James Russell Cross

10 October 1930–1 July 1989 (Age 58)
Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States

The Life of James Russell

When James Russell Cross was born on 10 October 1930, in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Joseph Herbert Ashbrook, was 22 and his mother, Betty Pauline Jenkins, was 22. He lived in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940 and Hemet, Riverside, California, United States in 2001. He died on 1 July 1989, in San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Hemet, Riverside, California, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

James Russell Cross
1930–1989
Bonita Dawne Smith
1931–2008

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(2)

World Events (8)

1931

Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 4

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 17

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • James Cross in household of Gerald Cross, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James Russell Cross, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • James Russell Cross, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.