is an interesting fact about genealogy that one can have lots of
information about one family member and very little about another.
Until recently I had no photo of Jacob Royal. Cousin Gail Crandall came
to the recue with this picture.
Jacob, known as Royal to his family,
married at age 26 to Miss Abigail Perkins, the youngest of nine
children. The couple, like their siblings, moved to Illinois, where
they took up farming in DeKalb County, just one farm away from Jacob's
brother Martin. He did not just farm, however. Jacob was active in his
community in the family tradition. He was Superintendant of schools
from 1851- 1856; one of three Crossetts to hold that post. (his
brother Sheldon and Martial's son Dwight were the others) During
that time, in 1854, he served as delegate to the DeKalb County
convention of the Democratic Party. From 1861-1862 he was coroner of
the county. Also in 1861 he served as Vice President of the State Fair
Association. He followed in 1863 - 1865 as town supervisor. When he had time to farm I don't know.
early in his stay there that Jacob suggested the name Pampas for the
township since it resembled the pampas of South America.
Jacob R. and
Abigail raised three children:
- Ellen Ruth b. 1839 m. Mr.
- Martial Edson b. April 12,
1844 m. Orphany Cheasboro
- Elza Augustus b. April 25,
1855 m. 1. Jennie Lodwig, 2. Susan Weno
Jan. 30, 1885, at his home near Wellman, Iowa, J. R.Cros[s]ett, aged
deceased was born at or near Castleton, Vt., June 21, 1812, from which
place his father's family emigrated in his early childhood
making their new home in western New York, then a new country.There he
passed the years of his early manhood, occupied mostly as a teacher
until 1848, when he moved to northern Illinois remaining there till
1868 when he again removed this time to his late home in Greene
township, Iowa County.
He was converted
and united in early life with the M. E. Church in which connection he
continued an earnest and faithful member."
"He was married in his 26th birthday to
Abigail Perkins of Warsaw, N. Y. who remains to mourn the loss of a
kind and considerate companion."
[place: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Joetown, Johnson Co.,