CROSSMAN FAMILY.—One of the pioneer families of Mercer County
was the Crossmans. Abner Crossman, a soldier of the War of 1812, settled
in Shenango Township, Mercer Co., Penn., shortly after the close of the
war. He was a native of Beaver County, and married Mary, daughter of
Alexander McCall, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and a native of
Washington County, Penn. But little is known of Abner Crossman by his
descendants. He had two brothers and one sister: Robert Crossman, a
Methodist minister of Zanesville, Ohio; James Crossman, who settled in
Indiana, and Mrs. Robert McGill, of Lowell, Ohio. Abner Crossman, previous
to his locating in Mercer County, was extensively engaged in the
distillery business in Beaver County, Penn., but his works were destroyed
by fire, and he then removed to this county, and settled where his son
Robert C. now lives, in Shenango Township. He had seven children, three of
whom are living: Murry Alexander, who married Jane, daughter of Samuel
Bell, of Shenango Township; in 1867, and by this marriage have four
children: Mary B. , Samuel A., Nannie E. and Addison W. Mr. Crossman is a
carpenter by trade. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Tenth Pennsylvania
Reserves, and was discharged the same year for disability. Robert C., who
was born in 1831 upon the place where he now resides, learned the
carpenter trade, and was subsequently a member of the firm of Harriott,
Eaton & Crossman in the oil business at Mackey, Ohio. In 1861 he enlisted
in Company B, Tenth Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves, and participated in
the following engagements: Drainsville, Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill,
White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Groveton, Bull Run, South Mountain,
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the
Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Tolopotomy and Bethseda
Church. At Mechanicsville our subject received a wound in the head from a
shell; at Fredericksburg he was wounded in the left leg, and at the
Wilderness was sun-struck. At the battle of Fredericksburg he was
appointed color bearer for his regiment. At the close of the war Mr.
Crossman returned to Mercer County, and engaged with his old employers,
the Crawford & Patterson Coal Co., as shipper, and remained with them two
years. He then associated with himself his brother Cyrus, and engaged in
the sawmill business and the manufacture of shingles. In 1870 he purchased
the old homestead, and since that time has been engaged in farming. In
1859 he married Sarah, daughter of James and Jane (Wilson) Mayers, of
Shenango Township, and by this marriage they have five children: Sarah F.
(Mrs. Elwyn Hart, of Madison, D. T.). Arsena E., Ulysses G. (who resides
in Dakota). Horatio A. and Cyrus E. Mr. Crossman is a member of the Alonzo
McCall Post No. 456, G. A. R., of West Middlesex, and is connected with
the United Presbyterian Church of that borough.
Cyrus, the fifth and youngest son of Abner Crossman, was born in 1843,
in Shenango Township, and was educated in the public schools of the
township. After leaving school he engaged with his brother Alexander to
learn the carpenter’s trade. In 1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and
Forty-second Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until the close of the
war. He followed the fortunes of his regiment, and participated with it in
the following engagements: Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Weldon Railroad, Petersburg, Five
Forks, South Side Railroad, and was present with his command at the
surrender of Lee.
On his return to Mercer he engaged in the carpenter business and
farming, and in the winter of 1866-67 he engaged in teaching school. He
subsequently became connected with his brother in saw-mills and shingle
business. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Maria, daughter of
Benjamin and Margaret (Mathews) Mayers, early settlers of Shenango
Township, who settled on the land now occupied by our subject. Mr.
Crossman is a member of Alonzo McCall Post, G. A. R., and also of the
United Presbyterian Church of West Middlesex, Penn.
History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania
: its past and present : including its aboriginal history, its early
settlement and development, a description of its historic and
interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and
villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies
of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a
condensed history of Pennsylvania.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888,
pages 851-852. Read
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