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Alexander ROSS

Male Abt 1682 - Bef 1748  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Alexander ROSS 
    Born Abt 1682  Scotland or Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN R20M-TT 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 7 Dec 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online], Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005

      Name: Alexander Ross
      Year: 1693
      Age: 11
      Place: Pennsylvania
      Source Publication Code: 6185
      Primary Immigrant: Ross, Alexander
      Annotation: Date and place of transportation or sale; a few are date and port of arrival. Some data extracted from New Jersey Archives, 1st Series, vol. 11:88. Terms of service are also provided.
      Source Bibliography: NICHOLSON, MARY ANN. "Stolen Children." In The Scottish Genealogist (Scottish Genealogy Society, Edinburgh), vol. 29:1 (Mar. 1982), pp. 11-15.
      Page: 15

      (2) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 191-193:

      ROSS

      Alexander Ross (b. 1682 c.) of Chester County, Pennsylvania married Katherine Chambers of Chichester Township, Chester County early in 1706. They had three sons: John married Lydia Hollingsworth, daughter of Stephen, David apparently never married and George married Frances ? and their four daughters were Albenah (married Evan Thomas Jr.), Mary (married John Littler, son of Samuel), Katherine (married Robert Stewart ) and Lydia (married John Day of Nottingham on 21 June 1733 at Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania). . . .

      Alexander was taxed from 1718-1730 in West Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He and Morgan Bryan petitioned the Council of the Colony of Virginia on 28 October 1730 that there were 100 families desirous of settling in Virginia and requested 100,000 acres on the west and north side of "Opeckon" to the North Mountain and along the River Cohongarooton (Potomac River). With the advice of the Council, the Governor gave permission to Ross and Bryan to take up the 100,000 acres; patents would be granted, providing that the 100 families were present and dwelling upon the land within two years.

      Ross probably moved to Virginia soon after he received notification of the Council's action. He received his patent from the Colony on 12 November 1735 for 2,373 acres. The tract is located west of Clearbrook, Virginia on Braddocks Road, Frederick County Highway 672. Interstate Highway 81 crosses the east part of the tract, Frederick County Highway 671 runs along the north side and County Highway 661 runs along the east.

      On 20 March 1737/38, Alexander and Catherine sold 396 acres of the patent land to John Nickline/Nickland for 12 pounds. John was deceased by 14 May 1751, devising the plantation to his son Joseph Nicklin. . . .

      Alexander sold 336 acres to his son-in-law John Day (admitted to Orange County Court, 27 April 1738 by Alexander Ross for Deeds of Lease and Release, but not entered in the Orange County, Virginia Deed Books). This tract was sold by Alexander Ross (son and heir at law to John Ross deceased, and grandson of Alexander Ross {b. 1682 c.), to John Day, husband of Lydia Ross of Pennsylvania, on 2 August 1765 for five pounds. The 336 acres is located . . . south of County Highway 672. On 5 August 1765, John and Lydia Day of Pennsylvania sold this land to Gabriel Jones for 250 pounds.

      Alexander sold "212 acres by Deeds of Lease and Release 19th and 20th April 1738, Recorded in the County of Orange" to his son George. (Deed is not in Orange County, Virginia Deed Books) On 18 March 1774, George and his wife Frances sold 10 acres and six poles of this tract to Samuel Littler for 20 pounds. George inherited 303 acres from his father Alexander which he sold on 22 March 1760 to Thomas Berry for 500 pounds. He sold 479 acres, "where Alexander now lives," to his nephew Alexander Ross on 18 October 1773 for 22 pounds, 10 shillings.

      On 21 October 1773, Alexander and his wife Anne Ross sold the 479 acres to John Reynolds of Monmouth County, New Jersey for 479 pounds. This land, containing 303 and 479 acres, is located . . . along County Road 672 north of John Day's land. George was deceased on 7 August 1781 when his will was proved in Frederick County Court, leaving his wife Frances the 150acre plantation and at her decease, it would devolve to their two daughters, Jane and Mary Ross.

