Friday, June 27, 2014

Thomas Ross (1725 - 1798)

Thomas Ross was born on December 12, 1725 in  Bridgewater  Township,  Somerset, New Jersey.  He married  Jane (some records say Janet)  Barr on June 20, 1751 and came to Northampton County, Pennsylvania sometime around 1753 where they raised their family. 

When he was 28 years old Thomas  took out a Warrant  for 40 acres of land in Northampton Co. on November 19, 1753. Thirteen years later on  April 6, 1767 he warranted another 60 acres in Mount Bethel, Northampton Co.  These two tracts were received on December 28, 1770.  On October 8, 1784 he acquired an additional 78 acres in Mount Bethel.

  Pennsylvania Land Warrants and Applications
The Daughters of the American Revolution  hold a Record of Service for Thomas. His record is  Ancestor # A206440. He is noted as having provided Patriotic Service.  He signed the Oath of Allegiance on August  23, 1777.  I have not found anything more regarding his contributions to the war effort,  but his sons also played a role in the War for Independence. 
It should be noted that men signed these oaths as a show of loyalty to the American cause for Independence.

The 1790 Federal Census shows Thomas Ross in  Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania. There were five members in his household at that time: two males over the age of 16 and three females.  He left a will in Northampton Co., when he died in 1798.   The will names his wife Jane and children  David, James (who was born October 10, 1755 in  Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania), Thomas, Elizabeth, Zacheriah and Mary.
In memory of Thomas Ross who died December 9, 1798 Age 72 years

Thomas Ross and his wife, Jane Barr, are buried in the  Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Burial Ground in Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.   His son James who fought in active service in the Revolutionary War and wife  Catherine Ross are also  buried here as well as his grandson  Joseph Sr. and his wife,  Susanna Fox Ross.  Susanna is the daughter of Joseph Fox who was also a Revolutionary War Patriot.  Joseph and Susanna Fox Ross had a daughter named Caroline who married  Philip Deats.  Caroline and Philip Deats had a son named Joseph who married Amanda Shull  and had a daughter named Lillie.  Lillie Deats married George Good. Their son Earl Good was the grandfather of my husband Ron.

                           Please see this list of all My Revolutionary War Ancestors.
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