Mary Hannah Reno (Ross) (1843 - 1874)

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Mary Hannah Ross Reno


Learn about removing the ads from this memorial... Birth: Nov. 16, 1843 Harrisburg Dauphin County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Jul. 10, 1874 Fairview Park (York County) York County Pennsylvania, USA

Wife of Major Marcus A. Reno, 7th US Cavalry.

Her parents were Robert James Ross (of Georgetown, DC) and Mary Ewing Haldeman Ross, she was the fourth of six children. Her father was a cashier at the Dauplin Deposit Bank, and President of the R.J. Ross and Company, a brokerage banking firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She met Captain Reno in November 1862, when he was on recruiting duty in Harrisburg, during the Civil War; he was 28 years old and she was just 18. Her father had died in 1861, and her mother approved of the match. They were married on 1 July 1863 at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, by the Reverend W. C. Cattell. They had one child, a son, Ross Reno.

In 1874, Major Reno was in the field in Montana, with a large Army contingent, guarding the US/Canadian Boundary Survey crews from hostile Sioux Indians while they surveyed and marked the US-Canadian boundry, while Mary and Ross were in Harrisburg with her family, awaiting her husband's return. Suffering drowsiness, stupor and convulsions, she moved to the home of her brother, Andrew Ross, in Fairview. On the morning of July 10, she had a seizure, and died at 3 am. Death was attributed to disease of the kidneys.

She was considered outgoing, extroverted, warm and socially entertaining, constrasting to her husband's personality, who was considered introverted, cold, harsh and aloof. They had an extremely warm and close marriage despite the differences in their personality. Major Reno was denied permission by the US Army to go to the funeral of his wife, as his position as commander of the force guarding the US-Canadian Survey Commission was considered too important. When he was finally released to visit his wife's grave in Philadelphia six months later, Major Reno was shunned by the Ross family for failing to return home immediately upon notification of his wife's death. The Ross family would never forgive Reno for this lapse, even though the Army refused to grant him leave to return home.

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Age 31
Harrisburg Cemetery Harrisburg Dauphin County Pennsylvania