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Hugh N. Cross - was born in Somerset County, N. J., Dec. 9, 1817. His father's name was John L. Cross and himself and wife were of Scotch-Irish extraction.
At the age of 18 years, he came with his parents to Jersey County, Ill., and settled on a farm three miles southeast of Jerseyville, now occupied by Martin L. Beatty, his father being 70 years old at this time. In 1850, at the advanced age of 82 years, his father died, his wife's death occurring in 1848, some two years previous. They both died at the above country home.
H. N. Cross received his early education in the common schools of his state, obtaining a good education for one in those times.
He was married to Miss Antoinette Van Horne, daughter of Col. Elijah and Polly (Wyckoff), Van Horne, who were natives of New York, though among the early pioneers of this county, coming here in 1833. Mrs. Cross was born in Schoharie County, N. Y., December 25, 1823. The fruits of this union were five children: Andrew Wilson, Mary N., the deceased wife of Maj. Walter E. Carlin, who died March 30, 1880, at the age of 32 years; Helen, deceased; Edward and Leslie.
Mr. Cross began life by no means a rich man, but by wisely planning and vigorously executing those plans, he became one of the wealthies farmers in Jersey County. In 1866, he formed a partnership with Geo. R. Swallo, and opened an extensive banking house on South Main Street, Jerseyville, Ill. In 1872, this firm was dissolved and was succeeded by H. N. Cross, A. W. Cross and W. E. Carlin, under the firm name of Cross, Carlin & Co.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]