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Jeremiah Crossley

Jeremiah Crossley

Male 1811 - 1884  (72 years)

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  • Name Jeremiah Crossley 
    Born 16 Aug 1811  Scholes, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 06 Oct 1811  the Chapel, Cleckheaton, Parish of Birstall, County of York, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Criminal 04 Apr 1831  York, Yorkshire, England, 53.9577018,-1.0822855 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On Monday 4 April 1831 Jeremiah, at the age of 20, was sentenced at the York assizes to 7 years transportation for larceny. He was tried at Pontefract where there were 10 witnesses to his armed robbery of various clothing materials worth a total value of five pounds and four shillings.
    Occupation Between Jul 1832 and May 1838 
    assigned to George Macleay to work on the property "Brownlow Hill" near Camden 
    Freedom 10 May 1838 
    Newspaper 15 Feb 1839  The Sydney Herald, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • CAUTION.

      I HEREBY Caution all Constables and others from molesting me after this notice, I having lost my Certificate of Freedom.

      Description-Name, Jeremiah Crossley; ship, John 3; year of arrival, 1832; sentence, seven years; tried at York, 1831; native place, Yorkshire; year of birth, 1811 ; hair, brown; eyes, grey; height, five feet eight and three-quarter inches; complexion, ruddy; trade or calling, brickmaker ; general remarks, two upper front teeth wide, small-pock mark on the back of eachhand.
    Article Aft 1859 


    • Jeremiah built his own home and all of his furniture. Some of the furniture is now with the Yass Historical Society.

      The family grazed about 1600 head of sheep on crown land adjoining their home. Before shearing, the sheep were washed in full wool in the Boorowa River.

      William Mills began a carrying business at Yass with his friend Jeremiah. The two friends conducted the business to augment their income because they found the times hard and, even if their land did produce, it was difficult to find buyers for their produce.

      The round trip to Brickfield Hill from Yass took about three months with heavily laden wagons, and usually involved a stay in the Bargo Bush area. Jeremiah used to carry a grease pot swinging on the back of the wagon to grease it. He collected his money in gold sovereigns and put it on the bottom of the grease pot, melted the grease and put it in the pot, keeping only a few shillings out for his expenses on the road
    A chair made by Jeremiah
    A chair made by Jeremiah
    A chair made by Jeremiah
    Death-Caus 01 Aug 1884  Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Towards the end of his life, Jeremiah suffered from rheumatism very badly and, finally, unable to stand the pain, he shot himself early on the morning of 1 August 1884 at the age of 73 while his family were sleeping.
    Died 01 Aug 1884  Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper 02 Aug 1884  The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • YASS, Friday.

      Jeremiah Crossley, aged 73 years, a very old and much respected resident of this district, committed suicide at his residence, Wargeila, this morning, by shooting himself. He had been suffering for some time past from acute rheumatism, and during a severe attack of pain he committed the rash act. Great sympathy is expressed for his widow and family.
    Buried Aft 01 Aug 1884  Church of England cemetery, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The inscription on the headstone reads -
      Affectionate Rememberence
      of
      Jerremiah Crossley
      Born Yorkshire England
      Beloved Husband of Sarah Crossley
      Who Departed This Life
      August 1st 1884 aged 73 years.
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    The Headstone for Jeremiah Crossley in the Yass Cemetery.
    Photograph taken in 1980 by Gordon Mote.; headstone
    Obit 04 Aug 1884  The Yass Courier, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • CORONER'S INQUEST
      Dr. Blake held an inquest at Wargeila on Friday last when the following evidence, touching the death of deceased (Jeremiah Crossley) was taken.

      Hezekiah Crossley Deposed.
      I am a son of the deceased and lived in the same house with him; the last time I saw deceased alive was about half past 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the 31st of July. He complained that he was suffering acute pains in his legs; deceased had been suffering for some time past from rheumatic pains; I was absent from home from half past five o'clock yesterday afternoon until ten o'clock at night; when I returned home at ten o'clock I did not see deceased.

      About two o'clock this morning my mother woke me up, telling me to come out, that she wanted me; I came out onto the verandah and saw deceased lying dead there; I lifted deceased up, and carried him into the house, and placed him on a sofa; when I lifted the deceased up I saw the double barrel gun produced; it was lying under deceased; I was using the gun last night shooting opossums; when I brought the gun in I left it hanging on one of the beams of the roof; it was not loaded in either barrel; when I picked the gun up, after lifting deceased on the sofa, I noticed that it had been recently discharged; I am sure that no one but deceased took the gun after I hung it on the beam; I did not hear the report of a gun being fired during the night; it would be possible for a gun to be fired on the verandah of the house without me hearing it as I sleep in a room some distance from the verandah.

