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Elizabeth Glen (Coleman) Crosby (1785 - 1849)

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Elizabeth Glen Crosby formerly Coleman
Born in Cumberland, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United Statesmap
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Elizabeth Coleman was born 12 March 1785 in Cumberland County, Virginia. Her parents were Joseph Coleman and Scytha Glenn.

She married John Jeter Crosby Jr. They had six children: William, Ann, Susan, Syntha, Elizabeth, and Nancy.

Elizabeth immigrated to Utah as a widow in 1848 with the Willard Richards Company.

She died 1849 in Cottonwood, Utah and is buried in the Holladay Memorial Park in Holladay, Utah.

"...In the 1820s and 1830s a great wave of Southerners moved to Indiana. Perhaps the most famous of these were Abraham Lincoln and his family. One young couple, John Jeter and Elizabeth Coleman Crosby, joined this migration. Their family later became influential in the early history of the church.

John was from an old South Carolina family and Elizabeth was from an old Virginia family. Their parents and grandparents served in the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth’s parents moved from Virginia and settled in Union, South Carolina. Elizabeth married John Jeter Crosby and they went to settle in Indiana.

The Crosbys had six children: William, Ann, Susan, Syntha Solena, Elizabeth, and Nancy.

The family histories note that they had a hard time adjusting to life without slaves, so John and Elizabeth and other members of the Crosby family moved south to former Choctaw lands in Monroe County, Mississippi.

Several years later the Choctaw tribe left Mississippi in a forced march to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) that one of their chiefs called a “trail of tears and death.” The year after the tribe left, one of the Crosby daughters, Ann, married Daniel Monroe Thomas, the son of Henry and Esther Thomas.

Many members of the Crosby and Thomas families joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and belonged to the Tombigbee Branch in Mississippi. They were converted through the efforts of John Brown, who then married Ann’s sister Elizabeth. Daniel Thomas was also instrumental in introducing the Book of Mormon to a large number of family members and others who joined the Church.

Ann Crosby Thomas may have been baptized as late as 1843, but she may have been baptized before then. The records are unclear.

Daniel accompanied John Brown to Pueblo, Colorado, and then went back to help move his extended family West. Did Ann go with him to Colorado or did she remain with other family members while he traveled?

Daniel’s unmarried brother Elijah joined the Mormon Battalion and was among those who discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill.

When Ann’s father, John Jeter Crosby, died in 1840, his slaves were divided between his wife and children. Daniel and Ann took two of the slaves to Utah, Philemon and Tennessee..."

Daughter of Joseph Coleman and Scytha Coleman Wife of John Jeter Crosby, Jr

Mother of Sytha Solena Lay and Elizabeth Crosby

Sister of Patience Coleman; Annie Coleman and Patience Mayfield Triplett

Burial: Holladay Memorial Park, Holladay, Utah, United States


Daughter Susan:

  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2017), Elizabeth Crosby in entry for Susan A. Crosby, 22 Sep 1847; citing Death, Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 2,313,271.

Daughter Nancy:

1848 immigration:

1849 death:

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