Looking for information on Oscar Gates Ross and his ancestors.
Oscar Gates Ross b. 12/8/1842 Fort Bend,Texas (in or near Richmond) d. 11/3/1876 Huntsville, Walker Co., Texas Grave unknown. (Most likely in Ebenezer Cemetery, Huntsville, TX unmarked)m. 8/23/1870 Grimes Co., Texas to Sarah "Sally" Ellen Shackleford
Minor Thadeous Ross b. 9/4/1871
Parthenia "Theeny" Arelia b. 7/28/1873
Oscar Shackleford b. 11/3/1875
Oscar's father,Samuel, died in 1846 at which point Oscar's uncle Ely Franklin Ross assumed guardianship. Ely moved his family from Fort Bend county,TX to Walker County, TX in the late 1840's. Oscar enlisteded in the Confederate Army in 1861.
Oscar's father is Samuel Thaddeus Ross b. 7/8/1846 Red Lick, Jefferson Co., MS. He moved to the Republic of Texas in approx. 1839, allegedly with his father and siblings. Family nots say several of Samuel's siblings parished the first summer in Texas "on the Brazos". Samuel and his brothers acquired land grants from the Republic. As a single man, Samuel was only entitled to 320 acres. On 10/31/1841 he married Mary S. Brown in Houston, Harris County, Texas. As a married man, he was entitled to an additional 320 acres of land.
Samuel and Mary had two children in Fort Bend, TX:
Oscar and Elizabeth b. 8/27/1844 m. Sam E. Palmer 12/15/1868 Huntsville, Walker Co., TX
In 1844 Mary Brown most likely passed away, possibly during child birth. After the death of his spouse, Samuel left the children with his 1/2 brother Ely and went to Kentucky to study medicine. This most likely occured at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. On 6/7/1846, Samuel married Aurelia L. Fitch of Lexington, KY. Aurelia had a child named Mary T. Ross. It's unknown of this was Samuel's child or a previous child of Aurelia's.
After his marriage, Samuel was returning to Texas by way of Red Lick, MS to visit family. One month after his marriage, while in Mississippi, Samuel contracted came down with a "sudden and alarming" illness. Samuel made out his will on his death bed in the home of Lawrence Wade in Red Lick. The next day he died. It is said he was buried by his mother Martha "Patsy" Thomas Ross, but neither grave has been found in Jefferson or Claiborne counties in MS.
Samuel Ross's father was Isaac Arthur Brown Ross b. 4/30/1782 Rocky Mount, Chester Co., South Carolina. He married twice. First to Jane Oliphant Hill 10/16/1804 and had 3 children: Alexander, Daughter that died young, and Ely Franklin b. 1/7/1808. Ely married twice, including 2 grand daughters of the American Revolutionary solider and Old 300 member, Alexander Hodge, in Fort Bend county.
Isaac A.B. Ross' second marriage was to Martha "Patsy" Thomas on 6/2/1817 in Jefferson Co., MS. Patsy's grave has not been located yet in MS. They had 6 children:
Samuel, Elizabeth, Oscar G., Winifred, Martha, Brown. The last three noted as dying on the Brazos, their first summer in Texas.
Family lore states that Isaac A.B. Ross died in 1842 in Texas. I have search for a cemetery or burial record in Fort Bend, Harris, and other counties in Texas and have been unable to locate where this might have been.
What makes this odd, is that 3 consecutive generations of Ross' graves are unable to be located.
Isaac A.B. Ross' father is Arthur Brown Ross, which was an American Revolutionary Patriot. b. 8/9/1746 near Charlotte, Mecklenberg Co., NC d. 8/5/1806 Red Lick, Jefferson Co., MS Much is available on A.B. Ross, which is best left for a seperate forum.
Any information on these Ross ancestors would be appreciated, especially related to Wills, Obituaries, Family Bibles, or other records which would help put the pieces of their lives together and to find the 3 missing graves.
Special thanks to the late Anne Mims Wright for Compiling the book "A Record of the Descendants of Isaac Ross and Jean Brown and the Allied Familes...". Without your dedication to preserving the past, many of us would be lost.
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