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Seth Spencer Crosby
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Birth: Aug. 27, 1876
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1967
Oak Harbor
Island County
Washington, USA

Son of Conklin Hoyt Crosby & Emeline Jane "Emma" Norcross.

Seth Crosby was a 7x great grandson of Stephen Hopkins & 6x great grandson of Stephen's son Giles {Gyles} Hopkins, both of whom were passengers on the Mayflower voyage to America in 1620.

Married 1st: Carrie Olive {Wyatt} Thomason, 22 May 1902, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA

Married 2nd: Edith {Spink} Haynes, 30 Jul 1947,
Mount Vernon, Skagit County, WA

Seth Spencer Crosby headed west from Fort Dodge, IA with older brother Francis George Crosby in 1891, travelling by wagon as railroad fare was beyond their means. They made their way to Whidbey Island, Washington state via a canoe in 1892. He and George built a cabin on a homestead and farmed in the north west portion of Whidbey a few miles west of the tiny village of Oak Harbor, WA. Later when roads were established in the area, the road coming by their homestead was named Crosby Road in their honor.

Seth joined the US Army 7 Aug 1897, service #1227822.

He served first as an engineer in the Army building project to construct Ft. Casey - now a national park on Whidbey Island, WA. During the building they were also trained as soldiers. He was assigned to "Troop G" of the Fourth Regiment of Cavalry and expected to be sent to Cuba in the 10 week Spanish American War from April 1898 to August 1898. They were disappointed that that war was actually over before they could get there. Their disappointment turned to excitement when they found they were going to be posted to the Fourth Expedition to the Phillipine Islands in 1899. Seth's discharge papers dated 6 Aug 1900 described him as a diligent soldier and of excellent character.

Seth married a widow in 1902 who had a 6 year old child. In order to make a home for them he purchased a small farm in Fredonia, Skagit County, WA, and left the homestead. Their child Eugenia was born there in 1909.

Seth returned to North Whidbey in the 1930's & served as a Bailiff, Police Judge & Justice of the Peace. One of his hobbies was building and on 400th Avenue East in Oak Harbor is a little square rock house, in the Garry oak-shaded site. It is not made of hewn rock, but of smooth beach pebbles set in concrete. Together with his son-in-law Jake Wardenaar, Seth picked up beach rocks and hauled them by the bucketful to build the little stone house where he and his wife lived while completing the home adjacent. The rock house is a unique point of interest among the Garry oaks that have been here probably as long as the beach rocks have.

Seth Crosby ended his days at 90 years of age, a happy, contented man.

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 Parents:
  Conklin Hoyt Crosby (1832 - 1881)
  Emeline Norcross Lewis (1848 - 1903)
 
 Spouses:
  Carrie Olive Wyatt Crosby (1876 - 1946)*
  Edith Spink Haynes Crosby (1889 - 1978)*
 
 Children:
  Helen Eugenia Crosby Wardenaar (1909 - 1992)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ida M Pugsley (1856 - 1935)**
  Francis George Crosby (1868 - 1949)*
  Seth Spencer Crosby (1876 - 1967)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maple Leaf Cemetery
Oak Harbor
Island County
Washington, USA
 
Maintained by: NikB
Originally Created by: Clint Dunn
Record added: Feb 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47789552
Seth Spencer Crosby
Added by: NikB
 
Seth Spencer Crosby
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Seth Spencer Crosby
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Thank you grandpa for serving, you're part of the reason this country remains free.
- NikB
 Added: May. 24, 2014
Love you Grandpa!
- NikB
 Added: Oct. 27, 2012
 
 
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