Thomas Gresham Crosby

known as Gresham


Gresham started his career as a bookkeeper and later became a Certified Public Accountant, and lived most of life in the New York City area.

As a 37 year old, Gresham was described on his WWI draft registration card as having blond hair and blue eyes and being tall with a stout build. The average height for American men at that time was only 5' 8", a bit shorter than what is considered average now-a-days.

Gresham was 18 when he married his first wife, Josephine. They had one child, Zelie, but the marriage did not last long. Like his first wife, Gresham was then married two more times.

His last marriage was to Mary O'Rourke, and they had one child, Joan Carew Crosby, but Gresham died when Joan was only 8 years old.

Joan was a few years younger than the children of Gresham's daughter Zelie from his first marriage. I don't know whether Zelie knew she had a half-sister. Zelie's children, Hope and Hiram, were not aware of Joan's existence until January 1979 when Joan phoned Hiram's home.

Father: Hiram Benjamin Crosby (1831-1900)
Mother: Margaret Anna Ackerman (1843-1924)

Spouse 1: Josephine Florence Buckingham Cable (1879-1942)


Spouce 2: Adelaide (ca1872-?1934)

  • (no children?)

Spouse 3: Mary Margaret O'Rourke (ca1891- ? )

  • Joan Carew Crosby (1924-2002)


  • 1880

    November 26 - Born in New York City. The 6th of ten children of Hiram and Margaret (nee Ackerman) Crosby. 

  • 1898

    September 14 - Marries Josephine F.B. Cable in New Rochelle, NY.

  • 1899

    August 2 - Daughter Zelie born in New York City.

  • ~1905

    Marries Adeliade (last name not known).

  • 1922

    January 25 - Marries Mary O'Rourke in St Patrick Catholic Church, Jersey City, NJ. He is baptised on the same day.

  • 1924

    February 14 - Daughter Joan born in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • 1932

    April 9 - Dies in Babylon, NY, aged 51 years. 

Joan Crosby and Hope Ely Cochran
Joan Crosby with her half-niece Hope Ely Cochran, 1979
(Gresham's daughter and granddaughter)

Last updated: 16 July 2023

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