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Anne Ross (Lawler)

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancaster , Pennsylvania
Death: May 28, 1773 (41)
Lancaster, Lancaster , Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Lawler and Mary Lawler
Wife of Col. George Ross, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of George Ross, III; Lt. Colonel James Ross; Mary Scott and Catherine R. Claiborne

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About Anne Ross

Ann Lawler, described in Hards's History of Lancaster, as "a lady of respectable family," was the only child of Mary Lawler, a widow of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, possessed of considerable property and who died in 1778. She was a handsome accomplished young woman, and her marriage to George Ross, August 14, 1751, was considered a highly advantageous union for both.1

George Ross was born in Newcastle, Delaware, where his father who was twice married and had eleven children, all of whom became prominent members of society, was clergyman of the Episcopal Church. Catharine, eldest sister of George Ross, was the wife of Captain William Thompson, afterward a general of the Continental army; Gertrude, another sister, married Hon. George Read of Delaware, who afterward became one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. A third sister, Mary, married Col. Mark Bird, of Birdsborough, a prominent Pennsylvanian and an active patriot. Still another became the wife of Col. Edward Biddle of Reading, speaker of the Pennsylvania Legislature and member of the first and second Continental Congresses. Two sisters, Margaret and Susannah, married prominent clergymen, and three brothers were each members of the learned professions.

George Ross was well educated by his father and afterward studied law with his brother, John Ross, one of the foremost practitioners of his daily and a warm personal friend of Benjamin Franklin. Later he took up his residence in Lancaster. In 1768, he was elected a member of the Provincial Legislature and from that time, he was almost continuously in the public service until his death, July 14, 1779. His wife's death took place several years before this.


Three children were born to George and Ann Ross, George, James, and Mary.

George Ross, Jr., the eldest, was a staunch patriot during the Revolution and was for some time Vice-President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. In 1791 he was commissioned by the Governor, Register and Recorder, which office he held for eighteen years.

James Ross, his brother, raised in 1775, the first company in Lancaster County, in Colonel Thompson's regiment of which he was made captain, and marched to Cambridge. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment with which he fought at Long Island, Trenton, Germantown, Brandywine, and in other important engagements.

Mary Ross married Joshua Scott, a noted civil engineer, and died in 1839.

Egle's Notes and Queries says of the Ross family: "Ann (Lawler) Ross was greatly celebrated for her beauty and her children were so remarkable in this respect as to attract general notice."


The will of Ann's mother, Mary, dated 30 Aug 1773 and probated 30 Aug 1778, mentions daughter Ann Ross, and George, James, and Mary Ross.


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Anne Ross's Timeline

July 10, 1731
Lancaster, Lancaster , Pennsylvania
June 1, 1752
Age 20
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 28, 1753
Age 22
Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Age 33
May 28, 1773
Age 41
Lancaster, Lancaster , Pennsylvania
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