An American Family History

David Looney Cross


There were two David L. Crosses in Sullivan County, Tennessee. They were first cousins, were about the same age, and lived very near each other.  So it's hard to tell which is which.

David Looney Cross born 1796 son of Elijah Cross

David Looney Cross born 1798 son of Abraham Cross

David Looney Cross married Mary Adeline Hines.

John Cross (1822)
Martha Jane Cross (1825, married Samuel Rhea Smith)
Mary Cross (1827)
Margaret Cross (1831)
Alfred Cross (1833)
David Marshall Cross (1835)
Amanda Cross (1837)
Samuel Ray Cross (1842)
Elkanah Cross (1844)


In 1840 David L. Cross lived next door to John Pitts on Buffalo Ridge and a few households away from Abraham Cross.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.



from The Massengills, Massengales and Variants, 1472-1931 by Samuel Evans Massengill, M.D. The King Printing Company, Bristol, Tennessee, 1931.

Samuel Rhea Smith m. Jane Cross, a daughter of David and Polly Cross a sister of Marshall, Sam and Elkanah Cross, and a sister of Jacob Slaughter's wife. They located at Lebanon, MO, and he died only a few years prior to 1913 when he was about 90 years old.

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