Crossman, Newton Daniel
The following data is extracted from Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925.
NEWTON DANIEL CROSSMAN, merchant, and postmaster at different times of two New England cities, was born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, December 6, 1848. The Crossman family to which he belong bears an unusual name among the early immigrants. Two distinctive branches appear to have existed in England. One family lived at Cresse, in Cornwall, and traced descent from John Croseman, contemporary of the reign of Henry VIII. Their arms were as follows:
Arms-A sable field with chevron or, between three goats' beads erased, argent.
Another Crossman family, living in Somersetshire, had arms
Arms-Argent, a cross ermines between four escallops sable.
Crest-A demi-lion ermine holding an escallop sable.
The escallop shells indicate that their ancestors had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The ermine cross would seem to have some connection with the patronymic.
Tisdale Crossman, father of Newton Daniel Crossman, was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1803, died in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, in 1890, aged eighty-seven years. He was a farmer and manufacturer. He made chopping trays by hand. He was a member of the Congregational Church. He married Joanna Thurber, of Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She was born in 1808, and died in 1888, aged eighty years. She was the daughter of Whitaker Thurber. They were the parents of five children: i. Sarah, married David Hamilton. 2. Abbie, married (first) Rollin Cowles, killed in the Civil War; she married (second) George Berry. 3. Charles, since dead. 4. Hattie, since dead, who married Franklin Kellogg. 5. Newton Daniel, of further mention.
Newton Daniel Crossman was educated in the public schools of Shutesbury, his native town. He farmed in Shutesbury and took care of his father and mother. He took orders for groceries for neighbors, and in 1890 engaged in the mercantile business, in Shutesbury. He was appointed postmaster February 25, 1892, at Shutesbury by Postmaster-General John Wanamaker in the last year of the Harrison administration. He continued in the mercantile business, which included dry goods and groceries, in Shutesbury for eighteen years. In 1909 he came to North Amherst, where he established a general store. He was appointed the same year postmaster at North Amherst by Postmaster-General Frank Hitchcock in the administration of President Taft. Mr. Crossman has been actively engaged in business in North Amherst since that time. He is a member of Pacific Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; and the Congregational Church.
Mr. Crossman married, in April, 1872, Susan Wood, of Shutesbury, daughter of Alan G. Wood. They are the parents of two children: Allie C. Wood, married Colfax Johnson; and Frank Crossman, of Hubbardston, Massachusetts. Mr. Crossman's address is North Amherst, Massachusetts.
Source: Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925