Benjamin Brown Crosby was the first child of Robert Crosby & Mary Ann Brown born October 26th, 1866 at Cassop, Co Durham.
In 1871 Benjamin & his parents were living at High St, Sherburn, where father Robert was a butcher. Benjamin was listed twice in the 1871census, both by his parents & his grandparents who he was visiting at Front St, Cassop.
In 1881 Benjamin was still living at home at Sherburn, now at 10 Front St. He now had 3 sisters, Mary J (9), Dorothy A (5) & Edith (10 months).
Benjamin was living in Shadforth Village, Co Durham at the time of the 1891 census & listed as a farmer’s son. Living at the same address were Jane (23) & Agnes (17) Spedding, both general servants.
Benjamin married Agnes Stoves in Jan-March 1897 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Agnes was born April 13th, 1877 at Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, the daughter of Ann & William Stoves, a coal miner.
Benjamin was listed as a farmer (employer) in the 1901 census & he & Agnes were living at Shadforth Farm. By this time they had 4 children – Edith (4), George (2) & Ann (3 months).
Benjamin died on July 23rd, 1908, his death being registered at Sunderland, Co Durham.
At the time of the 1911 census widowed Agnes was working as a charwoman to support her family. She & Edith, George Beard, Benjamin (8), John (6) & William (4) were all living at 57 Wear St, Hendon, Sunderland. It was noted on the census that Agnes had had 8 children only 5 of whom were still alive.
Sadly son George lost his life during WW1 whilst serving as a Lance Corporal with the York & Lancaster Regiment.
Agnes died on September 14th, 1932 at East Rainton, Co Durham.
The children of Benjamin Brown Crosby & Agnes Stoves were:
184.108.40.206.1 Edith Crosby Stoves born Jan-March 1897 at Ludworth, Co Durham; died July-September 1965 at Durham
220.127.116.11.2 George Beard Crosby born September 26th, 1898 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died September 21st 1916
18.104.22.168.3 Ann Crosby born December 28th, 1900 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died November 25th, 1903 in Co Durham
22.214.171.124.4 Benjamin Brown Crosby born January 10th, 1903 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died July-September 1912 at Sunderland, Co Durham
126.96.36.199.5 John Crosby born c1904 at Shadforth, Co Durham
188.8.131.52.6 William Crosby born April 22nd, 1907 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died March 15th, 1977 in Sunderland