George Henry Crosby

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George Henry Crosby

Clinton, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Death 10 Oct 1916 (aged 69)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot A_D_45_6_EH
Memorial ID 109525 · View Source
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Father: Jesse Wentworth Crosby.
Mother: Hannah Elida Baldwin.

Spouse: Sarah Hannah Brown. #35219308
Married: 05 Apr 1869 at Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah.

(Info provided by Delbert Bauer)

Useful life ended

George Henry Crosby died at his home in this city Tuesday Oct. 10 of heart failure. his health had been failing for some time and he expired suddenly after eating his midday meal

George Henry Crosby had a long active and interesting career. He was born in
Kennebec county, Maine Oct 20 1846 a son of Jesse W and Hannah E Crosby and came to Utah with his parents Sept 20 1817 and to St George in 1861.

When 17 years old he crossed the plains under Capt. Daniel D MacArthur to bring in a company of immigrants and again in 1866 performed this service under Capt. Thompson

He served as deputy Sheriff of Washington County under Sheriff David H Cannon and at the August election of 1867 was elected Sheriff of Washington County taking the oath of office some time later when he reached his 21st birthday

He was a member of the troop of cavalry that went out under Capt. James Andrus to recover the bodies of Dr. Whitmore and Robert McIntyre who had been killed by Indians near Pipe Springs. While out near a ledge of rocks one of the Indians covered him with his rifle from behind these rocks and was detected by one of the cavalrymen who fired just in time to save Crosby as the Indian fired about the same time his shot however missing its mark

In 1869 Bro. Crosby was appointed bishop of Hebron he being the first bishop of that place. It was while living at Hebron that he antagonized the Ben Taskell gang notorious cattle robbers who ravaged that section and adjoining portions of Nevada. In his position as sheriff he was continually thwarting the evil ways of this gang and finally drove them out of the country. Some of the gang under Mart Moore, taking advantage of Crosby's absence in the fall of 1887, set fire to his home and store in the middle of the night evidently intending to burn his wife and children. The smoke awoke Mrs. Crosby who broke the windows and saved the children and herself though her feet were so badly cut by the broken glass that she still feels the effects. On Crosby' s return home he took up the trail of Mart
Moore and chased him as far as Lee's ferry on the Colorado River where he lost his track, Moore never returned to the scene of his work and years later was apprehended by U S deputy Marshall Charley Reed of Globe Arizona.

Bro Crosby served is bishop of Hebron for eight years and was then called by
Pres. Erastus Snow in Jan 1878 to be bishop of Leeds the mining camp of Silver Reef now requiring that a strong man hold this position. He served in this capacity at Leeds until 1886 when he was called by Pres. Snow to go to Nutrioso Ariz. arriving there April 17 1886. He was made bishop of Round Valley l3 miles from Nutrioso, June 17 1886 and founded the town of Eagar. He lived In Eagar until 1899 being a prominent figure in political and social life. He served as a representative in the legislative assembly and in a speech to prevent the division of
Apache County held the floor for seven hours. He moved to Torrey Wayne county Utah in 1899 and was appointed bishop there, a position he held for 1 years until he moved to Big Horn County as a colonizer in 1901. Bro Crosby served 32 years as a bishop in the four places. In the Big Horn Basin he helped to found the towns of Lovell and Cowley, he lived at the latter place until the fall of 1915 when he moved back to St George to spend the remaining days of his life.

Bro Crosby is survived by one sister Mrs. Elida Snow of St. George two wives Mrs. Sarah H Crosby of Eagar Arizona and Mrs. Mary L Crosby of this city and the following children Benjamin B of Eagar Arizona George H St. Johns Ariz. Mrs. Sarah Wiltbank Eagar Ariz Jesse T Holbrook Arizona John A Ramah N, Mexico Charles W Eagar Ariz Albert W Eagar Ariz. Frederick, Cowley Wy. and Mrs. Elizabeth Partridge, Cowley Wyo. There are 23 grandchildren surviving and all the children are married except Charles W and Albert W.

Funeral services were held in the St. George tabernacle Sunday Oct 15 Pres. Ed H Snow eulogized the life of the departed brother and reviewed the good work he had done, bishop B Y McMullan of Leeds spoke of bro Crosby' s work as the bishop at Leeds and Pres. David H Cannon spoke of the useful and faithful life of the deceased how steadfast to duty he was as his deputy sheriff etc etc

interment was made in the city cemetery

(article was extracted and abridged from the Washington County News 1916-10-19 & is provided courtesy of the University of Utah Digital Newspaper and Dixie State College.)

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