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Ancestors of William Stonecypher

 

Generation No. 1

1. William Stonecypher, born December 09, 1831 in Tennessee; died September 28, 1908 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was the son of 2. John A. Stonecypher and 3. Elizabeth Ross.

More About William Stonecypher:

Burial: Woolsey Cemetery, Washington County, Arkansas

Generation No. 2

2. John A. Stonecypher, born March 07, 1804 in Tennessee; died April 04, 1884 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was the son of 4. Absalom Stonecypher and 5. Sarah Humbert. He married 3. Elizabeth Ross January 17, 1828 in Greene County, Tennessee.

3. Elizabeth Ross, born 1807 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of 6. John Ross, Sr. and 7. Rebecca Carter.

Notes for John A. Stonecypher:

1850 Census

Greene County, Tennessee

John Stonecipher 46 M Tennessee Farmer 1500

Elizabeth 43 F Tennessee

William 18 M Tennessee Farming

Absalom 16 M Tennessee Farmer

John 12 M Tennessee

David 8 M Tennessee

 

More About John A. Stonecypher:

Burial: Woolsey Cemetery, Washington County, Arkansas

Children of John Stonecypher and Elizabeth Ross are:

1 i. William Stonecypher, born December 09, 1831 in Tennessee; died September 28, 1908 in Washington County, Arkansas.

ii. Absalom Stonecypher, born Abt. 1834.

iii. John A. Stonecypher, Jr., born August 25, 1839 in Tennessee; died August 08, 1885 in Washington County, Arkansas.

More About John A. Stonecypher, Jr.:

Burial: Woolsey Cemetery, Washington County, Arkansas

iv. David C. Stonecypher, born March 01, 1843 in Tennessee; died March 04, 1908 in Washington County, Arkansas.

More About David C. Stonecypher:

Burial: Woolsey Cemetery, Washington County, Arkansas

 

Generation No. 3

4. Absalom Stonecypher, born September 24, 1769 in North Carolina; died November 06, 1861 in Greene County, Tennessee. He married 5. Sarah Humbert March 10, 1796 in Greene County, Tennessee.

5. Sarah Humbert, born October 01, 1775 in Frederick County, Virginia; died January 11, 1860 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Absalom Stonecypher:

Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Absalom Stonecifer 81 M North Carolina Farmer 1000

Sarah 75 F Virginia

 

 

More About Absalom Stonecypher:

Burial: Babbs Valley Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

More About Sarah Humbert:

Burial: Babbs Valley Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

Children of Absalom Stonecypher and Sarah Humbert are:

i. Alexander Stonecipher, married Lucinda Johnson December 24, 1845.

ii. Jacob Stonecipher, married Louisa McAmis September 24, 1839; died 1873.

iii. Rebecka Stonecipher, married Anthony Dodd March 29, 1836.

iv. Sarah Stonecipher, married Samuel Henry Humbert September 25, 1827 in Greene County, Tennessee; born 1805 in Tennessee; died Aft. 1855.

v. Henry R. Stonecipher, born July 26, 1792 in Greene County, Tennessee; died 1832 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Lucinda Hall.

vi. Samuel Jacob Stonecipher, born Abt. 1798 in Tennessee; died 1867; married Jane Marsh September 30, 1825; born November 04, 1801.

Notes for Samuel Jacob Stonecipher:

1850 Census

Greene County, Tennessee

Samuel Stonecipher 54 M Tennessee Farmer 1500

Jane 50 F Tennessee

Elizabeth 24 F Tennessee

Absalom 22 M Tennessee Farmer

Henry 20 M Tennessee Farmer

Sarah 14 F Tennessee

Jacob 12 M Tennessee

John 6 M Tennessee

 

2 vii. John A. Stonecypher, born March 07, 1804 in Tennessee; died April 04, 1884 in Washington County, Arkansas; married Elizabeth Ross January 17, 1828 in Greene County, Tennessee.

viii. Major Absalom Stonecypher, Jr., born September 1808 in Tennessee; died February 03, 1872 in Near Limestone Depot, Greene County, Tennessee; married Barbara Jane Gillespie September 22, 1835 in Greene County, Tennessee; born July 27, 1818 in Tennessee; died April 13, 1851 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Major Absalom Stonecypher, Jr.:

Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

1903 1903 Absalom Stonecifer 42 M Tennessee Farmer

Barbara J. 32 F Tennessee

Sarah E. 12 F Tennessee

Martha J. 10 F Tennessee

Nancy Gillispie 63 F Tennessee

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Last week, Mr. Absolom Stonecypher died very suddenly at his home, near Limestone Depot. We learn that he complained to a member of the family of being sick, when he laid down upon his bed and in a short time expired. He was about middle-aged and was always stout and healthy.

DEATH and OBITUARY NOTICES

JONESBORO HERALD-TRIBUNE

1872

Vol. III. #22, Thurs., February 8, 1872

More About Major Absalom Stonecypher, Jr.:

Burial: Old Provence Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

More About Barbara Jane Gillespie:

Burial: Old Provence Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

ix. Elizabeth Stonecypher, born August 02, 1799 in Greene County, Tennessee; died August 1857 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Joseph Bruner June 20, 1820 in Greene County, Tennessee; born April 26, 1799 in Millerstown, now Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia; died January 08, 1883 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Elizabeth Stonecypher:

Tombstone Incription:

Wife of Joseph Bruner

Mother of nine buried here.

More About Elizabeth Stonecypher:

Burial: Babb's Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

Notes for Joseph Bruner:

1850 Census

Greene County, Tennessee

Joseph Bruner 52 M Tennessee Farmer 1200

Elizabeth 51 F Tennessee

John H. 25 M Tennessee Meth. Minister

Margaret 18 F Tennessee

Mary H. 16 F Tennessee

Rebecca M. 13 F Tennessee

Elizabeth J. 8 F Tennessee

 

 

6. John Ross, Sr., born Bet. 1771 - 1772 in Virginia; died April 10, 1848 in Greene County, Tennessee. He was the son of 12. William Ross I and 13. Jane Allison. He married 7. Rebecca Carter January 08, 1794 in Greene County, Tennessee.

7. Rebecca Carter, born 1770; died Bet. 1820 - 1830 in Greene County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of 14. John Carter, Sr. and 15. Rebecca Stuart.

