THOMAS L. CROSS, Company "B"


Thomas L. Cross

(Photo provided by Michael Barrett.)

Submitted by Carolyn (Cross) Westberry.

     The grave marker of Thomas Lindsey Cross in Cairo, WV lists his date of birth as 4 Nov 1830. This fairly well confirms him as the Sinery Cross in the home of William and Rebecca (Porter) Cross in the 1850 Allegany Co, Md. census. We suspect Rebecca named her first born for her mother’s father, Thomas Glissan. In 189_ (blank not filled in) Thomas gave his age as 59. By the affidavits of his military file (812948) he married Rosanna Lashbaugh 18 Dec 1852 in Allegany Co, Md/26 Dec 1852 at her brother Lewis’s home in Pompey Smash Md. He and Rosanna followed his parents to Greene Co Pa at their move there in 1856 and then to Washington Co, OH between 1860 and 1870. His 1870 Lawrence Twp., Washington Co, OH census lists him incorrectly as Linsley Crossy. He like so many of the other men in his family was a blacksmith.

26 Feb 1864 Thomas enlisted in Co B 1st WV Cavalry; Private until discharge 8 July 1865. One pension application dated 11 July 189_ (blank not filled in) shows that he was then living in Cairo, Ritchie Co, WV. Undated affidavit reads age 60 “the rheumatism with which I am afflicted contracted in (illegible) in Lew Ray Val.ly (sic) in the fall of 1864 the first time I ever knew pain of that kind and the loss of my eye was caused by granulation sore eyes about the year 1874”. Thomas died 6 Mar 1894; buried Cairo Baptist Church Cemetery, Cairo, Ritchie Co, WV. Rosanna applied for benefits 14 Apr 1894 and 24 May 1894 listing no minor children. She continued to reside in Cairo until her death in 1907.


William J Cross b Feb 1854 Piedmont, Allegany Co, Md; blacksmith; d Wood Co, WV 1938 age 84 yrs 7 mos 15 days; m Cassandra Bush 4- Sep 1871 in Wood Co, WV. She is buried at Cairo Cemetery. We presume that he is buried there as well but have only discovered the stone for Cassandra. He owned a blacksmith shop at Petroleum, Ritchie County, WV; 1880 census Pleasant Co, WV; 1900 census Wood Co, WV.

Alonzo Lonzo Cross Sr. b 22 Mar 1855 at or near Waynesburg Pa; d 1931/32 Ogdin, WV; buried Bethel Cemetery Rt 68 SR 31 Wood Co, WV; m Melissa Morris 15 Feb 1874 Monroe Co, OH; no divorce found but she m John Bush 23 Feb 1897 Washington Co, OH and Alonzo m Martha Ingram 19 Sep 1879 Pleasant Co, WV. Martha was b 4 June 1852 Wood Co WV d 1932; buried by Alonzo at Bethel Cemetery. They are said to have resided for some period of time in Chase Co, KS. In 1903 they moved to Carpenter Run near Ogdin in Wood Co, WV. A family story is that Alonzo was playing in the yard and as he played he watched a man walking down the dusty road that passed by their home. The man stopped and spokke and then picked him up and told him he was his father (Thomas Lindsey Cross) and he was just home from the war. Alonzo was a blacksmith, worked on several river barges and was Post Master at Waverly, WV in 1914.

James Madison Cross b June 1857 Greene Co, Pa; m Marietta “Etta” Stackhouse 18 Apr 1882 Pleasant Co, WV. She was b Jan 1865 in WV. James d 1914 and Etta in 1946. Both are buried at Ingram Ridge Cemetery near Schultz Jefferson District Pleasants Co, WV. He, too, was a blacksmith.

Mary Cross b ca 1860 Pa d 1916 no other information.

Lindsey G. Cross is seen with his parents on the 1870 Washington Co, OH census (Lawrence Twp) as b ca 1860. He is often and easily confused with the Lindsey G Cross b Mar 1865 who m Thirsa Jackson in Wetzel Co, WV who is a different man. Any relationship between them is unknown. We have no other information on the Lindsey who was the s/o Thomas and Rosanna.

Lewis Cross b ca 1864 Pa d 1926 no other information. There are some family records showing his name as Charles Lewis.

Timothy Luther Cross b 12 Jan 1867 Pleasants Co, WV; ca 1891 moved to Cairo, WV where he m 6 Mar 1892 Carrie May Lee b WV May 1875; built a house on the hill overlooking Cairo which stands today; carried boards up the hill and built most of the house himself. Timothy and Carrie divorced. He m (2) Mrs. Olive Blanche Roberts in St Marys, WV 10 Dec 1910. She was b in P arkersburg WV 31 Dec 1870 d/o David Thomas and Mary Catherine (Deem) Roberts and the widow of Robert Reese by whom she had two daughters. Olive d Cairo 20 Oct 1966 age 95; buried Cairo Baptist Cemetery. Timothy was also a blacksmith. He d at Cairo, WV 11 Aug 1938 age 71 and is also buried at Cairo Baptist Cemetery

Ella May (Melissa E?) Cross b WV 8 Mar 1869/70. 24 Dec 1885 in Washington Co OH she m Gideon C Taylor and they resided in Ritchie Co, WV where their only child is believed to have d in infancy. Ella d in Ritchie Co 5 Sep 1895 and is buried beside Gideon C and their infant son at the Cairo Baptist Cemetery.

Benjamin Franklin Cross b 1 May 1871 Lawrence Twp. Washington Co, OH d near Belmont in Pleasant Co, WV 12 Sep 1943. His burial site, the name of his wife and the date and location of their marriage have not been found.

Edward W. Cross b 30 Sep 1873 OH m Blanche ? b 20 Nov 1874. He d Ritchie Co, WV 22 Mar 1897. They are buried at Cairo Baptist Church Cemetery.

Elbert Cross b 30 Sep 1873; no other information

Dora L. Cross b 12 July 1876 d 13 May 1887 age 10 yrs 10 mos 1 day; buried Cairo Baptist Cemetery with the other family members.