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Abijah Cornelius Ross, Senior

Also Known As: "Cornelius", "Obijah"
Birthplace: Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 09, 1844 (55-56)
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James P. Ross, Jr. and Mary Ross
Husband of Elizabeth Ross
Father of Sarah L. Jackson; William Ashburn 'Old Billy' Ross; Abijah Cornelius Ross, Jr.; Rebecca Louisa Farrar; Nancy Emeline Johnson and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Ross; Henry Ross; Margaret Dickey; Rebecca F. Dickey; Robert Robert Ross, Sr and 4 others

Y DNA Haplogroup: (Projected) R-BY11158
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:

About Abijah Cornelius Ross, Senior

Abijah Ross was born in 1788, possibly in Giles County, Tennesee, and died in 09 Jan 1844 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. [32]

As of Sept 2017 James P. Ross, Jr. seems to have been his father:

From Warren Sanford McLaughlin, III

"The likely father of Abijah Cornelius Ross Sr. (1788-9 Jan 1844) is probably James P. Ross Jr. (1742-Oct 1809). I have several DNA connections through him and his wife Mary Ross (1747-29 Mar 1788). She may have died giving birth to Abijah Cornelius Ross Sr. (1788-9 Jan 1844) or shortly thereafter."


  1. in 1813 in Nashville Tennesee to Elizabeth Jackson (1792-1847) Her parents are not known with certainly, but as of Sept 2017, "DNA suggests that her parents were Samuel Jackson Jr. (23 Jan 1758-6 Jun 1834) and Hannah Gibson (9 Oct 1764-Dec 1841). It is my belief that Elizabeth Jackson (1792-5 May 1847) was not born in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, but likely immigrated there from North Carolina in about 1809 with a brother." (from Warren McLaughlin)

children of Abijah Ross and Elizabeth Jackson:

  1. William Ashburn Ross (1814) m. Mahala Mary Cunningham
  2. Abijah C. Ross (1815) m. Nancy A. Elum
  3. Rebecca Louisa Ross (1818) m. David Farrar
  4. Silas Coleman Ross b 14 Nov 1819 d 03 May 1874, Lincoln, TN m. Matilda Ayers
  5. Sarah D. Ross m. __ Jackson
  6. Nancy Emeline Ross m. Peterson P. Johnson


  1. 1813 International Marriage Records, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, married Elizabeth Jackson n.b. birthplace is sometimes listed as North Carolina.
  2. 1820 Tennessee Census, Lincoln, Tennessee
  3. 1830 United States Federal Census, Giles, Tennessee, 13 in household


From https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184098901/abijah-cornelius-ross retrieved March 2019

”His burial place in Lincoln County is unknown. The claim that his father (James P. Ross Jr.) and his mother (Mary Mitchell Ross) had just one child is very likely incorrect. They likely had as many as ten children! Abijah Ross has a DNA connection to James P. Ross as well as Hugh Ross (1681-1740).”

Abija and the wildcat

Abija Ross and family lived across the creek from the McLaurine family. He had two large dogs that had some experience in bear fighting. One night these two dogs chased a large wild cat up a large dead poplar tree in the horse lot; Ross built a fire near the tree and waited for the morning light to show the object. It was a large wild cat 60 feet up in the fork of the tree. His old flint lock was out of fix but he loaded up, primed up the pan and told his son when he drew sight on the cat to touch fire to the powder; so he drew bead and said, "Touch", which was done; the ball struck the cat and down he came only wounded and whipped both dogs. Ross and sons finally succeeded in killing the cat. This was a large wild cat and a big fight. [1]

a mystery

Abijah Ross, Corporal appears on the Muster Roll, "Hastings Flank Company," 2nd July, 1812, Captain John McIntosh. Canadian Army.

