Bill Crosby Tree

Descendants of William Clay “Bill” Crosby

Made at Sun River Church about age 75Generation 1. WILLIAM CLAY “BILL” CROSBY was born in Heber Springs, Cleburne Co, Ar. He married (1) EDNA MAE FOTH (daughter of Jacob Foth and Elizebeth Dick) in Portland Oregon. She was born in Mountain Lake Minnesota. Divorced . He married (2) NANCY ROBERTS in Sacramento, Ca. The marriage was annulled. He married (3) THELMA J HUGHES in Rancho Cordova, Ca. She was born in West Virginia. Divorced.

                        Notes for William Clay “Bill” Crosby:

At age 3 Bill was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis and the Doctors said he most likely would not live as a result of the disease. This was an epidemic which killed many young people in the state of Arkansas. Those that lived were left with many defects, Bill suffered with Bronchial Asthma which affected his breathing through out his entire life. He started school at age 6 in a small 2 room grade School, Cleburne County, Piney Township located about 7 or 8 miles south of Heber Springs Arkansas on highway # 5. At age 7 the family moved to the Sam Bradford farm in 1934 which is located near Little Red River about 4 or 5 miles east of Heber Springs. Shortly after moving to this farm their house burned and the family moved in temporally with a neighbor, Ed Bedwell. The neighbors gave the family furniture, bedding and other needed items. The sad part was that the neighbors didn’t have much to give but they did what they could.The family then rented a small house from Will Biddle, about one mile east of the Bradford farm and his father, Howard Crosby continued to farm as a share cropper on the Bradford place.

The family then moved another mile east to the Louis Adams farm, about one mile west of Libby. Libby was nothing more than a commercial rock crusher which employed about 6 men. The family stayed there only one year. During these two years on Red River William attended a one room log cabin school house known as[ Lick Skillet ] ( Mt Zion ) was the formal name. 1936 The family then moved back to the top of the mountain when William was 9 years old and Harold Leon, (born on the Adams farm) was one year old. They moved to the Hugh and Anny Mae Hannah farm located on route 1 about 1 mile east of highway 5 and Darcy school.
William returned to Darcy school and finished the 8th grade then started high school at Rose Bud High, located about 7 miles south of Darcy school. Times were very tough in those years and he had to pick cotton to buy school clothes and save every penny possible to purchase school books. During grade school years he and most other children would go bare foot as long as possible into the fall months to save their shoes for cold winter times. A pair of shoes was about $1.95 but no one had the money and it was very hard to come by. His mother used flour sacks to make underwear and work shirts A company would market the flour in percale cloth, beautiful patterns, which looked great and made nice clothes. His dad would also cut firewood and deliver by mules and wagon into town to buy shoes and other family needs. When William was about 7 to 9 years old he would hoe corn and cotton for anyone who would hire him for 50 cents a day, sunup to sundown. The going price for an adult was one dollar ($1.00 ) per day.

After finishing the 10th grade at Rose Bud AR, William left home at age 17 and went to Memphis TN. He was so happy to leave the farm and bad times which he had experienced in Arkansas. A neighbor loaned him $12.00 to buy some clothes and train fare to Memphis. The money ran out but not before he landed his first job, he still had to send for more money from his neighbor to carry him to his first pay day. First job was with Rail Way Express as a clerk then Firestone Tire and Rubber Co as a truck tire builder. Both jobs were either swing or graveyard shifts. While working nights in Memphis he attended high school during the day.

Left Memphis and moved to Portland Oregon where he harvested walnuts and filberts then found a job as tree faller and logging employee in various camps in and near Newberg Oregon and other nearby areas. Moved back to Portland Oregon where he worked as insurance salesman, custom tailored clothing sales, both women and men, and various other sales jobs. He also worked as a radio announcer and disk jockey in Vancouver WA which is located directly across the Columbia River from Portland. During and in between these sales jobs he also worked as a meat cutter for Safeway Stores. One huge highlight of his career was a visit to the Grand Ole Opry backstage in Nashville TN in where he personally met many famous country musicians and was a guest on the radio station WSM where the Grand Ole  Opry is broadcast from.He remained at the radio station and fronted his own dance band playing dance halls in Oregon and Washington until he was inducted into the U S Army as a Chief Food Technician and served 2 years in and around Portland and Salem Or until he received a honorable discharge.

