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Simon Crosby, Sr

Also Known As: "Symon"
Birthplace: Holme On Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, , England
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex, MA, USA
Place of Burial: Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Crosby, II and Jane Crosby
Husband of Ann Thompson (Brigham)
Father of Rev. Thomas Crosby; Simon Crosby, II; Joseph Crosby and Sarah
Brother of Anthony Crosby; Thomas Crosby, III; Dorothy Pillsbury and William Crosby, III

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About Simon Crosby, Sr

Simon Crosby, the only child of Thomas Crosby and Jane Sotheron, was born about 1608 in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England. His paternal grandparents were Anthony Crosby and Allison Blanchard; his maternal grandparents were William Sotheron and Constance Lambert. He died in September 1639 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Simon Crosby married Anne Brigham (c.1606 - 1675), daughter of Thomas Brigham and Isabel Ellithorpe, on 21 April 1634 in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England. They sailed from London in 1635 for Massachusetts Bay on the Susan and Ellen with their infant son, Thomas. Ann's older brother, Thomas Brigham, traveled with them. Simon's father joined them a few years later.

Genealogist Ernest Howard Crosby says that they "may have come to America as one of the company of the Rev. Thomas Shepard, who crossed the ocean in that year (1635) and settled at Newtown, now Cambridge, Massachusetts. This Mr. Shepard was preceded or accompanied by a large number of his friends and acquaintances. He had taken orders in the Church of England, and had held livings in Yorkshire and Northumberland, but he entertained conscientious scruples regarding the ceremonies of his church, and was consequently so harassed by those in authority that he left England, and became one of the most eminent clergymen in New England. The chief reason for establishing Harvard College at Cambridge is that he lived there."

Simon and Anne eventually built a house in the Westend area of Newton, Massachusetts. Simon Crosby was admitted as a freeman on 3 March 1636, and chosen as a selectman in the fall of that year. On 5 December 1636 land was granted to him and six others for pasture. In September of 1637 he was elected surveyor of highways; was selectman again in 1638, and in October of that year was elected constable.

He died in Cambridge in September 1639, at only 31 years of age. The cause of his death is not known, but his death may have been fairly sudden, since he died intestate. An addendum to Ernest Howard Crosby's record quoted above says that the original inventory of the estate of Simon Crosby, signed by his widow Anne, is on file in the archives of Massachusetts at Boston. It places the value of his property at 433 pounds.

In 1646 or 1647, the widowed Anne Crosby married Rev. William Tompson, a distinguished clergyman in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts. She died in 1675 and was buried in the Quincy churchyard.

Children of Simon Crosby and Anne Brigham

  1. Thomas Crosby (26 February 1634/5 Holme, Yorkshire, England - 27 June 1702 Boston, Massachusetts)
  2. Simon Crosby (born August 1637 Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  3. Joseph Crosby (born c.1639 Cambridge, Massachusetts)