Notes for John Ross, Sr.:

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Rebecca died by the 1830 census. She and John are buried in the Carters Station Cemetery but their stones were broken up by workman and used to support the floor in a corner of the new Methodist Church at Carters Station. Their son, Allen Ross' tombstone, and others, were also broken up and used for this same purpose by lazy workmen who used the tombstones rather than dig the needed stone out of the ground. This was proved by Earl T. Smith who crawled under the church and saw that the stone was of broken tombstones.

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CHILDREN: There were 9 children of this marriage.

20 FEBRUARY 1850

SETH W. LUCKY JUDGE

THOMAS L. WILLIAMS CHANCELLOR

DAVID SEVIER appointed Clerk & Master

p. 288

VINCENT ANDERSON Adm. & others Heirs at law of JOHN ROSS dec'd. vs. HAMILTON HARTLEY & others DECREE:

$875 for distribution to 9 heirs of JOHN ROSS dec'd. Heirs: 1. JANE wife of JAMES SAUNDERS 2. ELIZABETH wife of JOHN A. STONECYPHER 4. ELEANOR widow of ELLIOT RUTHERFORD dec'd. 5. HYLA widow of JACOB GASS dec'd. 6. NANCY dec'd. wife of VINCENT ANDERSON - 8 children 7. REBECCA wife of WILLIAM ROSS 8. WILLIAM son of JOHN ROSS is dead leaving 3 children JANE HARTLEY wife of HAMILTON HARTLEY, MARTHA wife of ALFRED ARMITAGE, MARY ANN a minor. The Court is of the opinion that HARRIET GILBERT is not an heir at law of WM. ROSS. ALLEN ROSS dec'd, left 6 children WILLIAM, HANNAH wife of WILLIAM HARMON, ELIZABETH wife of MORDECAI HARMON, NANCY wife of JOHN KELLER, JAMES a minor, WILLIAM ROSS of ALLEN is his gdn. MARGARET a minor, WILLIAM ROSS of ALLEN is her gdn. NANCY ANDERSON'S ch.: REBECCA wife of WILLIAM ROSS, BENJAMIN, JOHN LEWIS, ELLIOT, VINCENT JR. and JAMES ANDERSON, GEORGE ANDERSON, VINCENT, GEORGE, & JAMES are minors. 9. JOHN ROSS JR. is a minor with gdn. WILLIAM JONES $1065.50 to be divided. Married daughters part to be given husband & he to give bond.

From: Minutes of the Court in Greene County, 1825 - 1831 p. 212

John Ross Sr. had 11 slaves and they were able to stay in the Ross or Carter families but they had to be sold.

More About John Ross, Sr.:

Burial: Carter's Station Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

More About Rebecca Carter:

Burial: Carter's Station Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

Children of John Ross and Rebecca Carter are:

i. Mary Jane Ross, born Abt. 1792; married James Saunders September 26, 1814 in Greene County, Tennessee.

ii. Nancy Ross, born 1794 in Cross Anchor, Greene County, Tennessee; died Bef. 1850; married Vincent Anderson April 06, 1815; born August 09, 1791 in Tennessee; died February 06, 1873.

Notes for Vincent Anderson:

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Vincent Anderson 59 M Tennessee Farmer 1000

Lewis 23 M Tennessee

George 12 M Tennessee

James 9 M Tennessee

 

More About Vincent Anderson:

Burial: Brookside

iii. Allen Ross, born Abt. 1796 in Tennessee; died April 1839 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Sarah Weems December 18, 1822 in Greene County, Tennessee; born December 12, 1805 in Greene County, Tennessee; died November 21, 1876 in Cross Anchor, Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Allen Ross:

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Allen lived next door to his parents and his son, William Ross, lived on Allen's homeplace in 1848. Allen's six children were heirs of John Ross Sr.'s Estate. They received Allen's 1/9th share of the John Ross Sr. Estate.

More About Allen Ross:

Burial: Carter's Station Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

Notes for Sarah Weems:

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Census 1850 Greene County, Tennessee Page 176

Sarah Ross 43 F

James 14 M

Margaret 11 F

 

Marriage Notes for Allen Ross and Sarah Weems:

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James Anderson was Surety.

 

iv. William Ross, born 1797; died Bef. 1850; married Nancy McKee July 24, 1818; died Bef. 1850.

v. Rebecca T. Ross, born 1800 in Tennessee; married James Hardin Anderson, Sr. December 23, 1819 in Greene County, Tennessee; born Abt. 1798 in Tennessee.

Notes for James Hardin Anderson, Sr.:

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1850 Census

Greene County, Tennessee

James Anderson 52 M Tennessee Farmer 1310

Rebecca 50 F Tennessee

Jane 19 F Tennessee

Hardin 16 M Tennessee Farmer

Benjamin 14 M Tennessee

Lorinda 12 F Tennessee

 

vi. Eleanor Ross, born 1801 in Tennessee; married (1) Elliot Rutherford January 19, 1820 in Greene County, Tennessee; born August 30, 1792 in Rockingham? County, Virginia; died January 27, 1847 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (2) Richardson Price March 04, 1852.

Notes for Eleanor Ross:

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Elaner Rutherford 49 F Tennessee 600

William 21 M Tennessee Farmer

Nancy 19 F Tennessee

Joseph 12 M Tennessee

vii. John Ross, Jr., born 1803 in Greene County, Tennessee; died Abt. 1836 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Nancy Armitage.

More About John Ross, Jr.:

Comment 1: Left 9 heirs

viii. Hyla Ross, born November 03, 1803 in Greene County, Tennessee; died 1869 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Jacob Gass, Jr. November 27, 1827 in Greene County, Tennessee; born Abt. 1795 in Greene County, Tennessee; died May 1843 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Hyla Ross:

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

496 496 Hiley Gass 49 F Tennessee 700

Elliot 21 M Tennessee Farmer

Sarah 21 F Tennessee

John 15 M Tennessee Farmer

Rebecca 9 F Tennessee

Inherited her father's plantation house. She was living with her father after her husband, Jacob Gass, died. Because of the number of people involved as heirs of John Ross Sr., it was agreed that everything should be sold and the monies divided equally. Highley did not want to lose the house since she had made it her home. She was able to buy the other 8 shares in the end and keep her home. The 1850 census states she was age 49, born in 1801.The Mason Family Bible Records state she was born on 3 Nov 1803. She wrote her Will on 25 Sept 1869 and it was proved on 25 Nov 1869.

More About Hyla Ross:

Will Proven: November 25, 1869, Greene County, Tennessee

Will Written: September 25, 1869, Greene County, Tennessee

3 ix. Elizabeth Ross, born 1807 in Tennessee; married John A. Stonecypher January 17, 1828 in Greene County, Tennessee.