      On 14 May 1742, John Ross purchased 220 acres (part of the 2,373-acre patent land) from his father Alexander (b. 1682 c.). . . . John was deceased on 8 August 1749 when his wife Lydia Hollingsworth Ross was named guardian of Alexander Ross, orphan of John Ross. On 14 January 1760, John?s son Alexander sold the 220-acre tract to William Jollife Jr. for 120 pounds.

      Alexander (b. 1682 c.) sold a 214-acre section of patent land . . . to Joseph Bryan on 12 April 1744.

      David Ross died in November 1748, leaving his estate to be divided among all his brothers and sisters, with the exception of Lydia Day of Nottingham (Chester County, Pennsylvania).

      Alexander and his son David died within days (or weeks) of each other as both of their wills were proved in Frederick County Court on 7 December 1748. Alexander left all of his remaining land to be divided among his three sons, John, George and David Ross. David?s will was written 10 days after his father wrote his will.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania.

      Alexander Ross, 2373 acres in what is now Frederick County, lying six miles north of Winchester. On this tract Hopewell Meeting House stands, on land set aside by Ross for that purpose, and near by he established his home, where he was living at the time of his death in 1748. Of the ancestry and early life of Alexander Ross much has been written, based upon tradition and unsupported by recorded evidence, but the recent investigations of Thomas Hays Fawcett of the court records of Chester County, Pennsylvania, supply the most authentic record of his life, so far discovered. Mr. Fawcett says:

      "Alexander Ross of Pennsylvania and Virginia was probably of Scotch-Irish descent and was born about 1682. He was brought to Pennsylvania as an indentured servant when about eleven years old. The following is from the record of the Court of Common Pleas, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1681-1697:

      ["]The boys that Mauris Trent brought in to this country were called to be judged by the Court. Caleb Pusey[']s boy, Alexander Ross, adjudged by the Court to be eleven years of age and to serve to the age of one and twenty and to have the custom of the country and be discharged from his servitude by the said Caleb Pusye.

      "Caleb Pusey of Chester, a last-maker by trade, had a mill and was a prominent member of the community. Alexander Ross acquired the trade of a joiner. His term of service would have been up in 1703. Early in 1706 he married Katherine Chambers of Chichester. About the year 1709 he bought a lot in Chester and built a house on it, which he sold to George Simcock of Chester for 112 pounds. (Chester Co. Deeds, Book C P 126.) In 1713 he removed to Radnor and bought a tract of 150 acres in Whitland Township. He secured a warrant dated 9th month 5th, 1714, from the Commissioners of Property for the survey of 500 acres of land, for which he agreed to pay 50 pounds and a quit rent of one shilling per 100 acres. This was surveyed in the neighborhood of Nottingham Township on Conowingo Creek, April 20, 1716. He moved his certificate to Newark Monthly Meeting 9th month 8th, 1716. When New Garden Monthly Meeting was set off from Newark Monthly Meeting in 1718, he fell within the limits of that meeting. New Garden Monthly Meeting was divided and the first monthly meeting was held at Nottingham 4th month 20th, 1730. Almost at once he appears in the Nottingham Minute Book:

      ["]6th month 15th, 1730, Alexander Ross and others appointed to labor with Samuel White,

      ["]and very frequently thereafter, until the establishment of Hopewell Monthly Meeting in 1735."

      Tracings of the signatures of this Alexander Ross of Nottingham, and Alexander Ross of Virginia, are apparently identical, and evidently were written by the same man.

      The records of Orange County, Va., show that during the period Ross's land lay within its bounds, 1734-1743, he sold but two tracts from his original 2373 acres. The first one, recorded in Deed Book 2, page 465, is from Alexander Ross and Catherine his wife of Orange County, Colony of Virginia, to John Nickline of the same place, for 396 acres, being part of his patent of November 12, 1735. This deed bears date of August 21, 1738, and is witnessed by James Wright and Arthur Barrett. The second conveyance, recorded in Deed Book 5, page 149, is from Alexander Ross of Orange County, Colony of Virginia, Yeoman, to John Ross of the same place, Yeoman, and is for 220 acres, part of the same tract. The deed is witnessed by James Wood, William Glover, and Isaac Parkins. The Frederick County records show but one conveyance &, (Deed Book 1, page 75), and that is to Joseph Bryan, son of his partner Morgan Bryan, to whom he sells 214 acres on April 13, 1744. No other sales appear in the records, and as he bought no additional land, he could hardly be considered a speculator in land, as some have claimed.

