About James Ross
79 v. James ROSS died in 1805 in New York.
R. R. Claiborne wrote in a letter to Frank Willing Leach, Ross researcher at the turn of the century, "I remember well of hearing my grandmother speak of her brother who had been lost from a vessel whilst at sea." Mr. Claiborne also possessed a letter written from New York, 24 Mar 1806, by John Sturtevant, to Frederick Kuhn, of Lancaster, PA, brother of Maria Sabina Kuhn Ross, saying: "Your nephew, Captain Ross, supported a very good character and discharged his duties with fidelity and ability...All of Captain Ross' trunks, charts and papers were put on Captain Ransom's vessel."
Mr. Claiborne also had a poem, dated 16 Feb 1805, headed, "To Miss Catharine T. Ross, on the sudden death of her brother who was drowned from an open boat oversetting among the breakers near New York." There was a James Ross appointed Midshipman, U. S. Navy, 2 Mar 1799, and who resigned 8 Oct 1800. In a letter from the Navy Department dates 6 Jan 1898, it is written, "The letter appointing James Ross a midshipman in the U.S.N. was addressed to him at Lancaster. No further information appears on the records."