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Benjamin Brown Crosby [c.]

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:  Edith Crosby Stoves born Jan-March 1897 at Ludworth, Co Durham; died July-September 1965 at Durham  George Beard Crosby born September 26th, 1898 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died September 21st 1916  Ann Crosby born December 28th, 1900 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died November 25th, 1903 in Co Durham  Benjamin Brown Crosby born January 10th, 1903 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died July-September 1912 at Sunderland, Co Durham  John Crosby born c1904 at Shadforth, Co Durham  William Crosby born April 22nd, 1907 at Shadforth, Co Durham; died March 15th, 1977 in Sunderland



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