Tuesday, April 3, 2012

George Crossley 1804-1874



George Crossley
son of James & Christianna (Sidler) Crossley 
Born:  Sep. 10, 1804
Died:  Aug. 24, 1874
Married in 1825
 Leah Welliver
possibly the daughter of Phillip & Elizabeth Welliver
Born: Oct 11, 1807
Died: Jan 21, 1884 

Note - some researchers believe that Leah was his second wife, but I do not have record of his first wife, and all of the 10 children I have listed would be Leah's, as they were all born after 1825.

No dates on tombstone, but another researcher had these dates - 
Oct 11, 1807-Jan 21, 1884

Children:
Jacob Crossley 1826 – 1897 Married Anna
Mary Crossley 1828 – 
Eli Crossley 1833 – 
Hannah Crossley 1836 – 
Esther Crossley 1839 – possibly married John Rhone
George W. Crossley 1840
Sarah Crossley 1843 – 1881 Never Married
Anna Rebecca Crossley 1845 – 1925 Married Jackson Rhone
Albert "Asa" Dallas Crossley 1848 – 1927  M. Mary Ann Kuster
Phoebe Jane Crossley 1850 – 1939 M. Judiah Schooley


Jacob Crossley married Anna.  They had 10 children, & remained in Montour County.
Mary Crossley born about 1828 lives with her parents through 1860, when she is 29.  In 1870 she no longer lives with them, but that is all I know about her.
Eli Crossley I can find no record of after 1850.  There is an Eli Crossley in the census in Michigan, listed as a school teacher living with the Robinson family, but his birth place is given as New York.
Hannah Crossley appears in the 1850 census, born about 1836, but I cannot fin record of her after 1850.
Esther Alice Crossley appears in the 1850 census as age 11, born abt 1838.  There is an Esther Rhone in the Longs Cemetery with all of the Crossleys, born in 1840.  I have no real indication that they are one and the same, but it is the closest I can find to a record for her.  Other researchers have her listed as married to John Rhone, John is buried in Columbia County PA.

George W. Crossley is this the George that married Catherine Swisher on August 30 1860 in Columbia County PA,  and had 11 chilen.  He died in 1926 in Lycoming County PA, age 86. (death certificate # 45704)?  Or is this the George Washington Crossley that died in the civil war?

Sarah C. Crossley died in 1881 at age 38, and is buried in Longs Cemetery, Montour County PA.
Anna Rebecca Crossley was born April 14 1845 and died Aug 17 1925.  She Married Jackson Rhone & had 6 children.
Albert Dallas Crossley was born in 1848, an is listed as John D. in the 1850 census.  He married in 1875, Mary Ann Kuster.  They are both buried in Longs Cemeter, Montour County PA.
Phoebe Jane Crossley, born 1850, married Judiah Schooley.  She died in 1939.  They are buried in Longs Cemetery


in 1850, there are 9 children in the census record with them.  Jacob age 24, Mary age 22 Eli age 17, Hannah Age 14, Esther age 11, George W. age 10,  Sarah Age 7, Rebecca age 5, John D. age 2.  (John D. & Asa Dallas must be one and the same.) 

In the residence before them in 1850 is listed a Christianna Crossley age 66 and a Hannah Crossley age 23.  That would be George's mother, Christianna (Sidler) Crossley, and his sister Hannah.

In 1860 6 children live with George & Leah.  Mary age 29, Hetty age 18, Sarah age 15, Rebecca age 14, Dallas age 12 and Jane age 10

In 1870 George is listed with Matilda, age 62  - the same age as George.  Leah does not die until 1884, so we can assume that "Matilda" is Leah.  Mary, who would now be age 39, no longer is listed with them.  I do not know if she ever married.  Rebecca, age 22, would be their daughter, but the Emma, age 4, is too young to be their child and is likely a granchild.

The name Dallas occurs repeatedly in this line, and seems unusual for the time.  I suspect it is a family name on back.

