Visit the USGenWeb Project Website Visit the IAGenWeb Project Website

 What's New

Coordinator Contact

About Us

Return to the Home Page
Contact the Ringgold Cemeteries
Census the Ringgold Counties
 Ringgold County Churches
family pages links to family
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Copyright Statement
History Ringgold County
Ringgold County IAGenWeb History-Biographies Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Lookups
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Mailing Lists
Ringgold County Maps IAGenWeb Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Messageboards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Military
Ringgold County IAGenWeb News Clippings
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Obituaries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Penny Post Cards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Photographs
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Queries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Site Map
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Surnames
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Front Porch

This site is supported by
Friends of IAGenWeb

powered by FreeFind

from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 229


Civil War Flags.jpg Thomas ROSS, one of the oldest residents of Mount Ayr, is a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, born July 4, 1816, a son of Thomas and Susannah (HOLLAND) ROSS, his father a native of Delaware, and his mother of Maryland. They were married in Washington County, Pennsylvania and subsequently moved to Ohio, and when our subject was seven years old, to Richland County, now Ashland, Ohio, where the mother died. In 1848 the father moved to Iowa, and lived in Mahaska county several years, moving thence to Ringgold County, where he died in 1862. Thomas ROSS remained in Ashland County until nineteen yeaers of age. he attended the district school in the winter, working on the farm in the summer, until eighteen years old, when he began teaching. He alfterward attended school at Norwalk, Ohio, and then went to Huron, where he clerked in a store, and in 1838, came West as far as Jacksonville, Illinois, where he was employed on the engineer corps the following summer. He then taught in Sangamon County, and in August, 1844, came to Iowa, and lived in Mahaska County eight years. In 1852 he went to Wapello County, and in 1859 removed to Ringgold County, locating in Mount Ayr. He engaged in the dry-goods business until 1861, when he closed out his stock of goods, and assumed the duties of clerk of the court, and ex-officio member of the Board of Supervisors. He held that office until 1870, when he again embraked in the dry-goods business until 1877. He has held various local offices, among others, being treasurer of his township, assessor and justice of the peace, hold he latter office at the present [1887] time. He was married in Sagamon County, Illinois, in 1839, to Martha H. (sic) McMILLAN, a native of Scott County, Kentucky. They have seven children, two sons and five daughters. Mr. ROSS is a member of the Odd Fellows order. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Espicopal Church.

NOTE: Thomas ROSS was a Civil War Veteran, serving as a Private in Company K of the 39th Iowa Infantry. Thomas died March 4, 1872, and was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Martha Ann (McMILLAN) ROSS was born November 19, 1821, and died in 1888. She was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 229-30, 1887

WPA Grave Survey; IAGen Gravestone Photograph Project

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

To submit your Ringgold County biographies, contact Sharon R. Becker at
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

You are our visitor!
Thank You for stopping by!

© Copyright 1996-
Ringgold Co. IAGenWeb Project
All rights Reserved.