After discharge from the Army he went to work for U S Dept Of Agriculture as a plant grader of Eggs, Poultry, Turkeys and egg products in Portland Or then was transferred to Salem Oregon then on to Petaluma, Ca where he stayed only 6 months and then to Los Angeles, Ca as a terminal market grader in 1959. On the GI Bill education program he took electronic engineering training but never really worked at it other than to service radios and television sets as a part time endeavor. His promotions with the USDA came fast so he never really worked in the field of engineering. Was promoted to Assistant Federal State Supervisor then to Federal State Supervisor. In this position he supervised plant graders in southern California and the state of Arizona.

Was promoted to supervisor of all California and Arizona and transferred to Sacramento Ca. In this position he was responsible for the supervision of about 150 to 200 employees, federal, state and county personnel. He directly supervised about 6 front line supervisors who directly supervised these persons. At that time California was importing and or producing aproximately 80% of all poultry, eggs and turkey products west of the rocky mountains. Bill also served on the California State personnel board interviewing potential employees for the Federal program.

Was transferred to the Regional Office located in Modesto Ca where he remained until retirement from Federal Service in 1983. In addition to his regular duties he also served as an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor for the geographical  area, 11 western states. This position involved counseling Federal employees when asked by the respective employee who believed they had been discriminated against in their position because of race, creed, religion etc.

He purchased a small stock brokerage office in Sacramento Ca with about 7 brokers, increased it’s size to about 45 brokers and ran it for a few years then sold it to one of his co workers. He started buying real estate as an investment  and bought and sold several residential properties for rentals . He also owned several parcels of land in the Sierra foot hills which he sub divided and sold.

He sold 7 of his rental houses to one buyer. William received some land in Arkansas from his parents estate then purchased more from his brother for a total of 80 acres. Natural gas was later discovered on this land and at present there are 2 deep wells on the property.

He continued to live in Sacramento California after retirement. The story goes that he retired 3 times but it’s doubtful if he ever really retired. For years he has been investing in the stock market and has been very successful in that venture. He became interested in genealogy and did much work in collecting information on his and his wife’s families plus he designed a web site and posted all his genealogy data for the world to see and enjoy. He was a member of the IAFP, International Association Of Financial Planning and served on the Board of Directors for a few years as Vice President. He also became interested in making wine and beer and served on the Board of Directors as Vice President of The Sacramento Wine Makers Assn. One year he took 2nd place in the state fair competition and his wife’s wine took 1st place the same year. With all his hobbies it’s really hard to figure out how he had time to work a full time job.

William had a deep love for boats and the water, especially the ocean. He had owned several sail and power boats over the years, even built a V bottom plywood boat while living in Portland Or. He owned several sail and power boats, 26 foot sail, 21 foot power, 28 foot power, 30 foot sail, 43 foot motor sailer, 24 foot power and a 18 foot fishing boat. His first sail boat, a 26 foot Columbia which he and his family sailed in the ocean out of Long Beach, Ca in the mid 1960’s.

He was advised in 2000 that he had developed prostate cancer and was treated with external beam radiation which at first appeared to correct the problem. 2001 he suffered several small heart attacks and had open heart surgery performed, quad bypass which was very successful. 2007 another biopsy confirmed that the prostate cancer had returned and was treated with a rather new and somewhat experimental method known as the freeze treatment. The prostate gland is injected by way of many tiny needles with a freeze treatment similar to that of wart remover known as Compound W but not exactly the same. So far that seems to be doing a better job compared to external radiation. After the health problems improved he began collecting musical instruments as a hobby and has about 100 bass and regular guitars currently in the collection.