 

Generation No. 4

12. William Ross I, born 1744 in Fermanagh (Next to Tyrone) County, Ireland; died April 27, 1834 in Greene County, Tennessee. He was the son of 24. John Ross. He married 13. Jane Allison December 29, 1770 in Botetourt County, Virginia.

13. Jane Allison, born 1739 in Born at Sea; died 1827 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for William Ross I:

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William Ross was born in Ireland of Scotch-Irish descent. He belonged to the Ross Clan who proudly wear their tartan of bright red background with black and other dark checks. The tartan is a cloth bearing a pattern of overlaid checks in several bright colors, which is called the sett. A plaid, actually, is the blanket like piece of tartan worn over the shoulder. The age and origin of tartans are not known, but they are several hundred years old.

William Ross was born in 1744 and died in Greene Co., Tenn., April 1834. He married 1777, Jane Alison. He settled in Botetourt County, Virginia and in 1778 he volunteered and served as teamster under Captain Roberson and Cal. Skeeler in the Revolutionary War. He drove his own wagon hauling for the army. He was at the Battle of Reedy Fork and Guilford, and served until after the surrender of Cornwallis, amounting to between two and three years.

He later moved to Greene County, Tennessee and settled on what is now the Kingsport road north of Greeneville. The brick house still stands on the left side of the road as you go to Kingsport, a few miles north of Greeneville.

He was buried in Mount Bethel Cemetery on Tusculum road, near Greeneville. Tenn., a Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The building was torn down several years ago and the members were absorbed by other churches.

From: Some Families Associated With the Family of Bullen, p.197

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William Ross was born in Fermanough County, Ireland, circa 1735. He was the son of John Ross, who brought his family to America, landing in Delaware. They lived for about five years in Maryland and then moved to Botetourt County, Virginia. The brothers and sisters who came were Edward, John, Mary, Nancy Ann, and Elizabeth. Both William and his brother Edward served in the Revolutionary War. Edward Ross lived in the Jonesborough area near Providence Presbyterian Church. William Ross was memorialized by the Nolichuckey Chapter of the DAR with a special service and a marker on his grave in Mt. Bethel Cemetery.

The family members were affiliated with the Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church. All were large landowners, and altogether they owned the land from the railroad in Greeneville to the home of William II on the Kingsport Highway. For this reason in the early days this highway was called Ross Road.

Jane Alison Ross's death date is uncertain; therefore the dates in the Cemetery book and on the new tombstone may be incorrect. Marriage records in the Greene County Courthouse show William Ross's marriage (1829) to Polly Penny.

In a letter William wrote to his sister, Mary McDonald, in January 1831, he wrote, My dear companion left this world in the year 1827." We have no specific proof of any of this; however, his will dated 27 April 1834 does mention a "present wife."

He and Jane are buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery and also their sons James and William II and their wives, It is also thought that Grace Reed and John S. Reed are buried here. William and Jane Ross are three ways the ancestors of J. Ross Reed and Ozelle R. Scruggs: via John. William II, and Grace.

Sources: DAR records, court records, family tradition, Book of Common Prayer of the Church of Ireland. Submitted by J. Ross Reed. P.O. Box 70.

 

Historic Greene County Tennessee and Its People 1783-1947. At Arkansas Historical Comm.

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Notes from Bill Gene Floyd:

He was apparently married twice, the second apparently Polly Penny, 1829. This thinking comes from the following sources:

All sources mention Jane Allison and we accept this. Even though Jane's gravestone states 1831, the date is in dispute--- the stone is not original and one source (Historic Greene County and Its People) states the date is uncertain.

William Sr. wrote to his sister Mary McDonald in January 1831 "My dear companion left this world in the year 1827" (Also from Historic Greene County----) one assumes that this William was the "elder". His (the elders) will also mentions a "present wife" so the marriage of Polly Penny is assumed to be his also.

NOTE: This is assumption since there is no direct proof.

Settled in Botetourt County, Va. Abt. 1878 volunteered as teamster under Capt. Roberson, Col. Skeeler in Revolution. Drove own wagon. Was at Battle of Reedy Fork and Guilford. Served two plus years. Buried at Mount Bethel Cemetery on Tusculum road in Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. (Have picture of grave. Visited there.) Most from a book "Some Families associated with the Family of Bullen." (Daughter Jane married a Bullen)

A home was built by one of the Williams in early 1800's. Most sources think the "elder" built it but some think his son did. It still stands at 312 Asheville Highway, Greeneville, Tennessee. Mr. Leonard Coffman did live there. His wife was from this line of Ross. Zip Code 37743.

A possible source is mentioned in Arkansas Gazette, unknown date. A Dr. Don O. Wissinger, 6642 Avenida Manana, La Jolla, California, 92037. Collects Ross Material. (No response to a letter)

More material from newspaper (have copy of article), likely from Greeneville, 7/4/1974 states he served first as above but at Moravian in North Carolina, returned, volunteered again under Capt. May at the above battle then volunteered again under May, Marched to Virginia under Gen. La Fayette until siege at Yorktown. Served till Cornwallis surrendered.

Family tradition says that Jane Allison was born at sea in 1739. (Tombstone lists birth, death, then 'AT SEA'. I think this more likely is something like 'AT REST' rather than meaning she was born at sea. bgf) She and William were married 12/29/1770 and moved to Greene County, Tennessee a lot later.

From CALS: R 929.3 W Pg. 74: Genealogical Records. William Ross granted 150 acres in Tennessee by virtue of a military warrant dated 14 AUG 1786. See also pg. 36.

Served as teamster in Revolution, Under Capt Roberson Cot Skeeler.

Came from Ireland to Botetourt Co Virginia. All from "Genealogy and Work of Rev. Joseph Bullen, Jr. Some associated Families" 1968 Compiled by Flora Bullen Gosnold, Hickory North Carolina. Some records in Greene County, Marriages in ARC files. Came here age 12-15, landed New Castle, Delaware. Lived in Botetourt County, Virginia at enlistment.

William filed for Rev, War Pension 9/5/1832 (signed by John S. Reed, Esq.; John Sevier, etc.) Listed in DAR Patriot Index--Centennial Edition as having served.

From 'Tennessee Genealogical Records', by Edyth Whitley, 1981 Genealogical Publishing Company:

pg. 74 No. 450 William Ross: 150 Acres, by virtue of a military warrant, issued 14 Aug 1786

No. 449 William Ross; 211 acres; warrant no. 265, dated 14 Aug. 1786

From "A Seed-bed of the Republic", ch. 13, p. 136, Partial list of persons furnishing materials for use in Revolutionary War Order Book, 1780 - 1784.

