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New Info:

He was born March 3, 1881 to a William Cross of Mississippi and ? ; he died Dec 6, 1937 from an accidental discharge of his pistol.  He is buried in Wheelock, Texas

See Death Certificate below.

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William Franklin "Bud" CROSS

William Franklin (“Bud”) Cross was born in 1882 (we always thought in Falls County, Marlin, Texas although we can’t find a birth certificate).  He married Mary Ada Ellison and lived in Robertson County.  (Mary’s parents were Charles Ellison and Addie Melton).  William was a deputy sheriff and he and family were living in Bremond, Texas at the time of his death on December 6, 1936.  Their children:  Charlie Carlton (B: 1908 – D: 1969, Wheelock, TX); Katherine Estelle (B: 1912 – D: 2000, Wheelock); William Curry (B: 1914 – D: 1984, Wheelock); George Wade (B: 1916 – D: 1991, Wheelock); Margaret Maurine (B: 1920 – D: 1991, Wheelock); Hiram Melton (B: 1922 – D: 2006, Wheelock); F.E. (born in Crockett, TX) and J.L. (born in Rossa, TX) are both still living.

According to a 1920 Federal Census, William’s sister, Sallie Cross (B: 1879) was married to Thomas L. (“Tate”) Marlin (B: 1876).  They were living in Rains County and had the following children:  Reba (B: 1901); Richie M. (B: 1903); Bessie (B: 1906); Julia Belle (B: 1909); Curry T. (B: 1910); Fred E. (B: 1912); and Lou Estelle (B: 1914).

The stories goes that William and Sallie’s father was also a sheriff (or deputy sheriff) and left the children with family while going in search of a fugitive.  He never returned and no one knew what happened to him.  Years later the family learned that William had younger half siblings by his father.  The half brother was Gene (probably Eugene) and his half sisters were Cassie and Lizzie.  Gene had a son also named Gene (or Eugene) and was called ‘little Gene’; and a daughter named Estelle.  My mother remembers meeting them when she was about 11-12 years old.  Unfortunately neither she nor my Aunt Jerry remembers much else.

Also, in an 1880 Federal census: "Willie" Cross, 29, born Georgia (b. abt. 1851), married to Cassie, 34, born Texas (b. bt 1846).  Daughter Sallie, 1 yr, (b. abt. 1879).  The reason this interesting is that supposedly one of Gene's sisters was named Cassie (maybe for her grandmother?).

Generation No. 1



Children of UNKN CROSS are:

2.                i.    WILLIAM FRANKLIN2 CROSS, b. 1882.

3.               ii.    SALLIE CROSS, b. 1879.

Generation No. 2

2.  WILLIAM FRANKLIN2 CROSS (UNKN1) was born 1882.  He married MARY ADA ELLISON. 



                   i.    CHARLIE CARLTON3 CROSS, b. Nov 28,1908; d. Nov 9,1969, Woodville, Tyler Co.  TX.

                  ii.    KATHERINE ESTELLE CROSS, b. 1912; d. 2000, Wheelock, TX.

                 iii.    WILLIAM CURRY CROSS, b. 1914; d. Aug 18,1984, Houston, Harris Co., TX.

                         +Willie Mae Cheneymattic

                             William Curry Jr.

                 iv.    GEORGE WADE CROSS, b. 1916; d. 1991, Wheelock, TX.

                  v.    MARGARET MAURINE CROSS, b. 1920; d. 1991, Wheelock, TX.

                 vi.    HIRAM MELTON CROSS, b. 1922; d. 2007, Wheelock, TX.

                vii.    FRANCES EVELYN CROSS, b. Crockett, TX.

               viii.    JERRY LYN CROSS, b. Rossa, TX.

  SALLIE2 CROSS (UNKN1) was born 1879.  She married THOMAS L. MARLIN.  He was born 1876.



                   i.    REBA3 MARLIN, b. 1901.

                  ii.    RICHIE M. MARLIN, b. 1903.

                 iii.    BESSIE MARLIN, b. 1906.

                 iv.    JULIA BELLE MARLIN, b. 1909.

                  v.    CURRY T. MARLIN, b. 1910.

                 vi.    FRED E. MARLIN, b. 1912.

                vii.    LOU ESTELLE MARLIN, b. 1914.

Sallie Richie Cross Marlin, sister of Wm F. Cross
Parents: William Cross & Cassie Richie, are these W.F.'s too?

Willial Franklin Cross Death Certificate
Click to open actual size, TX Deaths 1890-1976, 4030400_1366

1900 Falls Co,TX Census.
Living with his sister & brother-n-law

1910 Robertson Co., TX Census

Living between to parents & sister/brother-n-law

1920 Robertson Co, TX Census

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