Descendants of John Ross
From North Carolina to Tennessee
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN2 ROSS (GEORGE1) was born 1758 in Mecklenburg Co., NC,
and died January 03, 1846 in Giles Co., TN. He married MARGARET
UNKNOWN Bef. 1794. She died Aft. 1846 in Giles Co., TN.
Notes for JOHN ROSS:
John Ross enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Mecklenburg Co.,
NC. He served in both North and South Carolina. He was at the
Battle of Ramsour's Mill on June 20, 1780. His pension
application #S1929 is dated 1832 in Giles Co., TN. He states that
he left Mecklenburg Co., NC and moved into Wilkes/Elbert Co., GA
around 1786. He was in Maury Co., TN by 1805. His final pension
application is signed by his sons Joab and Elem S. Ross and is
dated Jan 3, 1945. At that time, his wife Margaret was still
Children of JOHN ROSS and MARGARET UNKNOWN are:
2. i. JOAB3 ROSS, b. July 19, 1794, GA; d. April 28,
1869, Giles Co., TN.
3. ii. ELAM SIDNEY ROSS, b. Abt. 1800; d. March 1857,
4. iii. JANE ROSS, b. April 15, 1802, GA; d. January
19, 1892, Giles Co., TN.
5. iv. PRESSLEY D. ROSS, b. Abt. 1804; d. Bet.
1840 - 1850, Arkansas.
6. v. GEORGE BLACKMAN ROSS, b. August 08, 1809,
Maury Co., TN; d. September 1888, Giles Co., TN.
Generation No. 2
2. JOAB3 ROSS (JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born July 19, 1794 in GA,
and died April 28, 1869 in Giles Co., TN. He married MARGARET
TUNGETT December 31, 1822 in Giles Co., TN, daughter of MARTIN
TUNGETT and SUSANNAH FRAZIER. She was born November 30, 1803
in Amherst Co., VA, and died February 11, 1863 in Giles Co., TN.
Notes for JOAB ROSS:
Joab Ross served in Capt. Early Benson's Company of Infantry,
Col. Richard C. Napier's Reg't West TN Militia under General
Andrew Jackson in an expediation against the Creek Indians in
Children of JOAB ROSS and MARGARET TUNGETT are:
i. JAMES M.4 ROSS, b. Abt. 1823, TN; d. Unknown.
ii. JOAB FRANK ROSS, b. October 29, 1827; d.
December 12, 1898; m. NANCY J. HAZELWOOD, December 23, 1852,
Giles Co., TN; d. Unknown.
iii. ELIZA EVALINA ROSS, b. Abt. 1830; d. Unknown.
7. iv. JOHN MARTIN ROSS, b. December 05, 1831,
Giles Co., TN; d. July 29, 1909, Giles Co., TN.
v. DOLLY ANN ROSS, b. Abt. 1833; d. Unknown.
vi. MARY JANE ROSS, b. Abt. 1839; d. Unknown.
vii. LEVI ROSS, b. Abt. 1841; d. Unknown.
viii. ELIZABETH (BETTIE) ROSS, b. Abt. 1844;
ix. MANDIE ROSS, b. Abt. 1846; d. Unknown.
3. ELAM SIDNEY3 ROSS (JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born Abt. 1800,
and died March 1857 in Marshfield, MO. He married DORCAS
VANSANDT Bef. 1832, daughter of GEORGE VANSANDT and
ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON. She was born Abt. 1815, and died
Aft. 1889 in Polk Co., MO.
Notes for ELAM SIDNEY ROSS:
Information regarding Elam Ross is taken from the biography
of Columbus M. Ross, Texas Co., MO, p.1143-1144 of the History
of LaClede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski,
Phelps and Dent Counties, MO, 1889. States "Columbus M.
Ross, M.D. was born in Giles Co., TN on February 8, 1833 and
is the son of Elam and Dorcas (Vansandt) Ross, both natives
of TN. The parents left their native State in 1856 locating
near Marshfield, MO...the paternal grandfather of our subject
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He immigrated to
Middle Tennessee about 1800 and there died at the extreme
age of ninety-eight years. He and two sons were in the War
In fact John Ross was only 87 at the time of his death, he
was not in the War of 1812 as he would have been 54 years
old; however Elam's brothers, Joab and Presley D. Ross,
did serve in this war.