      The will of Alexander Ross is recorded in Frederick County Will Book 1, page 226, is dated the "24th of ye 8th month, 1748," and was probated December 7, 1748. He therefore died some time after August 24, and before December 7, 1748, aged about 66 years. His will was witnessed by James Wright Senr., Robert Hutchings, and Lydia Barrett, and makes bequests to his wife Catherine, his sons David, John, and George, and his daughters Mary Litler, Albena Thomas, Lydia Day, and Catherine Ross, and requests that his slaves not be sold, but retained in the family.

      Some epidemic was doubtless raging in the community at that time, as his sons David and John, his son-in-law John Littler, his wife Catherine, and several of his neighbors died within a few weeks.

      His home plantation came into the possession of the heirs of his daughter Mary Littler, and from them by marriage to the Stribling family, who sold it to Maj. Burwell B. Washington. Maj. Washington's descendants held the property until a few years ago, when it was sold to a member of Hopewell Meeting, Mr. William Robinson, and it is now owned by his heirs.

      (4) The identity of all 70 families who settled in Frederick County, VA by 1735, in the geographic area of the Bryan-Ross land order, is unknown to the compiler. However, each person listed below was a grantee in at least one patent dated November 12, 1735 to real estate in this area:

      1. Anderson, Thomas
      2. Babb, Thomas, Jr.
      3. Ballenger, Josiah, Sr.
      4. Borden, Benjamin, Jr.
      5. Branson, Thomas
      6. Browne, James
      7. Bryan, Morgan, Sr.
      8. Calvert, John
      9. Chapman, Giles
      10. Cocherine, Cornelius
      11. Curtis, Thomas
      12. Davis, Edward
      13. Davis, James
      14. Dawson, Thomas
      15. Emlen, Luke
      16. Frost, John
      17. Hiatt, John, Jr.
      18. Hobson, George
      19. Hoge, William, Sr.
      20. Hood, John
      21. Littler, John
      22. Looney, Robert, Sr.
      23. Mills, John, Sr.
      24. Mills, John, Jr.
      25. Morgan, Morgan, Sr.
      26. Parkins, Isaac
      27. Parrell, Hugh
      28. Peteate, John
      29. Pincher, Francis
      30. Richards, John
      31. Robinson, George III
      32. Ross, Alexander
      33. Thomas, Evan, Sr.
      34. Thomas, Nathaniel
      35. Wilson, John
      36. Wright, James, Sr.

      In compiling the above list, the compiler used what the compiler deemed to be the preferred spelling of each patentee's name. In some cases, there were multiple spellings of a patentee's name.

      (5) Following is a listing, in page number order in VA Patent Book 16, of the 40 patents which were executed and delivered on November 12, 1935 to members of the "70 families" who settled in Frederick County, VA by 1735, in the geographic area of the Bryan-Ross land order:

