William Cross

William CROSS (1738 – 1817) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather, one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Cross was born in 1738 in Barrington, Strafford, New Hampshire.  His parents were Noah CROSS and Lydia CROMWELL. He married  [__?__] in 1764 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.  William died 19 Aug 1817 in Vassalboro, Kennebec Co., Maine.

Judith [__?__] was born about 1740 in Strafford, County New Hampshire.

Children of William and Judith.

  Name Born Married Departed
1. Benjamin Cross ca. 1766
Vassalboro
Sarah Lamson
30 Jun 1785 Vassalboro
or 14 Aug 1785
Hallowell, Maine
 
2. Mary CROSS ca. 1768
Vassalboro
Joseph COLEMAN
21 Aug 1790 Vassalboro
1843
3. William Cross Jr. 1770
Boothbay Maine
Judith [_?_]
11 Jun 1793
or 6 Nov 1793
Vassalboro
19 Aug 1849 Vassalboro
4. James Cross 1772
Vassalboro
Ellen Dearborn
15 Nov 1792 Vassalboro
18 Dec 1792 Hallowell, Maine
 
5. Josiah Cross 20 Nov 1775 Vassalboro Hannah Varney
26 Mar 1796 Vassalboro
.
Patience Cushman
9 Nov 1806 Belfast, Waldo, Maine
4 Sep 1862 in Detroit, Somerset, Maine.
6. Samuel Cross 25 Dec 1777 Vassalboro Bethiah (Polly) Davis
15 Feb 1798 China, Kennebec, Maine
28 Mar 1851
Vassalboro
7. Jonathan Cross 1778
Boothbay, Maine
Olive Lampson
Mar 1792
.
Lois Herd (Hird)
1 Jul 1793 Vassalboro
19 Aug 1849 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

William is found in Vassalborough, Lincoln, ME  in the 1790 census and in 1810 Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME census.

Illustrated History of Vassalboro 1892 

The Cross Hill Cemetery, as originally laid out, contained but one-fourth of an acre. Here, in 1849, was buried William Cross, aged 79 years; and in 1853 Zebedee Cross, aged 48 years. These two slabs are the only authentic record in the community of the prominent old family, now extinct here, which gave name to the locality. Among the first burials in this ground was Mary Coleman Dyer, in 1813, aged 27 years. Other headstones here tell of Joel Gardner, who died in 1875, aged 97 years; John Palmer, in 1834, aged 84; Samuel Randall, 1838, aged 81; John Gaslin, in 1857, aged 90, and Mary, his wife, in 1837, aged 68; Seth Richardson, 1856, aged 78; Owen Coleman, 1834, aged 74; Daniel and wife Martha Whitehouse, 1835 and 1837, aged
respectively 80 and 92; Benjamin Runnells, 1834, aged 68; his wife, Rebecca, 1833, at the age of 67; Gideon Wing, 1842, aged 65; and Dr. Oliver Prescott, 1853, aged 62.

Children

1. Benjamin Cross

The only record about Benjamin Cross and Sarah Lampson that I can find is that they were married 14 Aug 1785 in Hallowell, Maine. The groom could have been this Benjamin, age 19 or his uncle of the same name age 30.

Some genealogies show Lawson, but the marriage record in Hallowell (Solemnized by Rev. Seth Noble:) shows Mrs. Sarah Lampson.

There was a Lampson family living in Kennebec and Olive Lampson married Benjamin’s brother Jonathan Cross  Mar 1792 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

At the summit of Mudgett hill is the Lampson homestead. About 1824 Benjamin Hussey, whose father, Isaac, had lived and died in Freedom, Me., came to Vassalboro and settled on the farm now owned by Benjamin G. Hussey, his grandson. Here James Cross had built a house on a two-acre clearing which his father, Benjamin Cross, had made, when this locality was known as Mudgett Hill, and was connected with the settlement at Cross Hill by only a foot path.

In the 1800 census, a Benjamin Cross of the right age was living in Vassalboro, Maine with his wife (26-44 years old) a young man (16 thru 25) a boy (10 thru 15) and two girls under ten years old.

2. Mary CROSS (See Joseph COLEMAN‘s page)

3. William Cross Jr.

William’s wife Judith [_?_] was born 1776 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Judith died 18 Aug 1843 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine and was buried at the Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec County, Maine.

