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Descendants of Thomas Cross, Jr.
3.PETER4 CROSS (ROBERT3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born June 3, 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died April 9, 1739 in Mansfield, Tolland Co., Connecticut.He married MARY WADE 1678 in Mansfield, Tolland Co., Connecticut, daughter of ROBERT WADE and SUSANNAH.She died December 9, 1730 in Windham, Windham Co., Connecticut.
Notes for PETER CROSS:
Notes written September 23, 1995 by Prudy Weil....E-mail address: [email protected]
PETER CROSS (b1652/53, d1737)
of NORWICH, WINDHAM & MANSFIELD, CONNECTICUT
his MARRIAGE(S) and CHILDREN
John P. Granger (Rev June 1990)
A limited amount of documented information has been recorded in various, genealogical works about Peter Cross of Norwich, Windham, and Mansfield, Connecticut.A complete and thorough review of primary source materials on file at the Connecticut State Library, the State Archives, the Connecticut Historical Society, the towns of Windham and Mansfield, CT has brought forth new evidence that disproves and adds to earlier published genealogical information regarding Peter Cross, his background, marriage and children.
Residence in Norwich, Windham and Mansfield....
Peter Cross1 was born in 1652-53, agreeing with his age as given in the Mansfield, Tolland County, Ct vital records at the time of his death in 1737.(1) He was a soldier in 1675 in King Philip's War and shared in the division of the Volunteers' Land, now Voluntown, New London County, Ct. with other Connecticut soldiers.Voluntown land records include a deed for the sale of a parcel of land by Peter Cross of Mansfield to John Williams of Stoningtown.In this deed Peter states "I being one of the volunteers have a right...for service done... in the Indian Wars".(2)
Frances M. Caulkins, in The History of Norwich states "Peter Cross had land recorded in Norwich (New London Co) in 1672". (3)However, the first deed that can be found for a Peter Cross in the Norwich land records is dated 1683 and states "Peter Cross, of Norwich, sold 18 acres of land in Norwich to John Hough, of New London".(4)
Ellen D. Larned, in her History of Windham County, Connecticut states Peter Cross was noted as being one of the original 8 settlers in "the Pond Place" part of Windham as early as May 1693.(5)However, the first recorded purchase of land by Peter (1) found in the Windham land records occurred on 10 December 1693. (6)At that time Peter Cross "of Windham" purchased from Ensign Thomas Watterman of Norwich his rights "in the original thousand acre allotment including (title to) the six acre sixteenth lot (or allotment) in that part of Windham called "the Pond Place".
As payment for the lands in Windham, Peter1 quit-claimed to Ensign Watterman, also on 20 December 1693, 34 acres of land in Norwich "with buildings on it lying near Benjamim Abel's".(7)
When the town of Windham was divided into two townships by an act of the General Assembly in 1702 Peter1, along with 22 other individuals, was noted as being one of the proprietors of the newly formed township of Mansfield.(8)
During the ensuing years, primarily by proprietor grants of the undivided land in the township, Peter1 acquired considerable land holdings in Mansfield.(9)These lands were passed on to his male heirs prior to his death in Mansfield in 1737.No record of a will or probate of the estate of Peter1 has been found.
William Richard Cutter, in his Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts gives one the impression that Peter1 "was one of the original proprietors of the town of Windham"; "was at the head of the company which was authorized to organize the town of Mansfield"; "in 1698 was the leading citizen of Windham and head of a squad of citizens who were building a home for the minister".(10)
The record shows that Peter1 did not remove from Norwich to Windham until early 1693, a year after the General Assembly granted the inhabitants the privilege of a township and more than two years after the arrival of the initial settlers.
No records exist to show Peter1"at the head of a company to organize the town of Mansfield". In fact the records show his name was recorded fifteenth on a list of twenty three petitioners, following that of Susannah Wade his widowed mother-in-law.(11)
With respect to Peter1 "heading a squad of citizens" who were appointed by the town to build a home for the Minister, the Windham town minutes of 1696 show Peter1 was one of four "squad leaders".The other squad leaders were Ensign Jonathan Crane, Jonathan Ginnings (two of the most influential citizens in the early years of Windham) and William Hall.(12)Jonathan Ginnings was a brother-in-law to Peter1 and perhaps influenced Peter's decision to remove from Norwich to the rapidly developing settlement of Windham.
