Ralph Lyman Hedley
(1892 - 1968)
and Alta Marjorie Arries (1895 - 1982)
Ralph Lyman Hedley was born April 13, 1892 in Blackjack, Douglas
County, Kansas, the youngest of the three children of James Hedley and
Emma Hays. Although Frank had four older siblings, John R., James U.,
George W. and Mary Margaret were in their twenties when Ralph was born.
His full brother and sister, Frank and Ethel, were 13 and 6
respectively. Some time before 1900 (when Ralph would have been 8)
James, Emma, and their three youngest children moved from Black Jack,
Kansas to a farm in Minnesota. In 1910 Ralph, age 18, was living with
his parents, sister and brother, working as a farm labourer on the
family farm in Fairfax Twp., Polk Co., Minnesota (See Chap. 4,6 for
Eventually all three children of James and Emma were married in
Crookston, Polk Co., Minnesota. Ethel was married in 1911 and Frank in
Ralph Hedley married Alta Marjorie Arries June 21, 1919.
Alta Marjorie was born July 24, 1895 in Crookston, the daughter of
Frank Alexander Arries and Anna G. Bennerd (or Benner). (Please see
Addendum #1 for the forebears of Alta Marjorie Arries)
After their marriage Ralph and Alta Marjorie moved to Santa Ana,
California. Less than a year after their Minnesota marriage Ralph
and Alta appeared on the California Census:
1920 U.S. Census for Santa Ana, California
Hedley, Ralph L., head, 27, b. in Kansas; fa. b. Can; mo. b.
Penn; occ. garage mechanic
Hedley, Alta, wife, 24, b. in Minnesota; father b. Wisconsin;
mother b. in Michigan
Ten years later, Ralph and Alta had two daughters, ages 6 and 9, Ralph
was proprietor of a garage, and they owned their own home:
1930 U.S. Census for Santa Ana, Orange County, California
Hedley, Ralph, head, age 37 (27 at first marr.); b.
Kansas; fa. b. Can; mo. b. Penn; occ.
garage proprietor; war veteran (WW); home owned, value $2500; owns
Hedley, Alta, wife, age 33 (23 at first marr.) b. Minn; fa. b.
Wis; mo. b. Mich.
Hedley, Dorothy Anne, daughter, age 9, b. Cal; fa.
b. Kansas; mo. b. Minn.
Hedley, Eleanor, daughter, age 6, b. Cal; fa.
b. Kansas; mo. b. Minn.
In 1929 Ralph and Alta bought a five-acre ranch in Vista. Joan
(Crabtree) Bachman, granddaughter of Frank, reports that her
grandparents grew avocados and grapefruit. They later also raised
chickens for their eggs. Joan, who presently also lives in Vista,
California, comments, "So I am close to my roots, which gives me great
pleasure and comfort." Joan Crabtree Bachman was divorced from Paul Bachman March 7,
Ralph Lyman Hedley, born in Black Jack, Douglas Co, Kansas April 13,
1892, died Dec. 22, 1968 in Vista, San Diego, California at age 76.
Alta Marjorie (Arries) Hedley, born July 24, 1895 in Minnesota, died
fourteen years after her husband, on Sept.10, 1982 in Long Beach, Los
Ralph and Alta Hedley had two daughters,
(1) Dorothy Anna
Hedley, b. Nov. 15, 1920 married Hobart Lovelle Crabtree on July 30, 1944,
right after his return from WW II in the Pacific,
where he was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Dorothy Hedley Crabtree died Sept. 29,
2910. Hobart Lavelle Crabtree - died June 26, 2011
(Please see Addendum #2 for
the forebears of Hobart Lovelle
Dorothy and Hobart Crabtree had two children, gen. (vi):
 Ann Lorraine Crabtree*, b. Dec.16, 1946, married Steven Ephraim Turner on April 6, 1974
Berkeley, California. In 1977 they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Julie Anna Turner, b. Aug. 29, 1978, married
Harold King on Feb. 2, 2001 (divorced)
Jeffrey Roy Turner was b. Oct. 31, 1983, married
Lindsay Gayle Cart on Dec. 31, 2003.
 Ralph Clinton Crabtree was b. Nov. 12, 1949
to Debbie Harper (divorced) One son:
to Carol Borsdorf One son:
Jack Arthur Crabtree born in March 1983
Frances Hedley, b. Dec. 5, 1923 in Santa Ana, CA was the second daughter of Ralph
and Alta Hedley. She married Roland Hoyt Crabtree
of Scott City, Kansas, b.July 5, 1917
in Kansas; d. Feb. 13, 1990 in
Riverside, CA. Eleanor Headley
Crabtree d. May 7, 2011.
Roland was a cousin of Hobart Crabtree, who married Eleanor's elder
sister Dorothy. In 1930
Roland Hoyt Crabtree,
age 12, and his widowed mother, Bertha M.
(Royer) Crabtree, age 50,
were living in Scott City, Kansas, where
Bertha was working in a real estate office as well as
running a boarding
house. Roland was
going to school:
Joan Crabtree Buchman - divorced from Paul
Buchman March 2010
1930 U.S. Census for Scott City, Scott Co., Kansas
Crabtree, Bertha M., head, 50, wid; b. in Neb.; fa. b. Penn; mo.
b. Ill; occ. dealer in real estate
office; home owner (home value $5000); owns radio
Crabtree, Roland Hoyt, son, 12, att. sch; b. in Kansas; fa. Iowa;
Wright, Glen (lodger); Bygel, Richard (lodger); King, Edward
Eleanor Frances Hedley and Roland Hoyt Crabtree had three children
Eleanor Frances Hedley Crabtree - died May 7,
 *Joan Elaine Crabtree was b. in 1945 in Orange, CA
John Paul Kincheloe in 1969; divorced 1976 (no children)
Robert Paul Buchman in 1989 (no children)
 Steven Hoyt Crabtree, b.1948, Riverside, CA married Linda Marie O'Neill Aug. 28, 1971.