"Seems that Elam followed George Vansandt and his family
from Giles to Wayne County around 1840. In 1849 the Court
Minutes of Wayne County show a E.S. Ross and son, Columbus
were to work on the road to Lawrence Co. Early in 1850,
Elam Ross was to be a juror in Wayne Co. By the early
50s several sons of George Vansandt moved to Webster
County, Missouri. I am convinced that George Vansandt was
the father of Elam s wife Dorcas (in 1860 Columbus Ross
lived in Marshfield, close to Giles P. R. Vansandt, a son
This info from Sandra Ross:
[page 78] Monday Jan' 8th 1850
Ordered by the Court that W B SKILLERN be appointed overseer
to open & keep up the road of 2nd Class from Ashland to the
Lawrence County line as viewed and marked out by J. E.
McKNIGHT & othersand that he have the following hands to
wit S C MITCHELL and hands J E McKNIGHTand hands, John
STOCKARD and hands Jacob STRICKLAND Wm HOLLOWAY Isaac
SURRATT Elias WHITE Wm C McBRIDE Wm H HILL Benjamin
HARGROVE[?] James DURHAM, Wm WILSON, Sam' HOLMES,
David SKILLERN, James SURRATT, Thomas W HILL, A W BATTS,
E [?] ROSS, Columbus ROSS, Martin STAGGS and Nathan
BIFFLE Jr to work under his direction Issued Jan 10th 1850.
The 1860 Census of Polk Co., Mooney TWP, MO page 186 has
Darcus Ross (43), William (17), Missouri (11), John (9),
Thomas (7) and James (5).
Notes for DORCAS VANSANDT:
The 1860 Census of Polk Co., Mo, Mooney TWP page 186:
Darcus Ross age 43, TN
William age17, TN
Tennessee female, age 14, TN
Missouri female, age 11 MO
John age 9, MO
Thomas age 7, MO
James age 5, MO
Children of ELAM ROSS and DORCAS VANSANDT are:
i. COLUMBUS MCDONOUGH4 ROSS, b. March 03,
1833, Giles Co., TN; d. January 20, 1896, Houston, Texas
Notes for COLUMBUS MCDONOUGH ROSS:
Goodspeed's bio of Columbus McDonough Ross states that
Elam Ross died in 1857 being 57 years of age.
ii. INDIANA GREEN ROSS, b. 1837; d. Unknown;
m. ELISHA KELLY; d. Unknown.
iii. WILLIAM ROSS, b. 1843; d. Unknown.
iv. TENNESSEE ROSS, b. 1846; d. Unknown.
v. MISSOURI ROSS, b. 1849; d. Unknown.
vi. NARCISSUS ROSS, b. 1850; d. 1932; m.
JAMES ARCHIBALD EVANS; d. Unknown.
vii. JOHN ROSS, b. 1851; d. Unknown.
viii. THOMAS SIDNEY ROSS, b. 1853; d. 1897.
ix. JAMES BLACKBURN ROSS, b. April 10, 1855;
4. JANE3 ROSS (JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born April 15, 1802
in GA, and died January 19, 1892 in Giles Co., TN. She
married WILLIAM PENDLETON MOORE May 30, 1825 in Giles
Co., TN. He was born June 07, 1790, and died June 19,
1859 in Giles Co., TN.
