William Thomas Crossman was born in 1881 at Walsall, Staffordshire.
William Thomas Crossman married Florence Dronsfield either at the Oldham Register Office or the Registrar attended a place of their choosing [Marriage Jun Qtr 1903/Oldham 8d 1229].
This couple had nine known children named Annie Crossman [20 August 1903], Thomas Crossman [20 August 1903], Edith May Crossman [28 October 1904], Florence Crossman [29 January 1907], Winifred Crossman [18 April 1910], Elizabeth L L Crossman [21 Dec 1912], George W M Crossman [29 August 1916], Leslie T Crossman  and Philip D Crossman [17 August 1925]. Annie and Thomas were born in Oldham, Lancashire, Edith, Florence and Winifred at Chadderton, Elizabeth and George in Swindon, Wiltshire and Philip back in Lancashire.
William Thomas Crossman engaged in an illicit relationship with Amy Edwards nee Byrom resulting in a pregnancy. On learning of her pregnancy Amy left her husband John Edwards and later Amy and William lived together in Bolton, Lancashire where their child was born. The child's name was Margaret Velma, initially registered as Edwards in 1910, but then amended to Crossman on 3 December 1912. She was born on 25 August 1910 at 344 Derby St, Bolton. When her birth certificate was amended in 1912 William was residing at 22 Station Rd, Stratton St Margaret [Wiltshire] and Amy at 10 George St, Chadderton.
An article from The Manchester Evening News dated 8 April 1914, Pg 2, regarding the divorce of John and Amy Edwards said in part - In consequence of illness respondent [Amy] went to her mother’s home in 1910, and later she refused to rejoin her husband, who through the medium of the registrar at Bolton discovered his wife had given birth to a child in 1911, and that she was living with the co-respondent at Bolton. The petitioner, in his evidence, said the co-respondent had married his wife’s cousin, and was a constant visitor at his house.
Amy Edwards nee Byrom and Florence Crossman nee Dronsfield were indeed cousins.
In the 1911 census William was living at 142 Victoria Rd, Swindon. Aged 29, he was working as an auctioneer on his own account from home.
Florence and children Annie, Thomas, Edith, Florence and Winifred were all living at 52 Milne St, Chadderton. Florence was aged 31 and the children were aged 7, 7, 6, 4 and 11 months respectively.
Amy Edwards, aged 30, was living with her parents at 10 George St, Chadderton, Lancashire.
Margaret Velma Edwards [sic] was boarding with Francis and Jane Higham at 344 Derby St, Bolton, Lancashire. She was aged 6 months.
William and Florence clearly got back together, Florence joining William in Wiltshire where daughter Elizabeth was born in 1912.
This couple separated again some years later.
William T Crossman remarried to Annie Lever at Wilmslow, Cheshire [Marriage Sep Qtr 1932/Bucklow 8a 615].
William and Annie had one son.
Annie Crossman died aged 32 years [Death Sep Qtr 1935/Ashton 8d 665].
From 1935 Index of Wills and Administrations – CROSSMAN Annie of Dacres Hall Greenfield Yorkshire (wife of William Thomas Crossman) died 2 September 1935 at Ashton-under-Lyne Infirmary Ashton-under-Lyne Lancashire Administration London 13 December to the said William Thomas Crossman auctioneer. Effects £130 7s. 7d.
William T Crossman then remarried to Ann Birtwistle [Marriage Dec Qtr 1951/Fakenham 4b 825].
William T Crossman died aged 79 years [Death Jun Qtr 1961/North Walsham, Norfolk 4b 509].
From 1961 Index of Wills and Administrations – CROSSMAN William Thomas otherwise William James Thomas of Swanton Abbot Hall Swanton Abbot Norfolk died 5 May 1961 Probate Norwich 26 July to Lloyds Bank Limited and Ann Crossman widow. Effects £30533 8s. 5d.
His will and codicil read as follows - This is the last Will and Testament of me WILLIAM THOMAS CROSSMAN of Swanton Abbott [sic] Hall in the County of Norfolk Gentleman 1. I REVOKE all former wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me. 2. I APPOINT Lloyds Bank Limited (hereinafter called "the Bank") and my wife Ann Crossman to be Executors and Trustees of this my will and I DECLARE that the Bank shall be entitled (free of duty) to remuneration such remuneration to be a first charge on my estate and in accordance with the Bank's published terms in force at the date of entering on the trust and may without accounting for any resultant profit as banker and perform any service on behalf of my estate and on the same terms as would be made with a customer AND I DECLARE that all monies securities title deeds and documents relative to the trusts hereof shall e in the exclusive custody of the Bank (any other executor or trustee having proper facilities for inspection, and that in all registrations the Bank’s name shall be placed first AND I approve of Messrs Russell Steward Stevens & Hipwell of London House Chambers in the City of Norwich being employed as solicitors in connection with my estate with power for the Bank to consult any other Solicitors if it thinks fit. 3. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my real and personal estate of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate subject to the payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses unto my wife the said Ann Crossman for her own use and benefit absolutely. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of June one thousand nine hundred and fifty two. SIGNED by the said WILLIAM THOMAS CROSSMAN as and for his last Will in the presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses: S. G. Parke Swanton Abbot caretaker and A R Cooper Red Lion St Aylsham motor engineer
THIS IS A CODICIL to the Will of me WILLIAM THOMAS CROSSMAN of Swanton Abbot Hall Swanton Abbot in the County of Norfolk Gentleman which will bears date the ninth day of June One thousand nine hundred and fifty two NOW I hereby republish revive ratify and confirm my said Will and revoking all other Wills and Testamentary Dispositions heretofore made by me I DECLARE the said Will to be my true and only last Will and Testament. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty first day of April One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one. SIGNED by the said WILLIAM THOMAS CROSSMAN as and for a Codicil to his said Will in the presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses: Mark Stevens Solicitor Norwich and John W. A. Haddon Clerk to Russell Steward & Co Solicitors Norwich
Ann Crossman died aged 88 years [Death Sep 2001/North Walsham, Norfolk 6382 SM25B 028 901 – DOB 12 Jan 1912].
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