According to Anderson's "Great Migration Begins": Ralph b. Ipswich 15 Feb 1658[/9?]. He was mentioned in a list of names at court held at Salem on 24 Nov. 1685 and there is no further record.
24 Nov 1685: list
The Following information is for Ralph, son of Robert Jr. (abt. 1642 - 1710) and Martha Treadwell.
3 Jun 1707 – Robert Cross deeded his son Ralph Cross all his housing on “the little neck,” on the south side of Jeffrey’s neck where the grantor was then living, Ralph to enjoy two-thirds and to pay the grantor’s son Nathaniel Cross one-third. (Essex Deeds, 19:172)
Administration on the estate of Robert Cross of Ipswich was granted to Martha Cross, his widow, and Nathaniel Cross, his only son, Abraham Foster and James Foster being their sureties, on June 27, 1713. The small property was valued at L79 by Simon Wood and Thomas Hodgkins on July 3, 1713. (Essex Probate, No.6644.
Ralph’s wife Mary Graves was born 18 Feb 1685 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Samuel GRAVES III and Joanna PEARCE. Mary died in 1711.
When they married in 1705, Ralph was 47 years old and Mary was 20. Ralph’s nephew Robert CROSS II married Mary’s youngest sister Elizabeth GRAVES 26 Sep 1719.
The Crosses of Bristol trace their ancestry to Charlenge, now Charlinch, Somersetshire, England. The name appears in the Domesday Book of William the Conqueror, also in the wars of the Crusades. Sir Robert Cross, of Charlenge, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, in 1602, or heroism, as admiral, against the Spanish Armada and at Cadiz. He died without issue. His coat of arms was brought to this country by Gen. Ralph Cross, of Revolutionary fame. From it, it may be seen that the family sprang from Norman stock and belonged to the landed gentry of England. Closely related to Sir Robert were Robert and John who, in 1637 sailed from Ipswich, England, to Ipswich, Massachusetts. Robert settled in in Newburyport, Mass. John settled in Methuen, Mass., where eight generations have lived in a house still standing.
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