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 Daniel A. Cross

Daniel A. Cross

Birth
Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 23 Sep 1862 (aged 33)
Greenleaf, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 34632717 · View Source
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Daniel Avery Cross was born in Oneida County, NY, on July 6, 1829. In 1857, he moved with his family to Cedar Mills Township. In 1862, they were living on their farm northwest of Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Dakota Indians were frustrated with their situation for a variety of reasons, and, on August 18, 1862, they struck out at the whites, killing hundreds. Upon hearing of this, Daniel moved his family to the "Point" in Cedar Lake, but they soon went to Hutchinson. The Dakota attacked Hutchinson on September 4, 1862, and Cross and his family were in the recently constructed Hutchinson stockade. The defenders were able to hold the Dakota at bay.

However, it continued to be dangerous to venture very far from the stockade, but Caleb Sanborn did, returning to his farm north of Hutchinson later in September. As he did not return when expected, Cross and perhaps five other men went to his farm on September 23. Before they could locate Sanborn, shots rang out and Cross was killed. His two companions had to leave his body there as they fled to Hutchinson. The next day, both Sanborn's and Cross's bodies were recovered. It is unknown where Sanborn is buried, but Cross is in Oakland Cemetery at Hutchinson, near the grave of another Uprising victim, Stewart B. Garvie. Daniel's widow, Esther Cross, returned with their children to her former home in Indiana, but she returned to their Minnesota farm about 1 1/2 years later.

Cross's story is related on page 20 of "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories," published in 2007 by Curtis Dahlin, and on page 158 of "The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History," published in 2009 by Curtis Dahlin.


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  • Created by: Curtis Dahlin
  • Added: 9 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34632717
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel A. Cross (6 Jul 1829–23 Sep 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34632717, citing Oakland Cemetery, Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Dahlin (contributor 47099816) .