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Descendants of John Cross and Mary Ann Davidson

John Cross born 1757 -  East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England. Died 1824 - Wiseman's Ferry, NSW, Australia. John  was convicted at New Sarum, Wiltshire in 1785, of stealing a sheep, worth 20 shillings.  He received a death sentence which was commuted to seven years transportation. After being kept on a hulk for two years he boarded the Alexander bound for Australia. John married Mary Ann Davidson (Davison) in 1793. Mary was sentenced at Northumberland in 1788 for stealing ten handkerchiefs and sixteen yards of silk. She arrived in Australia on the Lady Juliana.

John worked on the farm of Lieutenant James Furzer, then rented a farm at Field of Mars, from Thomas Cottrell.  He received a land grant of 100 acres at Sussex Reach in 1808.  By the time of his death, John had sold most of his land owing to financial problems, flood damage and problems with hostile natives.

John's son, David, built the Victoria Inn which stands at Cross Park, Wiseman's Ferry.

Children of John and Mary:

Elizabeth 1794
James Thomas 1796-
William J 1797-1845.  Married Elizabeth Stallard in 1819 at Windsor.
David 1799-1886. Married Charlotte Elizabeth Johnson in 1826 at Sackville. Charlotte  was the daughter of George Johnson (convict - Matilda) and Mary Watts (convict  -  Mary Ann).
John 1801
Alexander 1803-1891. Married Elizabeth Riley, daughter of Edward Riley (convict - Scarborough) and Mary Bellas (convict -  Alexander).
Ann 1808-1880. Married Richard Cavanough, son of Owen (seaman - Sirius) and Margaret Dowling (convict - Prince of Wales)
Mary Ann 1806-1873. Married Richard Cobcroft, son of John (convict -Scarborough) and   Sarah Smith (came free - Neptune).
Sarah 1812-1829. Married John Herps (Hearps), a convict on the Shipley.