      1. Pp. 315-318, Morgan Bryan, 400 acres
      2. Pp. 318-320, Morgan Bryan, 264 acres
      3. Pp. 320-323, Alexander Ross, 2,373 acres
      4. Pp. 323-325, John Wilson, 286 acres
      5. Pp. 325-327, Thomas Curtis, 418 acres
      6. Pp. 328-330, Nathaniel Thomas, 380 acres
      7. Pp. 330-332, Isaac Parkins, 200 acres
      8. Pp. 332-334, John Hiet, Jr. of Lancaster County, PA, 300 acres
      9. Pp. 334-337, Thomas Anderson, 542 acres
      10. Pp. 337-339, John Mills, Jr., 408 acres
      11. Pp. 339-342, John Peteate, 500 acres
      12. Pp. 342-344, Robert Luna, 294 acres
      13. Pp. 344-346, John Richards, 500 acres
      14. Pp. 346-349, John Littler, 448 acres
      15. Pp. 349-351, Giles Chapman, 400 acres
      16. Pp. 351-353, James Browne, 121 acres
      17. Pp. 353-356, Luke Emlen, 125 acres
      18. Pp. 356-359, Morgan Bryan, 450 acres
      19. Pp. 359-361, Francis Pincher, 100 acres
      20. Pp. 361-364, Cornelius Cocherine, 172 acres
      21. Pp. 364-366, Josiah Ballenger, 500 acres
      22. Pp. 366-369, William Hoge, 411 acres
      23. Pp. 369-371, Benjamin Borden, 850 acres
      24. Pp. 371-374, John Littler & James Wright, 438 acres
      25. Pp. 374-376, John Frost, 385 acres
      26. Pp. 383-385, Thomas Dawson, 295 acres
      27. Pp. 385-388, Thomas Branson, 850 acres
      28. Pp. 398-390, George Hobson, 937 acres
      29. Pp. 390-382, Morgan Bryan, 1,020 acres
      30. Pp. 392-394, Evan Thomas, 1,014 acres
      31. Pp. 394-396, John Calvert, 850 acres
      32. Pp. 398-400, Morgan Morgan, 1,000 acres
      33. Pp. 400-402, Hugh Parrel, 466 acres
      34. Pp. 402-404, James Davis, 1,175 acres
      35. Pp. 405-406, Thomas Babb, 600 acres
      36. Pp. 406-408, Edward Davis, 875 acres
      37. Pp. 408-410, John Mills, 1,315 acres
      38. Pp. 411-412, John Peteate & George Robinson, 1,650 acres
      39. Pp. 413-415, Isaac Parkins, 725 acres
      40. Pp. 415-417, John Hood, 1,175 acres

      (6) The migration patterns of the "70 families" are believed by the compiler to have been as follows:

      1. Anderson, Thomas - The Anderson family has been difficult for the compiler to trace, but the compiler's hunch is that it may have moved from NY to VA. The Hood family also moved from NY to VA.

      2. Babb, Thomas, Jr. - The Babb family was unusual in the group of "70 families," in that its immigrant ancestor immigrated from England to the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of ME/NH. The subsequent migration pattern of the Babb family was from the Isles of Shoals to New Castle County, DE, and then from New Castle County, DE to VA. The compiler has identified a Frost family whose immigrant ancestor immigrated from England to the Isles of Shoals at about the same time as the Babb immigrant ancestor immigrated there. However, the compiler has not traced John's descendants very far. The Babb family intermarried with the Perkins/Parkins family, which had a similar migration pattern.

      3. Ballenger, Josiah, Sr. - The migration pattern of this family was from Burlington County, NJ to Prince George's [now Frederick] County, MD, and then from Prince George's [now Frederick] County, MD to VA.

      4. Borden, Benjamin, Jr. - The migration pattern of this family was from Monmouth County, NJ to VA.

      5. Branson, Thomas - The migration pattern of this family was from Burlington County, NJ to VA.

      6. Browne, James - The migration pattern of this family was from MD [probably Kent County] to VA. James Browne came from "Chester," MD. [There is a present-day Chesterville in Kent County, MD.]

      7. Bryan, Morgan, Sr. - By most accounts, Morgan Bryan was born in Denmark, about 1671, of English-Irish parentage, and came to America from northern Ireland in 1695 at the age of 24 years. The earliest known record on Bryan is the listing of his name on a 1719 tax roll in Chester County, PA. The migration pattern of the Bryan family was from Chester County, PA to VA.

      8. Calvert, John - The migration pattern of the Calvert family was from Chester County, PA to Frederick County, PA.

      9. Chapman, Giles - Giles Chapman immigrated from England to PA in about 1734, and stayed briefly in the Chester County, PA area before moving to VA. He was unusual in the group of "70 families," in that he was in America only briefly before moving to VA.