Judith Cross – Headstone

Illustrated history of Kennebec County, Maine; 1625-1799-1892;. (page 1121)

The Cross Hill Cemetery, as originally laid out, contained but one-fourth of an acre. Here, in 1849, was buried William Cross, aged 79 years; and in 1853 Zebedee Cross, aged 48 years. These two slabs are the only authentic record in the community of the prominent old family, now extinct here, which gave name to the locality. Among the first burials in this ground was Mary Coleman Dyer, in 1813, aged 27 years. Other headstones here tell of Joel Gardner, who died in 1875, aged 97 years; John Palmer, in 1834, aged 84; Samuel Randall, 1838, aged 81; John Gaslin, in 1857, aged 90, and Mary, his wife, in 1837, aged 68; Seth Richardson, 1856, aged 78; Owen Coleman, 1834, aged 74; Daniel and wife Martha Whitehouse, 1835 and 1837, aged respectively 80 and 92; Benjamin Runnells, 1834, aged 68; his wife, Rebecca, 1833, at the age of 67; Gideon Wing, 1842, aged 65; and Dr. Oliver Prescott, 1853, aged 62.

South of this was an early burying ground where scores of the pioneers found resting places. This ground was within what was later known as the Warren Percival farm, and for twenty-five years now the graves have been obliterated, and only a cultivated field marks the spot.

William Cross Gravestone — Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

Children of William and Judith

i. William Cross b. 1795 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m1. 21 Oct 1823 in Palermo, Kennebec, Maine to Abigail Lewis (b. 1805 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – d. 10 Mar 1851 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine); m2. Mrs. Clarissa Foster (b. 1816 Maine – d. Aft 1880 census)

William is in Vassalboro for each census 1830-1860, then moves to Augusta for the 1870 & 1880 censuses. Known children 1st marriage: William L. (1825), Sophia (1827), Caroline (1828), George H. (1829), Lorinda (1832), John Wesley (1835-1904), Sewell B. (1837), Eliabeth Ann (1839), Melissa D. (1844), Emily P. (1848). Known children 2nd marriage: Abby J. (1851), Alonzo B. (1855).

In the 1850 census, William and Abigail were farming in Vassalboro, Maine with six children at home ages 2 to 17.

In the 1880 census, William and Clara were living in Augusta, Maine with their son Alonzo Cross (b. 1855 Maine) and Clara’s daughter from a previous marriage Lizzie Foster (b. 1840 Maine)

ii. Zebedee Cross b. Apr 1810 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 10 Nov 1858 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; Burial Cross Hill Cemetery; m. Judith Keen (b. Jul 1821 in Maine – d. 11 Oct 1863 in Vassalboro) Zebedee and Judith had four children born between 1841 and 1858.

In the 1850 census, Zebedee and Judith were farming in Vassalboro.

Zebedee Cross Gravestone — Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro

4. James Cross

James’ wife Ellen Dearborn was born about 1772.  Her parents were Simon Dearborn and Margaret [__?__].

5. Josiah Cross

There are many contradictory genealogies about Hannah Varney’s marriage to a Cross 26 Mar or 14 Apr 1796 in Vassalboro Maine.  Noah CROSS’s property in Middletown NH [bought in 1749] was sold to Silas Varney in 1769.

Some say he married Josiah’s uncle James and in 1801 had a son James Jr who married 28 Oct 1827 in Vassalboro to Love Brown and died 8 Feb 1877 in Vassalboro.

Other genealogies say Hannah married this Josiah Cross and in 1812 had a son Peleg Cross. This version conflicts with Josiah’s marriage to Patience Cushman 9 Nov 1806 Belfast, Waldo, Maine.

Stil others say Hannah married Josiah’s brother Jonathan Cross which conflicts with Jonathan’s marriages to Olive Lampson Mar 1792 and Lois Herd (Hird)

There was a Hannah Varney who was born in 16 Apr 1783 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire near the Crosses. Her parents were John Varney and Miriam Hanson. She married her cousin Festus Varney 1 Oct 1800 in Farmington, New Hampshire and died 14 Apr 1853 inDover, Strafford, New Hampshire.

