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Re: Rebecca (Ross) Barefoot of PA
Posted by: Becky Barefoot Date: March 04, 2002 at 15:36:39
In Reply to: Re: Rebecca (Ross) Barefoot of PA by PAULINE NICODEMUS of 669

Dear Pauline: The documentation that was the catalyst for the DAR's correction of Rebecca Ross' lineage was provided to them by Sharon Sheldon, a descendant of James Barefoot, and consisted of various evidence that she and I have compiled after several years of research. (I, by the way, am a descendant of Job Palmer Barefoot and his son Samuel Ross who settled in Wayne, Co., Indiana.) For details regarding this documentation, please email me at, but basically it consisted of a copy of an 1818 petition to partition the estate of William Ross of Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., PA which mentions by name his three sisters: Margaret, wife of Edward Wells; Mary, wife of John Brinley, and Rebecca Barefoot. The death date of this William Ross is written in Rebecca Ross Barefoot's prayer book, along with the names and birth dates of her children James, William, Samuel, Isabella (written as Ezibella) and Job Palmer. Perhaps the most convincing proof is the actual death certificate of Rebecca Ross Barefoot, on file in Bedford County, PA, that clearly states Rebecca's mother was a woman named Ruth Ross. (This was reported by Rebecca's grandson William Barefoot of Bedford Co.). Church records in Lancaster Co., PA shows the marriage of Ruth Robinson(Robeson) to James Ross on December 10, 1767. Additional evidence points to this couple as the parents of Rebecca Ross. Since Rebecca's actual father's name was James Ross, it is easy to see where he might have been confused with Col. James Ross, son of George Ross, signer of the Declaration of Independence. But, if you look at published sources regarding this prominent family, there is not one that lists a Rebecca as a child of Col. James and Maria Sabina (Kuhn) Ross. The names of their children are consistently given as George, James, Catherine and Maria. I think there is a commonly held belief that the DAR is infallible, and that they have checked each and every detail of every application ever made. That just is not the case. Fortunately, the DAR is very willing to correct lineages when shown overwhelming evidence refuting what was previously claimed, and they have eagerly done so in the case of Rebecca Ross Barefoot.

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