John Hobart Cross

31 August 1821–10 May 1884 (Age 62)
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of John Hobart

When John Hobart Cross was born on 31 August 1821, in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, his father, George Dilwyn Cross, was 22 and his mother, Abby D Hinckley, was 18. He married Sarah W Williams before 1858. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 10 May 1884, in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States.

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John Hobart Cross
Sarah W Williams
Marriage: before 1858
Abby Jane Cross
John Hobart Cross
Samuel M Cross
George Dillwyn Cross
Harriet B Cross

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    Sarah W Williams


before 1858


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1835 · First Fire Insurance

Age 14

On Decmeber 3, 1835, the first fire insurance policy is issued by the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
1841 · Dorr Rebellion

Age 20

The Dorr Rebellion, led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, took place from 1841 until 1842. During the Rebellion, the middle-class residents of Rhode Island attempted to force broader democracy to the state legislation.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form crūc ( see Crouch ). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier .2 Irish: reduced form of McCrossen .3 In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Hobart Cross in household of Horace Babcock, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J Hobart Cross, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Hobart Cross, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"

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