Otis and Elizabeth (Crosby) Marble
(Photo by Ancestry.com contributor Ralph Middlecamp)

Elizabeth L. (Crosby) Marble gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. November 19, 1828 in New York
D. May 16, 1855 in Lake County, IL
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DEATH OF MRS. MARBLE – Mrs. L. Eliza Marble, who died at her home last Tuesday evening, was born at Springfield, Vt., March 29, 1832. Her father, Johnathan Wood, soon after moved to Lowell, Mass., where the family lived till 1843, then emigrating to Lake county, Illinois.   At the age of nineteen, Eliza married Milton Coleman, whose death occurred six years later. In the winter of 1859-60 she was married to Otis L. Marble and came to Oshkosh where she has since resided. Two years later Mr. Marble died leaving to her care his only child. Nobly has she done her work, and many are the friends who can testify to her ever ready sympathy and help in trouble and sickness.  An incessant worker, her life was spent in loving service for others, and though we miss her sadly, we can but rejoice that she has found the much needed rest.  She leaves no near relative except one brother, E. H. Wood, of Janesville, and her stepdaughter, Mrs. Wm. Middlecamp, of Somers, Wis. N. M.”

  • Child:
    1. Annette “Nettie” Elizabeth (Marble) Middlecamp born January 2, 1855 in Lake County, IL; married William Middlecamp (1853-1922) on December 31, 1884 in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI; Annette died 1936 in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI; buried Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI; According to the Oshkosh Northwestern (Oshkosh, WI) February 8, 1936:

“She was born in Lake county, Illinois, Jan. 2, 1855, the daughter of Otis Marble and Elizabeth Crosby Marble. Her parents came to Oshkosh when she was 5 years of age.  Her father owned a six-acre tract of land on Algoma boulevard near Murdock street and started a nursery there upon arriving in Oshkosh.  It was the first nursery in this city.”

  • Siblings (Children of Thomas and Mary “Polly” (Salls) Crosby):
    • Henry Crosby born 1828 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY
    • William Crosby born after 1830 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY
    • Benjamin Salls Crosby born about 1834 in Canaan Columbia County, NY; According to the 1867 San Bernardino County, CA voter register list is Benjamin Salts Crosby, a Clergyman (age 33); According to the 1880 U.S. Census, Benjamin was living in Lawrence, Douglas County, KS, married Caroline (Jaggard) Crosby; children were Clement S. Crosby (age 12), William Crosby (9), and Benjamin S. Crosby (5); Benjamin died July 1889 in New York; According to Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York, Volume 2:

“Crosby, Clement S., M.D., born in San Bernardino, Cal., November 1, 1867, is the son of Benjamin S. and Caroline (Jaggard) Crosby, he a native of Columbia county, N.Y., and she of New Jersey. The grandfather of Clement S. was Thomas Crosby, a soldier in the War of 1813 and who spent most of his life in Illinois. The father of Clement S. was a Presbyterian minister who in 1838 went to California, where he lived some years and returned to the State of New York and afterward went to Kansas, remaining about ten years, when he returned to New York State and died at Malden-on-the Hudson in July, 1889….”

    • Luana Crosby born about 1836 in New York
    • Diantha (Crosby) Drowne born about 1839 in New York; married Gideon S. Drowne (1822-1899) as his second wife; Diantha died February 23, 1923 in Queens, NY; buried in Canaan Cemetery, Canaan, NY
    • John H. Crosby born about 1842 in New York; Civil War Veteran, Company D, 146th Illinois Infantry, Second Lieutenant (September 20, 1864-July 8, 1865); married Frances Mary Lee (1846-1911) on September 10, 1869 in Lake County, IL; she was born July 28, 1846 in New York and died November 6, 1911 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; John died in 1875; John and Frances are buried in the Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, IL
  • Step Siblings (children of Thomas and Lucinda (Cregs) Crosby):
    • Eunice Crosby born after 1816 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY
    • Allen Crosby born after 1817 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY
    • George Crosby born after 1818 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY
    • Jared M. Crosby born about 1822 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY; married (1) Mary Brace (1822-1860) on February 15, 1847 in Austerlitz, Columbia County, NY; married (2) Lucy C. Hollister (1834-1915) on February 26, 1861 in Lake County, IL; Jared died December 3, 1863 (See section pertaining to Jared M. Crosby buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Mary (Brace) Crosby buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    • Hiram Lester Crosby born April 21, 1824 in Canaan, Columbia County, NY; married Ruth Parmalee (1823-1899) in 1846; Hiram died in 1877; Hiram and Ruth are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for Canaan, Columbia County, NY the household members were: Polly T. Crosby age 52, born in New York; Elizabeth Crosby, age 22, born in New York; Benj. Crosby, age 16, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Luana Crosby, age 14, born in New York; Diantha Crosby, age 11, born in New York; John H. Crosby, age 8, born in New York; Nathan Hench, age 31, occupation: laborer, born in New York; Mary Hench, age 35, born in New York.

Otis was one of fifteen original members of the Disciples of Christ church located at the Marble School House in January 12, 1850.