Returned to playing bass guitar at a few free shows with a musician friend at local rest homes for the patients. The joke was that he was older than many of the patients which they were entertaining in these homes. Another hobby of his love is electronics and he has assembled over 200 desktop computers from the ground up. The story is that Bill has a computer in every room in his house, even the bathrooms, just a joke but he really does have up to 5 running in his home most of the time. Many of the computers he assembled were shipped to the Philippines to the children and friends of his girlfriend. The children sat up what is called Computer Cafes where many people who cannot afford a computer would come to these Computer Cafes to play games, go on line and use the computers by paying a small fee to the owner.This has become a rather large business in the Philippines. Building computers was not for profit, in fact many of them cost him more money than what he was actually reimbursed for, he did it for the love of it and to help less fortunate people. He has 5 children living, 1 dead, 13 grandchildren living plus 3 dead, 17 great-grandchildren living. As of now he still appears to be in good health. He personally takes care of his 3/4 acre residence which has about 1/2 acre in orchard. His son Mark tells him to stay off ladders but the old cute just appears to turn down his hearing aid, that’s a joke, he doesn’t wear a hearing aid and doesn’t wear eye glasses while driving his car, he does however use glasses for reading fine print and computer work and of course he uses glasses when drinking good wine which he also enjoys.

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                     DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM CLAY (BILL)  CROSBY 

William Clay “Bill” Crosby and Edna Mae Foth had the following children: 2. i. RENEE’ DIANE CROSBY (daughter of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and Edna Mae Foth) was born on 15 Jul 1955 in Portland, OR. She married (1) TERRELL EUGENE HAWKINS on 24 Dec 1975 in Reno Nv. He was born on 12 Jul 1951 in Hanford Ca. She married MICHAEL FUENTES. ii.

CHERYL ANN CROSBY (daughter of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and Edna Mae Foth) was born on 23 Nov 1956 in Portland OR. She died on 01 Dec 1956 in Portland OR.

GREGORY WAYNE CROSBY (biological son of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and son of Edna Mae Foth) was born on 23 Nov 1956 in Portland OR. 3. iv.

MARK KEVIN CROSBY (biological son of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and son of Edna Mae Foth) was born on 24 Jun 1959 in Santa Rosa, Ca. He married Leigh Ann Fredenburg on 20 Jun 1992 in FREMONT CA. She was born on 25 Oct 1967 in FREMONT CA. 4. v.

MICHELLE DENISE CROSBY (daughter of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and Edna Mae Foth) was born on 07 Jun 1962 in Los Angeles, Ca. She married DAVID GILLEY. He died in 2011 in Oroville, Ca. She married (2) DOUG BENNER date Unknown in Unknown. He died about 2010. 5. vi.

DANELLE RAE CROSBY (biological daughter of William Clay “Bill” Crosby and daughter of Edna Mae Foth) was born on 13 Jun 1964 in Los Angeles, Ca. She married (1) PETER EDMUND ANDREWS on 12 Dec 1982 in Reno Nevada. He was born on 19 May 1955 in JAMACA, NY. She married (2) RALPH CHRISTOPHER MERBACH on 06 Apr 2004 in St Helena, Ca. He was born on 23 Jul 1957 in North Hollywood, Ca. Generation 2 2.

RENEE’ DIANE CROSBY (William Clay “Bill”) was born on 15 Jul 1955 in Portland, OR. She married (1) TERRELL EUGENE HAWKINS on 24 Dec 1975 in Reno Nv. He was born on 12 Jul 1951 in Hanford Ca. She married MICHAEL FUENTES. Notes for Renee’ Diane Crosby: Renee & husband Terrell Eugene Hawkins were separated about 2004 and divorced 11/27/2005 Terrell Eugene Hawkins and Renee’ Diane Crosby had the following children: 6. i.

CARI ANNE HAWKINS (daughter of Terrell Eugene Hawkins and Renee’ Diane Crosby) was born on 03 Aug 1976 in Sacramento, Ca. She married Jason David Edwards on 26 May 2001 in Walnut Grove, CA. 10. ii.

