Richard Cross was the seventh of the fourteen children of Philip Cross and his wife Mary Ong of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
Richard first appears in official records at the time of his baptism on 2nd January 1803, which suggests that he could easily have been born in the previous year. There is no evidence to support this, so I have accepted his birth as being in 1803.
By 1825, Richard walks the aisle of his local parish church in Ely, where he marries local woman Ann Hunt.
The couple remain in Ely, and settle down to become parents eight times, but tragedy strikes in 1840, when their penultimate son, Isaac dies in early November aged just 4 years old. Two days after Isaac's funeral the couple then bury their oldest, and teenage son, Ephraim, aged 14 years. Without a death certificate, it's unclear what might have caused this, but maybe cholera or tuberculosis were to blame?
The remaining family appear in Ely for the 1841 census, but are currently missing for the 1851. With the destruction of Ely's 1861 census, this leaves Richard's one and only census appearance as 1841.
He dies in early 1870, aged 66. It's not clear whether Ann pre-deceased him or survived him.
- circa January 1803 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 2nd January 1803 at Holy Trinity Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Ann Hunt (1836-1923) on 26th January 1825 at Holy Trinity Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Ephraim Cross (1826-1840)
- Charlotte Cross (1828-?)
- Reuben Cross (1830-?)
- Richard Cross (1832-?)
- Ann Cross (1833-?)
- Isaac Cross (1836-1840)
- John Cross (1838-?)
- Mary Cross (1841-?)
Census and Residence
- 1841: 35yrs, Bray's Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1851: Not yet found.
- 1861: Ely census destroyed
- 1841: Agricultural Labourer
- January 1870 at St. Mary's Almshouses, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 66 years.
- 27th January 1870 in grave B800[C] at Ely City Cemetery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.