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Pleasant Green Crossley

According to Pleasant Green Crossley's CSA Pension Application and his Service Records, he enlisted in Co "C" 10th Texas Cavalry on 1 Dec 1861 as a PVT at Coffeeville, Upshur County, Texas and was discharged in the Spring of 1865. He and Azilpha Louise Ross were married Nov 16 1864 in Harrison County Texas.
Their first child, Sarah "Sallie" Rodicia Crossley was born on 6 Nov 1865 in Upshur County Texas and died 1 Nov 1950 in Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas. They are on the 1870 Upshur County Census { MC #593-Roll #1607, Pct #3, Page #47} and P. G. lists his age as 28 and his birthplace as Georgia, Zilpha 24 and Alabama. In 1880 they are on the Comanche County Census with 6 children: Sarah R., Martin V., J. Pitt, William Penn, Ross, and George. From the book "Patchwork of Memories", P. G. was County Commissioner of Comanche County from 1876- 1878. On his CSA Pension Application, he says he sold a farm for $1,000 and invested the money in a Hotel in Sipe Springs and it burned down. There was no insurance. They are buried at Eastland County Texas. The dates on the beautiful marble double tombstone are: Pleasant G. b: 6-5-1842 d: 8-19-1908. Zilpha L. b: 12-20-1842 d: 7-4-1932.
He was a member in good standing in the Eastland Masonic Lodge #467 in Eastland, Texas from 1902 until his death. The Lodge conducted a Masonic Burial Service and he has the Masonic Emblem on his Tombstone.
Zilpha's father was James Ross (b:1790 NC-d:1868 Comanche Co) and her mother was Sarah Burns (b:1801 NC d: after 1880 Census "presumably" Comanche County and buried beside James - no marker).
P. G. Crossley CSA Pension # C9005 Eastland County Texas approved 2-12-1900 Zilpah Crossley CSA Pension # 14508 " " " approved 3-31-1909


" The Crossley family came to Texas from Alabama *{ following}* the Civil War in which my Grandfather, Pleasant Green Crossley, fought for the South. He brought his wife, Zilpha Louisa, and children to Sipe Springs, Texas and settled on a farm there. My father was born in 1882 on this farm. He was Arthur Spurgeon Crossley, and the youngest of one daughter and seven sons.
In about 1900, the family moved to Eastland, about 3 blocks from the square. My grandfather, died in 1908 and my grandmother in 1932. My father married Annie Simmons in 1903, and they had 3 children. Gerald in 1903, Mildred in 1905, and Graydon in 1907. Annie died in 1914.
In 1917, my father, married Mae Doty. They had 5 children of which I am the oldest. I was born in 1918, my brother Arthur was born in 1921, Jammie in 1923, Lammie in 1925, and Darwin in 1926. My mother died in 1944 and my father in 1945.
I have many good childhood memories, even though we grew up during the depression. I loved the stories my grandmother Crossley would tell us of their early days in Texas, when the Indians still roamed the country. Their supplies had to be hauled by wagon, from Ft. Worth. The menfolk would make a trip once or twice a year. Grandmother made all their clothes and knitted all their socks and sweaters, along with all the other things she had to do for a big family of men.
My mother and father entertained us with stories of the hectic place Eastland was during the "Oil Boom". My father was a rural mail carrier during the day and a barber during the evening, during this period. Later, he had barber shops at several locations around the square. The one I remember the best was in the old Charlotte Hotel. At that time, my uncle Ross Crossley, my brother Gerald, and my cousin Claude Crossley all barbered in Eastland.
Our family home was located where the First Baptist Church now stands."

By: Maedell Crossley Meredith

***** should read ......."came to Texas *before* the Civil War" ******

Submitted by Carol

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