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John Ross

Birthdate:
Birthplace: New Castle, Delaware, American Colonies
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American Colonies
Cause of death: Munitions explosion
Place of Burial: Christ Church Burial Ground Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of David Ross and Sarah Ross
Husband of Betsy Ross and Margaret Ross
Father of Sarah Ross Newman; Elizabeth Ross; Rev. Aenas Ross and Margaret Ross
Brother of Aeneas Ross, Jr.; George Ross; Maria Ross; Sarah Ross; Daniel Ross and 1 other

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About John Ross

John Ross (1752 New Castle, Delaware - 21 January 1776 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was the son of Episcopal minister Rev. Aeneas Ross and Sarah Leech, and the first husband of Elizabeth Griscom, popularly known as Betsy Ross.

Marriage

  • Elizabeth Griscom b.1 January 1752 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; m. 14 November 1773 Hugg's Tavern, New Jersey; d. 30 January 1836 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; no children.

Biographical Summary

While apprenticed her to a local upholsterer named William Webster, John Ross fell in love with another apprentice, Betsy Griscom, who was a fourth-generation colonist and the daughter of Samuel Griscom, a Philadelphia Quaker, builder and lumberyard owner.

On a November night in 1773, the young couple eloped. They ferried across the Delaware River to Hugg's Tavern and were married in New Jersey. Quakers frowned on inter-denominational marriages. The penalty for such unions was severe — the guilty party was "read out", or expelled from the Society of Friends. Being read out meant being cut off socially and economically from both family and congregation. One's entire history and community would be instantly dissolved. Marrying Betsy caused her to be read out of meeting and irrevocable split from her family. She and John joined Christ Church, where the congregation included George Washington and his family.

Less than two years after their marriage, Betsy and John started their own upholstery business. Their decision was a bold one as competition was tough and they could no longer count on Betsy's Quaker circle for business. Fabrics needed for business were hard to come by and business was slow. John joined the Pennsylvania militia. While guarding an ammunition cache in mid-January 1776, John Ross was mortally wounded in an explosion. He died on January 21st and was buried in Christ Church, leaving Betsy a childless widow at the age of 24. She continued to run the upholstery business, mending uniforms and making tents, blankets, musketballs, and cartridges for the Continental army. In late May or early June of 1776, Betsy had that fateful meeting with the Committee of Three: George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris, which led to the sewing of the first flag.

Sources

  • Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. Volume: 149, Page Number: 513, Biographical Info: Rev.War, Reference: {813}:1290.
  • Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Source number: 985.003; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 10.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. Volume: 149, Page Number: 513, Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 3 Sep 1907, 9207.
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John Ross's Timeline

1752
1752
New Castle, Delaware, American Colonies
1773
1773
Age 21
Virginia, American Colonies
1774
January 6, 1774
Age 22
1776
January 21, 1776
Age 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American Colonies
January 21, 1776
Age 24
Christ Church Burial Ground Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
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