William Ross--for team, waggon and driver hauling supplies to southward. Paid double wages for carrying double load. Refund payment to James Rowland for repair of wagon broke in public service.

William Ross--For 66 days service of waggon, team and driver to the Seige of York, and carrying the prisoners to Winchester.

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CHILDREN: This marriage produced 8 children.

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January 30, 1938

Mrs. J. A. O'Keefe

Oak Grove Ave.

Greeneville, Tenn.

Madam:

I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim R. 9039, it appears that William Ross was born in Ireland, County Farmanough (date not Stated) and came to this country, when he was between twelve and fifteen years of age and landed at New Castle, Delaware.

While residing in Botetourt County, Virginia, he volunteered in 1778 and served at different times under Captains Roberson and May and Colonel Skelor, drove his own team and wagon hauling for the army, he was at the battles of Reedy Fork and Guilford and served until after the surrender of Cornwallis, amounting to between two and three years.

He applied for pension, September 4, 1833 in Greene County, Tennessee, aged eighty-eight years, but the claim was not allowed, as the service rendered was not in an embodied military corps, as required by the pension law.

It is not stated whether soldier was married.

Owing to the very large number of similar inquiries and the lack of a clerical force available for the purpose, the Bureau is unable to make immediate reply to inquiries pertaining to soldiers of the War of the Revolution.

Such information is furnished by courtesy of the government and without fee, and letters are being answered as rapidly as possible in the order of their receipt.

Respectfully,

 

 

WINFIELD SCOTT

Commissioner.

 

State of Tennessee, Greene County

On this 4th day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Samuel Powell, Judge of the Circuit Court in and for the State of Tennessee holding court for said county, William Ross, aged eighty eight years who being first duly sworn doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th of June 1832. That he entered the service of United States under the following named officers and served as herein after named vowed that he entered the Service in the year 1778 in Botetourt County, Virginia under Col. Skelor, Capt. Roberson, Scout McDaniel as a volunteer and went to the moraventorium in North Carolina now called Salem and returned and left the residue of troops at Salem, he being permitted to return but how long he was out on that trip he cannot now state. During that trip he drove his own Wagon team. After he returned from Salem as before stated he again entered the service as a volunteer with his wagon and team under Capt. May who was then Clerk of the Court in Botetourt County under the Command of Col. Skelor and on the march of met the first troops he went out with returning and in that campaign was in the battle of the Reedy fork and Guilford and served the whole of that campaign and believed he was out considerably more than a year on that tour and after that service he volunteered with his wagon and team under Capt. May and forthwith marched to Virginia and kept in the service of Virginia throughout the spring and summer under the command of Gen. LaFayette until the siege of York Town and continued in service until after surrender of Lord Cornwallis--during which time he was engaged hauling for the army and during the siege of that place in hauling bomb shells.

He states that he served in all more than two years and he believes nearly three years and he never received anything for his team or himself.

He further states that after the surrender of Lord Cornwallis he went to Winchester with his wagon and team hauling prisoners.

He states that he has no documenting evidence and he knows of no person whose testimony he can forward, and there is not his neighborhood a Clergyman to testify to his service.

He hereby relinquishes every claim material to a pension or accounts except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

William Ross

We Thomas Temple and John S. Reed residing in Greene County, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Mr. Ross who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 88 years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court.

 

J. S. Reed

Thomas Temple

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion of the investigation of the matter and after putting the questions prescribed by the War department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he stated and it further appears to the Court that John J. Reed Esq. And Thomas Temple who have signed the foregoing certificate are residents of Greene County and are entitled to credit and are credible persons.

I Valentine Sevier, clerk of the Circuit Court of Greene County in the State of Tennessee do hereby certify the foregoing contains the Original proceedings in the matter of the application of William Ross for a pension.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal office this 5th day of September 1832

V. Servier

The declaration of William Ross Supplemental to his former declaration in order to obtain a pension under the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832.

Personally appeared before me-Hugh Maloney-an acting Justice of the Peace for Greene County in the State of Tennessee William Ross the declarant and made oath that the service rendered and stated in his former declaration was all rendered in the Military Service of the United States and the services rendered by himself and his team was rendered in forwarding the objects of that part of the Army to which he belonged and hauling for the Army and that before he went into the service with his team each time he was notified his team was about to be prepped and he was determined if his team was taken into service he would go with it and volunteered taking his team with him and served the campaign of which he has given an account in his former declaration and at the places and under the circumstances he has therein stated.

He further states that he was born in Ireland in the County Farmanough joining the County Tyrone and came to the United States when he was between twelve and fifteen years of age and was landed at Newcastle, Delaware and lived five years after he came to America in Maryland and then moved to Botetourt County, Virginia where he lived til after the close of the Revolutionary War and directly after the close of the war he moved to the county of Greene in the State of Tennessee where he now resides and has resided ever since. This affiant states that he has not any record of his age as the Bible of his father was lost on the passage to America and his statement of his age is from recollection. His age was recorded in the Bible as he was informed and believes.

Sworn to and subscribed before me 13th May 1833

William Ross

Hugh Maloney J. P.

Rev. and 1812

Wars Section

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Will of William Ross, Senior

This will was contested in the county court of _______ 26 ___1835 _____made up to by and transferred to Circuit Court for trial at July _____1836. Established in Circuit Court at November _____ 1837 except as to property concerns by deed and Wills of date-Ordered by Circuit Court to be recorded 7th March 1838. ___ 18 P_85. August ___1838. Executors refusing to qualify, James Moore was appointed administrator, gave bond and qualified P_08

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To all whom it may concern: Know ye that I William Ross Senior of the County of Greene, State of Tennessee being far advanced in life and in a declining state of health and being desirous to settle all my worldly concerns, do make and constitute this to by my last Will and Testament.

First I desire that after my death my body be buried in a decent manner.

Secondly I desire that all my just debts be faithfully paid.

Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son James Ross all the land in this tract or tracts ____ I have lived _____ in fee simple. Also I give to my said son James a negro woman named _____, a negro boy named _____ and a negro boy named Robb and a negro boy named Tom. Also I give to my said son James all my household furniture and farming utensils, all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs & sheep, waggon and gear.

Fourthly I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Duncan a negro girl named Lavina.

