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John Ross (1757-1820) – Revolutionary Soldier – Part 2

John and Jeanette Ross continued to live in Milford, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania until after 1810. The census for that year showed the family living in Milford next door to George Ross, John and Jeanette’s son.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1810, Location: Milford, Mifflin, Pennsylvania; p. 1036.

John Ross;
2 males less than 10 (Joseph 4, Robert 8)
2 males 10 to 15 (Williamson 10, Clendenen 14)
2 males 16 to 25 (Samuel 16, John 18)
1 male older than 45 (John 53)
1 female older than 45 (Jeanette 50)
8 persons total

About 1812, John and Jeanette left Pennsylvania and traveled on the Ohio River to Cincinnati, Ohio. Once there, they settled in Deerfield Township in Warren County. All of their children traveled to Ohio and many of them stayed in Warren County.

John Ross died in March 1820 in Warren County, Ohio. He died without a will and Jeanette “Jane” relinquished her right to administer his estate, so his sons, John and Clendenen Ross became the administrators. John’s youngest sons, Robert Irwin and Joseph were still underage, so on 4 March 1822, John Bigam became their guardian.

There has been some confusion because there was another John Ross who died in Warren County in 1820 whose will was proven on 18 August 1820. In his will, he named his children, Phineas, Sarah, John, and Thomas. So far, no relationship between the two John Rosses has been found.

Jane Ross was listed on the Tax lists in Warren County in 1820. However, she was not listed on the 1820 census under her own name.

Jeanette “Jane” Ross died in 1830 in Twenty Mile Stand, Warren, Ohio. Both John and Jeanette were buried in Union Cemetery in Loveland, Hamilton County, Ohio.

John and Jeanette had the following children:

  • William Ross was born 16 January 1779 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania and died 14 March 1834 in Springhills, Champaign, Ohio.
  • James Ross was born 10 December 1781 in Pennsylvania and died 18 August 1847 in Hamilton County, Ohio.
  • Ann Ross was born in 1783 in Pennsylvania and died 1826 in Warren County, Ohio.
  • Hannah Ross was born 13 April 1785 in Pennsylvania.
  • George Ross was born in 1787 in Pennsylvania and he died Feb 1860 in Deerfield, Warren, Ohio.
  • John Ross was born in 1792 in Pennsylvania and he died 13 Aug 1844 in Winterset, Madison, Iowa.
  • Samuel Ross was born 18 July 1794 in Pennsylvania.
  • Clendenen Ross was born on 7 June 1796 in Pennsylvania and he died 10 Aug 1838 in Twenty Mile Stand, Warren, Ohio.
  • Williamson Ross was born on 15 Feb 1800 in Pennsylvania and he died 21 May 1857 in Warren, Ohio.
  • Robert Irwin Ross was born on 15 July 1802 in Pennsylvania and he died 15 June 1837 in Twenty Mile Stand, Warren, Ohio.
  • Joseph Ross was born 13 August 1806 in Pennsylvania and he died in 1828 in Twenty Mile Stand, Warren, Ohio.

Sources:

Ohio, Warren County Probate Records. Bonds 1803-1831. FamilySearch.org (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). Film 964,276 Item 2, p. 311.

Ohio, Warren County Probate Records. Bonds and letters 1803-1825. FamilySearch.org (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). Film 964,275 Items 1-2, p. 335-336.

Ohio, Warren County Duplicate Tax Records, 1816-1826. FamilySearch.org (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967-1968) Film 514,202, year 1820.

John Ross, Memorial #20631960, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Jennette Jane Irwin Ross, Memorial #20631994, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

 

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John Ross (1757-1820) – Revolutionary Soldier – Part 1

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.

John Ross;
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 Ross, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, 1790 census

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)

Milford Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania from the 1877 Atlas of Perry, Juniata and Mifflin Counties

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.

John Ross;
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.


Sources:

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.

William Ross (1779-1834)

William Ross, was born in Pennsylvania on 16 January 1779. He was probably born in Milford, which at that time was a part of Cumberland County. There is a record of his father, John Ross, being in Milford in 1780.

William Ross was born to John and Jeanette (Irwin) Ross. He was the oldest child, and since he was born 16 January 1779, his parents were probably married about 1778. His father was in the Cumberland County Militia during 1780 and 1781.

The area that the Ross family was living in became Mifflin County on 19 September 1789. So the Ross family was listed in the 1790 census living in Mifflin County. (The area became a part of Juniata County in 1831.)

U.S. federal census. Year: 1790, Location: Mifflin, Pennsylvania; p. 137.

