born December 14, 1806 and did not marry until he was 26 and had found a
suitable mate in Sarah Webster of Orangeville who was born February 22,
1811. Sarah was a distant cousin of Noah Webster, the famous compiler of
couple were married in Orangeville, N.Y. in 1832. There they
produced a family of eleven children, two of whom died young.
- Mark b. October 10, 1833, d.
January 11, 1835.
- Dwight b. April 9, 1835 m.(1)
Minerva D. Johnson (2) Eunice L. Thompson.
- Harlan b. July 27, 1837, m.
- Sarah b. July 9, 1839, m.
Joshua Emery Hall
- Russell b. February 4, 1842, m.
Eugenia L. Merryfield.
- Emma b. April 16, 1845, d.
August 22, 1847.
- Kirk b. October 20, 1847, m.
- Eli b. December 20, 1848, d.
December 17, 1872.
- John Bristol b. November 25,
1850, m. Ella Hawley.
- Ann Orpah Webster b. November
- Loyd b. February 27, 1854, m.
Finette Belle Johnson
Martial, who did not like "sh" and so spelled his
name with a "t", also could see no sense in two "l"s in Loyd.
He was a very prosperous farmer and was also Postmaster and
Overseer of the Poor. Much of the information about this family comes
from cousin Judy Stitt Mollica who graciously sent me a copy of
many family photos and a book of reminiscences written in 1948 by
Ms. Halliette Hall when she was 86 years old. These memories are
remembered that Sarah Webster was very well educated and at age
fourteen she was employed to teach school. She was mature for her
age and brought it off very well. Her grand-daughter, Fannie Hall
repeated the feat.
story was told and retold in the family how Martial, tithed
hundreds of dollars to the Presbyterian Church of which he was a Deacon
as was his father before him. His door was often knocked upon by
those in want. One cold night a knock was answered and an Indian
asked if he could stay the night. Martial said "yes" and in he came,
followed by eleven more! They ranged themselves in a semicircle, feet to
the fire and went to sleep for the night. It is said that Martial and
especially Sarah in next room did not sleep all
early 1800s the government began selling off federal land in several
states west of the Applachins. They sold plots for $1.25 per acre and
they were snapped up quickly by land speculators and those wishing to
establish farms. It should be remembered that all this land was taken
from Native American inhabitants and is only now being paid for in
some small measure. Our family settled on land occupied by the Sauk
and Fox tribes until the Black Hawk War of
1832. Chief Black Hawk fought hard to keep his land but like so many
others such as Chief Joseph of the Nez Perse, Sitting Bull of the Sioux,
and Geronimo of the Apache, his effort was in vain. It is a mystery of
human nature why their memories are not entitled to as much honor
as men who actually opposed their country in defense of their
land like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. But, I digress.
Crossetts bought land as early as 1837 and continued to purchase and
sell plots through the years. Most of Martial and Sarah's children moved
west and settled ultimately in Illinois. Russell settled in Kane
County and Kirk and Loyd in Marion County. Both counties are in the
southern part of Illinois which was then forested and hilly. Dwight and
Harlan settled in DeKalb County in the north where their
uncles Martin, Jacob Royal, and Sheldon had preceded them. The north was
mainly prairie country. Many of the boys made names for
Dwight was a member of the House of Representatives
of Illinois in the General Assembly of 1888-90 and is probably the
D. Crossett listed as Superintendent of Schools in DeKalb County for
1861-1862. He was first principal of the 1867 school erected in
DeKalb. He was a town supervisor from 1873-74 and again
Crossett and her husband Joshua Emory Hall moved to Kansas. They were
teachers. Mr. Hall was also Justice of the Peace, Custom House Officer,
and editor of the local paper in Kioua,
Russell Crossett owned a farm in
Salem, Illinois which bordered on the farm of William Jennings Bryan,
whom they referred to as "Billy". Russell was Tax Collector for the
settled in Marion County, Illinois, the area known as "Little Egypt". He
was a farmer all his life. He battled late in life with the effects of
drugs taken in his youth for rheumatism. Of him it was said,"true as the
needle to the pole, and as square in character as mathematics and the
Bible can make one, he was loved by many and respected by
Loyd Crossett graduated valedictorian
from the College of Brockport in New York and became a teacher.
Eli and John Bristol Crossett
remained in New York. Eli was a teacher and at an early age purchased a
cheese factory which he ran until his untimely death from Typhoid Fever
at age 23. John Bristol was first a teacher and then President of
the Warsaw Knitting Mill in Warsaw, N.Y., a well educated man whose
interest in family history indebts us to him. He traveled to Ireland and
did research there on Crossett origins. John married Miss Ella Hawley in
Hawley Crossett was a very prominent suffragist and close
friend and colleague of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
All of Martial
Bristol and Sarah's children were fond of learning and achieved good
educations, many going on to teach and hold office in the community. His
grand children followed in those paths as well. The couple did much to
populate the western frontier. When Martial died in 1877, Sarah followed
the children west and lived with them until her death in