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Extract from: PETER CROSS - FIVE GENERATIONS OF DESCENDANTS
by John P. Granger, 21 Donview Dr., Dartmouth, NS, Canada B2W 4C7
DANIEL (3) CROSS II was born 20 July 1713 at Mansfield, Tolland County, Connecticut
See: (Dimock, Susan W., Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths from the records of the Town and Churches of Mansfield, Connecticut [New York, 1898], 53; hereinafter, Dimock)
and died 18 March 1798 at Wells, Rutland County, Vermont and is buried in the Ichabod Cross family plot at Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont
See: (Probate Court records for Fairhaven, Vermont District, 3:41, 42; hereinafter Fairhaven Probate; and Elwell, Levi Henry, Gravestone Records of Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont[Amherst, MA, 1911], 16; hereinafter, Elwell Gs).
Daniel II was the first born son of Daniel I and Desire (HALL) CROSS, the daughter of Captain William and Esther (____) Hall of Mansfield and Norwich, Connecticut and Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
See: (Mansfield Land Records, 6:182; hereinafter MLR.For William ancestry see Hall, Rev David B, Halls of New England [Albany, NY, 1883], 213, 216.
Daniel II married first, 13 November 1735 at Mansfield, Elizabeth ABBE (Dimock, 227).Elizabeth was born 11 September 1709 at Windham, Tolland County, Connecticut, the daughter of Ebenezer (Samuel, John) and Mary (ALLEN) ABBE (Abbe, Cleveland and Nichols, Josephine G, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy [New Haven, CT, 1916], 21, 22).Elizabeth (Abbe) Cross died ca 1753-1759 at an unknown location.
Daniel married second, ca 1753-1759 at an unknown location, Hannah (________).The proof of Daniel's marriage to Hannah can be found in the early records of the town of Orford, Grafton County, New Hampshire where a response to a petition she submitted in 1769 to the Proprietors of the town of Orford was recorded:
"Whereas a petition has been exhibited to the Proprietors by Hannah Cross, the wife of Daniel Cross, for some encouragement to be given her as she was the first woman that was settled on said [Orford] town it is therefore considered....."
In recognition for her achievement, Hannah was given "50 acres of land taken off the end of any of the hundred acres lotts [sic] in the second division of said town".
See: (State's Copy of Records of Orford [New Hampshire], Volume I, Proprietor's Records: 53 [orig 29]; hereinafter, Orford Town Records).
Mansfield town records supply evidence that Daniel II was probably living in Willington, Tolland County, Connecticut in the years immediately following his first marriage.In December 1742, then 29 years of age with a family of three young children, Daniel Cross Jr. "of Willington" purchased his first "home farm" in the township of Mansfield, a 30 acre parcel of land previously owned by a William Smith (MLR, 4:152).In the early 1730's Daniel's Uncle Wade Cross (Peter (1) owned a farm in Willington, just north of the Mansfield town line; perhaps Daniel was living with his Uncle Wade Cross during his early married years.
Daniel apparently did not prosper in his farming endeavors in Mansfield because in July 1743 he lost title of his 30 acre homestead to Andrew Campbell to satisfy a court judgement for a debt of L7..15..Od plus costs of 12s..11d (MLR 4:226).Andrew Campbell was a cousin by marriage: Daniel's Aunt Mary Cross (Peter 1) married Mehuman Stebbins and their daughter Ruth married for the second time in 1738 Andrew Campbell.
Daniel and his family moved frequently during their early years in Connecticut.Analysis of the Mansfield Deeds gives evidence that Daniel lived in Mansfield in June 1746 (MLR 4:433); at Windham in November 1746 and January 1749/50 (MLR 4:456-7, 5:205); and once again at Mansfield in January 1753 (MLR 5:485-6).
Between 1753 and early 1756 Daniel lived at Ware, then known as Ware River, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.In February 1756 Daniel's brother, Experience, sold to "Daniel Cross Jr of Ware River, Hampshire County in the Colony of Massachusetts"....."one-half of 35 acres of land in Mansfield, being one-half of the farm my honored father and I bought of Daniel Waterman and is the same on which we now dwell" (MLR 6:8).From the recorded deeds it is evident that Daniel Jr returned to Mansfield to live with his father, Daniel Sr, for in April 1759 an agreement was recorded that defined which part of the home farm belonged to each of them (MLR6:227).Shortly after reaching agreement on the division of the farm, "Daniel Cross Jr, of Mansfield" sold his "one-half interest in the home farm" to a John Salter (MLR 6:228).
In 1761 Daniel was once again found to be residing at Ware when in December of that year, on a visit to Mansfield, he sold for L1..10s his last remaining parcel of land in Mansfield, "a 6 acre lot of unlayed out land I bought....in Feb 1753".This particular deed was witnessed by Josiah Badcock and Joseph Storrs, both residents of Mansfield in 1761.In the deed Daniel refers to his residence as "late of Mansfield now of Ware River, alias Reedstown, in the county of Hampshire, Colony of Massachusetts" (MLR 6:484).
In the summer 1765 Daniel Jr and his family are found living in Orford, Grafton County, New Hampshire.The published history of Orford gives an account of the arrival of John Mann of Hebron, Connecticut in Orford in the fall of 1765 and staying the winter at the log house occupied by Daniel Cross and his family; perhaps this was the house first built by Thomas Sawyer and his sons, also of Hebron, during the summer of 1765 and Daniel and his family were "house sitting for the winter".The same account states "The Manns had the good fortune to share a home with friends from Lebanon, Connecticut, a town near Hebron....Daniel Cross and his wife....had come to Orford in June 1765" (Hodgson, Alice D, Thanks to the Past, the Story of Orford, New Hampshire Orford, NH: 1965], 92; hereinafter Hist of Orford.
Daniel and Elizabeth (Abbe) Cross had 7 sons/grandsons-who fought in the Revolutionary War and at the Battle of Bunker Hill.There were:Ichabod, Daniel III, John, Shubael, Elihu, Theophilus, Uriah.