John was born 3 September 1757 in Ireland or possibly Scotland. The family story is that he came to America with three brothers. The first record of him in America was when he married Jeanette Irwin in 1778 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
John joined Captain James Horrel’s 8th Company in the 7th Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel James Purdy from Cumberland County during 1780 and 1781. After being discharged from military duty, John returned to his family in Milford.
Milford Township, the area where the Ross family lived, became part of Mifflin County on 19 September 1789. In the 1790 census, John is listed in Mifflin County right after James Irwin, Jeanette’s father, on the census page.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1790, Location: Mifflin, Pennsylvania; p. 137.
4 males under 16 (William 11, James 9, George 3)
1 male 16 and older (John 33)
3 females (Jeanette 30, Ann 7, Hannah 5)
8 persons total
John registered four land warrants in December 1792, May 1795, and July 1811. The land backed up to Shade mountain and was next to land owned by James Irwin, his father-in-law. (Look at the 1795 Warrant)
The Ross family had added four more sons by the 1800 census in Milford.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1800, Location: Mifflin, Pennsylvania; p. 478.
4 males less than 10 (Williamson 0, Clendenen 4, Samuel 6, John 8)
1 male 10 to 15 (George 13)
2 males 16 to 25 (James 19, William 21)
1 male older than 45 (John 43)
2 females 16 to 25 (Hannah 15, Ann 17)
1 female 26 to 44 (Jeanette 40)
11 total persons
Jeanette’s father, James Irwin, died about 1803. His will was probated in Mifflin County on 2 November 1803. At the time he died, he was living in Fermanagh Township. His will mentions Jannet Ross, wife of John Ross and his grand-daughter, Hannah Ross, daughter of John Ross.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research, database (http://www.dar.org: accessed March 2017), John Ross entry, Ancestor #A098461.
Muster Rolls Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Cumberland. Database with images online. Fold3.com. (http://www.fold3.com) Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Volume VI, p. 483-496.
Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952. Database with images online. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (http://ancestry.com) Warrant Applications, 1733-1952 and Land Warrants, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The map of Milford, Pennsylvania was found on Ancestor Tracks at http://ancestortracks.com. Thanks for the wonderful collection.
Dan McClenahen, Wills of Mifflin County, 1789-1860, Vol. I. (Reedsville, Pennsylvania: Dan McClenahen, 1983) p. 10, #116.