William James Nathaniel Ross

21 February 1831–15 May 1879 (Age 48)
Greenville, South Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of William James Nathaniel

William James Nathaniel Ross was born on 21 February 1831, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. He had at least 3 sons and 5 daughters with Rebecca Fawles. He lived in Fayette, Alabama, United States in 1860 and Duck Creek Township, Stoddard, Missouri, United States in 1870. He died on 15 May 1879, in Montague, Texas, United States, at the age of 48.

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Family Time Line

William James Nathaniel Ross
1831–1879
Rebecca Fawles
1824–1911
Margaret A. Ross
1854–
Polly Ross
1854–
Manerva Ross
1855–
Harriet Ross
1857–
George Ross
1859–
Rebecca Ross
1860–
James Ross
1866–
Charles R Ross
1870–1928

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War
Age 1
Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · Angry Mob Seizes U-S Mail
Age 4
On August 31, 1835, in Charleston, South Carolina an angry mob takes control over the U-S mail and burns it in public.
1844 · German Immigration to Texas
Age 13
Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.

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.

Possible Related Names

Ruskin
Ros
Rose
Rossell
Rusling
Rohs
Rosse

Sources (2)

  • Nat J Ross, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm Ross, "United States Census, 1870"

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