Children of JANE ROSS and WILLIAM MOORE are:
i. SARAH JANE4 MOORE, b. September 06, 1826;
ii. MOLCY LAFAYETTE MOORE, b. July 06, 1828;
iii. LOUISA SHAPPARD MOORE, b. May 09, 1830;
iv. ISABELLA N. MOORE, b. May 16, 1832;
v. GEORGE WASHINGTON MOORE, b. May 23, 1834;
vi. JAMES CIDNEY MOORE, b. January 03, 1837;
vii. SUSAN ADLINE MOORE, b. May 12, 1840;
viii. ROBERT B. MOORE, b. December 02, 1842;
ix. NEWTON MOORE, b. November 30, 1847;
5. PRESSLEY D.3 ROSS (JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born Abt. 1804,
and died Bet. 1840 - 1850 in Arkansas. He married JANE
CAROLINE HANNAH Bef. 1837, daughter of JAMES HANNAH and
ANN CALDWELL. She was born June 20, 1811 in Hickman Co., TN,
and died May 08, 1838 in Giles Co., TN.
Notes for PRESSLEY D. ROSS:
One Lt. Presley Ross fought in Capt. Geiger Co Kentucky
Mtd. Riflemen in 1811 (Vol. soldiers 1784-1811) as a patriot
of the War of 1812. See Volunteer Soldiers 1784-1811.
Jane C. Hannah Ross died in May of 1838 leaving a 6 mo old
child, James Marshall Ross. Presley Ross was remarried
by 1840 as this census lists a female in the household.
According to an 1850 document in file Box H-20 in Giles Co.,
TN, both parents of James Marshall Ross were dead by 1850
and their child is in the home of James C. Hannah, his
uncle in Giles Co., TN.
Child of PRESSLEY ROSS and JANE HANNAH is:
i. JAMES M.4 ROSS, b. November 08, 1837;
d. December 13, 1922, Giles Co., TN.
6. GEORGE BLACKMAN3 ROSS (JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born
August 08, 1809 in Maury Co., TN, and died September 1888 in
Giles Co., TN. He married UNKNOWN Bef. 1837. She died
Notes for GEORGE BLACKMAN ROSS:
G.B. (George Blackman) ROSS was born in Maury Co., TN August
8, 1809 and died before August, 1888.
He was in the Mexican War and enlisted in Eutaw, Greene Co.,
Alabama on May 27th, 1846. He was in Company "D", the 1st
Regiment of Alabama Volunters commanded by J. R. Coffee and
held the rank of Corporal.
George B. Ross was named a cousin of Sarah Jane Moore
(child of Jane Ross Moore) in a lawsuit in Giles Co., TN.
Jane Ross was a sister of John Ross, father of G. B. Ross.
The 1830 Giles Co., TN census shows G.B. Ross living alone
and age 20/30.
John Ross (Revolutionary soldier born in 1758 in Mecklenburg
Co., NC) and his wife, Margaret were living in the household
of George Ross in the 1840 Giles Co., TN census. In this
census was also 1 female under 5 (Sarah Ann) , 1 female
20/30 (wife of G.B.), 1 female 60/70 (Margaret, his mother).
The Mexican War Pension Application states that George B.
Ross joined in Eutaw, Greene Co., AL on May 27th 1846 was
discharged in New Orleans, LA and lived for four or five
years in Eutaw, AL before moving back to Giles Co., TN.
The 1850 Giles Co., TN census has Sarah Ann and Loretta
Jane (children of G.B. Ross) in the household of Joab Ross
(a brother of G.B. Ross).
The 1860 Giles Co., TN census has G.B. Ross (age 50) and
Loretta Jane (age 18) p. 118, #347.
The 1870 Giles Co., TN census has no G.B. Ross.
The 1880 Giles Co., TN census has G.B. Ross
George B. Ross applied for a pension on Feb 1, 1887
The estate settlement of George Ross named his two
daughters: Loretta Jane and Sarah Ann. Sarah Ann (b. 1838)
married Joe B. Brownlow. Loretta Jane (b. 1841) married
C. C. Parsons and resided in Coleman Co., TX. (This
information from Giles Co., TN file box IX, filed Sept
24, 1888 with Field Arrowsmith, Administrator.)
I have no information on the wife of G.B. Ross. It
appears they married after 1830 and before 1838 since
the two girls were born in 1838 and 1841. G.B. left his
children with his brother in the 1850 census and it
appears Sarah Ann had married before the 1860 census
where G.B. is living without his wife and with his daughter,
Loretta Jane. I have no information about the whereabouts
of G.B. Ross in the 1870 census. He appears back in Giles
Co., TN in the 1880 census and his estate settlement was
in Giles Co., TN in August of 1888.
