An American Family History

Samuel Looney 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.

Samuel Looney Cross was born about 1849. His parents were Elijah Cross and Mary Malone.

He married Sarah Catherine Webb. She was the daughter of Benjamin Webb.

Addie Catherine Cross (1871),
Loretta Belle "Retta" Cross (1874),
Oscar Lee Cross (1876),
James David Cross (1879),
Bessie Vestie Cross (1881),
Benjamin Franklin Cross (1884),
Mary Blanche Cross (1888), and
Susan Cross (1892).

His second wife was Laura J, Lilly 1871–1898

Clint C. Cross (1894)
George C Cross (1895)
Stella Cross (1898)

He was buried in Smith-Cross Cemetery.

Watauga Pioneer Neighbors



Samuel Cross married a daughter of Big Ben Webb, his first marriage, and they had several children, including O. L. [Oscar Lee] Cross, D. Ban, Retta [Loretta Belle], who married Professor Reece Cross. I do not recall the name of the other daughters.

Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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