Arelia was born on September 12, 1805 at Mt. Jefferson, in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia). She was born to George North and Eliza Keyes.
Her father, Captain George North had been married once before to a Sarah Evans on January 12, 1787, and had 4 children of which two died early, one at one year of age and the other died at childbirth along with his wife Sarah, on September 23, 1793. So Arelia had two half siblings named:
The next year, on October 30, 1794, George married again, in Virginia, to Eliza Keyes, at Halltown, Virginia. Eliza was just 20 years old, being born November 20, 1774, at Keye's Ferry. Aurelia had the following siblings:
Arelia North Cruzen was "a conspicuous example of that dignified womanhood which ever elicits the admiration of the world...and a frequent remark of hers was that the Norths were as good as anybody"! She lived up to that belief, and impressed it upon the expanding minds of her children and grand-children, although she "was charitable, hospitable and amiable to all who were on terms of close intimacy with her".
Authors Note: It seems that she did not know that in her ancestry were the early Norths of the nobility of England, though such a belief was prevalent in the family. It was not until recent years that the genealogy of the Norths was traced back to Robert who lived in England about 1400.
Arelia passed away at the home of her daughter, Laura, at Marshall, Missouri, on May 5, 1898 at the age of 92 years, 8 months, and 20 days. Her husband Richard Richardson Cruzen, died at the age of 88 years, 5 months and 20 days, "both going far beyond the three score and ten years allotted mankind by the Psalmist".
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