Andrew Hoyt (Andy) Crabtree b. 1980 in San Diego, CA
Scott Patrick Crabtree b. 1983 in San Diego, CA
 Marian Joyce Crabtree b.1956 in Riverside, CA (never married)
(Please see Addendum #2 for the forebears of Hobart Crabtree)
Forebears of Alta Marjorie (Arries) Hedley
Frank Lyman Hedley married Alta Marjorie Arries June 21, 1919 in
Alta Marjorie Arries was the daughter of Frank Alexander Arries and
Anna G. Benner (or Bennerd). Frank Alexander Arries, Alta’s father, was
the son of William Arries and Cresenzia (Crissey) Vogt (Alta’s paternal
Frank, age 16, appeared with his parents and six siblings on the
1880 Census for Wisconsin:
1880 U.S. Census for Otter Creek Twp., Eau Claire Co., Wisconsin
Arries, William, self, male, 59, b. in Scot; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Scot; occ. farmer
Arries, Crissey, wife, f, 46, b. Prussia; fa. b. Prussia; mo. b.
Prussia; occ. keeping house
Arries, Mansfield, son, male, 23, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Prussia; farm laborer
Arries, William A., son, male, 22, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Prussia; farm laborer
Arries, Isabella S., daughter, female, 17, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot;
mo. b. Prussia
Arries, Frances A., daughter, female, 16, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot;
mo. b. Prussia; school
Arries, Frank A., son, male, 16, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Prussia; farm work
Arries, Edward J., son, male, 13, b. Wisconsin; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Perry, Eben, other, male, 22, b. in N.Y; farm laborer
Anna G. Benner or Bennerd was the wife of Frank A. Arries and the
mother of Alta. Five-year-old Anna G. appeared on the 1880 Census
for Michigan with her parents (Alta’s maternal grandparents) and her
sister Kate (Alta’s aunt).
1880 U.S.Census for Michigan
Bennerd, Harley A., 33, b. in Mich; fa. b. in Connecticut; mo.
b. in NY
Bennerd, Anna M., wife, 33, b. in Penn; fa. b. in Prussia; mo.
b. in Pennsylvania
Bennerd, David F., son, 7, b. in Mich; fa. b. in Mich; mo. b. in Penn.
Bennerd, Anna G., daughter, 5, b. in Mich; fa. b. in Mich; mo.
b. in Penn.
Bennerd, Kate E., daughter, 2, b. in Mich; fa. b. in Mich; mo. b. in
Twenty years later Frank A. was married to Anna G., and the
living in Crookston, Minnesota, had two daughters, Frances and
1900 U.S. Census for Crookston, Polk County, Minnesota
Arries, Frank A., 33, b. Sept.1866, marr.7 yr; b.Wis; fa. Scot;
mo. Ger; occ.drayman
Arries, Anna, wife, 25, b. Mar.1875, marr.7 yr; 2 ch.(2 liv.);
b.Wis; fa. Scot; mo.Ger.
Arries, Franciss, daughter, 5, b. June1893; b. Minn; fa. Wis; mo. Mich;
Arries, Alta, daughter, 4, b. July1895; b. Minn; fa. Wis; mo.
Banks, Bell, boarder, 14, b. June1885; b. Iowa; fa. b. Iowa; mo. b.
Iowa; att. school
Forebears of Hobart Crabtree
Dorothy Hedley, eldest daughter of Ralph Hedley and Alta Marjorie
Arries, Dorothy Anna Hedley Crabtree - died Sept. 29,
2010 was married to Hobart Crabtree July 30, 1944. Hobart, born abt. 1916,
was the son of Clinton Crabtree, born May 28, 1875, died July 18, 1953 (Cal.
Death Index). Hobart Lavelle Crabtree died June 26, 2011. Hobart Crabtree’s mother was Bessie M. (–?–), born
abt.1879. Clinton and Bessie Crabtree were married abt.1902.
The maiden name of Clinton Crabtree’s mother (Hobart’s paternal
grandmother) was “Hoyt.”
The Crabtree family appeared on the 1920 Census for California when
Hobart was four years old:
1920 U.S. Census for Whitter City, Los Angeles Co., California
Crabtree, Clinton, 43, b. in Iowa; fa. b. in U.S; mo. b. in U.S;
Crabtree, Bessie M., wife, 40, b. in Indiana; fa. b. in Indiana;
mo. b. in Ohio
Crabtree, Hoy C., son, 16, b. in S. Dakota; fa. b. in Iowa; mo. b. in
Crabtree, Howard F., son, 5, b. in Cal; fa. b. in Iowa; mo. b. in
Crabtree, Hobart L, son, 4, b. in Cal; fa. b. in Iowa; mo. b. in
Ten years later Hobart was 14, Hoy (26) was no longer in the household,
and their father, Clinton Crabtree, age 52, was now a real estate
1930 U.S. Census for Whitter Twp., Los Angeles Co., California
Crabtree, Clinton, 52, (24 at 1st marr.) b. in Iowa; fa. b.
Iowa; mo. b. Iowa; real estate agent
Crabtree, Bessie M., wife, 51, (23 at 1st marr.) b. in Ill; fa.
b. Ill; mo. b. Ill
Crabtree, Howard F., son, 15, b. in Cal; fa. b. Iowa; mo.
Crabtree, Hobart, son, 14, b. in Cal; fa. b. Iowa; mo. b. Ill.