NICOLE LEEANN GILLEY (daughter of DAVID GILLEY and Michelle Denise Crosby) Generation 2 (con’t) 7. ii.

ADAM TERRELL HAWKINS (son of Terrell Eugene Hawkins and Renee’ Diane Crosby) was born on 09 Aug 1978 in Sacramento, Ca. He married (1) REBECCA PARMELEE on 02 Jul 2006 in Roseville, Ca. She was born on 01 Apr 1979 in Ridgecrest, CA. He married UNMARRIED. iii. MATHEW EUGENE HAWKINS (son of Terrell Eugene Hawkins and Renee’ Diane Crosby) was born on 27 Nov 1980 in Sacramento, Ca. He married Erin Kathryn Ferris on 13 Jan 2007 in Ridgecrest, CA. She was born on 01 Feb 1984 in St Louis, MO. 8. iv.

NATHAN PETER HAWKINS (son of Terrell Eugene Hawkins and Renee’ Diane Crosby) was born on 27 Sep 1982 in Sacramento, Ca. He married Savannah Lauren Ballard about Mar 2006. She was born on 11 Oct 1986 in Sacramento, Ca. Michael Fuentes and Renee’ Diane Crosby had the following child: i. AMY CHRISTINE3 FUENTES (daughter of Michael Fuentes and Renee’ Diane Crosby) was born in Sacramento, California. She died in Sacramento, California. 3.

MARK KEVIN CROSBY (William Clay “Bill”) was born on 24 Jun 1959 in Santa Rosa, Ca. He married Leigh Ann Fredenburg on 20 Jun 1992 in FREMONT CA. She was born on 25 Oct 1967 in FREMONT CA. Mark Kevin Crosby and Leigh Ann Fredenburg had the following children: i. EMILY KAY CROSBY (daughter of Mark Kevin Crosby and Leigh Ann Fredenburg) was born on 30 Dec 1996 in Carmichael, Ca.

Notes for Emily Kay Crosby: Emily Kay Crosby was born at U C Davis Medical Center on Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, Ca at about 4:15 A M by c-section on 12/30/1996. She was suppose to be here Christmas day but she had other plans. ii.

JOSEPH MICHAEL CROSBY (son of Mark Kevin Crosby and Leigh Ann Fredenburg) was born on 19 Feb 1999 in San Juan Hospital, Carmichael, Ca. Notes for Joseph Michael Crosby: Joseph was born about 5:12 pm Friday 2/19/1999 at San Juan Hospital, Carmichael, Ca. weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and really a beautiful boy. iii.

STEPHEN ANDREW CROSBY (son of Mark Kevin Crosby and Leigh Ann Fredenburg) was born on 20 Jun 2001 in Mercy San Juan Hospital, Carmichael. CA About 2:45PM, 9lbs-3oz. iv.

SUSAN GRACE CROSBY (daughter of Mark Kevin Crosby and Leigh Ann Fredenburg) was born on 01 Jul 2006 in Mercy San Juan Hospital, Carmichael Ca 12:40 AM 8 lbs 9 oz. 4.

MICHELLE DENISE CROSBY (William Clay “Bill”) was born on 07 Jun 1962 in Los Angeles, Ca. She married DAVID GILLEY. He died in 2011 in Oroville, Ca. She married (2) DOUG BENNER date Unknown in Unknown. He died about 2010. DAVID GILLEY and Michelle Denise Crosby had the following children: 9.

i. JENIFER DIANE GILLEY (daughter of DAVID GILLEY and Michelle Denise Crosby) was born on 20 Jun 1982. She died on 24 Nov 2009 in Oroville CA. iii. CALLEN EUGENE HAWKINS (son of Adam Terrell Hawkins and Rebecca Parmelee) 10. ii.

NICOLE LEEANN GILLGEYe n(dearautgiohtne r2 o (fc DoAn’Vt)ID GILLEY and Michelle Denise Crosby) was born on 20 Jan 1986. Doug Benner and Michelle Denise Crosby had the following child: 11. i.

