Mary Jane Cross

12 July 1842–22 June 1890 (Age 47)
Anderson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Cross was born on 12 July 1842, in Anderson, Tennessee, United States, her father, Alfred Carter Cross, was 34 and her mother, Zipporah Peters, was 29. She married James E Grills on 26 August 1866, in Anderson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Knox, Tennessee, United States in 1880. She died on 22 June 1890, in Anderson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 47.

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James E Grills
Mary Jane Cross
Marriage: 26 August 1866
George B Grills
Mary C Grills
Mary Etta "Mollie" Grills

Spouse and Children

    James E Grills



26 August 1866
Anderson, Tennessee, United States


    George B Grills


    Mary Etta "Mollie" Grills


    Mary C Grills


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 4

Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.
1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 20

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

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)

  • Mary J Crop in household of Alfred C Crop, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary J Grills in household of James Grills, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary J Cross in household of Alfred Cross, "United States Census, 1850"

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