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Stephen Cross (1647 - bef. 1704)

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Stephen Cross
Born in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial Americamap
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Capt. Stephen CROSS (1646 – 1704) was a mariner, owned and lived on Cross Island (an island, just off the Massachusetts coast from Ipswich). He was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line,

Stephen Cross was born about 1646 in Newbury, Mass. His parents were Robert CROSS I and Anna JORDAN . He married Elizabeth CHENEY about 1665. After this marriage questions arose respecting property, and John Perkins gave testimony (in 1672) that he was present when the “widow Cheney” and Robert Cross, senior, made a “treaty, when Robert’s son Steven was a suitor to Elizabeth, daughter of the widow.” Stephen died in 1704 in Cross Island, Essex, Massachusetts (See Google Satellite View)[1]


Birth: Stephen Cross, son of Robert and Anna was born about 1647 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. Several depositions in the Ipswich records put his year of birth at 1647 or about 1647.[2]

In his youth, "Stephen was characterized as "a turbulent fellow but (one who) never spoke ill of authority"... In 1672 Robert Cross Sr., his son Stephen, widow Cheney of Newbury and her daughter Elizabeth met at the house of Quartermaster John Perkins in Ipswich. Robert Cross desired the widow to give her daughter Elizabeth to his son Stephen in marriage, but the widow would not consent unless Stephen was given some land to settle on by his father. Cross told the widow that he had an island in Chebacco river which he did intend for Stephen and that he valued it at 200 pounds. This was satisfactory to goodwife Cheney and she consented to the match

1664: When Stephen was seventeen, he testified for his father who was being sued by Gov. Bradstreet for the loss of some sheep which had been entrusted to him. Stephen and his elder brother Robert suggested that the sheep might have been killed by an enormous bear–“wee did Cill the bayer: which for bignes was the biggest that ever was seen by aney of the.”

1667: The evening of “training day” was often a riotous one for young colonials, and when he was twenty, Stephen Cross and his friends got themselves into serious trouble by wrecking the town’s bridges near the wind-mill. They were jailed, sentenced to sit in the stocks, pay L3 each in fines and be bound to good behavior.[1]

1672: Stephen purchased the sloop Adventure. Samuel Cogswell of Ipswich owning a share, and was supposedly made fit to go to sea by Moses Chadwell of Lynn, who did a slow and poor job and lost in the resulting suit in 1676. His business as the captain of a coasting vessel, the sloop Adventure of twenty tons, took him as far afield as Wethersfield in Connecticut and the towns on the Exeter and Piscataqua rivers, the voyages frequently resulting in lawsuits for payment of freight which Cross usually won. Later John Lee owned a share in the sloop. The business was apparently prosperous and Capt. Cross became a personage entitled to the title “Mr.” in the records.

1682: Stephen had a negro slave in his crew who was “very well known a wicked person.”[1]

1684: Capt. Cross sold his Water Street house to Job Bishop and bought the Richard Saltonstall place from Bishop, the property consisting of fourteen acres of land on both sides of Saltonstall brook, an orchard and the house. Here he opened an inn, called “The Orange Tree” and began again to be summoned to court, for illegal sales of spirits and for impairing the morals of Ipswich youth, including his future son-in-law, Benjamin Dutch, by providing a “shovelboard.”[1]

1690: Capt. Stephen cross was commander of the ketch Lark in the expedition against Canada in 1690. The Lark was a Salem vessel and Cross brought her back to her home port on March 18, 1690/91, and the arms on board were placed in Mr. Derby’s warehouse.[3][1]

There are no probate records for Stephen Cross. His wife Elizabeth was living in 1694... Cross was certainly dead in 1704/5 when his son John named Benjamin Dutch his guardian."[3]


He Married about 1672 Elizabeth the daughter of John Cheney.[2]

Elizabeth Cheney was born 12 Jan 1643/44 with her twin brother Nathaniel in Newbury, Massachusetts. Her parents were John Cheney and Martha Parratt. In her father’s 1666 will, Elizabeth received “three cows, one called “Spark” with her calf, one white faced and a third called “Col”, two yearling heifers and £15.” Elizabeth died in 1714.)[1]

Husband: Stephen Cross
Wife: Elizabeth Cheney
Date: about 1672
  1. Robert Cross b: 29 Nov 1667 Ipswich, MA d: 6 Jun 1738 Ipswich, Mass
  2. Sarah Cross b: abt 1680 Ipswich d: 31 Jul 1748 Ipswich, Mass.
  3. Stephen Cross b. 1682 Ipswich, MA 12 Feb 1713 Boston, Mass
  4. Nathaniel Cross b. 2 Apr 1686 Ipswich, MA d: 25 Apr 1686 Ipswich, MA
  5. John Cross b: 1687 Ipswich, MA d: After 1705
  6. Anna Cross b: c. 1690 d: 5 Jan 1715[1]


Date: bef 1704


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Miners Descent: Stephen Cross
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anderson, Robert Charles. "Robert Cross." The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III, 3 vols. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995..
  3. 3.0 3.1 The ancestry of Phoebe Tilton, 1775-1847, wife of Capt. Abel Lunt of Newburyport, Massachusetts., page 136 Walter Goodwin Davis; Anthoensen Press, 1947.

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