Tuesday, July 1, 2014

James Ross (1755 - 1832)

James Ross was born October 10, 1755, twenty one years before the onset of the Revolutionary War.  He grew up in the area of Lower Mount Bethel township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania where his father owned a large parcel of land. Work there included clearing the land for cultivation,  care of animals and growing crops to provide for the needs of the family.

James, the son of Thomas and Jane Barr Ross,  served his country in the Revolutionary during at least two enlistments.  The Pennsylvania Archives 5th Series Volume 8  provides us with two records.  On page 559 his name appears in the June 1779  payroll list of Captain John Nelson's Company of the Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co. Militia.  On page 606 of the PA Archives 5th Series Volume 8  it is noted that Private James Ross  served in  1781 under  Capt. John Nelson’s Co. Lower Mount Bethel.

PA Archives 5th Series Volume 8 page 559
There is no record of his service filed with the Daughter's of the American Revolution. And I was unable to find a card for him on the Pennsylvania State Archives online in the Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File Indexes.  However, local historians, Lonnie and Gail Miller,  verified  his records as recorded in PA Archives 5th Series Volume 8 pages 559 and 606.  Through their efforts he is registered  with the Veteran's Grave Registration of Northampton County, Pennsylvania and a bronze flag holder and flag now decorate his grave.

In 1786  he is found in the  Pennsylvania, Septennial Census living in  Mount Bethel, Northampton county, Pennsylvania.   In addition to the name of James Ross, the names of his father Thomas Ross and brother  Thomas Ross, Jr. also appear on this record.



James and Catherine Ross are buried in the  Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Burial Ground, Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co.,  Pennsylvania along with James' father Thomas Ross.  Her gravestone says... “In memory of Catherine Ross who departed this life July 6, 1818  Aged 69 years.”  This indicates that she was born in 1749. Her maiden name is unknown. His stone is difficult to read in entirety, but you can make out  his name. The transcription found in The Scotch-Irish of Northampton County p., 590, #266,  says "James Ross,  born 10 October 1755,  died 4 March 1832".

James and Caroline had a son named Joseph, born 1790  and two daughters Janet, born  about 1787 and Rachel, born about 1789.  Of Joseph, it is known that he married Susanna Fox.  Joseph Ross  was the grandfather of Joseph Deats  who was the grandfather of Earl Good. 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Thomas Ross (1725 - 1798)

 
Thomas Ross was born on December 12, 1725 in  Bridgewater  Township,  Somerset, New Jersey.  He married  Jane (some records say Janet)  Barr on June 20, 1751 and came to Northampton County, Pennsylvania sometime around 1753 where they raised their family. 

When he was 28 years old Thomas  took out a Warrant  for 40 acres of land in Northampton Co. on November 19, 1753. Thirteen years later on  April 6, 1767 he warranted another 60 acres in Mount Bethel, Northampton Co.  These two tracts were received on December 28, 1770.  On October 8, 1784 he acquired an additional 78 acres in Mount Bethel.

  Pennsylvania Land Warrants and Applications
 
The Daughters of the American Revolution  hold a Record of Service for Thomas. His record is  Ancestor # A206440. He is noted as having provided Patriotic Service.  He signed the Oath of Allegiance on August  23, 1777.  I have not found anything more regarding his contributions to the war effort,  but his sons also played a role in the War for Independence. 
It should be noted that men signed these oaths as a show of loyalty to the American cause for Independence.

The 1790 Federal Census shows Thomas Ross in  Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania. There were five members in his household at that time: two males over the age of 16 and three females.  He left a will in Northampton Co., when he died in 1798.   The will names his wife Jane and children  David, James (who was born October 10, 1755 in  Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania), Thomas, Elizabeth, Zacheriah and Mary.
 
In memory of Thomas Ross who died December 9, 1798 Age 72 years


Thomas Ross and his wife, Jane Barr, are buried in the  Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Burial Ground in Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.   His son James who fought in active service in the Revolutionary War and wife  Catherine Ross are also  buried here as well as his grandson  Joseph Sr. and his wife,  Susanna Fox Ross.  Susanna is the daughter of Joseph Fox who was also a Revolutionary War Patriot.  Joseph and Susanna Fox Ross had a daughter named Caroline who married  Philip Deats.  Caroline and Philip Deats had a son named Joseph who married Amanda Shull  and had a daughter named Lillie.  Lillie Deats married George Good. Their son Earl Good was the grandfather of my husband Ron.


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