|Noah Cross was a British soldier
who deserted on Long Island, made his way to the Shawangunk
Mountains of Ulster County, married Rachel Osterhout, a local girl of Dutch ancestry, and
on the American side in the American Revolution.
This page is about them and their
children: Susanna Cross, Margreta Cross, Benjamin VanWagonen Cross,
Lodewyck Cross, Charles Brodhead Cross, and Catrena Cross, and their
Around 35 years ago, the
now-defunct Cross Family
Association compiled a record of all of their known descendants and made it available to its members
in typescript form called
"Cross - New York State 1775 - 1975".
This genealogy is now available
from Between the Lakes Group.
The original consisted of 166+
pages of genealogy, and it's been heavily annotated for the 35 years it's
been in our possession.
Family Association, over the first few
years subsequent to publication, issued a few supplementary pages of
additions and corrections for
insertion in the original, and these – or all of these that are in our
possession – are inserted in what seems to be the proper location.
We indexed the typescript.
Unfortunately, further organized work on this
family appears to have completely ceased in the 1980s, although individual family
members continued to compile their own lines. We have been in touch with a number of descendants who are at
various stages in this process, including some descended from lines that
are not followed at all in this compilation. We have attempted, using postal mail, telephone information, and
the internet, to contact many of the people who were involved in
preparing and updating the original compilation, as well as the Association
itself. Unfortunately, a pile of returned mail marked “Addressee unknown”
bears mute testimony to the failure of our multiple efforts in that
direction. We have concluded with considerable regret that the Cross Family Association is entirely defunct.
Regardless, the work the Cross Family Association
did in researching and preparing this compilation deserves to remain
available to local historians and genealogists, particularly in Ulster, Orange, and
Sullivan Counties in New York, and to descendants of this couple – a
British deserter who married a Dutch girl in New York State’s Shawangunk
Mountains at the beginning of the American Revolution. It is primarily
for that reason that we have added it to the publications catalog of
Between the Lakes Group.
The annotated original of "Cross - New York State: 1775 - 1975" is
now available for download. 166+ pages, PDF format, $7.50.
Between the Lakes Group is happy
to serve as a point of contact for Cross family members, especially those who
were involved in the Cross Family Association during its lifespan.
Of course, we also continue to collect
our own Cross family information as time permits.
If you would like to be involved in
researching this fascinating family, please click the "Contacting us" button in the left margin of this
page and help us make sure your part of the family is correctly represented.
(You'll find us on page 56 of the Cross family book).
WHERE WE ARE REGARDING A REVISION: We are in the process of consolidating additional sources
of information (mainly branches of the family omitted from the original),
confirming data already in the compilation where possible, adding photographs
and newspaper clippings where we have been able to locate them for more recent
generations, and formalizing it as a genealogy, with each family member assigned
a number indicating generation and line of descent. We're also planning on indexing it
completely (interestingly, this typescript was our introduction to indexing back
30 years ago, and we've learned a lot about the craft since then). And
we're going to take advantage of the major improvements in technology that the
past few decades have brought to include lots of pictures! An appendix
already underway traces Rachel Osterhout's ancestry -- back to the boat and
before. That's another possible future download!
QUESTION: Will there be future
Cross family publications? A CD-ROM?
ANSWER: Perhaps. A
download of photos, newspaper clippings and other documents is likely --
or at least possible. Much
depends on the contributions of other family members, of course.