Mary (Brace) Crosby gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. 1822 in Austerlitz, Columbia County, NY
D. January 8, 1860
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  • Husband: Jared M. Crosby; born about 1822 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY; married (1) Mary Brace on February 15, 1847 in Austerlitz, Columbia County, NY; Jared died December 3, 1863 (See section pertaining to Jared M. Crosby buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery). After the death of Mary, Jared married (2) Lucy C. Hollister on February 26, 1861 in Lake County, IL. Lucy was born July 1834 in New York and died 1915 buried in Edison Cemetery, Edison, Furnas County, NE.
  • Children:
    1. Elizabeth “Libby” (Crosby) Pearson born November 1, 1851 in New York City, NY; In 1870 Elizabeth (age 18) was a domestic servant for Marvin and Eunice Gilbert in Odell, Livingston County, IL; married Thomas Pearson (1851-1930) on December 14, 1874; Elizabeth died October 31, 1930 near Fairmont, Filmore County, NE; Elizabeth and Thomas are buried in Fairmont Cemetery, Fairmont, Fillmore County, NE

According to the Fillmore Chronicle (Fairmont NE) Thursday, November 6, 1930, page 3:


   Elizabeth Crosby was born in New York City, on November 1, 1851, and passed away at the home of Arthur White, near Fairmont, Nebraska, October 31, 1930, at the age of seventy-nine years.  She was united in marriage with Thomas Pearson on December 14, 1874, at Odell, Illinois.
   She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Addie Pearson of Edison, Nebraska, and by many nieces and nephews.  Her husband and one brother preceded her in death.  Mr. and Mrs. Pearson had made their home in Fairmont when they left their farm in York county some twenty-one years ago.  For the past three months Mrs. Pearson’s failing health had confined her to her bed.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the White home and at the Methodist church in Fairmont by the pastor, Rev. J. Henry Stitt and were attended by a large number of friends and neighbors.  A quartet composed of Mesdames Eloise Adams and Chas. R. Shoemaker, and Messrs. Elwood Bender and Velmont Clark, with Mrs. A. A. Ashby at the piano, provided the music and interment was made in the Fairmont cemetery.

 “Come, Death, be friendly; end this
     bitter pain.
Seal these brave lips which shall
     not smile again.
We who must stay shall weep that
     she must go.
Peace came with Death, and it were
     better so.”

    Relatives who came to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pearson of Adel, Iowa; Mrs. J. A. Swartz, North Platte; Mrs. Addie Pearson and son, Delbert, Edison; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Pearson, Hastings; Mr. and Mrs. George Pearson and Bert Pearson, Grand Island.”

2. George Anson Crosby born about 1856 in Evanston, Cook County, IL; married Delia Brannick (1858-1914) on August 15, 1882 in Livingston County, IL, daughter of Lawrence Brannick (1823-1914) and Mary (Garvy) Brannick (1826-1897); George died October 27, 1929 in Grand Junction, Mesa County, CA; George and Delia are buried in DeBeque Cemetery, Mesa County, CO

According to the Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction CO) Monday, October 28, 1929, page 1:

George A. Crosby Passed
Away at Son’s Home;
Burial Will Be in
De Beque Tuesday

   George A. Crosby passed away last evening at the home of his son, William, at 126 White avenue after a lingering illness of four months.  He came here only two months ago from Paonia when his son, Arthur, with whom he made his home, suddenly passed away.
   Mr. Crosby had resided in the DeBeque section since 1895, having come there from Nebraska and settled on a homestead.  He had spent the greater part of his residence in the section farming and mining.  He was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1856, passing away at the age of seventy-three.  He moved with his wife, whom he married in Illinois, to Nebraska in 1880 where they resided for 15 years, coming here to make their home for the past thirty-four years.
   Mrs. Crosby died in 1914, and since that time, Mr. Crosby resided in DeBeque, then in Paonia and then in this city, living with his children.  His many friends, won in his long residence here are today expressing their grief that a life long friend has passed away.  He was one of the true settlers of this section, and helped in its building since its very earliest days.  He and Mrs. Crosby moved to DeBeque when it was scarcely a town and during their residence there their good deeds have been impressed on the minds of many.
   Surviving home are his son, William with whom he resided, John who resides here, Clarence of Salt Lake City, and three daughters, Mrs. Voleny DeRoush of DeBeque, Mrs. Catherine Ford and Mrs. Grace Sullivan of Los Angeles.  He also has two sisters who reside in Nebraska.
   Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in Debeque and burial will be in the DeBeque cemetery beside his late wife.  The remains will be shipped to DeBeque on No. 16 tomorrow.  They are at the Callahan funeral home.”

