Ola Mae Ross was the sister of my grandmother, Mary Eula Ross. She and Elmer lived in the same neighborhood near the Dallas, Collin and Rockwall County line before they married on October 12, 1918. Raymond Andrew Cross was born in Gordon, Texas on June 18, 1900. Raymond married Ola Mae Ross of the Liberty Grove on October 12, 1918. Ola Mae was born May 17, 1897
to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Bright Ross.
Raymond and Ola had eight children. Their children are as follows:
Lonny Wesley May 8, 1920
Dorothy Lamoin Sept. 26, 1922
Wanda Rae Aug. 23, 1925
Wilda Mae Sept. 28, 1927
Rita Nell Jan. 25, 1930
Billie Jean Jul. 31, 1934
James Elmer Dec. 30, 1935
Margie Arae Nov. 4, 1938
Raymond died August 23, 1974 and Ola followed on May 29, 1976. Both are buried at Kreymer Cemetery at Wylie, Texas.
PARENTS Of Elmer & Jacob Cross
Andrew Cross Leaves Texas Rangers (Not The Ball Team)
Takes Up Farming Near Collin-Dallas County Line.
His brother, Jacob Elmer, was born on April 10, 1888 at Lipan, Texas was the oldest of nine children. Prior to World War I, he begin to court Zelma Zettie Nelson of the Liberty Grove community, which is now part of NE Rowlett, Texas. Zelma was the oldest daughter of George W. and Miley Nelson. In answer to his country’s call Elmer saw active duty in France and Russia. After three years overseas, he and Zelma married on December 28, 1919. Their only son, Foy, was born in 1922 during the smallpox epidemic. While Zelma, Elmer and Foy remained safe, many of her Nelson relatives were stricken with the disease.
Zelma and her sister, Grace, were cooks at the cafeteria for Wylie Schools back in the early 1960s. Their houses were side by side at the corner of Ballard and what was known as Hwy. 544. The lot appears to be vacant now.
Elmer’s younger brother, Raymond Andrew Cross was born in Gordon, Texas on June 18, 1900. Raymond married Ola Mae Ross also of the Liberty Grove community. Ola Mae was born May 17, 1897 to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Bright Ross. Raymond and Ola had eight children.
Elmer’s parents were Andrew Jackson and Laura Etta Williams Cross. Laura was born in Granbury, Texas. Her mother was of Dutch ancestry. Andrew Jackson Cross was born March 7, 1861 at Donathan, Missouri to Asahel and Ruda Issacs Cross. Andrew’s grandmother Issacs was full blood Cherokee Indian.
Both parents lived with Andrew and Laura. Grandmother Williams was active and kept the family laughing, while Grandmother Cross taught the children Indian traditions. Andrew came to Texas as a young man young man and settled in Erath County where he became one of the famed Texas Rangers. But, he decided that he was better suited at farming after he and Laura married on February 6, 1887.
In 1913 the entire Cross family moved to the Skeeter Flatts community which would be near Troy Road and Vinson Road. All nine children attended school there. “Mr. Cross would come over to visit Grandmother Ross and all of us kids would sit around him out on the porch. He and Grandmother would both smoke an ole cob pipe. Us kids thought we were really big because we got to lite their pipe. Mr. Cross would keep us entertained for hours telling stories. You know, I just imagine some of that stuff was actually true,” according to Nell Loraine Forster Brawley.