The available primary source records do not confirm what has been previously published to infer Peter1 was a man of means and a founder and leading citizen of both Windham and Mansfield.Peter1 removed to Windham ca 1693, more than two years after the initial inhabitants.
Perhaps Peter1 was enticed to remove to Windham by his brother-in-law, Jonathan Ginnings, one of the original proprietors of the new settlement.
Perhaps the fact that Peter1, while a resident of Norwich, fathered an illegitimate child and was ordered, in 1691, by the New London County Court to pay give shillings per week for a period of four years for the support of his child influenced his decision in early 1693 to leave Norwich and venture into the new frontier.(13)
Or, perhaps the knowledge that early proprietors of the new frontier townships could benefit in the granting of lands, and ultimately accumulate "land wealth" was a factor in his decision to leave Norwich and settle in a newly formed township.We can only speculate as to his reasons for leaving the established town of Norwich for the uncertainty of the newly settled town of Windham.
In an event, the records show that in December, 1693, Peter1 purchased the rights to "the sixteenth allotment" then consisting of a six acre parcel of land, in "the Ponds", the part of Windham that nine years later became the town of Mansfield.Payment for this land in Windham was made by an exchange of a much larger parcel of land, 34 acres, in the town of Norwich.
Through the purchase of one of the original proprietorships in Windham, the good fortune of being one of the original proprietors of Mansfield and owning the rights to the "sixteenth allotment" Peter1 was able to accumulate "wealth" through numerous grants of undivided land belonging to the towns of Windham and Mansfield.This "wealth" was passed to his male heirs prior to his death in Mansfield in 1737.
The marriage(s) of Peter1
Hinman, in his Catalogue of the First Puritan Settlers, accurately records the names and birth days of the children of Peter1 except for the following quoted statements; "Mary, b Dec 9, 1695, d same day," "One (child) Mary and (one child) Wade by his 2d wife" and "His wife, Mary, d Dec 9, 1695, in childbed".(14)An examination of the original town records of Windham does not show a basis for these statements.The original entry in the Windham town records clearly states "Mary, the daughter of Peter Cross and his wife Mary died the 9th December 1695".(15)
The entries in the Windham town records for the births, and the single death, for the nine children of Peter and Mary Cross between 1679 and 1699 are all recorded on the same page in chronological order by birth or death date.It is obvious, from entries on the preceding and following pages, the birth/death records for the children of Peter and Mary Cross were entered in the Windham vital records sometime between 1699 and 1702, the date Mansfield vital records were initiated.
The entry recording the death of a daughter, Mary, dated 1695, follows word for word the style and format of all preceding and following entries; "child's name" the "son/daughter) of Peter Cross and his wife Mary (was born or died) the (date) day of (month) (year)".If the entry for Mary, d 1695, appeared as a single entry on a separate page it could perhaps be misinterpreted to mean both the daughter, Mary, and the wife, Mary, died on the same day. However, when the entries are examined as a whole it is obvious the record was only for the death of a daughter, Mary.
Instead of interpreting the entry to mean "Mary and her mother, Mary, both d December 1795", it is more accurate to interpret the entry to mean Mary Cross, who d 1695, was the Mary Cross b 1679.
The Marriage to Mary Wade
Analysis of the Windham town records of the births/death of the children of Peter1 leads one to question the "two wives named Mary theory" attributed to Peter since the publication of Hinman's work more than 130 years ago.Extensive research into this subject has not resulted in any proof to confirm that Peter1 was married twice.Unfortunately, this research did not disclose a marriage date for Peter Cross and Mary Wade, alleged by some researchers to have been his second wife and the mother of only two of his children.
