Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Revolutionary War Patriot Elkanah Crosby, Brewster, Massachusetts

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

In memory of
who died April 30, 1806
AEt 46
An Infant died July 21, 1790
Sophia died May 19, 1805
AEt 2 years and 4 mos
Daughters of
Capt. E. & Mrs. M. Crosby

memory of
wido' of
Capt. Elkanah Crosby
who died
March 4, 1833
AEt. 71

Elkanah Crosby, son of James Crosby and Sarah Hopkins, was born 10 May 1761 in Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, and died 30 April 1806.  He married on 26 March 1784 to Mercy Cobb, daughter of Eleazer Cobb and Keziah Crosby.  She was born 28 September 1762 and died 4 March 1833 as his widow. 

On his mother's side of the family Elkanah was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a Mayflower passenger and a Jamestown, Virginia survivor.  Stephen Hopkins also survived the shipwreck of the Sea Venture in Bermuda in 1609.  He is a celebrated adventurer of early colonial America. 

Captain Elkanah Crosby served as a seaman during the American Revolutionary War.  There was an SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) bronze marker on his grave, as well as an American flag. The honorific "Captain" refers to his profession as a mariner, not to his military service. 

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