3. Adelaide Lucy “Addie” (Crosby) Pearson born September 5, 1859 in Lake County, IL; married Henry Pearson (1852-1926) on January 6, 1881 in Henry County, IL, son of Bennett Pearson (1828-1888) and Sarah (Woods) Pearson (1826-1862); Adelaide died November 28, 1930 in Edison, Furnas County, NE; Adelaide and Henry and stepmother Lucy Crosby are buried in Edison Cemetery, Furnas County, NE

According to the Edison Echo (Edison NE) Thursday, December 4, 1930, page 1:


   Addie L. Crosby, the daughter of John (sic) and Mary Crosby, was born Sept. 5th 1859 in Kanahee (sic), Lake County Ill., and passed away at her home in Edison, Nebr. on Friday, Nov. 28, at the age of 71 years, 2 months and 23 days.
   Miss Crosby met Henry Pearson in Odell, Ill., and was united in marriage to him on June 6, 1881, at Kewaunee (sic), Ill.  They stayed in Kewanee six years, and in 1887 they moved to Nebraska, locating in Fillmore county.  In March 1908 they moved to Edison where she and her husband were to live and die.
   To this unoin (sic) were born 5 children, 2 daughters and 3 sons, who were all present at the funeral.  She leaves to mourn her loss: Harvey B. of Hasting, Nebr; Frank G. of Cambridge, Nebr; Delbert T. of Edison; Mrs. Lula B. Hiatt of Debeque, Colo; and Mr. J. Gertrude M. Wier of Beaver City, Nebr.  Also 18 grandchildren.  All were present except one grandchild.  Mrs. Pearson had on brother and one sister preceded her in death, the sister only four weeks ago.  She also leaves a host of other relatives and friends.
   While living in York county Sister Pearson confessed her faith in her Lord and Saviour, and united with the M. E. church.  This faith was ever kept up to the time of her decease.
   Sister Pearson was of an affectionate and cheery disposition, ever looking on the bright side of life.  She was faithful to her husband, making him an ideal partner.  She was a loving mother, always delighted to administer to the growing needs of her family, neighbors testify to her sympathy and consideration in a social way, and she loved her Lord, glad to serve him in any way possible.
   Rev. Morris, her former pastor, had the privelege (sic) of being in her home and can testify to the help derived from her help and constant attendance at church, working in the Aid Society and being entertained in her home.
Servant of God, well done!
   Thy glorious warfare’s past,
The battle’s fought, the race won,
   And thou are crowned at last.
   Funeral services were held at Free Methodist church in Edison Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. Walter S. Morris of Comstock, Nebr., and former pastor at Edison.  Burial was in the Edison cemetery.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the town of Austerlitz, Columbia County, NY the household members were:

“Anson Brown, age 51, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Sarah M. Brown, age 53, born in New York; Sarah A. Brown, age 24, born in New York; Jared Crosby, age 27, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Mary Crosby age 30, born in New York; Moses Brahall, age 72, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Tilpha Nulbert, age 64, born in New York”

According to forum, “Jared Crosby and Mary Brace by Sally Jankowski on July 31, 2000:

“I checked my CROSBY files and have some good news for you, John. I show Jared CROSBY as the son of Thomas Baker CROSBY and Lucina CREGS. Jared was born in 1822 in Canaan, Columbia co., NY. He married Mary BRACE of Austerlitz, Columbia co., NY on February 15, 1847 in Austerlitz. My source for this information is the Columbia Magazine, Volume 1, Number 3, page 83: Austerlitz Vital Records: CROSBY, Jared, Canaan, 25 years m. BRACE, Mary, Austerlitz on February 15, 1847 (by Rev. T. Woodbridge, Spencertown).”