Fifthly I give and bequeath to my son William Ross a negro boy named Jess and a negro woman named ____& her youngest child that's she now has named Mary and a negro man named Jack.

Sixthly to my daughter Jane Bullen I give a negro girl named Mary who is now in her possession, also the sum of one hundred dollars.

Seventhly to my son John Ross I give the sum of ten dollars having heretofore given him what I intended.

Eighthly to my son in law John S. Reid I give the sum of Ten dollars having heretofore given to him & my daughter Grace who is now dead, all that I intended.

Ninthly to my son in law John Grimes I give the sum of ten dollars, having heretofore given to him & my daughter Polly who he married all that I intended.

Tenthly to my son in law Thomas Batt I give the sum of ten dollars having heretofore given to him all that I intended.

Eleventhly to my grandson James Batt I give and bequeath the tract of land whereon Thomas Batt lately lived in consideration of which the said James must pay unto my granddaughters Jane & Malinda & Elizabeth Batt the sum of fifty dollars each.

Twelfth to my granddaughter Jane Moore I give the sum of forty dollars.

It is also my will and desire, and I hereby direct that my son James give to my present wife a comfortable support, so long as she may choose to stay with him in this place, but if it is her choice to leave it, he is released from that obligation. The aforementioned legacies to Jane Bullen, John Ross, John S. Reid, John Grimes (or Graham), Thomas Batt & James Moore, I desire to be paid out of the money that is due to me and the remainder if any to equally divided between my sons William Ross and James Ross.

Finally I appoint my sons William & James Ross my executors to carry this my will into execution. Witness my hand & seal. July 19th 1831.

William Ross

Signed, sealed, published & declared by Wm. Ross Snr. The above named Testator, as and for this last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who at his request in the presence and the presence of each other have inherited our names as witnesses hereto.

David Rice

Robert Rankin

Will (dated 19 Jul 1831) names son James Ross, daughter Nancy Duncan, son William Ross), daughter Jane Bullen, son John Ross, son-in-law John S. Reid married to daughter Grace (dead by 1831), son-in-law John Grimes married to Polly, son-in-law Thomas Batt, grandson James Batt, granddaughters Jane & Malinda & Elizabeth Batt (this may be Balt), granddaughter Jane Moore...

Census 1830

Greene County, Tennessee

ROSS, WILLIAM, 225 --- 00001100001 - 00000001

1 Male 20 - 30

1 Male 30 - 40

1 Female 50 - 60

1 Male 80 - 90

 

More About William Ross I:

Burial: April 1834, Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee

Religion: Cumberland Presbyterian

Will: 1831

Notes for Jane Allison:

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Family tradition says "At sea" See Historic Greene County, Tennessee at AHC.

However, her tombstone (footmarker) says only "At Sea" at the bottom of the markings. I think this is where the notion came from and likely it only means she is "at sea" like "at rest". (Bill Gene Floyd)

More About Jane Allison:

Burial: Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee

Religion: Cumberland Presbyterian

Children of William Ross and Jane Allison are:

6 i. John Ross, Sr., born Bet. 1771 - 1772 in Virginia; died April 10, 1848 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (1) Rebecca Carter January 08, 1794 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (2) Mary Ann Patterson December 29, 1836 in Greene County, Tennessee.

ii. Mary Ross, born 1776 in Virginia; married John Graham October 26, 1826 in Greene County, Tennessee.

iii. Grace (Grizzy) Ross, born May 12, 1777 in Virginia; died February 24, 1826 in Greene County, Tennessee (by will); married John Stewart Reed February 28, 1803 in Greene County, Tennessee; born 1775 in Virginia; died August 06, 1855 in Greene County, Tennessee.

More About Grace (Grizzy) Ross:

Burial: 1834

Notes for John Stewart Reed:

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John Stewart Reed was born in Virginia in 1775. His parents have not been identified. He was known to be in Greene County before 1800. In 1808 he purchased 200 acres on Roaring Fork of Lick Creek. A few years later he bought more land.

John S. was married in February 1803, to Grace (Grissy) - Ross, daughter of William and Jane Allison Ross. William Ross, born in Ireland, served in the Revolutionary War while living in North Carolina. An interesting family tradition says that Jane was born at sea while her parents were coming to America. Jane died in 1826, as was reported in the National Banner (24 February 1826). In 1829 John S. married Ann Alexander.

John S. was a wagon maker and a farmer, and for many years was an Esquire of the Greene County Court. Court records show he helped "lay out" different roads, was appointed one of the inspectors of the jail, performed marriages, was a contributor to Rhea Academy, etc.

John and Grace were parents of eight children: John S., Jr. (wife unknown); Jane (married John Moore); Lucinda (married Reuben Davis); Eliza (married Ruben's brother Samuel): William (married Eliza Armitage); Fannie (unmarried) and Nancy (married George Crouch).

In later years, John S. purchased 202 acres on Old Stage Road, 2 1/2 miles east of Greeneville, and this was his last home. The property in Albany was given to his son, William. in his will of 1854. Also in this will he gave money, land, and 10 slaves to 5 daughters and to 6 grandchildren.

The graves of John S. and his two wives have not been located, but it seems likely they are buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery in Greeneville. In the row where William Ross and two sons are buried there is much empty space. As late as 1940, one Reed marker (inscribed Death 1835) was here. Also John S. and Ann lived less than two miles from this Cemetery.

Source: Historic Greene County, Tennessee and its people, 1783 - 1992

Will: JOHN S. REED 6 August 1853 $18,000

To Wife, Ann, all she brought with her when we married inc. $430 note on Reuben H. Davis and to have sufficient support. Children, Jane wife of James Moore, Polly wife of John Moore, Lucinda wife of Reuben H. Davis, Eliza wife of Samuel W. Davis, Nancy wife of George M. Crouch, William Reed. To daughter, Jane, a negro girl. To son, William, to have 250 acres. Grandson, William R. Reed son of my daughter, Fanny, $1 - all I intend for him to have. Grandson: Joseph M. Reed. To grandson, James Reed, $100 for a good English education and learn a good trade. To grandson, John Reed, $100. To grand-daughters: Grizzy - $50, and Nancy Reed - $100. Daughters to have negroes appraised and share equally and pay money to them personally, especially Nancy Crouch - don't let her husband have it. Executors, Son William, William West. Will Dated: 16 March 1862?? Witnesses: E. W. Headrick, William A. Harmon.

