Elisha Cross Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Cross, Elisha
Elisha Cross papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biography of Elisha Cross

Elisha Cross (1802-1893) was the owner of Cross Tavern on the Grand River road in Wayne County. He married Sarah Slokum in 1835, and of their three children, only one daughter, Susan, survived. She married Mark Hance in 1856 and, according to a note provided by the donor, the Hance farm in Farmington, Michigan was the north end of the Underground Railroad. In his later years Elisha Cross moved to Detroit where he owned a considerable amount of real estate.

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Scope and Contents note

The Elisha Cross papers include an illustrated physics manual given to Cross in 1832 by John B. Calhoun ("President of the Moulders of the Howell Works Co."). Cross and his daughter, Susan, used the manual for a personal journal, scrapbook and botanical notebook (including plant specimens). The papers also contain a photographic copy of a drawing of the Hance farm and documents related to real estate Cross owned in the Detroit area.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  August 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of E. Edison Kinney, 1975-05-15.

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Related Materials

Records Transferred to Other Collections

The following items were removed from Elisha Cross Papers, accession no. HC 00231, and were transferred to other collections, either to be retained or disposed. Any items that should receive special disposition are clearly marked.

PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION: 1 photograph of a drawing of the Mark Hance farm in Farmington, MI 1 photograph/postcard. Jovian Picnic at Pine Lane, 1914 1 postcard. Sledding scene. Eaglesham, Renfrewshire (Scotland)

Processor's Name: Peter Moody Date: October 6, 1986

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • Farmington (Mich.)
  • Oakland County (Mich.)
  • Redford (Mich. : Township)
  • Wayne County (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Cross, Elisha
  • Hance, Mark
  • Hance, Susan Cross
  • Kinney, Harry Edison
  • Slokum, Sarah


  • Land titles -- Michigan
  • Taxation -- Michigan
  • Underground Railroad -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory



Physics Manual/Scrapbook 


Elisha Cross -- Real Estate Documents: 


Abstract of Title 


Lewis Cass Farm: Warranty Deed, Detroit 1860 


Property of Tuscola Street, City Tax List, Detroit 1892 


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Biographical References 

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. Historical Collections, 22:193-94. Robert Smith Printing Co., Lansing, Mich. 1903 

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