William Riley Cross

4 March 1863–22 April 1941 (Age 78)
Fountaintown, Van Buren Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Cross was born on 4 March 1863, in Fountaintown, Van Buren Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States, his father, Warren Cross, was 34 and his mother, Clystia Miller, was 34. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Jerusha Belle Service. He lived in Greenfield, Hancock, Indiana, United States for about 10 years and Brandywine Township, Hancock, Indiana, United States in 1940. He died on 22 April 1941, in Hancock, Indiana, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Park Cemetery, Greenfield, Hancock, Indiana, United States.

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William Riley Cross
Jerusha Belle Service
Alma Cross
William Eddie Cross
Charles Clyde Cross

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    Alma Cross


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · The Assassination of a President

Age 2

"While attending the play ""Our American Cousin"" in Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth climbed up the stairs to the suite that President Abraham Lincoln and his wife resided. Once inside the suite Booth pulled out his pistol and shot The President in the head. In critical condition The President was carried out of the theatre for urgent medical attention. Unfortunately, Lincoln died the following day. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, and his death caused a period of national mourning both in the North and South."

Age 23

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • William R Cross, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William R Cross, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William R Cross in household of Warren Cross, "United States Census, 1880"

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