JESSICA LYNN BENNER (daughter of Doug Benner and Michelle Denise Crosby) was born on 18 Sep 1978 in Reno, NV. She died on 24 May 2007. She met NATHANIEL ALAN JONES. He was born on 05 May 1980 in Los Angeles, Ca. 5.

DANELLE RAE CROSBY (William Clay “Bill”) was born on 13 Jun 1964 in Los Angeles, Ca. She married (1)

PETER EDMUND ANDREWS on 12 Dec 1982 in Reno Nevada. He was born on 19 May 1955 in JAMACA, NY. She married (2) RALPH CHRISTOPHER MERBACH on 06 Apr 2004 in St Helena, Ca. He was born on 23 Jul 1957 in North Hollywood, Ca. PETER EDMUND ANDREWS and Danelle Rae Crosby had the following children: 12. i.

MELISSA MAE ANDREWS (daughter of PETER EDMUND ANDREWS and Danelle Rae Crosby) was born on 18 Mar 1983 in Reno Nevada. She met PABLITO FUCAL GAMIT. She married (2) VAN WAYNE WILLIAM TAYLOR in Mar 2008. She married VAN WAYNE WILLIAM TAYLOR. ii.

PETER EDMUND ANDREWS (son of PETER EDMUND ANDREWS and Danelle Rae Crosby) was born on 13 Nov 1984 in Reno Nevada. He married Laura Burrows (daughter of Ron Burrows and Karen) on 20 Mar 2010 in Jacksonville FL. She was born on 13 May 1982 in Corry PA. iii. Peter E Andrews and Laura Burrows had the following children.

Elias James Andrews born June 12, 2014 at Jacksonville, FL

KEVIN LUKE ANDREWS (son of PETER EDMUND ANDREWS and Danelle Rae Crosby) was born on 05 Oct 1987 in Reno Nevada. 13. iv. RACHEL CHRISTINE ANDREWS (daughter of PETER EDMUND ANDREWS and Danelle Rae Crosby) was born on 06 Nov 1989 in Reno Nevada. Generation 3 6.

CARI ANNE HAWKINS (Renee’ Diane2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 03 Aug 1976 in Sacramento, Ca. She married Jason David Edwards on 26 May 2001 in Walnut Grove, CA. Jason David Edwards and Cari Anne Hawkins had the following children: i.

CARSON DAVID EDWARDS (son of Jason David Edwards and Cari Anne Hawkins) was born on 24 Mar 2004 in Santa Clara, CA. ii.

KENDAL MAE EDWARDS (daughter of Jason David Edwards and Cari Anne Hawkins) was born on 25 Jun 2006 in Santa Clara, CA. iii.

KYLIE EIIZABETH EDWARDS (daughter of Jason David Edwards and Cari Anne Hawkins) was born on 26 Aug 2010 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, USA. 7.

ADAM TERRELL HAWKINS (Renee’ Diane2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 09 Aug 1978 in Sacramento, Ca. He married (1) REBECCA PARMELEE on 02 Jul 2006 in Roseville, Ca. She was born on 01 Apr 1979 in Ridgecrest, CA. He married UNMARRIED. Adam Terrell Hawkins and Rebecca Parmelee had the following children: i.

MAYN JOSEPHINE HAWKINS (daughter of Adam Terrell Hawkins and Rebecca Parmelee) was born on 08 May 2007 in Fair Oaks, CA. ii.

GARRETT G HAWKINS (son of Adam Terrell Hawkins and Rebecca Parmelee) was born on 02 Oct 2008 in Fair Oaks, CA. i.

CALLEN EUGENE HAWKINS Terrell Hawkins and Rebecca Parmelee) was born on 28 Mar 2012 in Sacramento, California. Adam Terrell Hawkins and Unmarried had the following child: iv.

DEJA ANNELLE HAWKINS (biological daughter of Adam Terrell Hawkins and stepdaughter of Unmarried) was born on 21 Oct 1996 in Sacramento, Ca. 8.

