Winthrop M Crosby (1840 - 1912) and his brother Henry Thomas Crosby (1845 - ?) were born and raised in Orleans. They learned the stone carving trade from Thomas Hopkins of Orleans. Winthop Crosby bought the Hopkins stone cutting shop in Orleans in 1862. This shop was later taken over by Winthrop's son Orville Crosby.
Henry Crosby opened a stone cutting shop in Harwich in 1873. Henry's son Bertram also became a stone cutter. The Henry T Crosby & Son shop in Harwich still is in operation today.
Markers XIX (2002) and Markers XX (2003) published by the Association for Gravestone Studies contain extensive articles by author and gravestone researcher James Blachowicz concerning several 19th century marble gravestone carvers located on Cape Cod. These articles include the Crosby carvers. Many of these 19th century marble gravestone carvers including the Crosbys were influenced by carver William Sturgis.
The Elliott stone below is signed Crosby, Orleans. Also follow the link at the bottom of the page to carver William Sturgis for photographs of 19th century marble gravestones in the style of Sturgis and the stone carvers he influenced.
|Philip B Elliott (1859) - Truro Pine Grove Cem.|
|William Sturgis - gravestone carver|
|Gravestone Carver list|