Two Gross families, James and Abraham
came to the Mecosta area in 1869. They came with the Tom Cross family. James and his wife Mary, purchased land
near the Morgan farm in Mecosta, Michigan, while Abraham and his wife Elizabeth settled near Millbrook.
Abraham and Elizabeth had four children
named Louis, Mary Ann, Martha and Ben. Louis married Emily Anderson of Little River. Louis served in the Civil
War and often shared these stories with others in the community. Louis and Emily's children were: Noah, Belle,