Crosby, David

last name (variants): Crosbe; Crosbey
honorific(s): Mr.
Birth: Jun. 5, 1729 in Billerica, Middlesex, MA
Death: Feb. 22, 1819 in East Hartford, CT
  • East Hartford, CT
Marital status

Married to Elizabeth [Unknown], May 10, 1756. They had three children. Married Anne Thomas, after Jun. 10, 1768. They had four children.


David Crosby was born, 1729, in Billerica, MA to David Crosby and Sarah Foster. There is very little information about his life. He married Elizabeth [Unknown] in 1756. They would have three children. By Sept. 1766, Crosby was acquainted with Eleazar Wheelock, whom Crosby admired and championed. He wrote and visited Wheelock at least through the late 1760’s. It is likely that Elizabeth died within the few months following November 1767. Mentioning his own mortality and his wish for a useful life, Crosby writes to Wheelock in March 1768 offering to indenture himself in order to join Wheelock’s school and be prepared as a missionary. Sometime after June 10, 1768, he married Anne Thomas of Lebanon, CT. They would have four children together. Crosby then returned to or settled in East Hartford where he died in 1819; Anne died there also the following year.