Signed: J. S. Reed

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Page 232, Part B

John S. Reed 75 Virginia Farmer

Ann 70 North Carolina

George Crouch 30 Tennessee Farmer

Nancy 27 Tennessee

 

iv. Jane Ross, born July 20, 1780 in Botecourt County, Virginia; died January 25, 1863 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Joseph Bullen III March 15, 1803 in Greene County, Tennessee; born Abt. 1783 in Vermont.

More About Jane Ross:

Burial: 1863, Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee

Notes for Joseph Bullen III:

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Joseph Bullen 67 M Vermont Farmer 920

Jane 76 F Virginia

 

v. Elizabeth Ross, born October 01, 1782 in Greene County, Tennessee; died December 31, 1825; married Thomas Batt February 23, 1808 in Greene County, Tennessee.

More About Elizabeth Ross:

Burial: January 1826

Marriage Notes for Elizabeth Ross and Thomas Batt:

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David Malick was Surety.

 

vi. Margaret Ross, born 1788 in Greene County, Tennessee; died 1836; married (1) George Kyle January 06, 1798 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (2) Benjamin Duncan December 01, 1812 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Margaret Ross:

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11 May 1841

BENJAMIN DUNCAN Adm. of NANCY DUNCAN dec'd. vs. JAMES MOORE Adm. with will annexed of WILLIAM ROSS dec'd.

WILLIAM ROSS made will in 1831 - died in 1834. WILLIAM ROSS had denied to NANCY DUNCAN wife of complainant a negro girl named LAVINA. NANCY DUNCAN died in 1836. Her Adm. was granted to Complainant by the County Court of Shelby County, Tennessee negro girl LAVINA to be delivered to complainant

Chancery Court Minutes, Greene County, Tennessee, 11/1825 - 1/1831; c. 1987, Southern Historical Press

Marriage Notes for Margaret Ross and Benjamin Duncan:

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William Ross Jr. was Surety.

vii. William Ross II, born August 14, 1790 in Greene County, Tennessee; died September 11, 1865 in Virginia; married Margaret Gass December 29, 1813 in Greene County, Tennessee; born 1793 in Greene County, Tennessee; died Abt. 1865 in Virginia.

Notes for William Ross II:

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Will of William Ross, Senior

I William Ross, Senior, feeling the infirmities of age and the uncertainty of life and desiring to dispose of my worldly goods do make the following as my Last Will and Testament.

First I desire that all my just debts be paid out of the first monies that may come into the hands of my executors.

Secondly I desire that my son David R. Ross have the plantation I lived upon and as I have not given my son George as much heretofore as the other children who has got anything, David is to pay him one hundred and fifty dollars-I have heretofore given my sons John H. Ross, William Ross, and James Ross Twelve Hundred Dollars and my Son George Ross One Thousand Dollars.

Third I give to my daughter Nancy Jackson and her heir the black girl also and her child also my boy Stingfield also my buggy and harness, her mother's saddle, my secretary(?) and bookcase and at my decease I desire her to have my black girl Sarah for herself and her heirs. I think this will make her equal with my other children in the ______. She can hold the negroes as slaves but should she be unable to hold them as slaves under the laws of the country, I also desire that my said daughter Nancy M. Jackson and her children have my entire interest in the Wilson farm which farm ______ and lived upon, I also will to my daughter Nancy my loom and any thing belonging to it also the spinning wheel.

4th I desire that my son James Ross have my boy Jack? as he has raised him.

5th I desire that if my children cannot divide the rest of my black ones to suit themselves that my executors sell them at public sale as they may think best and divide the money equally amongst my children except Nancy and James.

6th I desire that my daughter Nancy have the cow & calf now in her possession.

7th I desire that my executors sell at public sale all my household and kitchen furniture in before disposed of and all my personal property of any kind and divide the proceeds equally amongst my children.

8th it is my desire that I live with my daughter Nancy and that she be remembered for the ______ she may have with me. My executors are hereby directed to pay her five hundred dollars out of any monies that may come into their hands from the proceeds of my estate. This is in the event I live with her and make her house my home. I also will to her my horse called Bill. In the 5th Clause I directed that if my children could not decide the Slaves that my executors sell them and divide the proceeds equally amongst my children except Nancy and James to explain this I think I had given them their share of the Slaves and I want the remaining Slaves for my children John H. Ross, William Ross, George Ross, and David Ross. I also direct that my daughter Nancy shall pay to my son George Ross seventy five dollars because I think she has got more than some others and George did not get as much as my other boys in the divide I made with them and this sum to be an encumbrance on what I gave my daughter Nancy until paid to him by her.

I desire that William West and my son William Ross by my executors.

_______ whereof I hereto set my hand and seal this 23 day September 1864

Signed sealed and acknowledged in our presence.

Samuel McGaughey, E. W. Headrick.

 

Census 1830

Greene County, Tennessee

ROSS, WILLIAM, 217 --- 111101 - 110001

1 Male Under 5 1 Female under 5

1 Male 5 - 10 1 Female 5 - 10

1 Male 10 - 15

1 Male 15 - 20

1 Male 30 - 40 1 Female 30 - 40

Census 1850

Green County, Tennessee

Age Sex Birthplace Occupation

William Ross, Snr. 60 M Tennessee Farmer

Margarett 57 F Tennessee

James 31 M Tennessee

George G. 22 M Tennessee

Nancy M. 19 F Tennessee

David 16 M Tennessee

 

More About William Ross II:

Burial: Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee

Will: September 23, 1864, Greene County, Tennessee

Notes for Margaret Gass:

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July 1840, inherited the Maden Hale place from her father, about 250 acres.

More About Margaret Gass:

Burial: Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

viii. James Allison Ross, born 1800 in Virginia; died 1850; married (1) Anna Ball December 06, 1832 in Greene County, Tennessee; died May 27, 1836 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (2) Eleanore James February 12, 1846 in Greene County, Tennessee; born Abt. 1820.

Notes for James Allison Ross:

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Census 1850

Greene County, Tennessee

Age Sex Birth Place

James Ross 50 M

Eleaner 30 F

Margaret J. 17 F

William 12 M

George W. 3 M

Marion King 18 F

Marion's name was probably, Mariah King, daughter of Mariah Frances Yates and husband, John King (m. 5 August 1819). Mariah Frances Yates was a granddaughter of Benjamin Yates who wrote his Will on 29 Nov 1815, proved on 22 April 1816 in Greene County. Executors: Thomas Self, Turner Sharp, and James McFarland. Mariah Frances Yates received her grandmother's side saddle and Scarlet Cloak plus $50.