Children of GEORGE ROSS and UNKNOWN are:
i. SARAH ANN4 ROSS, b. 1838; d. Unknown.
ii. LORETTA JANE ROSS, b. 1841; d. Unknown.
Generation No. 3
7. JOHN MARTIN4 ROSS (JOAB3, JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born
December 05, 1831 in Giles Co., TN, and died July 29, 1909
in Giles Co., TN. He married ELIZA EVERLENA WILLIAMS1
October 24, 1872 in Giles Co., TN, daughter of ELIJAH
WILLIAMS and FRANCES WATSON. She was born December 25,
1849 in Giles Co., TN, and died April 21, 1943 in Giles
Notes for JOHN MARTIN ROSS:
John Martin Ross fought as a Confederate Soldier of "A"
Company, 11th Cavalry Btn.
Children of JOHN ROSS and ELIZA WILLIAMS are:
i. WILLIAM LEVI5 ROSS, b. January 21,
1874; d. 1953.
8. ii. MARGARET FRANCES ELIZABETH ROSS, b.
November 11, 1875, Giles Co., TN; d. September 26,
1963, Giles Co., TN.
iii. LENA MAY ROSS, b. April 06, 1877;
iv. MOSE ELLA ROSS, b. October 18, 1879;
d. Unknown; m. JOE WALSH; d. Unknown.
v. JOHN MORGAN ROSS, b. September 19,
1882; d. December 16, 1965; m. JESSIE WILKES; d.
9. vi. LILLIE BERTHA ROSS, b. July 29, 1886,
Giles Co., TN; d. October 13, 1977, Davidson Co., TN.
vii. MILDRED ABIGAIL ROSS, b. July 19, 1889;
d. Unknown; m. BUTLER WILSON; d. Unknown.
Generation No. 4
8. MARGARET FRANCES ELIZABETH5 ROSS (JOHN MARTIN4,
JOAB3, JOHN2, GEORGE1) was born November 11, 1875 in
Giles Co., TN, and died September 26, 1963 in Giles
Co., TN. She married HENRY BUGG EVANS November 02,
1898 in Giles Co., TN, son of SAMUEL EVANS and LOUISA
KERR. He was born June 12, 1874 in Giles Co., TN,
and died July 27, 1960 in Davidson Co., TN.
Notes for HENRY BUGG EVANS:
Henry Bugg Evans served four terms as Mayor of Lynnville,
TN and served 12 years on the Giles Co Quarterly Court.
Children of MARGARET ROSS and HENRY EVANS are:
i. ELLA ELIZABETH6 EVANS, b. November 15,
1899, Giles Co., TN; d. March 01, 2002, Giles Co., TN;
m. JAMES EVANS KENNEDY, July 24, 1920, Maury Co., TN; b.
1892; d. 1958, Davidson Co., TN.
Notes for ELLA ELIZABETH EVANS:
Aunt Elizabeth left the following hand written note at
the Bennett/Mays Funeral Home: so like her! She had
written this 12 years ago when she was 90. Her daughter
and brother died after she wrote this.
Pulaski, TN, December 16, 1990
I Elizabeth Evans Kennedy, being of sound mind request
the following for my burial plans - I want Bill Bennett
of Bennett/May Funeral home to take care of all the plans.
I do not want my casket opened to the public - Just want
my family members and Nita Worsham to see me.
A simple grave side service. Just a scripture, prayer
and "Crossing the Bar" read. No music or singing.
Have the minister that is at First Methodist here to do it.
No flowers. Just a pretty saddle made of mixed flowers
that are in season. Carl Green of Carl's Flowers knows
what I like.
No vault. A nice simple casket. Bill will know. Use
a soft blue or soft pink robe. Make me look the best
you can, with what you have to work on.
Bill, I want you to take care of all the things that
need to be done. Becky is not able to. This will include
grave digging, preacher, flowers and other things if
needed. Just put it all on one bill. I will be buried
on the Henry Bugg lot. My stone is already there, so
you will know the place.