      I informed my brother of what had taken place and he reported the matter to the police; my brother's name is James Crossley; when I hung up the gun on the beam, the hammers of both barrels were cocked, and when I found it where deceased was lying, the hammer on the right-hand barrel was down and battered cap on the nipple; the gun is my property; deceased often used it.

      Sarah Crossley deposed:- The deceased (Jeremiah Crossley) is my husband; deceased is 73 years of age; I last saw deceased alive at eleven o'clock last night, July 31st, 1884; he was suffering from rheumatic pains in his legs; I bathed his legs with hot water and turpentine about nine o'clock; he then went to bed, and shortly afterwards I went to bed also; we slept in the same bed; after we went to bed we slept a short time, and about eleven o'clock deceased complained that the pains were very severe, and he would get up; he told me not to get up, or that I had better go into the bed with my daughter; I told him I would stay where I was, but that I would leave him plenty of room to get in and out without disturbing me; deceased then got up and I heard him making a fire; he sat by the fire, and I went to sleep; about two o'clock this morning I was awakened by hearing a noise like something falling on to the ground; I thought that deceased had fallen down; I got up and when I came into the room where the fire was, I could not see deceased; both doors of the room were open; I called to deceased, asking where he was, and, hearing no reply, went in search of him, and found him lying on the verandah; I noticed that blood was flowing from the left side of his head; I then called my daughter and son, and when my son carried deceased to the sofa, I saw the gun produced lying where the body of deceased was lifted from; the gun is the property of the last witness; deceased, when he complained of the pains, said if he suffered another night as much as he had done on last Tuesday night, he could not stand it; I am quite sure deceased fired the shot that caused his death; he had said he would make away with himself rather than again suffer the pains he endured on last Tuesday night; deceased appeared to be quite dead when I found him; deceased and myself always lived on the best of terms, and the only reason I can assign for deceased committing suicide was the acute pains he was suffering.

      Alton Kingsley Hoets deposed: I am a legally qualified medical practitioner, and reside at Yass; I have made a post mortem examination of the deceased (Jeremiah Crossley); immediately in front of the right ear I found a large irregular wound, communicating with the interior of the skull; the edges of the wound were blackened, and smelt strongly of burnt gunpowder; on opening the skull, I found the bones on the right side of the head extremely fractured; the interior portion of the brain is severely lacerated; on the left side of the brain I found a large quantity of small sized shot; it appears to be No. 4 shot; I produce some of the shot found in the brain; there were no other marks of violence about the body; I am of opinion that the cause of death was injury to the brain, caused by a gunshot wound; the wound could have been inflicted by deceased, who could have placed the muzzle of the gun produced to his head, and fired it by touching the trigger with his foot; he could not have pulled the trigger with his hand; a shot fired from the gun produced would cause such a wound as I have described.

      The jury found the following verdict that the deceased Jeremiah Crossley of Wargeila died on the first day of August 1884 from the effects of a gunshot wound inflicted by himself on the same day
    Person ID I20  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2013 

    Father James Crossley,   b. Bef 1780, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1818, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Mother Martha Howgate,   b. Abt Oct 1779, West Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Nov 1797  the Church of St John the Baptist, Parish of Halifax, West Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah James,   b. 11 Aug 1824, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1909, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 25 May 1840  Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Count of Children Between 1842 and 1870 
    15 children, two of them still born and unregistered, 
    Children 
    +1. Martha Crossley,   b. 15 Oct 1842, Seven Hills, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1937, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. Ann Crossley,   b. 09 Apr 1844, Windsor, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Jane Crossley,   b. 28 Dec 1846, Throsby's Creek, Burrowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1922, Laidlaw Street, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +4. James Crossley,   b. 01 Feb 1849, Throsby's Creek, Burrowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Nov 1911, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Lucy Crossley,   b. 07 Feb 1851, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1908, Gallops Creek, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +6. Esther Crossley,   b. 31 May 1853, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1934, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Uriah Crossley,   b. 27 Mar 1855, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1860, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +8. William Crossley,   b. 09 May 1857, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1922, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +9. Ann Maria Crossley,   b. 28 Mar 1859, Kangiaroo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 1952, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +10. Hezekiah Crossley,   b. 10 Jun 1861, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1945, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +11. Elizabeth Ellen Crossley,   b. 19 May 1863, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1950, Mount Elliott, Wargeila, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     12. Emma Amelia Crossley,   b. 13 May 1867, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1868, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +13. Ada Eliza Rosetta Crossley,   b. 15 Apr 1869, Wargeila, near Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1951, Rosebank, Wargeila, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Jeremiah Crossley & Wife
    Jeremiah Crossley & Wife
    Sarah and Jeremiah Crossley