Josiah’s second wife Patience Cushman was born 1774 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were Josiah Cushman and Patience Perkins. Our ancestor Thomas CUSHMAN was her 2nd great grandfather. Patience died in 1845,

In the 1840 census, Josiah was living in Chandlerville, Somerset, Maine.

In the 1850 census, Josiah was living with his daughter-in-law in Detroit, Somerset, Maine.  Detroit is 35 miles northeast of Vassalboro via I95 today.

Child of Josiah and Patience:

i. Peleg Cross b. 1812 in Somerset, Maine; d. 6 Apr 1891 in Detroit, Somerset, Maine; m. Margaret Randall (1806 in Maine – d. 1906 in Detroit, Somerset, Maine) In the 1860 , 1870 and 1880 censuses Peleg and Margaret were farming in Detroit, Somerset, Maine.

6. Samuel Cross

Samuel’s wife Bethiah (Polly) Davis was born 28 Dec 1775 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were  Rev. War Vet Joshua Davis and Elizabeth Parker. Bethiah died 24 Mar 1845 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Samuel had 17 children. Males were John, Simeon, Samuel, David & William

In the 1850 census, Samuel was living with his son David and daughter-in-law Omenia Ames  in Vassalboro, Maine.

Samuel Cross Gravestone — Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine,

Children of Samuel and Polly:

i. John Cross b. 11 Jul 1798; d. bef. 1803

ii. Annie Cross b. 8 Oct 1799 in Kennebec, Maine;

iii. Olive Cross b. 11 Aug 1801 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine Olive’s first cousin of the same name was born 7 Aug 1801 (See below) so I may have them mixed up; d. 26 Oct 1867 China, Kennebec, Maine Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery; m. 9 Oct 1825 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Caleb Thurston (b. 03 Sep 1797 in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine – d. 06 Feb 1875 in China, Kennebec, Maine; Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery)

In the 1850 census, Caleb and Olive were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine with eight children at home ages 3 to 19.

iv. John Cross b. 26 Feb 1803 in Kennebec, Maine, (some genealogies say ); d. Aft 1870 census; m. Elizabeth (Betsy) Cote (b. 1806 Maine) In the 1860 census, John was farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

v. Silva Cross b. 13 Jun 1804 in Kennebec, Maine;

vi. Bethiah Cross b. 16 Dec 1807 in Kennebec, Maine; d. 9 Jul 1849 Palermo, Waldo County, Maine; m. 31 May 1831 in Augusta, Maine to Clifford S Worthing (b. 11 Apr 1806 in Palermo, Maine – d.30 Dec 1878 Palermo, Maine) In the 1860 census, Clifford had remarried (Mary [__?__] b. 1813 Maine) and was farming in Palermo, Maie.

vii. Polly Cross b. 18 Mar 1809 in Kennebec, Maine;

viii. Samuel Cross b. 6 Mar 1811 in Kennebec, Maine; d. 10 Sep 1838 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

ix. Simeon Cross b. 29 Mar 1813 in Kennebec, Maine; d. 14 May 1893; m. Mary J. [__?__] (b. 1824 Maine – d. Aft 1880 census) In the 1850 census, Simeon was farming in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine.

x. David Cross b. 22 Sep 1814 in Kennebec, Maine; d. 22 Jan 1879 – Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine m. 11 Jan 1843 – Maine to Omenia Ames (b. 4 Jan 1820 in Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine – d. 21 Jan 1906 Waterville, Kennebec, Maine). Her parents were Isaac F Ames (1794 – 1876) and Lydia Webb (1794 – 1870)

In the 1850 census, David was farming in Vassalboro, his parents Samuel and Mary were living with his family.

xi. Hannah Cross b. 11 Sep 1816 in Kennebec, Maine;

xii. William Cross b. 1 Jan 1819 in Kennebec, Maine;

xiii. Salome Cross b. 16 Dec 1819 in Kennebec, Maine; d. 1855; m. 4 Jan 1843 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Joseph Smiley (b. 16 May 1814 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine – d. 19 Mar 1891 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California) His parents were Hugh Smiley and Mary McDonald/McDaniels.

