|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1836|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1913|
Son of Van Rensselaer and Lucinda (Blackman) Crosby.
Thomas W. Crosby, Corporal, age 26, entered service Dec. 22, 1862 for a three year enlistment with Company K, 128th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out with company July 13, 1865, at Camp Chase, Ohio.
History of Wexford County (Wheeler):
In the respect that is accorded to men who have fought their way to success, possibly through unfavorable environment, we find an unconscious recognition of the intrinsic worth of a character which not only can endure so rough a test, but gain new strength through the discipline. The subject of this review, Thomas W. Crosby, was not favored by inherited wealth or the assistance of influential friends, but in spite of this, by perseverance, industry and a wise economy, he has attained a comfortable station in life. He is a native of Ohio, born in Lucas county, October 25, 1836. His parents were Van Rennselaer and Lucinda (Blackman) Crosby, the former, who had been a soldier in the war of 1812, dying about 1879, while his wife died about 1880. The subject's grandfather, Elarcom Crosby, fought in the war of the Revolution and saw General Washington many times.
Thomas W. Crosby, the subject of this review, was reared in his native county of Lucas and there he spent the first twenty-six years of his life. Mind and body were both well cared for. He was well schooled all of the common branches of education and his life of industry on the farm was productive of desirable physical development.
Returning from the field, he again took up his residence in Lucas county, Ohio, and devoted himself to farming until 1871, when he moved to Big Rapids, Michigan, where he remained until February, 1872, when he located in Wexford county and devoted himself to his calling of a millwright, a business he had become skilled in before entering the United States service.
In 1877 he purchased eighty acres of land in section 35, Haring township, where he established a home and where he has since resided, devoting himself entirely to farming. His place is well improved and he has erected thereon good, substantial buildings. (Crosby Road marks the edge of his homestead today.)
On the 22d day of May, 1865, in Lucas county, Ohio, Thomas W. Crosby was united in marriage to Miss Jane D. Heath, a native of Ohio, born in Holmes county, May 22, 1845, the daughter of Nehemiah Heath, also a native of Ohio [sic]. To Mr. and Mrs. Crosby four children were born, viz: Charles, Jennie, Minnie and Milo. Jennie died when nineteen years of age; Minnie is the wife of Merton Morford, a resident of Cadillac and in the employ of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, and they have one child, Kenneth.
Thomas W. Crosby has been actively interested in all movements designed of the public good and the development of the township and county in which he resides. He served for a length of time as president of the Wexford County Agricultural Society, has been supervisor of Haring township, and has also been township treasurer. He is an unswerving Republican and has been such since the organization of that party. He is a most genial, companionable man, always disposed to look upon the bright side of life. He is possessed of a rich vein of humor and there are few situations that do not furnish him an opportunity of extracting therefrom a little merriment for his own and his friends' benefit. The real calamity of his life came October 12, 1897, when his faithful and devoted wife, the mother of his children departed this life. He has been true to her memory in death as he ws true and devoted to her in life.
Mr. Crosby makes the principle of charity his religion and is ever ready to dispense to those who are in need or distress. He has not an exalted idea of the religion which is practiced by many of the so-called members of churches and says that many ministers have missed their calling and a monetary consideration is the only goal they are striving to reach.
Charles F. Crosby 1867
Jennie Crosby 1869
Minnie M. Crosby 1871
Milo Petoskey Crosby 1876
Jane D. Heath Crosby (1845 - 1897)*
Minnie Crosby Morford (1871 - 1957)*
Haring Charter Township Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 14, 2009
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