Edna Miner Rogers (1862-1933), a highly regarded Connecticut genealogist, made an extensive study of the family of Robert Wade Sr of Norwich when she researched the ancestral lines of Gov Wilbur Cross to qualify him for membership in "The Society of the Founders of Norwich, Connecticut".In her papers, on file at the Connecticut Historical Society Library, are copies of her notes regarding the Wade family and her discovery of the factual proof that Peter1 was married to Mary Wade, dau of Robert Wade Sr.
Her findings were published in a newspaper article (ca 1930's) (16) and later summarized in an article by Robert R Buell in The American Genealogist(17). Mrs Rogers was able to identify the children of Robert Wade Sr, their marriages and their issue.However, she did not find any records confirming the birth dates of the children of Robert Wade Sr or the date of his marriage to his wife Susannah.
In the Donald L Jacobus, Wade family-name files at the Connecticut Historical Society Library is an unsigned copy of a letter, presumably written by Jacobus, to a Mr. Elliott his recent discoveries regarding the descendants of Robert Wade Sr, namely Robert Jr (mar 1690/91), Susanna (mar Jonathan Ginnings, first child b 1679/80) and Elizabeth (second wife of Richard Smith, first child b 1692).Apparently, Jocobus was unaware of the research of Mrs Rogers, because in his letter to Mr. Elliott he made no reference to Robert Wade Sr's other daughter Mary, the wife of Peter Cross.
However, Jacobus, based on his analysis of the marriages of Robert Wade Sr's son, two of his three daughters and the birth dates of their children, states "....the three children whom I have resurrected for Robert Wade Sr could all have been born perfectly well in the period 1660-1672; in fact, they may all have been born in the 1660's.As he (Robert Wade Sr) was divorced in 1657, after 15 years of separation from his wife, it is quite apparent that he wished to marry again and that the three children who are now known were born with the decade after his second marriage".
The first child of Peter Cross1, and his wife Mary, was born in 1679.Therefore, following Jacobus' line of reasoning, Mary, his wife would probably have been born in the early 1660's.It is conceivable that Mary Wade may have been born as early as 1658/59 and could have been the first or second born child of Robert Wade Sr and his wife, Susannah whom he obviously married shortly after his divorce was granted in 1657.
The Allegation of a Marriage to Mary Crane
What is the origin of the allegation, "Peter Cross1 was first married to a Mary Crane"?
The earliest record of this allegation this researcher can find is in a manuscript, dated 1932, by Ira Cross Brown, Some Genealogical Data Concerning the Cross, Bradford, ..... and Rhorer Families.(18)Brown, on page 3 of his manuscript, states "The first wife of Peter Cross bore the baptismal name Mary (Town and Church Records of Mansfield, Connecticut, by Susan Dimock, pp313, pub 1898, gives the name in full as Mary Crane)".Neither Dimock's work nor the original Mansfield town records identify the wife of Peter1 to have been Mary Crane.The Dimock work, on page 313, only states "Mary, wife of Peter Cross, d January 8 1739-40".The accuracy of Dimock's transcription if confirmed by comparison with the original Mansfield town records.
Ira Cross Brown, in the introduction to his manuscript, credits as his sources information supplied by Mrs Mae R Perkins of Detroit, MI and Mrs Florida E Lawrence of Palmyra, NY.An examination of available manuscripts(19) and personal papers(20) of these two early Cross-family researchers does not disclose a quoted source for the assumption that Peter1 was married to Mary Crane.
