Croak, John B., Winfield, was born in Carlow county, Ireland, August 18, 1838. He came to Frankfort in 1848 and to Winfield in 1852, where he worked at farming until 1856, and since that at mason work until December, 1863, when he went to Washington in the quartermaster's department, remaining there until the spring of 1864. He was drafted in the fall of 1863 and paid $300 commutation. In the spring of 1864 he returned to Winfield and worked at his trade in that town, and Rome, Utica and other places as a contractor and builder, and did quite an extensive business. In 1885 he was appointed postmaster of West Winfield, which he held until June, 1889, when he returned to his trade. He married Nancy Rice in 1869, and they have four children: William T., George H., Maggie and Julia. John B. Croak is a son of Martin and Margaret (Maher) Croak (both deceased). The former died in Dakota, and the latter died on the ocean of cholera, June 23, 1848.
History of Herkimer County, New York : illustrated with portraits of many of its citizens
edited by George A. Hardin ; assisted by Frank H. Willard
Syracuse, New York : D. Mason, 1893
550 p., 276 p. : ill., maps, ports.