Monday, March 5, 2012

Eight Children Left Without a Father – John Ross

B. 5 Feb 1764 in New Jersey
M. 7 Sep 1788 in New Jersey
Wife: Martha Van Tuyl
D. 2 Mar 1808 in New Jersey

John Ross was born February 5, 1764 in New Jersey to John Ross and Martha Anderson, one of five children. The family is believed to have lived in Middlebrook; their heritage was Scottish. John may have served in the final years of the American Revolution; a John Ross enlisted from Somerset County, New Jersey. John owned a dragoon’s sword, which indicates he was likely a military man.

On September 7, 1788, John married Martha Van Tuyl. They settled in Boundbrook, New Jersey had ten children born between 1789 and 1806, although two sons died as infants. John was listed as a slaveholder in Somerset County in 1805. Other records showed that he owned four slaves in 1808: a man, a woman, an 8 year-old girl and a 6 year-old boy. Slavery was not phased out in New Jersey until the 1840s.

John Ross died of unknown causes on March 2, 1808 at the age of 44. He appears to have died suddenly, as his will was made out only a few days before his death. All of his eight surviving children were underage and his father was a witness on his will. Amongst the items in the inventory for his will, John owned one share in the New Jersey Turnpike. He was buried in the Boundbrook Presbyterian Churchyard.

Children:
1. John Van Tuyl Ross – B. 3 Mar 1789, New Jersey; D. 23 May 1790, New Jersey

2. Sarah Ross – B. 12 Dec 1790, Piscataway, New Jersey; D. 19 Jan 1872, Jerseyville, Illinois; M. Jeremiah Reading Parsell, 31 May 1815, Raritan, New Jersey

3. John Ross – B. 25 Dec 1792, Boundbrook, New Jersey; D. 16 Nov 1881, Somerset County, New Jersey; M. Joanna Sebring (1792-1874), 1 Apr 1816, Somerset County, New Jersey

4. Martha Anderson Ross – B. 7 Sep 1794, New Jersey; D. 6 Nov 1838, New Jersey; M. Isaac Staats (1791-1869)

5. Esther Ross – B. 26 Sep 1796, New Jersey; D. 29 May 1864; M. David R. Runyon (1795-?), 28 Jan 1818, Somerset County, New Jersey

6. Joseph Ross – B. 5 Dec 1798, Piscataway, New Jersey; D. 29 Jun 1875, Somerset County, New Jersey; M. Phebe Talmage (1805-1881), 30 Oct 1823, Somerset County, New Jersey

7. Peter B. Ross – B. 16 Jan 1801, Boundbrook, New Jersey; D. 14 Sep 1878, New Jersey; M. Sarah B. Smith (1802-1898), 13 Nov 1828, Somerset County, New Jersey

8. James S. Ross – B. 4 Mar 1803, Boundbrook, New Jersey; D. 14 Jul 1878, Jersey County, Illinois; M. Alletta Van Arsdalen (1803-1886), 29 Mar 1826, Boundbrook, New Jersey

9. William Ross – B. 5 Dec 1804, New Jersey; D. 15 Oct 1805, New Jersey

10. William Ross – B. 26 Jul 1806, New Jersey; D. 6 May 1882; M. Elizabeth Winsor (1810-?), 13 May 1835, Somerset County, New Jersey

Sources:
The Ross Family of New Jersey, Bob Ross, 1990
Will of John Ross, Middlebrook, New Jersey, 26 Feb 1808
Somerset County (New Jersey) Historical Quarterly, 1912-1919
New Jersey deaths and burials, 1720-1988
New Jersey births and christenings, 1660-1980
New Jersey county marriages, 1682-1956
Death certificate of James S. Ross, 27 Jul 1878, Jerseyville, Illinois
Death certificate of Alletta Ross, 13 May 1886, South Branch, New Jersey

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