Here, Albert Dallas Crossley, born 1848,  is the son of George & Leah (Welliver) Crossley.  Albert's older brother Jacob names one of his boys George Dallas Crossley, in 1870.


1830
Name: Geo Crosley
Home in 1830: Hemlock, Columbia, Pennsylvania
View Map
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

1840
Name: George Crossly
Township: Hemlock
County: Columbia
State: Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 10
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10



1850 
Name: Geo Crossley
Age: 46
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1804
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): West Hemlock, Montour, Pennsylvania
Family Number: 20
Household Members:
Name Age
Geo Crossley 46
Leah Crossley 42
Jacob Crossley 24
Eli Crossley 17
Mary Crossley 22
Hannah Crossley 14
Esther Crossley 11
Sarah Crossley 7
Rebecca Crossley 5
John D Crossley 2
Geo W Crossley 10

Note from another researcher - George age 10 above, died 
7/2/1863 at Gettysburg in Civil War.

1860
Name: George Crossley
Age in 1860: 51
Birth Year: abt 1809
Home in 1860: West Hemlock, Montour, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Danville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
George Crossley 51
Leah Crossley 49
Mary Crossley 29
Hetty Crossley 18
Sarah Crossley 15
Rebecca Crossley 14
Dallas Crossley 12
Jane Crossley 10


1870
Name: George Crossly
Birth Year: abt 1805
Age in 1870: 65
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: West Hemlock, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
George Crossly 65
Matilda Crossly 62
Rebeca Crossly 22
Emma Crossly 4
Weird that Leah is "Matilda" here - but I'm pretty certain this is them!

1880
In 1880 George has already died, Leah lives with her son Asa Dallas.
Name: Leah Crossley

Home in 1880: West Hemlock, Montour, Pennsylvania
Age: 71
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1809
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of Household: Mother
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: At Home
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household Members:
Name Age
Asa D. Crossley 31
Mary Crossley 30
Arthur L. Crossley 3
Anna L. Crossley 1
Leah Crossley 71
Samuel Merical 15

George and Leah are buried at Long's Church Cemetery, Montour Co Pa

Research:

WEST HEMLOCK TOWNSHIPNew Columbia was once a pretentious village, or rather one that looked forward to some future expectations. It was on the Bloomsburg stage route and at one time, no doubt, promised itself to have some day a postoffice. But relentless fate built the Catawissa Railroad, the stage and stage horn no more were on the road and the promised growth of the place departed--moved down, it is supposed, to Grovania. But St. Peter's church and Cemetery, with a few residences, remain to the place yet. Its name is about all that is left except the few comfortable residences belonging to surrounding farmers. The surface of the township is hilly and parts mountainous. The agricultural lands are limited, being confined to the few narrow valleys. The east branch of Mahoning creek passes through the north part of it. Of the early settlers in this township was George CROSSLEY and family. Their settlement was made about a mile south of where New Caledonia now is. The descendants of this old family have now all left the neighborhood. 

Historical and Biographical Annals 
OF Columbia and Montour Counties PENNSYLVANIA 
excerpts from pages 708-711

James Crossley, the grandfather of Daniel Flick Crossley, was born in Danville and attended school there. For some time he lived with his brother Joseph on the latter's farm in Valley township, and farming was his business throughout life. He died in 1830, about the time the Presbyterian Church was built in West Hemlock township, and was buried in Columbia cemetery. He married Christianna Sidler, who was born in Columbia county, and they had the following children: Joseph, who moved to Tiffin, Ohio; George, born 1804, died 1874, who married Leah Welliver; John, who married Margaret Stettler; James; William T., who married Mary Flick; Rachel, wife of George Walter; Catherine, who married David Gibson and lived at Benton; Jane, who married in the West; Hannah, who became Mrs. Smith and moved to Iowa; David, who married Rachel Bright; and Charles, who married Martha Leidy.

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