HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879



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WILLIAM T. CROSSLAND is a native of Yorkshire, England. John Crossland, his father, was also a native of the same place. He married Mary Sharp, by whom he had seven children, five boys and two girls. Three of them have survived the parents. John Crossland was a farmer by occupation. In 1854 he emigrated to America and came direct to Illinois; he stopped in Greene county and remained there from July 12th until Christmas of the same year, when the subject of our sketch purchased a farm in Western Mound township and moved on it. His father, two brothers and a sister accompanied him. The father remained here with his son until his death, which occurred on the 2d of June,1865. The mother died October 26th, 1855. John Crossland was a strong, vigorous man, and he retained his strength and elasticity of mind and body until the time of his death. He was in his seventy-fourth year when he died. William T. married Elizabeth Rothery, who was also a native of Yorkshire, England. She was born in September, 1828. Her father Michael Rothery, was a gardener and ship owner. The marriage took place June 24th, 1847. Her parents died in England. Six children have been born to William T. and Elizabeth Crossland, two of whom are living, namely: Anne, wife of William Wood, and Mary Louisa, who is unmarried and is yet beneath the parental roof. The son, Michael Rothery Crossland, died when he was fourteen years of age. The others died in infancy. The subject of our sketch had good opportunities for receiving an education, as his father was then in good circumstances; but he preferred outdoor exercise and sports to going to school and poring over books. The result was that his physical frame grew strong, healthy and vigorous, while his mind was stored with practical education that perhaps did him more good, after he came to America, than any book-learning would have done. When he came to Macoupin county he purchased 315 acres of land, to which he afterwards added forty, then again 165 acres, and now has over 500 acres of fine land, well tilled and under good improvement, and all of it is the accumulation of his own toil and good management. In politics he is a republican, when it comes to the election for state of national officers. In local elections he votes for the best man, regardless of politics. Both he an his wife are members of the Episcopal church. In 1859 he returned to England to attend to some business and after its completion came back to his adopted home, where he has since remained. In 1871 Mrs. Crossland, in company with her two daughters, paid a visit to her childhood's home in Merry Old England, and after a pleasant sojourn there of several months, they returned. Annie, the oldest daughter, was married to William Wood, who is a native of Spring Head near Runnel Yorkshire, England, and whose acquaintance she made while on her trip to England. The marriage took place May 1st, 1873. Three children are the fruits of this marriage. Their names are Addie May, Viola Elizabeth and Lawrence O. They are bright, sunny children and are pets of their grandparents.




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