Charles Hartson Cross

Charles Hartson Cross

Male 1807 - 1883  (76 years)

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  • Name Charles Hartson Cross 
    Born 1 Jan 1807 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Nov 1883 
    Age 76 years 
    Person ID I7981  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Ancestors Moulton Cross
              b. 8 Sep 1777, Sanderland, Bennington Co. VT Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jul 1853, Richland, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Martha Hartson 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 Jan 1806 
    Family ID F3613  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Melissa Lane
              b. 18 Nov 1817, Montgomery, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Oct 1884  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1842 
    Age at Marriage He was 35 years and 9 months - She was 24 years and 11 months  
    Married: 1x1. Gilbert L. Cross
              b. 9 Nov 1850
              d. 23 Jan 1890  (Age 39 years)  [natural]
     2. Albert H. Cross
              b. 9 Mar 1847, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Apr 1883  (Age 36 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Sylvia Lane Cross
              b. Abt 1853, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1943  (Age ~ 90 years)  [natural]
     4. Frances Amelia Cross
              b. Abt 1845
              d. 4 Jan 1852, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x5. Martha H. Cross  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F2551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Charles H. Cross, son of Moulton Cross was born on January 1, 1807, in the town of Hamilton, Madison County. Cross, the oldest in a family of 14, came to Pulaski with his father in 1814. The elder Mr. Cross purchased a 300 acre tract of land four miles outside the village.

      Charles Cross started out in the miller profession, helping to construct many saw mills in this area. In 1827, after a "common school" education, he entered the field of surveying and conveyancing.

      On October 11, 1842, he married 25-year-old Melissa Lane, daughter of Gilbert Lane. They, were the parents of five children After becoming skillful in his field, he was appointed agent of "Pierrepont Estate" in 1850. This consisted of approximately one-hundred thousand acres of land spread between the counties of Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego.

      On April 1852, the citizens of Pulaski were authorized to raise a tax of $1500 for the construction of a fire-proof building for use by the county clerk. The lot, west of the court house, was given by Benjamin Wright, a surveryor in Pulaski. His only request was that the erection be completed by September 1, 1853. A quote from the Oswego County History said of Mr. Cross "In all matters pertaining to the public welfare, Mr. Cross has ever manifested a lively Interest.

      He assisted in the Organization, location and construction of the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad and also of the Syracuse Northern railroad, and was director of each.

      During the 27 years of his administration as land agent, he has settled thousands of families and contributed largely to the general prosperity and development of the various towns."

      Source: Pulaski Democrat, May 29, 1974

      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, November 8, 1883 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Died - At his residence in this village, November 2, 1883, Charles IL Cross, aged 77 years. There is no person now living in this section of the state who had so extensive a business acquaintance in this and adjoining counties as had Mr. Cross. He not only knew the farmers and especially the new settlers, but he knew more of the landed property and the boundaries in this section than any man living. He began his business career as a surveyor and in his land office, located for very many years in this village, may be seen the records of his labors. These conclusively show him to have been a most untiring worker and reflect the greatest credit upon him, truly are they the records of a busy life. During these latter years of his life, although at a time devoted by most men to ease, especially when so allowed by their circumstances, there has been no letting up on his part Indeed, his last years were his busiest years. In addition to the care of thousands of acres owned by him or sold under contract to actual settlers, he had assumed the charge of the vast estate of Mr. Pierrepont, of Pierrepont Manor. With a remarkably clear judgment, unimpaired in the least by the labors of long years, did he in person look carefully after all these many interests. Truly may it be said of Charles IL Cross, "He rests from his labors." He had been a director of the Syracuse Northern and of the Oswego & Rome roads. He was also largely interested in the establishment of the projected road from Boston, via Boonville to Pulaski and thus through to the West He was a kind and upright citizen and all regret his departure. Mrs. Cross, the wife and beloved companion of years still survives him, as also three children: Mrs. Sylvia Shea, Gilbert L. and Mattie L. Cross. While deeply immersed in the cares of his extensive business interests he still was a devoted churchman, being a member of St. James's church. His wise counsels and liberal cash offerings will be greatly missed in that religious body. He was a member of Pulaski Lodge, No. 415, Free and Accepted Masons, and that the funeral, which was held from his late residence on Salina street, his brothers of the mystic tie attending in great numbers. There were large delegations present from Sandy Creek and Orwell also. His pastor, the Rev. Robert Paul, at the service spoke freely of his devoted character as a Christian. At the Pulaski cemetery, where the remains were deposited with the impressive ceremonies of Masonry, a large number were also assembled to pay the last sad respects of the living to the dead. Thus ends a long life more than ordinary, filled with good deeds and active endeavor. We learned that great consolation was derived by the relatives and friends of the deceased through the complete arrangements for the funeral made by Mr. R W. Box, the singing of the choir, especially that stanza of the hymn which was sung at his mother's funeral over sixty years ago, the solemnities of church service by the Rev. R. Paul and his brief but appropriate remarks; and the final Masonic honors at the grave so impressively rendered by L. J. Clark, W. M., aided by the numerous brethren of the Lodge of which he was a member. At a special meeting of the Rector and Vestry of St. James's church, Pulaski, New York, held on the 4th, inst., and the following preamble and resolution were unanimously passed: Whereas, it is pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from the visible Communion of His Church militant our esteemed brother, Charles H. Cross, Esq., and, Whereas, said Charles H. Cross, Esq., was for many years Junior Warden of St. James's Church, and one of its most generous supporters: Resolved, that we hereby express our heartfelt sympathy with is afflicted family and tender our affectionate condolence, praying that God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, maybe their comforter and strength. Resolved, that while we deeply feel our loss, we bow with reverent submission to the will of Him who "has the keys of death," our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that His government is perfect, and that He has made an everlasting covenant with his people, well ordered in all things and sure. Resolved, that by the removal of our Junior Warden, who always honored the sacraments of the Church, and died in hope of a glorious resurrection, we feel called upon to be more diligent in every good work, and earnestly pray that to the family of our esteemed brother into ourselves grace may be given proportioned to the trials, responsibilities and duties of our day. Robert Paul, Rector. Stephen Mason, Senior Warden. John T. McCarty, Charles L. Myers, John F. Box, L. D. Potter, Sherman Clark, Joel Bentley, R. S. very. John Molther, Vestrymen.