John Cross was born in Wiltshire in 1757.
He was 29 years old when arrested for stealing a sheep
worth 20 shillings, He was found guilty and received a
death sentence which was commuted to seven years
transportation. He was kept on a hulk for two years
before sailing aboard Alexander. He
worked on the farm of James Furzer and is mentioned
several times in the early records — for the offence of
exchanging rations for clothes and for selling stock to
John Cross met Mary Davidson (Davison), a convict who
arrived on Lady
1790. Their first child, Elizabeth, was baptised on 29
June 1794. They had a family of nine children during
their life together.
John worked on several farms in Sydney, Parramatta and
the Hawkesbury, where he had received a grant of 100
acres on 4 June 1804. There the family survived floods
and hostile natives, and he asked for Government help
to overcome flood damage. The peak of his achievement as
a farmer was in 1806 when he was recorded with crops, an
orchard and vegetable garden and some livestock.
But he got into difficulties after that time, and
gradually sold off his assets to pay off debts. He was a
poor man when he died and was buried at St Matthew's,
Windsor, on 27 December 1824, at the age of 68 years.
John's son, David, built the Victoria Inn, which still
stands at Cross Park at Wiseman's Ferry, and for a time
he operated the ferry. John's children married into such
well-known families as the Cobcrofts, Cavanoughs, Herps, Douglas, Stallards and Doughertys.