  • Simon Crosby
  • M, #76837, b. circa 1609, d. 16 July 1639
  • Father Thomas Crosby b. c 1575, d. 16 May 1661
  • Mother Jane Sotheron b. 4 Mar 1581, d. 2 May 1662
  • Simon Crosby was born circa 1609 at Holme on Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England. He married Anne Brigham, daughter of Thomas Brigham and Isabelle Watson, on 21 April 1634 at Holme on Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England. Simon Crosby died on 16 July 1639 at Cambridge, Middlesex, MA.
  • Family Anne Brigham b. c 1606, d. 11 Oct 1675
  • Child
    • Simon Crosby+ b. 6 Aug 1637, d. 22 Jan 1725
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  • Simon Crosby1
  • M, #333859, b. 1608 or 1609
  • Last Edited=26 Jan 2009
  • Simon Crosby was born in 1608 or 1609 at Holme On, Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England.1 He married Ann Brigham on 21 April 1634 at Holme On, Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England.1 He died at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A..1
  • Ancestral File #: 22CT-G6 LDS Baptism: 19 May 1880 Temple: EHOUS - Endowment House Endowment: 9 Jun 1880 Temple: EHOUS - Endowment House Sealing Child: 15 Mar 1979 Temple: SLAKE - Salt Lake City, UT Change Date: 7 Mar 1999 at 15:42.1
  • Child of Simon Crosby and Ann Brigham
    • 1.Simon Crosby+1 b. 6 Aug 1637, d. 22 Jan 1724
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3587] Unknown compiler, compiler, "re: Gray Family"; Ancestral File (30 January 2009), unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as "re: Gray Family."
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  • Simon Crosby
  • Birth: 1609, England
  • Death: Sep., 1639 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Born about 1609 (aged 26 in 1635), son of Thomas & Jane (Sotheron) Crosby of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Yorkshire. Husbandman from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Yorkshire. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Susan & Ellen" & settled in Cambridge MA. Died at Cambridge, __ Sep 1639.
  • Married at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Yorkshire, 21 Apr 1634, Ann Brigham. She married (2) by 1645, Rev. WILLIAM THOMPSON {1763, Dorchester}. She died at Braintree 11 Oct 1675 (as "Mistress Ann Thompson).
  • Simon's parents, Thomas & Jane (Sotheron) Crosby, came to New England about 1638 & settled initially in Cambridge. Anthony Crosby, son of Simon's brother Wiilaim, also came to New England & resided in Rowley.
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Anne Brigham Tompson (1606 - 1675)
  • Children:
    • Thomas Crosby (1635 - 1702)*
    • Simon Crosby (1637 - 1725)*
    • Joseph Crosbie (1639 - 1695)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 37539925
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  • Simon Crosby the Emigrant: His English Ancestry, and Some of His American ... By Eleanor Francis (Davis) Crosby ("Mrs. W. S. Crosby, ")
  • Pg.36
  • 1. WILLIAM1 SOTHERON, born about 1440, is the earliest member of this family at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, County York, from whom a direct line can be traced; and for a continuous period of nearly three centuries they seem to have been the wealthiest family of the parish, except the Constables and later the Landales, who were the lords and proprietors of the manor. During the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries the Sotherons were substantial yeomen, farming extensive estates which they held by leases from the manor of Holme; and as early as 1585 they began to be also freehold owners of lands there which they acquire by purchase.
  • The will of William Sothern of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, dated 2 Apr. 1509, in in Latin and may be found in the Prerogative and Exchequer of York Wills, vol. 8 fol. 10. In it he mentions his son Robert, who represented the line of Jane Sotheron in the second generation. He m., about 1467, ALICE ----, who survived him. Children, born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor:--
    • i. Agnes2, b. about 1468; m., about 1490, Thomas Millington alias Tomlinson,(*) of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor. His will, dated 14 May 1508, was proved 12 July 1508 (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 7, fol. 44). Six children.
    • ii. ROBERT2, b. about 1470.
    • iii. John2.
    • iv. Christopher2.
    • v. "Sir" Thomas2 was a priest at Beverly, County York, and d. unmarried in 1550. His will, dated 28 July 1550, proved 15 Apr. 1551, mentions a large number of nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces, named Sotheron, Tomlinson, etc. (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 13, fol. 710).
    • vi. William2 was a yeoman of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, where he d. in 1517. His will, dated 10 May 1517, was proved 26 June 1517 (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 9, fol. 47). The name of his wife has not been found. Four children.
    • (*) This family for a century and a half are variously called Millington, Tomlinson, Millington alias Tomlinson, and Tomlinson alias Millington.
  • Pg.37
  • 2. ROBERT2 SOTHERON (William1), born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor about 1470, resided there until his death in 1524. He was a witness to the will of John Watson of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, dated 3 Aug. 1521; and was appointed a supervisor of the will, dated 18 Feb. 1521/2 of Agnes Wright of Spawdyngton (Spaldington in Bubwith] (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 9, fols. 212 and 224). In a subsidy of 15 Henry VIII. (1523), Robert Sothern was assessed for goods of 60s., paying a tax of 18d., the largest in the parish (Lay Subsidies, Yorkshire, 203-183).
  • Robert2 Sotheron was a substantial and prosperous yeoman, and left a will, a full copy of which may be found in P. and E. York Wills, vol. 9, fol. 303. Children of Robert2 and Alice Sotheron, born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor:--
    • i. Thomas3, b. about 1495.
    • ii. Beatrix3, m. ---- Wright.
    • iii. Margaret3, m. ---- Simpson.
    • iv. JOHN3, b. about 1500.
    • v. William3 resided in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, and was administrator of his brother Robert, 24 Nov. 1562. (See below.)
