Wondering if anyone is following this CROSSLEY family in Lancashire:
SAMUEL CROSSLEY born 1846 in Rochdale, bookkeeper by trade, married ANNIE ELIZA COCKER
(born Dec 1848) on 1st August 1871.
I am assuming he emigrated to South Africa before the 1881 census date as he is not on the
UK Census, but Annie Eliza and her three children are with JAMES JOHNSON listed as
'cousins' in the census. Annie Eliza and her three children, RICHARD EDGAR (b:
1880), ALFRED (b: 1877) and SAMUEL HERBERT (b: 1875) emigrated to South AFrica leaving on
the RMS Durben on 12th August 1881. Samuel died in South Africa in 1933, so we know he
Samuel's father, WILSON CROSSLEY (a name which has carried through the generations and
we still have an uncle with the name in South AFrica) born 1812 in Halifax, Yorkshire,
married MARY SHEPPARD (b:1810) on 11th November 1832. He then also married MARTHA ASHFORTH
(b: 1827 in Lancashire) in 1854 (no certificate, just freebmd info). It seems that Martha
died before the 1881 census because a daughter Elizabeth is head of the household with
three of her brothers.
Wilson's father was possibly DAVID CROSSLEY (another name carried through the
Crossley's in South AFrica!) ....... and this is as far as I get with the Crossley
Samuel's son, Richard was my husband's grandfather on his mother's side.
Between the two wives, Wilson had 12 children - maybe someone recognises some of them?
ELIZABETH b: 1841
MARY b 1844
SAMUEL b 1846
JANE b 1853
ALICE b 1856
MARTHA b 1857
WILSON b 1859
EDWARD b 1862
ANN b 1864
DAVID b 1866
AMY born 1867
JOHN born 1869
I have a copy of the marriage certificate of Samuel and Annie Eliza. He was living at 3
Grange Place, Salford and Annie's address is 18 Church Street, Pendleton.
(Annie's father is noted as EDWARD COCKER deceased and he was an engraver) They were
married at the Great George Street Chapel (Baptist). The witness were JAMES JOHNSON who
was presumably the same one in 1881 census, and MARY CROSSLEY who I presume was
If anyone has any connection with any of these I'd love to hear from you.
ex South Africa, now London!
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