John Ross;
4 males under 16 (William 11, James 9, George 3)
1 male 16 and over (John 33)
3 females (Jeanette 30, Ann 7, Hannah 5)
8 persons total

William was still living with his parents in 1800 when he was 21. Sometime after that, he went west. DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) list that William married Elizabeth Hayden on 14 March 1811. Elizabeth’s family was living in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1800. However, her father, Christopher Hayden, paid taxes in Hamilton County, Ohio in 1808.

Possibly Elizabeth remained in Pennsylvania for a few years and then came to Ohio with William after they were married. Or they may have been married after they were both in Ohio. The timing does not quite mesh with dates listed on some of the family records. (*Check this update on William and Elizabeth’s marriage.)

William and Elizabeth were in Sycamore, Hamilton County, Ohio for the 1820 census. The listing for William Ross showed marks for the following persons:

U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; Location: Sycamore, Hamilton, Ohio; p. 282.

4 males less than 10 years old     (Daniel 1, Christopher 3, John 7, ?)
1 male 26 to 44 years old             (William 41)
3 females less than 10 years old  (Jennett 5, Nancy 7, Eliza 8)
1 female 26 to 44 years old          (Elizabeth 38)

The census listed four boys less than 10 years, but I have not found any other male child added in with the other children in any records and he was not in the 1830 census. There could have been an error at the time the census was taken or perhaps there was another son who died before the next census or another child may have been living with the family for a short time.

Ten years later the family was listed in the Symmes, Hamilton County, Ohio 1830 census. The listing for William Ross showed marks for the following persons:

U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; Location: Symmes, Hamilton, Ohio; p. 195.

1 male 5 to 9 years old   (William 5)
2 males 10 to 14 years old   (Daniel 11, Christopher 13)
1 male 15 to 19 years old    (John 17)
1 male 50 to 59 year old    (William 51)
2 females 5 to 9 years old (Hannah 8, Mary Ann 9/10)
1 female 10-14 years old (Jennett 14/15)
2 females 15-19 years old (Nancy 17, Eliza 18)
1 female 40-49 years old (Elizabeth 48)

By 1832 William and Elizabeth were living in Champaign County. William bought land from Layton Pollock and Isaiah Fuson on the 15th of March that year. William and Elizabeth sold land to Samuel B. Neill on 20 November 1833. Then on 10 January 1834 William and Elizabeth sold land to John Ward.

William Ross died in March 1834 in Springhills, Champaign County, Ohio. William died intestate, or without a will, so his wife Elizabeth was named Administrator of his estate.

Elizabeth was listed in the 1840 census in Harrison, Champaign County with three of her children. Then in 1850, she was living with her son, John and his family in Harrison.

Elizabeth died in 1850 in Springhills, Champaign, Ohio.

William and Elizabeth had the following children:

  • *Eliza Ross was born on 20 January 1812 and died in 1831 in Champaign, Ohio.
  • *Nancy Thompson Ross was born on 23 March 1813 in Ohio and died 9 July 1832 in Champaign, Ohio.
  • John William Ross was born 25 August 1813 in Warren County, Ohio and died 10 April 1860 in Adams, Champaign, Ohio.
  • Jennett Ross was born 28 December 1815 in Ohio and died 10 January 1895 in Webber, Jewell, Kansas.
  • Christopher Hayden Ross was born 8 September 1817 in Ohio and died 1838 in Ohio.
  • Daniel Ross was born 30 Aug 1819 and died 1838.
  • Mary Ann Clendenen Ross was born 23 December 1820 in Ohio and she died 29 September 1854 in Champaign County, Ohio.
  • Hannah Ross was born 26 Oct 1822 in Ohio and she died 19 August 1854 in Westerville, Franklin County, Ohio.
  • William James Ross was born 15 April 1825 and died 2 October 1855.

* The dates on the two oldest daughters have not been confirmed. Also, the birth dates between Nancy and John seem to be too close.


Sources:

Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research, database (http://www.dar.org: accessed March 2017), John Ross entry, Ancestor #A098461.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1800; Location: Milford, Mifflin, Pennsylvania; p. 478.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1800; Location: Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; p. 59.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Harrison, Champaign, Ohio; p. 320.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Harrison, Champaign, Ohio; p. 322A.

Marjorie Byrnside Burress, Early Rosters of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, (Northbend, Ohio: Burress, 1984), p. 119.

Champaign County, Ohio, Deed Books I-J: 361; and K-L: 114, 115, 446, and 447. Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962, 1968. Microfilms 295,244 and 295,245.

Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996, Final record administrators bonds and appointments, 1804-1866. FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org). Champaign county courthouse, Ohio, Vol. 1, p. 337-8.