      10. Cocherine, Cornelius - The migration pattern of the Cocherine family was from Chester County, PA to VA.

      11. Curtis, Thomas - The migration pattern of the Curtis family was probably from Chester County, PA to VA.

      12. Davis, Edward - My hunch is that the migration pattern of the Davis family was from Chester County, PA to VA.

      13. Davis, James - My hunch is that the migration pattern of the Davis family was from Chester County, PA to VA.

      14. Dawson, Thomas - The migration pattern of the Dawson family was apparently from Kent County, DE to VA.

      15. Emlen, Luke - The Emlen family may have moved from PA to VA.

      16. Frost, John - The Frost family may have moved from PA to VA.

      17. Hiatt, John, Jr. - The migration pattern of the Hiatt family was from Chester County, PA to VA.

      18. Hobson, George - George Hobson, a native of England, may have moved from PA to VA.

      19. Hoge, William, Sr. - William Hoge, Sr., a native of Scotland, immigrated to America in 1682. He moved from NJ to PA, perhaps with a stop in DE. He moved from Chester County, PA to VA..

      20. Hood, John - The Hood family was unusual in the group of "70 families," in that it was an ethnic Dutch family which moved from NY to VA. John Van Meter, a prominent early settler in Frederick County, VA, was also a member of an ethnic Dutch family. The Anderson family may also have moved from NY to VA.

      21. Littler, John - The migration pattern of the Littler family was from Chester County, PA to VA..

      22. Looney, Robert, Sr. - Robert Looney, Sr., a native of the Isle of Man, immigrated to America in 1731. After a stay in Philadelphia, PA, he moved to VA.

      23. Mills, John, Sr. - The Mills family lived in Prince George's [now Frederick County], MD before moving to VA.

      24. Mills, John, Jr. - The Mills family lived in Prince George's [now Frederick County], MD before moving to VA.

      25. Morgan, Morgan, Sr. - Morgan Morgan, a native of Wales, moved from New Castle County, DE to VA.

      26. Parkins, Isaac - The Perkins/Parkins family was unusual in the group of "70 families," in that its immigrant ancestor immigrated from England to NH. The subsequent migration pattern of the Perkins/Parkins family was from NH to New Castle County, DE, then from New Castle County, DE to Cecil County, MD, and then from Cecil County, MD to VA.. The Perkins/Parkins family intermarried with the Babb family, which had a similar migration pattern

      27. Parrell, Hugh - Hugh Parrell was a native of Scotland. He married Ann Calvert, a native of Chester County, PA. The compiler assumes that the Parrell family moved from Chester County, PA to VA.

      28. Peteate, John - John Peteate may have moved from PA to VA.

      29. Pincher, Francis - Francis Pincher may have moved from PA to VA.

      30. Richards, John - John Richards, a native of England, moved from Chester County, PA to VA.

      31. Robinson, George III - George Robinson III apparently moved from New Castle County, DE to VA.

      32. Ross, Alexander - Alexander Ross moved from Chester County, PA to VA.

      33. Thomas, Evan, Sr. - Evan Thomas, Sr. moved from Chester County, PA to VA.

      34. Thomas, Nathaniel - Nathaniel Thomas may have moved from PA to VA.

      35. Wilson, John - John Wilson may have moved from PA to VA.

      36. Wright, James, Sr. - James Wright moved from Chester County, PA to Prince George's [now Frederick] County, MD, and then from Prince George's [now Frederick] County, MD to VA.
    Person ID I9718  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 

    Family Katherine CHAMBERS,   b. Abt 1688,   d. Aft 24 Oct 1748, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 1706  Chichester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Katherine ROSS,   b. Abt 1716, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. George ROSS,   b. Abt 1718, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Albenah ROSS,   b. Abt 1720, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. John ROSS,   b. 18 Feb 1713, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Mary ROSS,   b. 13 Dec 1706, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Nov 1771, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 64 years)  [natural]
     6. Lydia ROSS,   b. 3 Jul 1708, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1799, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
     7. David ROSS,   b. Abt 1710, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1748, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 11:01:14 
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