In 1880 he is married to an Ella, but by 1900 he's remarried to May Gertrude Ontis, Married about 1887, probably in Humboldt County California.
1880 Petrolia, Humboldt, California, Page Number 446B
James CROOKE, 27, IA, Laborer, PA, IL
Ella, Wife, Married, 20, UT, Housekeeper
William SMITH, Other 50 NY Farmer CT NY.
In 1900 they are in Oregon, but by 1910 back in Humboldt County.
1910 CA, Hydesville twp, Humboldt Co., ED 12, page 27 B, line 69
Crooks James B. 59, m2 for 22 yrs, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, minister
May G., wife 41, m1 for 22 yrs, 5 born, 4 alive, Cal, Il, Va.
Zelpha, 14 (!?) Oregon,
Glenn, 9, Cal.
We see they are back in California and this is his 2nd marriage. The children's ages may be confused, as Zelpha was born 1901. James seems to have died and May Gertrude remarried in 1917 to Lorenzo D. Robinson.
California Death index has:
ROBINSON GERTRUDE E 11/09/1876 ALBEE F CALIFORNIA HUMBOLDT
Fortuna 11/02/1965 88 yrs.
This may be our “May” Gertrude Ontis, born in Sonoma County Cal to John Ontis & Jane Weaver-Cathey-Ontis?
Any index of obits from that time?
Interested in more info on these people.