Name: Robert Cross
Birth: 25 JUN 1613 in Denham, Co. Suffolk, England
Death: 8 FEB 1695/96 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Entries: 16451 Updated: Tue Apr 29 15:59:21 2003 Contact: Jane F
Given Name: ROBERT
Birth: 25-jun-1613 in Denham, Co. Suffolk, England 1
Death: 8-feb-1696 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA 2
Baptism: 26-jun-1613 Denham, Co. Suffolk, England
Christening: 1634 "Mary and John" 1
Robert served in the Pequot War, and as a result was granted six acres of marsh in 1639. (Great Migration 1634-'45) By tradition, he was a famous warrior and and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. So strong was this tradition that General Ralph Cross. of Revolutionary War fame, had Sir Robert's Coat-of-Arms painted. It is believed that this Cross family came from the Charlinge Crosses at Charlinge, Co. Somerset, England. Rev. W.R. Bell, rector of Charlinge, spent several jyears studying the Cross records and believes that our Cross family
came from the Charlinge family. If this is so, then the ancestry for Robert
Cross, as given by Elmer E. Butler in his "Butlers and Kinfolk," is as
"John Cross, Esq, de Charlinge and Sutton, married Angard, Daughter of Ellis
de Overliegh, near Chester. He was the father of the famous warrior, Sir
"John Crosse, Esq., of Charlinge, and Sutton, married Constance, daughter of
William Boteler, or Butler, Esq., of Warrington in County of Lancaster.
"William Cross, Esq., de Charlinge and Sutton, married Isabelle, daughter of
Robert de Holme, Lord de Franmure in Cdounty of Palatine and Chester.
"Elinor Cotgreave married Sir William de Charlinge, County of Somerset and
Sutton, Co. Cheshire.
"Sir Renulf Cotgreave, Lord of Hargrave Tarvin and Hattenhall in County of
Palatine and Chester, in reign of Henry IV and Henry V (1399-1422) married
Elinor, daughter of Sir Francis Gamville de Mollington."
Roselle Thoedore Cross, in his 1913 compilation of "My Children's Ancestors"
p. 41, seems to be the first to state that Robert was the son of Thomas Cross.
The Durkee Society tends to believe that Sir Robert's father was Thomas Cross.
That society states that both were born in Denham, England. I leave it as is
unless and until further information is found. Researchers in the Boston
Transcript did not appear to even mention who Robert's father was. They did,
however, refer to the research of Rev. Bell who believed Sir Robert to be of
the Charlinge family. A. E. Goodman, in his "Goodman, A Family History" uses
deductive reasoning to come to the conclusion that Robert's ancestry is as
above and that he was from Charlinge, not Denham. He relates the following:
William Crosse of Charlenge, according to his own statement in his will, dated
2 Mar 1583 had: Robert, Francis, William, Charles, John, Edward and Andrew and
four daughters; Elizabeth, Agnes, Alice, Mary. Edward and Andrew were under
21 years of age in 1583. Goodman claims that John, under 21 in 1583, was the
father of Sir Robert. "This would eliminate one generation of John Crosses in
the above, as this John was the son of William, not another John."
According to Goodman, John became a sea captain and sailed between Ipswich,
England and Ipswich, Massachusetts, thus the claim that it would have been
this John Cross and not any ot the other brothers who was the father of Robert
Cross Sr. who was is Ipswich, Mass in 1635.
Several different dates are given for the death of Robert Cross, Sr. No
sources or suggestions for the 1670 dates are known. Since Robert Cross, Sr.
deposed on 5 Dec 1693, and the case was tried first in May of 1694 and then
appealed to a higher court in Apr 1695, with no indication that Robert had
died, and since in Apr 1695, he delcared himself "the ancientest man and first
Proprietor that ever lived on the south side of Chebacco river." if would
appear that he was still alive in April of 1695. He was supposed to have been
70 years old in 1670 and, according to the NEHGS article of April, 1914 (Vol.
68, p. 202) he was supposed to be 83 in 1695. There appears to be an error in
either someones subtraction or in his date of birth.
Father: THOMAS CROSS b: 25-jul-1580 in Denham, Co. Suffolk, England
Mother: RACHEL DISING b: 1584 in Denham, Co. Suffolk, England
Marriage 1 HANNAH JORDAN b: 1617 in England
Married: 20-aug-1635 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA 3
Elizabeth CROSS b: 4-aug-1636 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Mary CROSS b: 14-jun-1640 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
MARTHA CROSS b: 15-mar-1643 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Robert CROSS b: 1641/2 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
John CROSS b: Ca 1645 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Anna CROSS b: Ca 1648 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Stephen CROSS b: 1646\7 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Peter CROSS b: 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Sarah CROSS b: Ca 1655 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Ralph CROSS b: 15-feb-1658 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
George CROSS b: 1660 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Nathaniel CROSS b: Ca 1662 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA
Cross, Rosell Theodore. "Cross Family Genealogy" as noted by Elmer E. Butler in "Butlers and Kinsfolk,"
Page: p. 6.
Society of Genealogy of Durkee, Inc., Family Group Sheet.
Manuscript in the office of the clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston, Birth, Marriages and Deaths, fo. 85, as reprinted in the NEHGS Register, Vol. 68, p. 201-202.
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Father: Thomas Cross
Mother: Rachel Dising
Anna Jordan b: ABT 1617 in England
20 AUG 1635
in Ipswich, Mass
- Sarah Cross b: ABT 1650 in of Ipswich, Mass