Hugh Ross, 'the Immigrant'

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Hugh Ross, 'the Immigrant'

Also Known As: "the immigrant"
Birthplace: Northern Ireland or, Scotland
Death: 1701 (25-34)
Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margaret Priest
Father of Francis Ross; Hugh Ross, ll and William Ross, Sr.

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Immediate Family

About Hugh Ross, 'the Immigrant'

Hugh Ross


Married: Margaret Cheeley, daughter of Joseph Cheeley & Mary; she survived him and married James Priest 2nd

Their children:

  1. Francis, married Elizabeth
  2. Hugh ll, married Rebecka Ross
  3. William, married Elizabeth Smithwick


Newly found old books online identify Hugh Ross and Margaret of Elizabeth City, Virginia as parents of William Ross of Martin County. And the source attached from research in Virginia talks about Hugh Ross and the Mallory's as probably related and as partners of some sort. Hugh Ross, son Hugh Ross, and Francis Ross are mentioned in this reference. Hugh was dcd about 1701 and his widow Mary was remarried in 1702 as shown by a marriage bond in Elizabeth City (now Hampton). She remarried James Priest with several Priest Children, and her will in 1719 also mentions Francis, Hugh and William Ross. Francis and Hugh stayed in Virginia while William Ross went to Martin County. As the events in Elizabeth City do not mention William Ross outside the 1719 will, William could have moved. History of Martin County, NC says William Ross came from Roanoke, Virginia. That is roughly near Hampton, Elizabeth City, Virginia.

Descendents of Francis Ross probably moved to Rowan and Guilford County, while descendants of Hugh Ross, II, probably moved to Granvillle, Orange, Wake and Guilford County.

DNA Evidence

Several Participants in the Ross Project at FamilyTreeDNA are descended from James P. Ross, Jr. and his brother Henry Ross.

James P. Ross, Jr. and Henry Ross are thought to be great-grandchildren of Hugh, the Immigrant.

These descendants fall into the 'R Haplogroup - James P. Ross (b. 1715)' group on this Most Recent Common Ancestor Chart.

This proves that James P. Ross, Jr. and Henry Ross were related, but it doesn't prove any of the generations beyond them. To do that, we would need descendants of other sons of Hugh, the Immigrant, to test.

A well known family of Rosses lived just over the border from North Carolina in Hampton, Elizabeth City, Virginia. Two new books online but lost for years identify them as parents of William Ross of Martin, County. They are House of Plant by Dickerman, and the Book about Isaac Ross and Gene Brown by Wright, both online. A third, Life and Times of Elder Reuben Ross states that William Ross was from Roanoke, Virginia. Old Roanoke is close to the area of Hampton, Elizabeth, City Virginia. And this about Elder Reuban Ross says the Martin County Rosses are associated with the Pennsylvania Rosses. A number of the Pennsylvania Rosses were from Balblair, Scotland.

A perceived problem with the dates of 1771 and 1781 has been resolved from another old book online,The Colonial Families of Philadelphia by J W Jordan quoting George Ross, son of David Ross and Margaret Stronach, that Andrew Ross was an "eldest' brother. That moves Hugh the other brother before George Ross. And it indicates a big age difference between George Ross and "eldest" brother Andrew by the story. The actual reference for Andrew, (Hugh) and George is from Reed's book, The Earls of Ross...though the order of the children is in doubt from this book.


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Hugh Ross, 'the Immigrant''s Timeline

Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony
Hampton, Virginia, United States
Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony
Age 30
Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony