Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ CROSBY from Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

This tombstone was photographed at the Ancient Burial Ground in Brewster, Massachusetts

In memory of
wife of
Capt. Nathaniel Crosby
who died June 17, 1855
AEt. 72 yrs. 17 days.

(inscription illegible)

died at Portland, Oregon
Aug. 20, 1851:
AEt. 29 yrs 3 mos.

Ruby Foster, daughter of Chillingsworth Foster and Sarah Freeman, was born 31 May 1783 in Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, and she died 17 June 1855 in Brewster. Her husband, Captain Nathaniel Crosby died in 1856 in Hong Kong, on a merchant voyage. 
Ruby and Nathaniel's daughter Elizabeth was born 13 April 1822 in Brewster and died 20 August 1851 in Portland, Oregon.  Capt. Crosby used to sail from Oregon to Hong Kong, leaving his family behind. He was sent to Oregon territory by the US government in the 1850s to supply the new settlers with goods from Boston. He took his whole family with him to Oregon, but apparently this young daughter died there and his wife eventually returned to Cape Cod.  Some of the family stayed in Oregon. 

Ruby Foster Crosby is a descendant of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower.  Ruby and Capt. Nathaniel Crosby have a famous descendant, too- Entertainer Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (1903 - 1977), raised in Oregon.

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