Mrs. Perkins lineage, as recorded in The Compendium of American Genealogy, perpetuates the marriage to Mary Crane theory where it is states; "Peter Cross (b 1650), Norwich, Conn; a first settler of Windham, Conn, 1690; m 1st, ca 1678, Mary Crane".(21)\
Clarence Almon Torrey's New England Marriages, Prior to 1700 states with a qualification, (?), "Peter1 "married Mary Crane as his first wife".(22)
Cross Collections, a Cross family-name periodical compiled and published by Anne Long of Granville, ID, includes in a 1987 issue, a lineage of Peter1.In this lineage it is stated Peter1 "mar ca 1678 ?Norwich, CT, Mary Crane, d/o Benjamin & Mary (Backus) Crane, b 1659, d 1695".(23)
Ellery Bicknell Crane in his Genealogy of the Crane Family gives information that Mary Crane, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Bacus/Backus) Crane was born in 1673 and in 1696 married a William Warner.Obviously, this Mary Crane could not have been the first wife of Peter1.(24)
It is the opinion of this researcher, based on the preceding analysis that Peter1 married only once and that marriage was to Mary Wade, b ca 1660, daughter of Robert Wade Sr.Unfortunately, documented proof of this marriage has not yet been located.The controversy may continue.
The Children of Peter1
Proof confirming the Windham vital records to be a complete and total listing of the issue of Peter1 and his wife Mary (Wade) Cross can be found in the probate records for the District of Windham ordering the distribution of the estate of Peter Cross2, the second son of Peter1, b 1685 at Norwich, who died ca 1746 at Mansfield.(25)
Peter2 married in 1719, Dorothy Royce (b Feb 1701-02) daughter of John and Sarah Royce of Mansfield.(26)In 1738, the Superior Court of Windham granted Peter2 a divorce from his wife "Dorothy Rice (sic) on the grounds of desertion and adultery with a Nicholas Blancher".Depositions submitted to the Court to support Peter's allegations provide a graphic description of his wife's cohabitation and adulterous actions with Nicholas Blancher.(27)A thorough search of the town and church records for the town of Mansfield does not show a record of any births, baptism or deaths for children of Peter2 and his wife Dorothy Royce.
The Windham District probate records show that Peter2 died intestate, at Mansfield, ca 1746.An inventory of his estate, dated 20 January 1746/7, was filed with the Court.The Court ordered the estate to be divided equally among his heirs.John Crane, the husband of Abigail (Cross) Crane and Gideon Arnold, probably the son of John and Elizabeth (Cross) Arnold, were the court appointed administrators.
Depositions, dated 9 March 1747/8, affirming the heirs receipt of "their appropriate share of the estate of Peter Cross, late of Mansfield", are in the estate papers file from six individuals: Daniel, Stephen and Wade Cross, Abigail Crane, Elizabeth Arnold, and Mehuman Stebbins.The deposition signed my Mehuman Stebbins states "for and on behalf of himself and his sisters and brothers" Abigail Craine, in her deposition of receipt states "she is a sister of the deceased".
A final deposition reporting to the court the distribution of the estate of Peter2 was submitted in June 1748.This deposition states "the heirs were assembled together on 9 March 1747/8 and each received L34-7-2 an equal share (one-sixth) of the amount L206-3-1".
Hence, it must be assumed that Peter2 died with issue and his estate was divided equally among his six surviving brothers, sisters and/or their heirs.
Further proof of the division of the estate of Peter2 between his brothers, sisters and/or their heirs is in the Mansfield land records where a deed dated 20 Nov 1747, is recorded stating "Stephen Cross, Elizabeth Arnold, Daniel Cross, John Crane and wife, Abigail, Mehuman Stebbins and Andrew Gamble and Ruth, his wife, for and in consideration of the love that we have to our well beloved brother Wade Cross (quit claim) a small piece of land containing about nine acres, part of the farm of our brother, Peter Cross, deceased late of Mansfield, lying in the northerly part of the township of Mansfield in the Second Society".(28)It should be noted that Ruth Gamble was a sister of Mehuman Stebbins (birth and baptism recorded Feb 1717/8 at Lebanon, CT(29) and married as her second husband, Andrew Gamble in 1738 at Mansfield)(30).
It is probable that the absence of a mention of the remaining sister of Peter2, Experience, in the settlement of his estate, was because she died before 1747 without issue.