My family - father, Henry Bugg Evans, mother - Betty
Ross Evans, brother - Ross I. Evans, Nashville, sister,
Mary Evans Minatra, Pulaski, my child, Rebecca Kennedy
Jones, Shelbyville, TN, grandsons, Gordon Lee Jones,
Jerry Kennedy Jones, great grandsons, Scott, Jered and
Notes for JAMES EVANS KENNEDY:
James Evans Kennedy enlisted June 4, 1917 at Fort
Oglethorope, GA in the First World War and served in
Co. D 38th Battalion USG. He was promoted to Sergeant
January 13, 1919 and was discharged on January 27, 1919.
ii. HENRY KITTRELL EVANS, b. February 15,
1902, Giles Co., TN; d. May 06, 1952, Giles Co., TN; m.
PAULINE SMITH, Private; b. Private.
iii. ROSS IRWIN EVANS, b. July 18, 1904,
Limestone Co., AL; d. November 23, 1995, Davidson Co.,
TN; m. (1) EMILY ELIZABETH MCCONNELL, October 25, 1930,
Davidson Co., TN2; b. March 15, 1907, Davidson Co., TN;
d. February 11, 1953, Altadena, Los Angeles Co., CA; m.
(2) MARTHA ORGAN PEAY, Private; b. Private.
Notes for EMILY ELIZABETH MCCONNELL:
After the death of her father, Charlton Lee McConnell on
January 17, 1914, Emily Elizabeth McConnell was adopted
by Miss Annie Elizabeth Leathers on February 16, 1916.
This adoption carried two stipulations: That Elizabeth's
name not be changed and that she was not to be vested with
the right to inherit from Miss Leathers. Annie Leathers
was the daughter of Tommie Haynes Leathers, a widow,
who married Willis M. Farris, Sr. and became the mother
of four sons. These four brothers, Willis, Jr., Lee,
Alfred and Frank were the half brothers of Annie E.
Leathers. At the death of her mother on July 25, 1901,
Miss Leathers dedicated herself to raising her half
brothers. Then in 1916, she adopted Elizabeth McConnell
(age 8) and raised her. Annie E. Leathers was born
March 2, 1876 and died August 26, 1966. She is buried
in the Farris family plot at Mt. Olivet in Nashville, TN.
The first home of the Farris family was at 301 51st Avenue
and the area was called "Farris Hill". The family built
and moved to a new house on Park Avenue between 49th and
50th in the early 1900's. It was razed for construction
of Cohn High School.
The family of Charlton Lee and Artie McConnell lived at
4905 Park Avenue with their three daughters. Charlton
McConnell was at one time manager of the Nashville
Hardwood Flooring Company and was one of the most widely
known lumbermen in the South. (Info from the obituary
of Charlton L. McConnell).
iv. REBECCA EVERLENA EVANS, b. December
30, 1906, Athens, AL; d. January 07, 1911, Giles Co., TN.
v. MARY ALLENE EVANS, b. Private; m. MAHLON
BENNETT MINATRA, Private; b. January 20, 1911, Giles Co.,
TN; d. April 14, 2003, Giles Co., TN.
vi. THOMAS MARTIN EVANS, b. November 20,
1914, Limestone Co., AL; d. November 22, 1986, Davidson
Co., TN; m. VIRGINIA RICHEY, June 26, 1941, Corinth, MS;
d. December 05, 1981.
9. LILLIE BERTHA5 ROSS (JOHN MARTIN4, JOAB3, JOHN2,
GEORGE1) was born July 29, 1886 in Giles Co., TN, and
died October 13, 1977 in Davidson Co., TN. She married
JOHN FLEMING October 09, 1907. He was born August 29,
1884, and died June 04, 1931 in Davidson Co., TN.
Child of LILLIE ROSS and JOHN FLEMING is:
i. DAN OVERTON6 FLEMING, b. August 01,
1908; d. October 02, 1952.
1. Death Certificate, TN #7275.
2. Marriage License, License #47482, Book 50, pa 371.