Jane (Renwick) Cross, wife of George Cross, deceased, was born in Larkhall, Scotland, 29 September 1824 and died at her home in Lincoln Township, Ogle County, Illinois 1893, age 68years, 6 months and 12 days. Her maiden name was Jane Renwick. She was married to George Cross in 1844.
In the year 1855, they came to this country and settled with their young family, on the wild prairie a few miles south of Haldane, where, with honest toil, they began to build themselves a good home. To them seven children, three boys, and four girls: John, now deceased; Mrs. Belle Anderson, of East Jordon; Mrs. Anna Harmon of Haldane; Gavin of Polo; Miss Jennie of Chicago; and George and Lizzie who lived at home with mother. In the year 1862, mr. Cross died, leaving Mrs. Cross with the care of the family. John the oldest of the family, stood nobly by his mother and by the united effort of mother and children they succeeded in making for themselves a good home. In 1870, John was called from labor to reward. This was a hard stroke on the family, as well as on the church, of which he was a respected member. Mrs. Cross started in her youth to live a Christian life. something over thirty years ago she united with the United Brethren church at Haldane , of which she was a devoted member till the dear Master took her to be with Him in the home above. A short time before her departure, she joined heartily with the writer in singing about the land that is fairer than day. About the last thing she said was "In my Father's house are many mansions." She died as she had lived, in peace with God and all mankind. She was one of the kindest mothers, a devoted Christian and obliging neighbor of whom none could say an unkind word. She will be greatly missed from the community, the church and especially from the home.
Submitted by Laura Bonde
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