Benjamin Yates did not name a wife. He named his children:

1. Richard Yates

2: Nicholas Yates (William Nicholas Yates) m. Elizabeth Hays.

3: Johannah Yates (Hannah) m. James Weems, son of John Sr. Their daughter, Sarah, married Allen Ross, son of John Ross Sr. and wife, Rebecca Carter.

4: Rebecca Yates, m.(1) James Kenney Sr. (2) Thomas D. Isbell. They moved to Newton Co., Missouri.

5: Samuel Francis Yates, m. Delila Brown.

6: "My granddaughter, Mariah Frances Yates...." Benjamin does not say who her father was.

 

 

More About James Allison Ross:

Burial: Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

More About Anna Ball:

Burial: Albany Cemetery

 

14. John Carter, Sr., born 1723 in Gloucester County, New Jersey; died 1811 in Greene County, Tennessee. He married 15. Rebecca Stuart.

15. Rebecca Stuart

More About John Carter, Sr.:

Burial: 1811, Carter Station, Albany, Tennessee

Children of John Carter and Rebecca Stuart are:

i. Abraham Carter, born Abt. 1753 in New Jersey; died 1832 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Rebecca Edmonds March 15, 1821 in Greene County, Tennessee.

ii. John Carter, Jr., born Abt. 1755 in Pennsylvania; died September 10, 1845 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Elizabeth August 27, 1783 in Surry County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1761 in Surry County, North Carolina; died June 04, 1847 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for John Carter, Jr.:

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John Carter Jr. was in the service during the Revolutionary War three months in Scouting to keep down the Tories in Pennsylvania, three months under Scott in Pennsylvania, three month under Owens in Pennsylvania and three months under Salathiel Martin in North Carolina. three and one half months under Trimble and was a scout for Francis Marion. During the Revolution he lived in Chesaptown, Pennsylvania and Surry County, North Carolina.

Information on the Carter family from:

Greene County, Tennessee vital records, land records, and census

John Denton Carter, Biloxi, Mississippi

Margarite Carter Rosenthal

Greene County Historical Society

John & Elizabeth Carter Revolutionary pension file no. W 10590

Elam and Ezekiel Carter Family Records

 

More About John Carter, Jr.:

Burial: September 1845, Carter Station, Albany, Tennessee

iii. Jacob Carter, born 1756.

iv. Daniel Carter, born 1758.

v. Eleanor Carter, born Abt. 1759.

vi. Dorothy Carter, born Abt. 1762.

vii. James Carter, born 1768.

7 viii. Rebecca Carter, born 1770; died Bet. 1820 - 1830 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (1) Capt. John Hardin; married (2) John Ross, Sr. January 08, 1794 in Greene County, Tennessee.

 

Generation No. 5

24. John Ross, born 1715 in Fermanagh (Next to Tyrone) County, Ireland; died Bef. 1793 in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Notes for John Ross:

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John was born in Fermanaugh County, Ireland. Landed in New Castle, Pennsylvania (It was Pennsylvania until Delaware declared independence from Pennsylvania and England at the same time I am told) abt 1760. Moved to Botetourt County, Virginia, near Fincastle.

Watauga Association of Genealogists Upper East Tennessee, Vol. 13, 1984.

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From AHC Microfiche files

LH 269 (2 of 2)

Early Settlers of Botetourt County, Virginia, Burton, Charles

date acres location

Ross, David 1/11/1773 2680+150+324 Fort Lewis from Alex Bains

12/12/1785 200 Catawba Cr. New grant

5/13/1786 8 parcels New grant

Ross, Edward 10/1/1783 32 Waters of Catawba Cr New grant

Ross, John Jr. 9/1/1784 150 + 13 ditto from John Ross SR.

6/14/1791 same To George Etzler

Ross, John SR 9/15/1779 400 ditto from David Mitchel

9/15/1779 13 ditto ditto

same 13 ditto To WILLIAM ROSS

12/10/1779 1/2 of 42 ditto To Nicholas Haynes

2/13/1782 24 ditto To Elijah Swill'

9/1/1784 150 ditto to John Ross JR

Ross, William (JANE), Waters of Catawba CK From John Ross SR 12/10/1779 1/2 of 142 ditto to Nicholas Haynes

LH 270 1785 Botetourt County, Virginia

John Ross 6 whites, 1 dwelling, 1 other building

 

 

 

Children of John Ross are:

i. Nancy Ann Ross, married John W. Rose.

12 ii. William Ross I, born 1744 in Fermanagh (Next to Tyrone) County, Ireland; died April 27, 1834 in Greene County, Tennessee; married (1) Jane Allison December 29, 1770 in Botetourt County, Virginia; married (2) Polly Penny April 24, 1829 in Greene County, Tennessee.

iii. Jane Ross, born Abt. 1750 in Fermanough County, Ireland; died Aft. 1793; married Thomas Gilles January 16, 1766 in Baltimore, Maryland; born Abt. 1740; died Abt. 1817 in Washington, Kentucky.

iv. John Ross, Jr., born Abt. 1750 in Fermanough County, Ireland; died Aft. 1793 in Botetourt County, Virginia?; married Mary MacDonald December 11, 1777 in Botetourt County, Virginia; born October 30, 1758; died January 02, 1815.

v. Edward Ross, born 1754 in Fermanough County, Ireland; died September 14, 1837 in Greene County, Tennessee; married Nancy Ann Allison Abt. 1780 in Botetourt County, Virginia; born 1760 in Botetourt County, Virginia; died February 22, 1832 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Notes for Edward Ross:

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Moved to Greene County, Tennessee about 1785.