In the 1850 census, Joseph and Salome were farming in Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine with daughters Emma (b. 1844) and Mary S. (b. 1849). By the 1860 census, Joseph had remarried to Sarah F. [__?__] (b. 1830 Maine – Aft 1900 census Washington DC) After Joseph and Sarah divorced, Joseph married Mary Elizabeth Dillingham/Billingham (b. 1830 Maine – d. 16 Jan 1894) In the 1880 census, Joseph and Mary E were farming in Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine i

xiv.. Elizabeth J Cross b. 19 Nov 1822 in Kennebec, Maine; m. 1840 to George White

xv. Emeline P Cross b. 19 Nov 1824 in Kennebec, Maine;

7. Jonathan Cross

Jonathan’s first wife Olive Lampson was born

Jonathan’s second wife Lois Herd (Hird) was born 1780 New Hampshire

Children of Jonathan and Lois:

i. Cynthia Cross b. 1795 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 1874 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 6 Dec 1812 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Thomas Jefferson Withehouse (b. 1793 Maine). In the 1850 census, Thomas and Cynthia were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

ii. Samuel Cross b. 4 May 1797 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 1884 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 3 Dec 1818 in Vassalboro to Temperance Hawes (b. 27 Jul 1798 in Vassalboro – d. 1 Aug 1880 in Vassalboro) Her parents were our ancestors Isaac HAWES and Tamzin WING. In the 1850 census, Samuel was a miller in Norridgewock, Somerset, Maine.

iii. Olive Cross b. 3 Aug 1801 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine Olive’s first cousin of the same name was born 11 Aug 1801 (see above) so I may have them mixed up; d. 26 Oct 1867 China, Kennebec, Maine; m. 9 Oct 1825 Vassalboro to Caleb Thurston (b. 3 Sep 1797 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire – d. 6 Feb 1875 in China, Kennebec, Maine) In the 1850 census, Caleb and Olive were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine with eight children at home.

iv. Jonathan Cross b. 1802 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. Aft 1880 Census Vassalboro; m1. 12 Jun 1823 in Vassalboro to Abigail Fuller (b. 1804 in Vassalboro – d. Aft 1880 Census); m2. 19 Mar 1829 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, to Mary Lampson (b. 1805 in Maine) In the 1850 census, Jonathan and Mary were farming in Vassalboro with eight children at home. In the 1880 census, Jonathan (79) and Mary (78) were living with their son Howard

v. Lucinda Cross b. 1804 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 1853; m. 25 Jul 1824 in Vassalboro to William Moody Ewer (b. 1799 Maine) In the 1850 census, William and Lucinda were farming in Orneville, Piscataquis, Maine with eight children at home. By the 1860 census, William had remarried to Mary D [__?__] b. 1809 Maine)

vi. Hezekiah Cross b. 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

vii. Elmira Elevina Cross b. 22 Jul 1808 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 27 Sep 1888 China, Kennebec, Maine; m. 29 Feb 1824 Bradford, Penobscot, Maine to Walter Pinkham Gardner (12 Nov 1801 – 16 Mar 1876 China) In the 1860 census, Walter and Elmira were farming in Palermo, Waldo, Maine.

viii. Gershom R. Cross b. c. 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 28 Apr 1878 – Lowell, Mass.; m. 1829 in Vassalboro to Mary (Polly) Smart (b. 1809 Maine). In the 1850 census, Gershom was a farmer in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

ix. Joseph Cross b. 1810 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. Sep 1844 to Eliza Field (b. 1821 in Quincy, Norfolk, Mass.)

x. Rebecca Cross b. 1812 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. Aft 1870 census when she was living with her son-in-law and daughter Paulinus and Esther Williams in Lewiston Ward 5, Androscoggin, Maine; m. 1836 to John Gardner (b. 1813 Maine) In the 1860 census, John E and Rebecca were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine with eight children ages 5 to 23 at home plus John’s father Joel Garnder (b. 1780) and John and Mary Brown (b. 1820)

Sources

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http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=4871502

Findagrave – Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro, Maine

http://genforum.genealogy.com/me/kennebec/messages/626.html

http://network.mainegenealogy.net/forum/topics/cross-family-of-kennebec-county?id=3637058%3ATopic%3A58112&page=1#comments

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