Therefore, based on the Windham vital records and the above analysis of the Windham District Probate Court, the names of the children born to Peter and Mary (Wade) Cross were:
i.Mary, b 1679 at Norwich CT, d 1695 at Mansfield CT
ii.Stephen, b 1681 at Norwich, mar 1703 at Mansfield, Mary Fuller3, b 1682 at Rehoboth MA (Jonathan2, Robert1)
iii.Elizabeth, b 1683 at Norwich, mar 1702 at Windham CT, John Arnold son of John and Mary Arnold, b ca 1677 at Newark, E Orange Co, NJ, d 1745 at Mansfield
iv.Peter, b1685 at Norwich, d ca 1746 at Mansfield without issue, mar 1719 at Mansfield, div 1738, Dorothy Royce, b 1701-02, dau of John Royce
v.Daniel, b 1688 at Norwich, d 1775/76 at Windham, mar 1712 at Mansfield, Desire(3) Hall (William(2), John(1), d 1773/74
vi.Experience (dau), b 1691 at Norwich, d before 1747 without issue
vii.Abigail, b 1694 at Windham, d 1765 at Mansfield, mar 1712 at Mansfield, John Crane b 1689/90, d 1765 at Mansfield
viii.Mary, b 1697 at Windham, d before 1747, mar before 1716, Mehuman Stebbins, d 1737 at Mansfield
ix.Wade, b 1699 at Windham, d 1773 at Mansfield, mar before 1733, Rebeckah4 Hall, b 1714/15 at Mansfield, (Issac3,
Some early Cross-Family reseachers have also added the sons John, b `700/0`, and Benjamin, b about 1702/03 to the issue of Peter1.(31)Neither the Mansfield vital records nor the settlement of the estate of Peter2 gives any proof to support this allegation.
Peter Cross1, was a soldier in King Philip's War, 1675 and was perhaps living in Norwich at that time.The earliest recorded proof of his residence in Norwich is dated 1683.He and his family removed to Windham early in 1693.He was one of the original proprietors of the town of Mansfield at its formation in 1702 where he lived until his death there in 1737.
Through the purchase of one of the original proprietorships in Windham in 1693 and the good fortune of being one of the original proprietors of Mansfield in 1702 Peter1 was able to accumulate "land wealth" through numerous grants of the undivided land belonging to the proprietors of the towns of Windham and Mansfield.This "land wealth" was passed to his male heirs prior to his death in Mansfield in 1737.
It has been alleges by numerous researchers that Peter1 was twice married.This allegation was probably based on an erroneous interpretation of the birth/death records of his children as recorded in the Windham town records.To support the "two wives theory" some researchers have stated the first wife of Peter1 was Mary Crane, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Bacus/Backus) Crane.This is an erroneous assumption since the birth and marriage of this Mary Crane can be proved and she did not marry a Peter Cross.
Most probably Peter1 was married only once and that marriage was to Mary Wade, daughter of Robert Wade Sr of Hartford, Saybrook and Norwich.
The vital records of the town of Windham give an accurate record of the issue of Peter1 and his wife Mary.Nine children were born to Peter and his wife Mary;Mary I, Stephen, Elizabeth, Peter Jr., Daniel, Experience, Abigail, Mary II and Wade.Of the nine children, two died young, Mary I and Experience, and seven children survived him.
The addition of other children to the issue of Peter1 and his wife Mary (probably Mary Wade) is unfounded.
John P Granger is a 9th generation descendant of Peter Cross1 through his paternal grandmother, Daisy Mercy Cross (b 1876 d 1948).He is currently researching the first five generations of descendants of Peter1 in preparation of a forth coming Peter Cross Family Genealogy.
John P Granger, 21 Donview Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 4C7.
Bibliography & Sources (Rev June 1990)
1.Dimock, Susan W, Births, Baptism, Marriages and Deaths, from the records of the town and churches in Mansfield, Connecticut 1703-1850.New York: Baker & Taylor, 1898, pp313, compared with microfilm copies of original Mansfield town records and found to be accurate transcriptions.
2.Voluntown, New London Co, CT land records, Vol 1, pp 112.
3.Caulkins, Francis M, The History of Norwich, Pequot Press, Chester Ct, reprinted 1976 for The Society of the Founders of Norwich, TC, pp 226.
