John Crossley

1812 - ????


  1. Eldest son of Benjamin Crossley and Elizabeth Hannah ("a free woman of colour"). Born in Jamaica in June 1812. According to directions given in his father's will (proved 1822), John and his two younger brothers were to be educated in England and " brought up to some trade of profession as they may chuse". Gained a legacy of £500 sterling from his father at the age of 24.

  2. In 1841, John Crossley was living at the boarding house on Colquitt Street, Liverpool, age 28, merchant, born foreign parts. Living at 49 Islington, Liverpool, a lodger, unmarried, age 38, merchant, born Jamaica, in the census of 1851 in the household of Elizabeth Steele, widow, age 46, "commercial house". John Crossley, bachelor, merchant, of 15 Everton Terrace, son of Benjamin Crossley, merchant, married Lucy Smally, spinster, of Everton Road, daughter of Joseph Smally, builder, in Everton 09/01/1854. Living in Wrockwardine, Shropshire in 1861, age 46, seed and spice merchant, with his wife Lucy age 35, housekeeper Sarah Bailey age 24, visitor Lucy Baily age 12 and servant Edward Hayes age 20.


  1. See entry for his father Benjamin Crossley.

  2., Liverpool, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 [database online]. 1851 and 1861 censuses online.

We are grateful to Martin James for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Lucy Smally

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1822 [SY] - 1836 [EY] → Legatee

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
John Crossley was the natural son of Luke Thomas Crossley's brother Benjamin...

Addresses (4)

Wrockwardine, Shropshire, West Midlands, England
15 Everton Terrace, Everton, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Colquitt Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Islington, Liverpool, Lancashire, Merseyside, North-west England, England