APPLICATION FOR PENSION - EDWARD ROSS

STATE OF TENNESSEE, WASHINGTON COUNTY

Submitted by Mary Sue Going. Route 14, Box 66, Jonesborough, TN 37659

September seven, 1832

On this 12th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Honorable Samuel Powel Judge of the Circuit Court of Law and Equity for said county now sitting Edward Ross, a resident of the County of Washington and State of Tennessee, aged seventy eight years, who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832, that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. To wit, that he was a resident of Botetot County, Virginia, in the year 1774, and in the fall of said year he volunteered in said County under Cap. Pallin, Lieutenant Galman, was marched to the Levels of Greenbrier, where he remained about six weeks at which place his company joined Colonel Lewis Regiment, Andrew Lewis being Colonel Commandant and Charles Lewis being our Lieutenant Colonel, from thence was marched over the mountains to the mouth of the great Canawa where he remained some time previous to the battle at that place between the Shawnee Indians and Lewis Regiment, which was seven? on both sides. Colonel Charles Lewis was sent out with about three hundred men and was attacked by the Indians and before the reinforcement could reach him, he was wounded which wound proved mortal and the greater part of his men were killed and wounded this acclaimant states that he was one of the reinforcement who went to his relief, the Battle occurred early in the morning and continued until dark with intermission, finally the Indians retreated he states that his Lieutenant Galman was wounded in 2nd Battle and died of his wound. Where the American Army remained four weeks, then crossed the Ohio River, marched on near the Shawnee Towns, where the army was met by Governor Dunmore of Virginia and turned back marched back to the point where he remained with the army some weeks when he was discharged by his said Capt. Pallin and returned home after having served a tour of at least five months. He states that he was not verbally discharged by his said Capt. Pallin, he states that some time after he returned to home from the campaign he volunteered in a company of Rangers in Botetourt County, Virginia under Capt. McClanahan as a Ranger, was marched to Holston River, then to Watauga River then to Clinch, which is now in the western part of Virginia and East Tennessee, where he served as before for six weeks, to keep out the Cherokee Indians who were in league with the British. He states that during the war of the Revolution he served in the service of the United States six months and two weeks, he states that he did not receive a written discharge from his said Capt. McClanahan. He states that there is no resident minister of the Gospel in his neighborhood who can testify to the facts set forth in the questions by the War Department, that he has no ___________ and that he knows of no person who can testify to his service, he hereby relinquished every claim and whatever to a pension or bounty except this present, and disclaims that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Anderson Old Edward (X) Ross (his mark)

 

We Robert Henry and Samuel Carrothers residents of the County of Washington, and state of Tennessee hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Edward Ross who has Subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy eight years of age, that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.

Robert X Henry

his mark

Jas. V. Anderson, Clk. Samuel Carrothers

and the said Court do hereby ______ opinion that after the ________ of the matter and after propounding the interrogatories preserved by the secretary of war that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier served as he has stated

And that Court further certifies that Robert Henry and Samuel Carrothers who have signed the foregoing certificate, are residents citizens of the District, the former living on line dividing the counties of Green and Washington, and his plantation being _______ thereby and the latter within the County line, altogether, that they are respectable, and their statement entitled to credit.

Judge of the Circuit Court of The State of Tennessee

James V. Anderson clerk of the Circuit Court of Law and Equity for the County of Washington do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings with matter of the application of Edward Ross for a pension.

 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and officed my seal of office this 12th Sept. 1832.

 

Served first time of 5 months in 1774 which was before the war of the Revolution and only six weeks afterwards.

See letter Feb. 1833 to Mr. J. Blan

No. 9825 Edward Ross, Tenn Rejected - see let. to the Hon. I. Blair 9 Feb. 1833

9016 Edward Ross

Rejected

The printed list of 1852 shows reasons for rejection: "Did not serve six months during the Revolution."

 

The above Application for Pension was submitted by Mary Sue Going, Route 14, Jonesborough, TN 37659.

 

EDWARD ROSS - EARLY SETTLER OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

By Mary Sue Going. Route 14, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Edward Ross, born c1755/1760, died in 1837, son of John Ross who came with his family from Fermanaugh Co., Ireland , landing in New Castle, Delaware. The family lived for about five years in Maryland and then moved to Botetourt County, Virginia near Fincastle. Edward had a brother John and a sister Mary both of whom married MacDonalds in Virginia. Another brother William married Jane Allison and moved to Greene County, Tennessee shortly after the Revolutionary War. Edward fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, Married Nancy ? ( surname thought to be Allison), and settled in Washington County, Tennessee, near Providence Presbyterian Church. He owned 238 acres of land on which he was paying taxes in 1787.

 

 

More About Edward Ross:

Burial: Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

More About Nancy Ann Allison:

Burial: Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Greene County, Tennessee

vi. Mary Ross, born Abt. 1758 in Fermanough County, Ireland; died January 1831 in York County, Pennsylvania; married Richard MacDonald January 28, 1779 in Botetourt County, Virginia; born Abt. 1750; died 1787 in Hopewell Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for Mary Ross:

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Deed at York Historical Society, film 3A page 431

"KNOW all men by these presents, that I Mary McDonald, widow and relict of Rich. McDonald, the younger deceased, of Hopewell Township in the County of York and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was by the last will and testament of Richard McDonald the elder deceased bequethed the use and benefit of a tract of land situated in Hopewell Township called "Sapling Ridge"" during my widowhood, and when my four children arrived at lawful age, the said tract of land to be equally divided amongst them, as in and by the said will and testament will fully and at large appear. Now know ye that I Mary McDonald (widow) for and in cosideration of an obligation duly executed and delivered to me by my sons Robert and Aquila McDonald before the ensealing and delivery of these presents for a sum there in mentioned to be paid me yearly and every year during my natural life for my support and maintenance and being therof fully satisfied Have remised, released and forever quit-claimed and do by these presents remise, release, and forever quit-claim unto my four children to wit, Robert, Aquila, McDonald, Grizzel, who is intermarried with David Anderson, and Mary, who is intermarried with James Smith, heirs of Richard McDonald the younger deceased of all the use and benefit of in and to the tract called "Sappling Ridge"

etc.

From Hist of Chancesford Township

" Joseph Ross Strawbridge Married Grizella, daughter of Aquilla McDonald -- of an old Virginia family. Her Grandmother Mary Ross came to York County after the Revolutionary war in the approved style of travel at that time, carrying Joseph R. Strawbridge's maternal grandfather, as a baby, before her on horseback."

vii. Elizabeth Ross, born Abt. 1759 in Maryland?; died May 05, 1832 in Laurel or Knox County, Kentucky; married Edward Cathers Bef. April 28, 1783; born Abt. 1757 in Virginia; died 1814 in Knox (Laurel) County, Kentucky.

Notes for Elizabeth Ross:

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It was widely published that she was the daughter of William Gillis. However, there is no record of William Gillis ever being married or having any children. His brother Thomas married Jane Ross. William Gillis and Edward Cather were close friends and served together in Lord Dunsmore's War. In William's will, he leaves a few small items to Elizabeth for taking care of him on his deathbed, but he makes no mention of her being his daughter. He mentions that Thomas is his brother several times and leaves something to Thomas's son William.

More About Elizabeth Ross:

Burial: Cather's Cemetery, Laurel County, Kentucky

More About Edward Cathers:

Burial: Cather's Cemetery, Laurel County, Kentucky