Thomas Crosby was the fourth child of Thomas Crosby & Mary Elsbury born 1849 at Kelloe, Co. Durham.
Sadly Thomas’s father, a shoemaker, died around the time of his birth in 1849.
In 1851 Thomas & his widowed mother Mary & 2 older sisters were living in Thornley, Co Durham & were in receipt of parish relief.
Thomas’s mother married again later in 1851, his step-father being John Mallams.
In 1853 Thomas, his mother, sisters, step-father & half brother emigrated to the US.
In 1860 the family were living in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. At home were Thomas’s sisters Alice (17) & Mary A (15) & his half brothers & sisters George (8) Jane (5) John (3) & Elizabeth (0). Step-father John was a coal miner.
In 1870 Thomas, an apprentice carpenter, was living with his sister Alice, now married to Samuel Slocum, a mine worker, in Butler, Schuylkill.
Thomas married Mary Ann York in Pennsylvania. Mary was born May 26th, 1852 & christened Oct 17th 1852 at Bedworth, Warks, daughter of Elizabeth Kelly & Joseph York.
In 1880 Thomas Crossby with wife Mary & son Joseph were living in Girardville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania where Thomas was a carpenter. With them was Thomas’s half sister Lizzie Mallams, a servant.
In 1900 the family, listed as Croosbey, were living in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania & Thomas was now a school janitor. With them were children Lizzie A (18) Robert T (15), a day labourer, George E (9) & Sarah A (6). It was noted that Mary had had 12 children, only 7 of whom were still living. Son Joseph, a butcher, & daughter Viola were living in East Norwegian Town, Clair, Schuylkill with their grandfather Joseph York, a meat merchant, & aunt Emily York.
Thomas died on March 7th, 1905 in Girardville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania & was buried March 10th at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Girardville.
In 1908 daughter Lizzie married Frederick Kline, a miner, in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.
In 1910 widowed Mary was still living in Mahanoy, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania & with her were daughters Viola (22) & Sarah, a cuff maker in a shirt factory, & son George, a coal miner. Son Joseph was living with his aunt, Emily York, in St Clair, Schuylkill & working as a butcher.
A draft registration card in June 1917 shows son George Edward living in Mahanoy, Schuylkill, & working for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.
In 1920 widowed Mary was still living in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, now in Tamaqua. With her were daughters Viola & Sarah A, a hemmer in a shirt factory, & son George, now working in an anthracite mine, & his wife Alma & their 2 year old daughter Eileen. George had married Alma Gould in 1917. At the time of the census daughter Elizabeth & her husband Frederick Kline, an anthracite miner, were also living in Tamaqua.
In 1930 widowed Mary was living with daughter Sarah A who had married widower Oscar Oliver Welsh in 1922, a labourer in a car shop, & their son in Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. Also living with them were niece Eleanor (Eileen?) Crosby (12) & nephew Russell G Crosby (8), children of Sarah's brother George.
At the time of the 1930 census son George, a labourer at the cemetery, was widowed and living in Tamaqua with daughter Irene W & son George Russell.
Mary died February 10th, 1931 & was buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Girardville.
The children of Thomas Crosby & Mary Ann York were:
c.126.96.36.199 Joseph Crosby born December 13th, 1875 in Pennsylvania; died at Rush Township, Schuylkill October 15th, 1921 & buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery,Tamaqua, Schuylkill
c.188.8.131.52 Elizabeth (Lizzie) Crosby born May 25th, 1882 in Pennsylvania; died December 2nd, 1929 & buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery,Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
c.184.108.40.206 Robert Thomas Crosby born 1884 in Pennsylvania; buried July 19th, 1907 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Girardville
c.220.127.116.11 Viola Crosby born November 30th, 1886 in Pennsylvania; died April 2nd, 1935 & buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery,Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
c.18.104.22.168 George Edward Crosby born January 27th, 1891 in Pennsylvania; died November 3rd, 1945 in Los Angeles, USA
c.22.214.171.124 Susan Crosby born November 6th, 1893 at Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
c.126.96.36.199 Sarah Ann Crosby born 1894 in Pennsylvania; buried 1973 at Odd Fellows Cemetery,Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania