Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Husband in Prison – Ellen Ann Luckey

B. 1829 in Tennessee
M. 3 Apr 1850 in Jersey County, Illinois
Husband: John Ross
D. 1882 in Labette County, Kansas

Ellen Ann Luckey was born in Tennessee in 1829 to Joseph and Esther Luckey, probably as the two migrated from North Carolina to Missouri. She is mentioned in the 1830 census listing of Joseph Luckey in Charles County, Missouri as a girl under the age of 5 years-old. Within a couple of years, the family settled in Jersey County, Illinois.

Ellen first appears by name on her marriage certificate on April 3, 1850 to John Ross in Jersey County, Illinois. Over the next 16 years, she gave birth to at least 5 children. In 1866, her husband and oldest son James were arrested for burglarizing a grocery store. The boy was released, but John was convicted of the crime and sent to prison. He was pardoned a year later.

Ellen and her family were listed living next to her husband's parents in 1870, and then they disappear from census records after that. Four of her five children moved to Kansas, and she moved with them, probably as a widow. She died in 1882, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas under a headstone that says "Mother."

Children:
1. James Ross – B. 14 Jan 1852, Illinois; D. 17 Feb 1884, Labette County, Kansas; M. Mary Edith Luckey (1854-1899), 24 Jul 1872, Jersey County, Illinois

2. Rachel Ann Ross – B. 14 Jan 1857, Illinois; D. 27 Aug 1910, Labette County, Kansas; M. Warren Hinsey (1854-1927), 2 Feb 1876, Jersey County, Illinois

3. John H. Ross – B. Oct 1857, Illinois; M. Frances M. (1861-?), about 1882

4. Ella Ross – B. about 1863, Illinois

5. Joseph Ross – B. May 1866, Illinois; M. (1) Minnie J. Shigley (1866-bef 1920), 25 Mar 1888, Parsons, Kansas; (2) Katherine (1874-?), before 1920

Sources:
1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses in Illinois
Marriage record of John Ross and Ellen Ann Luckey, Jersey County, Illinois, 3 Apr 1850
Pardon petition file of John Ross, Springfield, Illinois, 1867-1868
Tombstone inscription of Ellen Ann Ross, Oakwood Cemetery, Parsons, Kansas
Family Bible of Mary E. Leonartz
Marriage certificate of James Ross and Mary E. Luckey, 23 Jul 1872, Jerseyville, Illinois
Tombstone inscription of Warren and Rachel Kinsey, Oakwood Cemetery, Parsons, Kansas
Illinois marriage index, 1763-1900
Kansas marriages, 1840-1935

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