MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 399
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Oct. 3, 2007
Levi Cross was born in Adams county, Ohio, January 1, 1806, and died in Jefferson county, Nebraska, January 20, 1894, aged 88 years and 20 days.
Mr. Crossí parents, James and Epsey Cross, settled in Adams county, Ohio, in 1788. He was of Irish extraction, his grandfather on his fatherís side having been a native of Ireland. Mr. Cross came to Muscatine county, Iowa, from Ohio in 1846, bringing the family in wagons all the way. In 1849 he entered government land and settled his family in Seventy-Six township, on land now occupied by David Legler.
Mr. Cross had been married twice; his first wife was Mary Foster, a native of Ohio. His second wife was Elizabeth Cheatham, a native of Green, Brier county, Virginia. Seven children survive him: Perry, John B., Mary Ann, Nancy, Levi, Hannah and Michael, all born in Ohio.
Brother Cross was converted to God in 1857, under the preaching of Rev. J. W. Fulkerson, and joined the United Brethren church. Since the death of his wife he had lived with his children, and died at the home of William P. Fullmer, in Nebraska. He leaves, besides his children, thirty-five grandchildren and forty-three great grandchildren.
His record as a citizen and neighbor is excellent. He had the courage of his convictions, he was just and kind in his dealings, considerate to help in times of sickness and trial, and thus won for himself a high place in the esteem and love of his neighbors. He chose for his funeral sermon text Ecclesiastes 12:7. The funeral services were held at the Brick U. B. church in Seventy-Six township, on Tuesday, January 23, 1894, and notwithstanding the snow-storm and cold weather there was a large attendance of the old friends and neighbors. The remains were interred beside the wife in the church-yard to await the resurrection of the dead.--- COM.
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