Bertran Philander Ross Hendrix (1866 - 1934)

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Nicknames: "Ross Hendricks"
Birthplace: Urbana City, Champaign, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Vancouver, BC, Canada
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About Bertran Philander Ross Hendrix

Bertran Philander Ross Hendricks left his place of birth and migrated to Chicago in 1896, hoping to forge a new path to opportunity. Ross changed his last name from Hendricks to Hendrix in Chicago and briefly married. Life in Chicago proved to be more promising and Ross made a name for himself as a special police officer. The pulse of entertainment and adventure beating in his spirit, Ross quit the police force and joined a traveling vaudeville troupe. His work as a stagehand took him all over the country until the troupe broke up while in Seattle, Washington in 1912.

Zenora “Nora” Moore, Jimi’s grandmother, was born on November 19, 1883 in Georgia to Fanny Moore, originally from Ohio, and Robert Moore Sr., a Georgia native. Fanny Moore was half Cherokee and half African American. Robert Moore Sr. was a freed slave. Together they worked to make a life for their family, relocating to Tennessee, where Nora was raised.

By the beginning of the 20th Century, Nora, now a teenager, noticed the growing popularity of touring vaudeville acts and immediately took an interest in this form of entertainment. She thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing, comedy routines and the excitement of the stage. By her early twenties she began performing. Along with her sister, whose stage name was Belle Lamar, Nora joined a traveling vaudeville group as a chorus girl/dancer. For the next several years, Nora and Belle toured the country as part of this lively body of entertainers who quickly became known for their extravagant costumes.

Nora Moore and Bertram Philander Ross Hendrix met on the road. The two found themselves traveling around the country together as part of the same Dixieland vaudeville troupe. Their troupe included six band members plus a cast of seventeen actors, comedians, and dancers as well as stagehands such as Ross Hendrix. As Nora performed her act onstage, a bond was developing offstage between the entertainer and the stage hand. As the tour began to concentrate in the Pacific Northwest with the entertainers often traveling between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, both Nora and Ross began to view the area as a permanent home. Financial difficulties brought the tour to an end in Seattle in 1912, but that end proved to be the beginning of a new life for Ross and Nora as they decided to marry in that city.

Non-stage work, however, soon proved difficult to obtain in Seattle. On the advice of an acquaintance known only as Mr. Cohen, Ross and Nora Hendrix moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he would find work. Cohen recommended Ross to a friend who was affiliated with The American Club in Vancouver. Ross obtained employment there.

With employment, Ross and Nora started a new family and a new life. All four of their children were born in Canada. Nora gave birth to the couple’s first son, Leon Marshall Hendrix, on April 12, 1912 (he passed away in March 1932). A daughter, Patricia Rose Hendrix, was born on May 3, 1914 and a few years later, two more sons, Frank Hendrix on October 3, 1917 and James Allen Ross Hendrix on June 10, 1919, were born. James Allen (“Al”) Ross Hendrix would later become the father of Jimi Hendrix who was born in Seattle on November 27, 1942. A fifth child, Orville Ronald Hendrix, was born on January 25, 1926, but passed away two months later on March 31, 1926.

Finding Vancouver to be a comfortable place to work and raise their four children, Ross petitioned the Canadian Government to become a Canadian citizen. On November 28, 1922, Ross and Nora Hendrix were officially naturalized and became Canadian citizens. Ross also became very active in Vancouver’s Fountain Chapel, the local African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Being a “people person,” he enjoyed his work as a steward in some of Vancouver’s most prestigious clubs including the American Club and the Transportation Club of Vancouver. In 1925 he accepted the position of first porter at the newly opened Quilchena Golf & Country Club which was located in one of the most posh neighborhoods on the outskirts of Vancouver. Ross held this position at Quilchena until March 21, 1934, when he passed away because of a ruptured aorta.

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Mary McClelland  Date: July 20, 2011 at 15:04:56

In Reply to: Re: Philander B. Ross Family Urbana, OH

There is no absolute proof that Jimi Hendrix is descended from Philander Burt Ross. Philander's middle name is his grandmother's maiden name, Burt, not Bertran or Bertram. I have searched the census records of Champaign county, Ohio and from 1850 thru 1880, Philander is with his wife, Julia Slater Ross, not anyone named Fanny or Frances. Bertran/Bertram Ross Hendricks' parents were Jefferson and Fanny Hendricks. They were married in 1864 and "Ross" was born in 1866. Although Jefferson is not listed on the 1870 Champaign county census with Fanny and Ross, he is with them on the 1880 census. Philander's family and the Hendricks' family didn't even appear to be neighbors. Philander Ross was a very successful grain dealer and later, a successful banker. As a prominent citizen of Urbana, there may have been alot of people that looked up to him and even named their children after him like several who named their children after presidents and other great news makers of their day. But that does not make them related. I have an ancestor with the middle names of Smith and Carter, but he was not named for anyone in the family. Those are the names of two of his father's closest friends. Researchers should look for some kind of record proving a relationship, instead of assuming one that is not there. If I believed all my family myths and legends, I could say that I am related to a Civil War general, I'm a native American princess and that I am heir to the throne of England!! -------------------- In 1912 his last name was changed from Hendrick to Hendrix.

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Ross Hendricks's Timeline

1866
April 11, 1866
Urbana City, Champaign, Ohio, United States
1890
1890
Age 23
Urbana, Ohio
1912
1912
Age 45
1913
1913
Age 46
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1914
1914
Age 47
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1918
October 1918
Age 52
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1919
June 10, 1919
Age 53
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1926
January 25, 1926
Age 59
1934
March 21, 1934
Age 67
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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