    • vi. Robert3, b. about 1505, was the principal legatee of the wills of his parents. In a rental roll of Holme Manor in 1528 he is listed for tenements in the Monks held of the Prior and Convent of Selby, and for his common rights pays 5s. yearly. (Rentals and Surveys, Public Record Office, Roll 735.) He d. in 1562, administration on his estate being given on 24 Nov. of that year to his brother William Sotheron. (Admon. Act Book, P. and E. Court of York, Harthill Deanery.)
  • 3. JOHN3 SOTHERON (Robert2, William1), born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor about 1500, is mentioned in a rental roll of Holme Manor of about 1535 as holding a messuage, a croft, an oxgang of land, three flatts, and two acres of meadow, paying yearly therefor 20s. 2d. (Holme Manor Muniments). In a subsidy of 36 Henry VIII. (1544), John Sothrone was rated for goods of L6, his tax being 12d. (Lay Subsidies, Yorkshire, 203-222). he died late in 1547, leaving a will, which may be found in P. and E. York Wills, vol. 13, fol. 374.
  • Pg.38
  • He married, about 1538, PHILLIPPA ---- ; she married second, about 1550, Wilfred Millington alias Tomlinson, who was buried at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, 16 Nov. 1562, administration on his estate being given to his widow, Phillippa, 24 Nov. 1562 (Admon. Act Book, P. and E. Court of York, Harthill Deanery). Phillippa Sotheron-Tomlinson alias Millington died in 1585. Children of John3 and Phillippa Sotheron, born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor:
    • i. Margaret4, b. about 1539; d. young.
    • ii. Janet4, b. about 1541; d. young.
    • iii. Alison4, b. about 1543; m., about 1561, John Bell of Everingham, County York. Five children.
    • iv. WILLIAM4, b. about 1545.
  • 4. WILLIAM4 SOTHERON (John3, Robert2, William1), born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor about 1545, being an only son, inherited an extensive estate and became the most prominent and the wealthiest resident of his native parish in his generation (except the Constable family, the lords of the manor).
  • William Sotheron was a witness to the wills of John Ellithorpe dated 2 June 1589, Margaret Madson in July 1591, and Henry Watson dated 19 Apr. 1597, all of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor; and he was appointed guardian of her daughter Jane by the will of Sisley Cowper, widow, of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, dated 29 Jan. 1609/10 (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 24, fols. 60 and 676; vol. 26, fol. 552; and vol. 31, fol. 256.)
  • On 16 May 1607, Thomas Millington of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, County York, gent., sued William Sotheran an the latter's son-in-law William Millington in regard to a bond and mortgage to John Sotheran, an infant, son and heir of said William Sotheran. Also in May 1616 Marmaduke Millington of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, gent., sued William Sotheran and William Millington of same, as to the same lands there, formerly of his father, Thomas Millington. (Chancery Proceedings, James I., M-18-11 and M-20-22.)
  • Pg.39
  • Among the freehold estates in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor secured by William Sotheron appear the following acquisitions by "fine"(*);--
    • .... etc.
  • William4 Sotheron died in 1916, leaving a will, of which a full copy is appended:---
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.40
    • .... etc.
  • William4 Sotheron married in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, 9 Nov. 1578, Constance Lambert, baptized there 12 Jan. 1560/1, daughter of William Lambert and grand-daughter of Richard Lambert; she died there in the winter of 1622, leaving the following will:---
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.41
    • .... etc.
  • Children of William4 and Constance (Lambert) Sotheron, born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor:--
    • i. Isabel5, bapt. 1 Feb. 1579/80; m., 18 Nov. 1598, Simon Appleton of Newbald, County York. Children (Appelton): Robert6, Mary6.
    • ii. JANE5, bapt. 4 Mar. 1581/2; m., 19 Oct. 1600, THOMAS5 CROSBY, b. about 1575. They came to New England about 1639, re-
  • Pg.42
    • sided in Cambridge, Mass., and later at Rowley, Mass., where he was bur. 6 May 1661, and she was bur. 2 May 1662. Children (Crosby): Anthony6, b. about 1602; Thomas6, b. about 1604; William6, b. about 1606; Simon6, b. about 1608. (See Crosby Line, ante, p. 20.)
    • iii. WILLIAM5, bapt. 27 Sept. 1584, bur. 25 Nov. 1584.
    • iv. ELIZABETH5, b. in 1586; m., in 1603, WILLIAM MILLINGTON of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, bapt. 11 Mar. 1575/6, d. 1618. His will, dated 20 May 1618, was proved 12 Oct. 1618. (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 25, fol. 228.) Children (Millington): Peter6, Phillippa6, Anne6, Marmaduke6.
    • v. JOHN5, bapt. 8 Dec. 1588, only surviving son, was the wealthiest resident of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor of his generation, and d. in 1652. His will, dated 13 Dec. 1652, left to eldest son Thomas L200; to son Mathew a farm bought of Robert and Thomas Millington; to son Philip annuities of L18; so sons-in-law Thomas Thackwray, Thomas Smith, and Richard Browne. Granchild Thomas Sotheron to have all other lands in Holme, and to be residuary legatee and executor. Witnesses; T. Millington, Tho: Crochie.(8) On 26 Apr. 1653, commission issued to Thomas Sotheron, father of the executor, during the minority of the latter. (P. C. C., 9 Aylett.) The name of his wife has not been learned. Children: Thomas6 (b. about 1615), Matthew6, Isabel6, Jane6 (m., 23 May 1637, THOMAS THACKWRAY), Philip6, Anne6 (m., 29 Jan. 1636/7, GEORGE HEWLEY).
    • vi. ANNE5, b. about 1592; m., about 1613, JOHN DAYLES. Children (Dayles): Phillippa6, John6, William6, Peter6 (d. young), Constance6 (d. young).
    • vii. PHILLIPPA5, b. about 1597; m., 29 Apr. 1624, REV. PETER HAMMOND of Harwell and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor.
    • (*) Sic in the registered copy of the will; perhaps an error for Crosbie.
  • Pg.43 .... etc.


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Simon Crosby, Sr's Timeline

September 1608
Holme On Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, , England
February 26, 1635
Age 26
Holme on Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England
August 6, 1637
Age 28
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
July 16, 1639
Age 30
Cambridge, Middlesex, MA, USA
July 16, 1639
Age 30
Burial: Unknown
Age 30
Age 30
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Colony