The Cressy Family

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Josiah,5 Perkins Cressey (Andrew,4 Joseph,3 John,2 Mighill1) was b. in Francistown, N.H., in 1785, m. in 1809 Mary B. Woodbridge of Marblehead, Mass. He was an architect and builder in lumber business and sent out ships to the ``Grand Banks'' of Newfoundland for fish. He lived on the old homestead, 13 High Street, Marblehead, where he d. wealthy in 1844 in 59th year. She d. in 1877 at 85.

Children b. Marblehead:

268 I.

Mary6 W., b. 1809, m. in 1844 Ralph Deveroux, a cabinetmaker and a Christian gentleman. She was a teacher and an example of piety. Her saying, ``Don't forget to pray.'' He d. in 1867 at 60. She d. in 1880 in 71st year.

269 II.

Eliza C., b. 1811, m. in 1844 Thomas Foss, Esq. He was in the retail shoe business for 58 years. He d. in 1883 at 70. She d. 1887 at 75. Ch.: (1) Ida C., b. 1845, missionary to China, (2) Joanna, b. 1848, m. John Rand, (3) Carrie, b. 1851, m. F. E. Rand, missionary to China, (4) Thomas, b. 1853, (5) Lillian, b. 1857, m. William B. Potter, missionary.

270 III.

Captain Josiah Perkins, Jr., b. 1814, m. Eleanor Prentice. He was distinguished in the world's record of navigation. It is recorded in the archives at Washington, D.C., by Lieutenant Murray that Captain Cressey can challenge the annals of navigation past and present for an equal to the speed made in his short passages in the famous merchant ship, ``Flying Cloud.'' He was also captain of the ``Ino'' in U.S. Navy during the Civil War. For his bravery and faithful service he was presented with a silver service plate costing $1,500. He was wealthy and did much for church and missions, served as alderman of Salem, and in Legislature of Mass. He d. in Salem in 1872 at 58. Colors were half mast at home and abroad. Was buried at ``Harmony Grove,'' Salem. An open Bible is on his granite monument, and on the open page is the text, ``I am the resurrection and the life.''

271 IV.

Sarah6 H., b. 1816, d. unm. 1886, Sunday School teacher.

272 V.

Captain William6 Andrew, b. 1818, m. Emily F. Lord.

273 VI.

Wilbur, b. 1822, d. 1822.

274 VII.

Joanna C., b. 1824, m. in Boston Jacob Wellman, b. Farmington, Maine. He instituted the ``Wellman Reading Room,'' then a private enterprise, but now sustained by the Y.M.C.A.of Marblehead. He d. in New York in 1891 in 75th year, buried in Evergreen, Portland. She taught High School and Academy.

275 VIII.

Martha, b. 1827, m. Captain Joseph Gregory. He d. 1873 at 58.

276 IX.

Lieutenant Levi Woodbury, b. 1829, unm. His business was ``Gents' Furnishing Goods'' in Chicago. He was a Christian and a perfect gentleman. He accepted a situation in a business house in New Orleans, La. The Civil War broke out and he was obliged to enlist in the Confederate Army, and became a Lieutenant under the command of Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee's division. After the battle of Antietam he was killed by the falling of a tree in 1862 in 34th year. Had he lived to return he was to have married Sarah Brown of Marblehead.

277 X.

Harriet W., b. June 30, 1831, d. in 1833.

278 XI.

Infant, b. October 6, 1835, d. in 1835.

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