William (Cross) Crosse
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William (Cross) Crosse (abt. 1525 - bef. 1584)

William Crosse formerly Cross
Born about in Charlinch, Somerset, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 59 in Charlinch, Somerset, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2009
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William Crosse left the following will in 1583 that lists his family members and states that he owned a farm in Spaxton (Brown. p 110). He also states that his sons Edward and Andrew were under 21.

“William Cross of Charlinch, Somerset, decd. Adom. Mar 16, 1583, to his son Robert Crosse. William Cross of Charlinch, Somerset. Will dated Mar. 4 1583, proved May 15, 1584, by Francis Crosse. [5 Watson.] My son Robert Crosse, My daughters Agnes, Susan, Alice and Mary, 20/each. The farm of Spaxton which I hold of Charles Waldegrave. My sons Edward and Andrew under 21. My son Charles. My daugheter Dorothy. My Son Michael. My son Francis. My wife Elizabeth. My son William.”

William’s son Francis Crosse left the following will in 1604 (Brown, p. 111) In which he mentions his brother Sir Robert Crosse.

“Francis Crosse, of Charlinch Somerset. Will dated March 25 1604, proved Apr. 12 1604. My wife Margaret Exix. My son William, if he dies without issue then to John my son. My boether Sir Robert Crosse Kn. My son Thomas. My daughters, Amye, Rebecca, Frances, Anne & Margaret. My said brother Sir Rob. Crosse. Robert Broughton, Esq & my brother Andrew Crosse, over seers.”

William’s son Charles Crosse left a will in 1631 that establishes that his brother Andrew Crosse lived in Broomfield, and his brother William lived in Norton (Brown, page 111.). I assume Norton is also referred to as “Norton Fitzwarren” in many records. Dorathie Crosse married Phillippe Yeard (Phillimore & Seager, p.87) at this Parish 4 Aug 1597.

“Charles Crosse, of Plainsfield, in Over Stowey, Somerset. Will Dated Mar. 1, 1 Charles, proved Nov. 7,1631. Andrew Crosse, of Bromfield. William Crosse, of Norton. My son Charles. My daughters Ann Jaye & Susan Crosse. The will of John Perry dated 7 Mar. 1617 (Brown, p. 39) indicates that William Crosse married his daughter Grace Perry and established Blackmore Farm. Brown (quoting from a Bourne pedigree that I have not seen) states that their son Rev. John Crosse married Susan Bourne and became Rector of Stogumber.

Parish Registers (Phillimore & Seager, p.87) show Andrew Crosse married Mary Hyte 28 Nov 1595 in Norton Fitzwarren, Somersetshire.

Sir Robert Crosse was granted a patent to Armes and Crest in 1584. (See Visitations of the County of Somerset (page 104)). A pedigree for Crosse of Charlinch states that Sir Robert Crosse of Charleng was the son of William Crosse of Charleng who was the son of William Crosse of Charleng in com. Somersett. This pedigree also mentions Elizabeth Crosse, sister to Sir Robert Crosse, who married Thomas Sidenham of Whetstow in com. Somersett.


  • Rev. Frederick Brown M. A., F. S. A., Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills. Etc. (N.p.: Frederick Arthur Crisp, 1889).
  • W. P.W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and H. W. Seager, M.B., Etc., Somerset Parish Registers. (Phillimore & Co., London, 1906).
  • Will: "England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858"
    The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 67
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 5111 #940985 (accessed 13 November 2023)
    Will of Willmi Crosse, granted probate on 15 May 1584. Died about 1584 in Charlinche.


  • Entered by Harold Cross on Jan. 30 2021.


"The deeds of long descended ancestor Are but by grace of imputation ours." Chas. R Cross of the Mass. Institute of Technology, Boston, writes: "You will be interested to know that I visited Charlenge (now Charlwich) a few years ago, 1888, for an afternoon. The little village is about five miles from Bridgewater. The old church, dating from the 13th century or earlier, is situated at the very top of a steep hill, close be the Rectory. Unfortunately the Rector was away so I could not talk with him. The church is of stone ivy- covered, with a painting copied from the one in the National Gallery over the altar. A list of the Rectors was on a memorial slab; among them the name of Francis Cross, 1654. I found in the church-yard the tomb of Wm. Cross, the father of Sir Robert, also of this Francis. There is this inscription: Here lied buried with W. Son Francis Cross on earth beloved of me, and by Gods grace hath now a place w Christ. Wm. son Robert is buried elsewhere. There are no persons of the name on the Parish-list. (Essex County Historical and Genealogical Register. Ipswich, MA: March 1895, Vol. 2 #3)

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Hey, I adopted this poor fellow, but will make no changes to him until I have found my genealogical "sea legs." I am finding out how much I don't know.
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