William Crossley, 18571922 (aged 65 years)

Crossley, William (1857-1922)
Name
William Crossley
Given names
William
Surname
Crossley
Birth May 9, 1857 45 32
Birth of a sisterAnn Maria Crossley
March 28, 1859 (aged 1 year)
Death of a brotherUriah Crossley
1860 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a brotherHezekiah Crossley
June 10, 1861 (aged 4 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Ellen Crossley
May 19, 1863 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a sisterEmma Amelia Crossley
May 13, 1867 (aged 10 years)
Death of a sisterEmma Amelia Crossley
1868 (aged 10 years)
Birth of a sisterAda Eliza Rosetta Crossley
April 15, 1869 (aged 11 years)
MarriageMargaret CoxView this family
November 30, 1878 (aged 21 years)
Birth of a daughterHannah Mary Crossley
1879 (aged 21 years)
Birth of a sonAlbert James William Crossley
June 12, 1882 (aged 25 years)
Death of a fatherJeremiah Crossley
August 1, 1884 (aged 27 years)
Cause: Suicide
Note:

The results of a Coroner's Inquest into his death appeared in The Yass Courier, Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, 4 August 1884 as follows:

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

Burial of a fatherJeremiah Crossley
August 2, 1884 (aged 27 years)
Cemetery: Church of England Cemetery
Note: The inscription on the headstone reads - Jeremiah, born Yorkshire, England, husband of Sarah, died 1 Aug 1884 aged 73 years.
Birth of a sonThomas Jeremiah Robert Crossley
November 6, 1884 (aged 27 years)
Birth of a daughterAlice Louisa Crossley
1886 (aged 28 years)
Birth of a sonWalter James William Crossley
April 3, 1889 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a daughterElizabeth Ann Crossley
March 22, 1891 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a daughterMatilda Crossley
November 24, 1892 (aged 35 years)
Birth of a sonAlbert Frederick Henry Crossley
July 21, 1894 (aged 37 years)
Birth of a daughterDorothy Crossley
October 16, 1896 (aged 39 years)
Birth of a sonPercy Joseph Uriah Crossley
July 4, 1897 (aged 40 years)
Birth of a sonWilliam Oliver Clarence Crossley
January 9, 1899 (aged 41 years)
Marriage of a childJoseph William MartinHannah Mary CrossleyView this family
January 17, 1900 (aged 42 years)
Birth of a daughterLaura E. Stella M. Crossley
1901 (aged 43 years)
Text:

18542/1901 CROSSLEY LAURA E S M WILLIAM MARGARET YASS

Birth of a sonCecil Ernest Stanley Crossley
May 29, 1903 (aged 46 years)
Death of a sisterLucy Crossley
March 31, 1908 (aged 50 years)
Death of a motherSarah James
February 18, 1909 (aged 51 years)
Burial of a motherSarah James
after February 18, 1909 (aged 51 years)
Shared note: The inscription on the headstone reads - Sarah, died 18 Feb 1909 aged 84 years.
Marriage of a childFerdinand Sydney Stanley MillsAlice Louisa CrossleyView this family
April 6, 1910 (aged 52 years)
Address: St. Clements Church
Death of a brotherJames Crossley
November 3, 1911 (aged 54 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Oliver Clarence CrossleyRuby May DiamondView this family
1920 (aged 62 years)
Death of a sisterJane Crossley
July 9, 1922 (aged 65 years)
Address: Laidlaw Street
Death November 14, 1922 (aged 65 years)
Family with parents
father
18111884
Birth: August 16, 1811Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 1, 1884Wargeila, Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18241909
Birth: August 11, 1824 38 34Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 18, 1909Wargeila, Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: May 25, 1840Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
Crossley, Martha (1842-1937)
18421937
Birth: October 15, 1842 31 18Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1937Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
elder sister
1844
Birth: April 9, 1844 32 19Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
elder sister
18461922
Birth: December 28, 1846 35 22Thorsbys Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 9, 1922Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
18491911
Birth: February 1, 1849 37 24Thorsbys Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 3, 1911Limestone Creek, Queensland, Australia
2 years
elder sister
18511908
Birth: February 7, 1851 39 26Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 31, 1908Gallops Creek, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
18531934
Birth: May 31, 1853 41 28Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 11, 1934Campelltown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
elder brother
18551860
Birth: March 27, 1855 43 30Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1860Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
himself
Crossley, William (1857-1922)
18571922
Birth: May 9, 1857 45 32Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 14, 1922Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
younger sister
18591952
Birth: March 28, 1859 47 34Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 5, 1952Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
Crossley, Hezekiah (1861-1945)
18611945
Birth: June 10, 1861 49 36Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 31, 1945Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger sister
18631950
Birth: May 19, 1863 51 38Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 1, 1950Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
18671868
Birth: May 13, 1867 55 42Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1868Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
younger sister
Crossley, Ada Aliza (1869-1951)
18691951
Birth: April 15, 1869 57 44Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 15, 1951Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Margaret Cox
himself
Crossley, William (1857-1922)
18571922
Birth: May 9, 1857 45 32Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 14, 1922Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
wife
Marriage
Marriage: November 30, 1878Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
13 months
daughter
18791955
Birth: 1879 21 22Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 16, 1955Young, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
18821887
Birth: June 12, 1882 25 25Wargiela, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1887Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18841959
Birth: November 6, 1884 27 27Limestone Creek, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 27, 1959Binalong, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18861970
Birth: 1886 28 29Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1970Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18891969
Birth: April 3, 1889 31 32Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1969Cowra, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18911927
Birth: March 22, 1891 33 34Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 1, 1927Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
daughter
1892
Birth: November 24, 1892 35 35Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
20 months
son
18941971
Birth: July 21, 1894 37 37Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 22, 1971Gallops Creek, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18961972
Birth: October 16, 1896 39 39Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1972
9 months
son
18971966
Birth: July 4, 1897 40 40Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1966Blacktown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
son
18991978
Birth: January 9, 1899 41 42Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 9, 1978Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
2 years
son
1903
Birth: May 29, 1903 46 46Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
+ Margaret Cox
partner’s partner
wife
Marriage
Marriage: after 1903
4 years
step-son
19061981
Birth: August 26, 1906 49Camden, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 1, 1981Wollongong, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia