Crosby, Zilpha (Moses)

Zilpha (Moses) Crosby

Founders Cemetery, Marker #9 and foot marker: Z C


Epitaph: Gone but not forgotten

Zilpha Moses was born 22 Feb 1812, possibly in Yarmouth Township N.S. and died in Ontario 1 Feb 1847, at the age of 34; having married Robert Crosby in 1832 when she was 19. Following her death, it appears her remains were brought back here for burial in Founders Cemetery.

Zilpha was the youngest of twelve children. Her parents, William and Sarah (Tinkler) Moses, were married in St. Augustine Florida 18 May 1783. It appears they removed to Yarmouth Township where they both died—William on 16 Dec 1838 and Sarah, at the age of 88, 14 March 1857. Sarah was born in Penrith, Cumberland (now Cumbria) England 16 Feb 1769. Her parents were possibly Thomas and Dorothy (—?—) Tinkler, of Penrith. William’s parents, John and Catherine (Baxter) Moses, were married in Lazonby, Cumberland on 15 Oct 1758.

Zilpha’s husband, Robert Crosby, was born 2 Nov 1811, probably in Yarmouth Township, and died in Ontario 2 Aug 1890. In Yarmouth Genealogies, George S Brown says Robert married a 2nd and 3rd time following Zilpha’s death. He corrects this statement later—it appears Zilpha was his only wife. Robert’s parents were James and Sarah (Butler) Crosby. His ancestry going back to the first Crosby settlers in Yarmouth Township.

While Zilpha is not a known Mayflower descendant, her children, through their father, are descended from Mayflower passenger, William Brewster. They are also descended from William Knowlton, whose grave marker in Shelburne is among the earliest for any English settler in Nova Scotia, it simply reads “William Knowlton, 1632.”

More information about Zilpha, her parents, husband, and children may be found in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.

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