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PATRON – Biography: George W. Crossett -early pioneer



Shelby County, Alabama

George W. Crossett was the store manager of the Shelby Iron company at Shelby, Alabama. He was a Kentuckian by birth and reared with all the good qualities reputed to the residents of the Blue Grass State. The Crossett family was of Scotch extraction, our subject’s father, John Lawrence Crossett, left his home in Scotland at the age of thirteen years and crossed the sea to America. His parents remained in the old country and there lie buried.

John Crossett settled in Pittsburg, Pa., and when he grew to manhood was a farmer and speculator, and also a dealer in lumber. He married Mary E. McKee, daughter of James McKee, both natives of Scotland. These parents were Presbyterian in faith, and the father a Republican in politics. He died in 1864, the father of three sons and four daughters, two of the daughters were deceased by 1904.

Mr. Crossett was reared in Greenup county, Kentucky, where he received a fair education. At the age of twenty he left Kentucky and spent the first year in Alabama in the employ of the Tecumseh Iron company. Later he became superintendent of mines for the Shelby Iron company, a position he held for seven years. Four years were then passed in the mercantile business on his own account. Then 1895 he was in the employ of the Shelby Iron company as manager of their store at Shelby. He was a “hustler,” and made his own way in the world.

He claimed the politics of his father, though he never was an aspirant for office. In the fraternities he held membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Freemasons. He and Mrs. Crossett were members of the Methodist church. Prior to their marriage in October, 1887, she was Rosa Eugenia McLane, the daughter of James Fleming  McLane and Cynthia (Pond) McLane, the former a native of Talladega county, Alabama, the latter born near Rockford, Coosa county, Alabama. In 1904, they lived at Saginaw, Alabama.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Crossett by 1904, was born

  1. Homer M Crossett,
  2. George E. Crossett,
  3. Fred Crossett
  4. Charles Crossett.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 88580956# 43419859# 43419836


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