Jane Ross

Female1703–24 January 1742

Brief Life History of Jane

When Jane Ross was born in 1703, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, her father, William Baron Ross, was 47 and her mother, Catherine Ross, was 32. She married Andrew Douglass I in 1718, in Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 24 January 1742, in Compass, West Caln Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Saint Matthew's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Compass, West Caln Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew Douglass I
1702–1742
Jane Ross
1703–1742
Marriage: 1718
Susanna Douglass
1722–1765
George Douglass Sr.
1726–1799
Mary Douglass
1730–1807
Andrew Douglass
1739–1820

Sources (17)

  • Jane Douglas in entry for George Douglas, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Jane Ross - Published information: Probate record or will: death: 23 January 1742; Compass, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Jane Douglass, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"

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    1718Scotland, United Kingdom
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    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from one or other of a number of Scottish and English places called Ross or Roos(e), especially Roose (Lancashire) and Roos (East Yorkshire). The placenames derive from a British ancestor of Welsh rhos ‘moor, heath, plain’, which is the sense of the cognate Gaelic word ros. The Scottish surname has at least three origins. First, the Anglo-Norman family from Roos (East Yorkshire) was introduced to Scotland when Robert of Roos, lord of Wark Castle (Northumberland), married Isabella, an illegitimate daughter of King William the Lion. Second, various families took the name from the province of Ross in northern Scotland and other places of that name. Third, there were Norman families in Scotland by the 13th century who probably derived their name from Rots in Normandy (see 2 below). The descendants of Godfrey de Ros, tenant of the de Morville lords of Cunninghame, were major landholders in Ayrshire, and almost certainly took their name from Rots. The Rose family of Kilravock (Nairnshire) may take their name from either of these three (see Rose ). The lairds of Balnagown adopted the surname Ross after the earldom of Ross (to which they considered themselves rightful heirs) had passed into other hands through the female line.

    English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rots in Calvados (France), probably named with the ancient Germanic element rod ‘clearing’ (compare Rhodes ). This was the original home of a family de Ros, who were established in Kent in 1130 and had major estates in Kent until well into the 13th century.

    English: habitational name from Wrose, in Shipley, near Bradford (Yorkshire), with re-spelling of Wr- as R- due to the loss of /w/ before /r/ in early modern English pronunciation. The spelling Wrose is no longer current. The placename derives from Old English wrāse ‘knot, something twisted’, referring to the steep-sided hill on which the settlement stands, with the sense ‘broken or twisting hill’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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