4.Norwich, New London Co, CT land records, Vol 1 pp 31.
5.Larned, Ellen D. History of Windham County, Connecticut, Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA: 1974, pp 71.
6.Windham, Windham Co, CT land records, Vol BB, pp 29 and Vol CC, pp 11.
7.Norwich, New London Co., CT land records, Vol 2A, pp 139
8.Colonial Land Records of CT, 1671-1724, Vol 3, pp 329-331; see also Hoadly, Charles J. Colonial Public Records of Connecticut, 1671-1724 Hartford: 1868, pp 417-418.
9.Mansfield, Tolland Co, CT, Land Records Vol A, 1 and 2; Proprietors Book, pp 25-27.
10.Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Lewis Historical Publishing, New York: 1910, pp 2423.
11.Colonial Land Records of CT, 1671-1724, op cit.
12.Larned, Ellen D, op cit, pp74.
13.New London County Court Records, Vol 7, pp70, 15 Sept 1691 Session.
14.Hinman, R.R., Catalogue of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, Hartford: Case Tiffany and Co, 1852, pp762.
15.Windham, Windham Co, CT town records, Vol A, pp31.
16.Rogers, Edna Miner, "Links Governor Cross with Norwich Founders", newsprint article from unknown source, E M Rogers personal papers, Cross Family-Name file, CT Historical Society Library.
17.Buell, Robert R, "Daniel4 Smith of Lyme, Conn", The American Genealogist, Vol 33, 1957, pp151, 152.
18.Brown, Ira Cross, Some Genealogical Data Concerning the Cross, Bradford, Clemmons, Havley, Mobley, Hessey, Dillman, and Rhorer Families, Berkley, CA: 1932 (on file at Wisc State Historical Society Library), pp2,3.
19.Perkins, Mae R, Misc Cross Genealogies, Detroit: ca 1933, typescript compiled by the Mrs. Perkins, in possession of the author.
20.Lawrence, Florida E, "Family Group Records for descendants of Peter Cross (b1652/53) and a Benjamin Cross (b ca 1745)", typescript prepared by Albert Lawrence Sr, her son, from notes and personal papers of Mrs. Lawrence, Palmyra, NY: ca 1930's, in possession of the author.
21.The Compendium of American Genealogy, 1937, Vol VI, pp444.
22.Torrey, Clarence A, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co. 1985, pp194.
23.Long, Anne, Cross Collections, Grangeville, ID, privately published: 1987, Vol 2, pp19.
24.Crane, Ellery B, Genealogy of the Crane Family, Charles Hamilton Press, Worcester, MA: 1900, Volume II.
25.Windham, Tolland Co, CT, District Probate Court records, 1747, file #998, microfilm of original records at CT State Library.
26.Dimock, Susan W, op cit, pp114, compared with microfilms of original Mansfield town records and found to be accurate transcriptions.
27.Superior Court of Windham records, CT State Archives, First Series, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Vol IV, pp337-350 (microfilm copy of original records).
28.Mansfield, Tolland Co, CT, town records Vol 1, pp286; Lebanon First Congregational Church records, Vol 4, pp32.
29.Lebanon, New London Co, CT, town records Vol 1, pp286; Lebanon First Congregational Church records, Vol 4, pp32.
30.Greenlee, Ralph Stebbins and Robert Lemuel, The Stebbins Genealogy, Chicago: 1904, Vol II, pp1121.
31.Brown, Ira Cross, op cit; Perkins, Mae R, op cit; Lawrence, Florida E, op cit.
32.Sources and references works for births, deaths, marriages, spousal lineage of children of Peter1:
Mary:b 7 d, Windham town records, Vol A, pp31.
Stephen: b, Windham town records; mar,Dimock, pp226 and Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA vital records; Spouse-see Fuller family references in supplemental bibliography.
Elizabeth: b,Windham town records; mar, Windham town records, Vol A, pp22; Spouse-b and parentage, Dimock, pp8; d, inv of estate.