NATHAN PETER HAWKINS (Renee’ Diane2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 27 Sep 1982 in Sacramento, Ca. He married Savannah Lauren Ballard about Mar 2006. She was born on 11 Oct 1986 in Sacramento, Ca. Nathan Peter Hawkins and Savannah Lauren Ballard had the following child: i.

NOAH LUKAS HAWKINS (son of Nathan Peter Hawkins and Savannah Lauren Ballard) was born on 18 Nov 2008. 9. at Sacramento, California

JENIFER DIANE GILLEY (Michelle Denise2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 20 Jun 1982. She died on 24 Nov 2009 in Oroville CA. Jenifer Diane Gilley had the following child: i.

CALEB GABRIEL ALVAREZ was born on 22 Dec 2006 in CA. 10. NICOLE LEEANN3 GILLEY (Michelle Denise2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 20 Jan 1986. Nicole Leeann Gilley had the following child: i.

KAYDEN MARCUS GILLEY was born on 21 Jan 2009 in Crescent City, Del Norte, California, USA. 11.

JESSICA LYNN BENNER (Michelle Denise2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 18 Sep 1978 in Reno, NV. She died on 24 May 2007. She met NATHANIEL ALAN JONES. He was born on 05 May 1980 in Los Angeles, Ca. Nathaniel Alan Jones and Jessica Lynn Benner had the following children: i.

ISAIAH ALAN JONES (son of Nathaniel Alan Jones and Jessica Lynn Benner) was born on 07 Aug 1999 in Oroville, Ca. ii.

MICAH JONES (son of Nathaniel Alan Jones and Jessica Lynn Benner) was born on 12 Jun 2006 in Oroville, Ca. 12.

MELISSA MAE ANDREWS (Danelle Rae2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 18 Mar 1983 in Reno Nevada. She met PABLITO FUCAL GAMIT. She married (2) VAN WAYNE WILLIAM TAYLOR in Mar 2008. She married VAN WAYNE WILLIAM TAYLOR.

Pablito Fucal Gamit and MELISSA MAE ANDREWS had the following child: i. CHRISTIAN RAY GAMIT JR. (son of Pablito Fucal Gamit and MELISSA MAE ANDREWS) was born on 20 Oct 1999 in Reno Nevada. Notes for Christian Ray Gamit Jr.: Born at St Mary’s Hospital, Reno Nevada Van Wayne William Taylor and MELISSA MAE ANDREWS had the following child: i.

BAILEE BEA AALIYAH TAYLOR (daughter of Van Wayne William Taylor and MELISSA MAE ANDREWS) was born on 22 Jan 2008 in Reno, NV. Van Wayne William Taylor and MELISSA MAE ANDREWS had the following child: i.

RACHEL CHRISTINE3 ANDREWS (Danelle Rae2 Crosby, William Clay “Bill” Crosby) was born on 06 Nov 1989 in Reno Nevada. RACHEL CHRISTINE ANDREWS had the following children: i.

OLIVIA JASMIN ANDREWS was born on 10 Jul 2006 in Reno, NV. ii. PRINCE CORDAE JOHNSON was born on 24 May 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

2 thoughts on “Bill Crosby Tree

  1. Hi Grandpa Bill! The website looks great! I was just browsing at this late hour! I hope you are doing well! I have a new email address that will show with this message. You can update your email to use that one, I wasn’t sure if you caught our Christmas card- you have another great grandchild on the way- due the first week in August! We should find out in late March if it’s a girl or boy- but I feel like it’s another boy. I’ve been much more sick this pregnancy, but I have a tiny miracle inside so it’s totally worth it. Sorry we haven’t communicated a lot since our move to PA. There’s never s good excuse for lack of communication do I just hope you can forgive me. Peter and I think of you often. I hope we can fly out there this year to show off this adorable little boy. He is the light of our world! Love and kisses!!!! Peter Laura Elias and baby

  2. Hi Bill, Just finished reading your story and am awed at all you have done and beating the odds of so much. You have a very interesting legacy to be left behind. May you be Blessed with many more happy years to continue adding to it.
    Rose and Raymond

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