1937
Deceased where Burlingame
Occupation Banker, Investor
Education Phillips Academy
Andover
Yale University
Places of residence Sacramento
San Francisco
Burlingame
Father Charles B. Crocker
Mother Mary Ann
Spouse Ethel Sperry
Children Ethel Mary
Helen
William W.
Charles

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-