The Mixed-Race 'Harper-Cross' Families
The Harper-Cross Families
Thomas W. Cross
Thomas Cross Family
Ida, Joe, Arilla and Lella Cross
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Thomas W. Cross was born February
1, 1826, in Louden County, Virginia.
His father--Mr. Lee (first name unknown), came to
America from England and settled in Louden County,
Virginia, where he became a plantation owner.
His mother, Ms. Cross (first name
unknown) was a slave on the Lee Plantation.
In 1851 at the age of 25, Thomas
moved to Hocking County, Ohio.
It was said, that his father took
him there to give him his freedom.
On October 7, 1852, Thomas was
united in marriage to Catherine Harper.
Catherine and Thomas had 12 children, eight
born in Ohio and the youngest in Michigan.
Their names were: Elizabeth, John, Joseph,
Mary, Elsworth, Thomas, Edward, Catherine
Jane, Amos, Ida, Priscilla and James W.
On June 22, 1863, at the age of 37, Thomas
enlisted into the Army, in Athens, Ohio.
He spent three years with the Wagner Co. C5 Reg.
United States Colored Infantry of the Civil War, serving
with the Ambulance Detail in Virginia and the Carolina's.
He, as a Colored soldier, received
one-half the pay rate of a White solider.
Thomas was mustered out of the
Army on September 20, 1865.
He returned to Ohio.
Thomas bought a farm in 1869
two miles north of Remus, MI.
Because it was inexpensive to buy land he was
able to purchase 40 acres for a price of a horse.
He owned a total of 160 acres.
Their son Amos was born in 1870.
Amos married Mary Mumford in 1893.
To this union six children were born:
Homer, Arthur, Anna, Roscoe, Evelyn and Clifford.
They stayed on the family farm.
Amos Cross died in 1957 at the age of 87
and Mary died in 1960 at the age of 84.
Pictures Courtesy of Judy Caldwell, Fern Johnson-Cross & Stanley Cross