Peter: b, Windham town records; d Windham Probate records; mar, Windham Superior Court records; Div,ibid; Spouse-b and parentage, Dimock, pp149.
Daniel: b, Windham town records; d, Windham District Probate records Vol 9, pp122; mar,Dimock, pp226; Spouse-parentage, Mansfield land records, Vol 6, pp182; d, Windham District Probate records Vol 8, pp510; see also Hall family reference in supplemental bibliography.
Experience: b, Windham town records; d, interpolated from death date of brother Peter.
Abigail: b, Windham town records; d, Dimock, pp312; mar, Crane Genealogy, ibid; Spouse-b, Crane Genealogy; d, Dimock, pp312, see also Crane family reference in supplemental bibliography.
Mary: b, Windham town records; d, interpolated from death date of brother Peter; mar, interpolated from birth of first child; Spouse-d, Stebbins Genealogy, see Stebbins family reference in supplemental bibliography.
Wade: b, Windham town records; d, Wilbur Cross Autobiography; mar, interpolated from birth of first child; Spouse-parentage and birth, pp91, see also Cross and Hall family references in supplemental bibliography.
Crane, Rev Jonathan, "The Crane Family", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Boston: 1873, Vol 27, pp77.
Cross, Wilbur L, Connecticut Yankee, An Autobiography, New Haven, CT: 1943, Yale University Press, pp6.
Dorsey, Jean Muir, Robert Fuller of Salem, Massachusetts and son of his Descendants, Urbana, IL, 1961 (typescript on file at Wisconsin State Historical Library), pp1-4.
Johnson, Carol Clark, Fullers, Sissons and Scotts, place and date of publication not given but assumed ca 1976, jon file at CT State Library, pp247-250.
Hall, Reb David B, The Halls of New England, Albany: Munsell's Sons, 1883, pp211-218.
Greenlee, Ralph Stebbins and Robert Lemuel, The Stebbins Genealogy, Chicago: 1904, Vol II, pp1121.
RECORDS THAT LINK PETER CROSS OF MANSFIELD, CONN. TO ROBERT CROSS OF IPSWICH, MASS.
The First Settlers of New England, by James Savage, Vol. 1, Pg. 178.
Peppler Hodges Family Report, pg. 15, Family TreeMaker Genealogy Site.
Woodcock Family, Family TreeMaker's Genealogy Site, #726 Robert Cross; Anna (Hannah) Jordan #727.
The Cross & Vinton Families of Tolland County, CT(II) Peter Cross, son of Robert Cross (e) was born in Ipswich, Mass., 1653.
Connecticut Puritan Settlers, (listed above bibliography) on pg. 762 lists Peter Cross and his wife Mary, of Windham (from Ipswich,)....had children.
Reason to believe that link is correct because other family members followed him to CT:
Peter's sister, Martha Durkee died in Windham, Ct.
Peter's sister, Anna Fellows died in Plainfield, Ct.
Peter's sister, Mary Herrick died in Preston, Ct.
Dates of birth of Peter's brother's and sisters, put him right in the 2-year space between children:
1641-2 Capt. Robert
1646-8 Capt. Steven
Connecticut Yankee by Wilbur Lucius Cross is an interesting account of the Cross Family.The author was a Govenor of Connecticut and there is still an expressway named after him today (1999) in Connecticut.
My Children's Ancestors by Roselle T. Cross is another interesting account of the Cross Family.
More About PETER CROSS:
Burial: April 10, 1739, Mansfield, Tolland Co., Connecticut
More About MARY WADE:
Burial: December 10, 1730, Windham, Windham Co., Connecticut
Children of PETER CROSS and MARY WADE are:
|7.||i.||DANIEL5 CROSS, SR. "I", b. March 8, 1687/88, Mansfield, Tolland Co., Connecticut; d. June 7, 1773, Windham, Windham Co., Connecticut.|
|ii.||MARY CROSS, b. February 18, 1678/79, Norwich, CT; d. December 9, 1695, Windham, CT.|
|More About MARY CROSS:|
Burial: Windham, CT
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