An American Family History

John Cross


John Cross was born in Maryland. His father was John Cross.

Joshua Cross (1716),
Solomon Cross (married Mary Keith)
William Cross (1730, married Alice Cole),
John Cross (1736, married Philizanna Hicks, daughter of Nehemiah Hicks),
Ruth Cross (1737, married Joseph Cole),
Benjamin Cross (1738, married Elizabeth Cole),
Richard Cross (1743, married Tabitha Hicks, daughter of Nehemiah Hicks),
Asahel Cross (1746, married Mary Dimmitt), and
Zachariah Cross (1748, married Elizabeth Ann Dimmitt).





Baltimore County, Maryland was founded in 1659 and included most of northeastern Maryland. The original county included parts of Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Carroll, and Baltimore Counties.

In the name of God, Amen, I, John Cross of Baltimore County, in the province of Maryland, Planter, being sick in body, but in complete and perfect Memory, praised be the Lord for the same, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testiment in manner and form following that is to say,

firsthand principally I commend my Soul to Almighty God ...

I do hereby give and bequeath thereof as follows.

Item, I give, devise and bequeath unto my well Beloved Wife Dinah Cross, All my Lands, Goods, Chattels, and Monies and all my whole Estate during her life and after her death to be Equally divided between my Children. Vis, Solomon Cross, John Cross, Benjamin Cross, William Cross, Zachariah Cross, Richard Cross, Asel Cross, Ruth Cole and my Grandson, Abraham Cross, son of William Cross to them and their heirs forever.

But in case my Wife Dinah Cross, should and do Marry again, then I will that my Son, Solomon Cross shall administer upon my Estate, and I Will that then my Wife Dinah Cross above mentioned shall be first to her thirds, and that she shall have and enjoy only and no more than the One Third part of my Estate. and I do declare this to be my last Will and Testiment.

In Witness whereof I the said John Cross hereunto Sett my hand and Seal
this 15 of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty four.

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in the Presence of Viz., John R. Rifton, Henry H. Hardister, John W. Keith.

John Cross (Seal)

Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

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