Hatsel and J. H.
died Oct. 18, 1840
AEt. 3ys. 8 ms.
I saw this little tombstone when I was looking for CROSBY ancestors at the Ancient Burying Ground in Brewster, Massachusetts. This one intrigued me with the name “Hatsel”. Who was Hatsel Crosby? I couldn’t wait to get home to find out!
A google search led me to the Google Book search and the book History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts: 1620 – 1890, edited by Simeon L. Deyo. On Pages 491 and 492 was this paragraph:
Hatsel Crosby, born in 1807, is the only surviving child of Abijah and Desire Crosby, and grandson of Elisha Crosby. He was a shoemaker in Brewster for fifteen years, prior to 1848, when he came to South Yarmouth, where he was engaged in salt making until 1883. He was married in 1836 to Jerusha S. Homer, who died in 1854, leaving five children: Susie, Abbie, Hattie E., Herbert F., and Nellie P., who died November 2, 1864. Mr. Crosby was married in 1856 to Elizabeth S. Bangs who died the same year. He was married in 1858 to Hannah, daughter of Jabez Nye. They have two sons: Benjamin B. and Chester L..
From this little family sketch I was able to figure out how Hatsel Crosby and his little daughter Ellen fit into my Crosby family tree.
History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts: 1620 - 1896, edited by Simeon L. Dayo, New York: Blake, 1890, preprinted by Higginson Company, Salem, Massachusetts, available to read online at Archive.org and through the Google Book search.
Simon Crosby (1609 - 1639) m. Ann Brigham (1606 - 1675)
Thomas Crosby m. Sarah Unknown
John Crosby m. Hannah Bangs
Thomas Crosby m. Mary Crosby John Crosby m. Hannah Bangs
Elisha Crosby m. Pheobe Hopkins Jonathan Crosby m. Hannah Hamblin
Abijah Crosby m. Desire Crosby Ebenezer Crosby m. Elizabeth Robinson
Hatsel Crosby m. Jerusha S. Homer Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
Ellen P. Crosby Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Hitchings
Gertrude M. Hitchings m. Stanley E. Allen
P.S. Mary Crosby and Desire Crosby above, both wives of men named Crosby, are also descendants of Thomas Crosby (1656 - 1702), the ancestor born in Holme-on-Spaulding-Moor, Yorkshire, England who removed to Boston when he was 8 weeks old with his parents, and is buried in the Granary Burying Ground.
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