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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.


Ohio, Warren County Probate Records. Bonds 1803-1831. (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. (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. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967-1968) Film 514,202, year 1820.

John Ross, Memorial #20631960, database and images online.
Jennette Jane Irwin Ross, Memorial #20631994, database and images online.



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.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Research, database ( 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. ( Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Volume VI, p. 483-496.

Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952. Database with images online. Operations, Inc. ( Warrant Applications, 1733-1952 and Land Warrants, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The map of Milford, Pennsylvania was found on Ancestor Tracks at Thanks for the wonderful collection.

Dan McClenahen, Wills of Mifflin County, 1789-1860, Vol. I. (Reedsville, Pennsylvania: Dan McClenahen, 1983) p. 10, #116.

A Marriage Found – The Ross/Hayden Marriage 1811

A few days ago, in the William Ross article, I mentioned that I could not find anything about William’s marriage to Elizabeth Hayden. Of course, that led me to focus on it intently. I went through all of the books at the FHL that had Hamilton County, Ohio early marriages. I finally found a reference to it.

Marjorie Byrnside Burress edited a book called A Collection of Pioneer Marriage Records Hamilton County, Ohio, 1789-1817, Volume 1 in 1978. She self-published it in Cincinnati, Ohio. The book is a collection of notes made by John D. Caldwell, a former Cincinnati historian.

On page 61 of Marjorie’s book is this entry:

Ross, William and Elizabeth Heyden, (near Mar.-June) 1811 by Rev. Daniel Hayden.

Rev. Daniel Hayden was Elizabeth’s older brother. He was born in Redstone, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on 9 April 1781. He was the minister of the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Hamilton County, Pennsylvania.

So one question is answered, but then another comes into focus. The Hayden Ancestry of Warren Sherman Hayden by Louis Effingham De Forest published in 1936 notes that Elizabeth married William Whitaker of Hamilton County, Ohio without any further information. Could this be an error? Or was she married twice? She was about 29 when she married William, so it is possible that he was her second husband. So far I have not been able to find this William Whitaker.

If anyone has further information on Elizabeth Hayden’s marriage or marriages, I would love to hear about it. Thanks.