Mary Bell Ross

9 May 1815–27 November 1888 (Age 73)
West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary Bell

When Mary Bell Ross was born on 9 May 1815, in West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Bell, was 30 and her mother, Mary Paterson, was 23. She married Walter Muir on 15 November 1835, in West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Fauldhouse, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Utah, Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 27 November 1888, in Mendon, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Mendon City Cemetery, Mendon, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Muir
Mary Bell Ross
Marriage: 15 November 1835
Mary Muir
Agnes Muir
Jane Muir
Janet Muir
Walter Muir
Margaret Muir
Ann Muir
Robert Muir
Agnes Muir
Elizabeth Wright Muir
James Ross Muir
David Muir

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  • Marriage
    15 November 1835West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge
    Age 2
    Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 4
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 21
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    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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    Walter Muir and Mary Bell (Ross) Story by Carma Muir Golding

    Walter Muir was born 29 Jan 1809 in West Calder, West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland to Walter Muir and Agnes Mackie/Mackay. Not much is know about Walter other than he was an iron miner in the 1851 ce …

    Sources (26)

    • Mary Muir in household of Walter Muir, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Mary Ross in entry for Anna Bird, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Mary Muir in household of Walter Muir, "United States Census, 1880"

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