Family Notes

The Ross family also claimed a relationship to Betsy Ross see the book "Fix Ridge, Latah County, Idaho" [2]

Betsy Griscom; daughter of the Samuel Griscom who helped build Independence Hall; widow of Col. John Ross whose uncle, George Ross, was one of the signers of the Declaration of the Independence; maker of the first American national flag accepted June 14, 1777. The following day she married Joseph Ashburn, a sea captain. [3]

Saline Creek, Tennessee

Per various histories of Stewart Co, TN, Saline Creek was identified as "a very early settlement on creek which empties into Cumberland River, west of Bumpus Mills. The area was settled due to large tracts of land being granted for service rendeded to North Carolina." We should note that all of Tenn. was originally part of NC ---ie in 1788 the "County of TN, in NC" was formed by an act of the NC General Assembly, and eight years later, in 1796, this County of TN became the State of TN. So land grants to Military Veterans by NC were transferred to the new state of TN.

Saline Creek was settled primarily by the following families: Williams, Wallace and Ross

Giles County, Tennessee

The first permanent settlement in the county wee made in about 1805, on Elk River, near the month of Richland Creek, and in the neighborhood, of the present towns of Elkton and Prospect, one of which lies above and the other below the mouth of said creek, by William Crowson ... When these pioneers came they found the county a vast cane-brake and forest, the cane being from twenty to twenty-five feet high. The settlers melted Body force, and cleared away the cane and built but bout. for each other, and the same kindness and courtesy Was extended to each new-comer for years thereafter

John Dickey, James Ross, Hamilton Campbell, Joseph Bozler, James Ashmore and Daniel Allen settled in the Campbellsville neighborhood between 1808 and 1809. [5]

John Williams also operated a powder-mill near the State line, one mile southwest from Elk Mount Springs, and James Ross owned one in the western part of the county. The saltpeter used by these manufacturers was obtained from different sources, principally from a cave near Campbell's Station in Maury County

Giles County was created in 1810 In pursuance of an act of the General Assembly passed November 14, 1809, and at the suggestion of Gen. Jackson was Denied in honor of Gen. William B. Giles, one of the governors of Virginia. Giles County was formed out of Maury County


Section 2 provides that James Ross, Nathaniel Moody, Tyree Rhodes, Gabriel Bumpass and Thomas Whitson be appointed commissioners to select a place on Richland Creek, near the center of the county, for a county seat, at which site the commissioners shall procure at least 100 acres of land, upon which they shall cause a town to be laid off, with necessary streets at least eighty feet wide, reserving at least two acres for a public square, on which shall be erected a court house and stocks, also reserving a public lot sufficient to contain a jail, in a convenient part of town, which town shall be known by the name of Pulaski

Seventeenth District-J. M. Gordon and R. F. Jackson have horse-power cotton-gins

Sheriffs since 1810- John A. Jackson ...

Quite a number of the Giles County pioneers served in the Revolutionary war, and for their services as soldiers of the line received grants from the State of North Carolina for the lands in this county, upon which they afterward settled. But of them there is no record accessible, and their names have long since passed from the memory of the citizens of the present, if memory of them they ever had


John Dickey, Esquire, father of James R. Dickey, Esquire, moved from Logan Co., KY., and first stopped in Maury and thence to this County in 1808. He cut the cane near the Big Springs at Campbellsville and sowed turnips that Fall, and made a crop of corn in 1809. James ROSS, the grandfather of Jas. R. Dickey, came the same Fall and settled in the place old Andrew D. Yokley lived on until his death.

Ross was one of the Commissioners appointed by the Legislature to locate and lay off the town of Pulaski. They traveled the Bumpass trail. The only road at that time coming south from Columbia was the Bumpass trail. They came up Little Bigby, crossed Elk ridge at what is now called the Yokley gap, and came down the eastern or Yokley branch of Big Creek. [6]



  1. [32] Ancestry.com, One World Tree (sm), Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., n.d., Online publication - Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.
  2. Bradshaw Community
  3. Columbia County Historian
  4. Columbia County Historian
  5. McCallum
  6. Giles History
  7. There is a large Ross family living in Giles County, TN, headed by James P. Ross b 1741 Ulster, Ireland, and shown here at the URL listed Adam Ross b 1787 is the youngest listed and he died in Pope County, AR - where later A.C. Ross descendants also lived. (Snider)
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Abijah Cornelius Ross, Senior's Timeline

Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
Tennessee, United States
September 10, 1814
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
July 28, 1819
Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
TN, United States
January 9, 1844
Age 56
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
January 11, 1844
Age 56
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States