Asa Thompson CROSBY was born Feb 16, 1834, at Plymouth, Penobscot County, Maine, and died October 2, 1909, in Linn County, Iowa. The following excerpt is from his biography published in the, "Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn Co. Iowa, Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, pages 592 and 593.
"The subject of our sketch was the ninth child of his parent's family. He was reared in his native state and reached a fair education in the public schools. In the meantime he assisted his father in the labors of the farm, and when eighteen years of age, shipped as a sailor before the mast on a merchant vessel, The Esmerelda, and in the short space of eighteen months became the First Mate of the vessel. He followed the sea for three years. . . After these years of seafaring life, his friends prevailed upon him to quit the ocean. His rovings, however, were not ended, and he determined upon a visit to the western country. He crossed the Middle States by the common mode of travel at that day, and was ferried over the Father of Waters, landing in the Hawkeye State in 1855. He located for a short time in Marion, and then resolved to go to California via the Isthmus. He there engaged in lumbering and mining combined for the space of six years, when he returned to Linn County and purchased the farm which he now owns and occupies. There was a small frame house upon it. He is now the possessor of 260 acres, all improved and inclosed with fences. . ."
Asa Crosby married Alice G. JENNISON, daughter of George H. JENNISON, on March 28, 1864. Our first record of their family is on page seventeen of the Linn County Iowa federal census. They were residing in Maine Township and the post office is shown as Central City. Two children are listed with them, S. B. CROSBY, female, age five, and W. U. CROSBY, male, age three. (Later records indicate that the son, W. U., was actually the son named Asa.) Manson CROSBY (Senior) age 74, Louisa JENNISON, female age 19, W. JENNISON, male, age 13, and George JENNISON, male age 51, clergyman, were also listed as household members.
This family is listed on the 1880 census, still in Maine Township, Linn County Iowa. All five of their children are listed with them. The household consisted of Asa, age 46; Alice, age 36; Blanche, age 15; Asa, age 13; George, age 8; Ada, age 6; and Ellen, age 4.
Records of Mt. Clark Cemetery, Central City, Iowa, indicate thatAlice (JENNISON) CROSBY died February 18, 1904. There are also stones for two children of Asa and Alice Crosby. Adda Louesa CROSBY, daughter of A. T. and A. G. - 7 Sep 1875 - 26 Oct 1887; and, Asa H. CROSBY, 1867-1941.
Blanche S. CROSBY, eldest child of Asa and Alice Crosby, was born in 1865. She married George G. JORDAN on Sep 27, 1883.
George M. CROSBY, the third child, is shown as age eight on the 1880 census and is listed in his father's obituary as George M. Crosby. The Mt. Clark cemetery records do not contain a listing for this person. There is a record in Linn County, Iowa, for the marriage of a G. M. Crosby to _____ TOMS on March 24, 1901.
Ellen A. CROSBY, the youngest child, is shown as age 4 on the 1880 census. We know nothing further of her.