Catherine Ann (Baird) was born in around 1830 New York, America. She married Edward Crossman, a tentmaker, in New York in July 1849. Edward was originally from Hackney, London. Catherine and Edward had one child alive and two deceased when Charles Edward was born in Ballarat on 28 January 1855.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Edward Crossman, Catherine's husband, was a witness examined during the report of the Board appointed to enquire into circumstances connected with the riot at Ballarat, and the burning of James Bentley's Eureka Hotel. 
Edward testified at the Board of Enquiry into the burning of the Eureka Hotel after the death of James Scobie into improper practice by James Johnston, the Police Commission who asked a man for a licence and when shown an exemption certificate tore it up and fined the man £3.
Post 1854 Experiences
Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHS Publishing, 2009
- Report of the Board appointed to Enquire into Circumstances Connected with the Late Disturbance at Ballarat, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 21 November 1854.
- Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.