John Ross of Ipswich

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John Ross

Birthplace: Scotland
Death: between 1697 and 1704 (62-78)
Connecticut or, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel M Ross, Jr. and Mary J Gilchrist
Husband of Mary Ross
Father of John Ross; Mary Southwick; Sarah Taylor; Hannah Russ; Abigail Ross and 8 others
Brother of Finlay “ Funell” Ross; Gilchrist “Kiticris” Ross and George Ross

Managed by: Bradley Vail Ross
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About John Ross of Ipswich


John Ross of Ipswich married Mary Ross. Seen as child of Daniel M Ross, Jr. & Mary J Gilchrist. Perhaps related to Finlay “ Funell” Ross & Gilchrist “Kiticris” Ross. Not the same as John Ross (married Mary Barrett) or John Ross (married Mary Osborne).

John Ross came from Scotland on the passenger ship the JOHN &; SARA in 1651 and was an indentured servent to Mr. Wardell which he worked off. John and the family moved to Pomfret, Conn. from Ipswich in the year 1682. Funell (Fernell) Ross, George, John and Killecriss Ross were assumed to be brothers; captured in the Battle of Dunbar; and, sent to the colonies as indentured servents on ships in the mid 1600's. Mary Haggett arrived in April 1638 on CONFIDENCE from Southampton, England as a child with her mother and father. Henry, Ann and Mary lived in Salem & Wenham.

This info found at < > on 23 September 2006. (dead link July 2014)


JOHN ROSS supposedly married MARY HAGGETT on 1 Jan 1662. Mary was born about 1646. She died on 5 Nov 1725, ae 79 in Windham, Windham Co., CT.

They had the following children:

  • M i. JOHN ROSS was born on 9 Apr 1664 in Ipswich, MA.
  • F ii. MARY ROSS was born on 16 Apr 1666 and died about 1740.
  • F iii. SARAH ROSS was born on 16 Feb 1667 and died in 1748.
  • F iv. HANNAH ROSS was born on 1 Feb 1669.
  • F v. ABIGAIL ROSS was born on 14 Oct 1672 in Ipswich, MA.
  • F vi. SUSANNAH ROSS was born on 14 Dec 1674 in Ipswich, MA.SUSANNAH married ABORNE/EBORNE.
  • M vii. WILLIAM ROSS was born on 20 Jan 1676 in Ipswich, MA.
  • M viii. DANIEL ROSS was born on 6 Jan 1678 and died about 1763.
  • M ix. JONATHAN ROSS was born on 1 Dec 1680 in Ipswich, MA. He died about 1704 in Ipswich, MA.(11)
  • M x. JOSHUA ROSS was born on 13 Mar 1682 in Ipswich, MA.
  • M xi. BENJAMIN ROSS was born on 13 Mar 1682 in Ipswich, MA.
  • M xii. JOSEPH ROSS was born about 1684 and died before 29 June 1743.
  • F xiii. ELIZABETH ROSS died after 1704 when she was mentioned in her brother Jonathan’s probate record.


From Descendants of John Ross, of Ipswich retrieved July 2014:

John Ross was in Ipswich in 1664 where he had a share as a tenant of Mr. Wardwell in the Plum Island section of the town. He had horses on the common in 1697. A Killcross and a Fennel Ross resided in Ipswich at the same time as John and they may have been related.(2)

John Ross (1) supposedly married Mary Haggett the daughter of Henry & Ann Haggett of Wenham, Mass. on 1 Jan. 1662 in Ipswich. This information was on the computer index of the LDS Church and gives the Vital Records of Ipswich, the source. I did not find this marriage in the published vital records of Ipswich or Wenham. A letter to the Town Clerk of Ipswich who searched her records did not reveal this marriage. The public libraries of Ipswich and Wenham were contacted and their local history collections were searched without results. The Congregational Church Library in Boston was also contacted again without result. The Haggett Family is frequently mentioned in the records of the Congregational Church of Wenham that have survived and since Mary Ross was baptized there (as an adult) this marriage may have indeed taken place.

On 20 Oct. 1706 a Mary Ross sen, aged above 60 was baptized in the Congregational Church in Wenham.(3) On 19 Aug.1705, a Daniel Ross (adult) was baptized in this church and on 8 Feb. 1707, a Joseph Ross (grown) son of John Ross was also baptized there.(4) A Mary Ross died in Windham, CT 5 Nov. 1725 age 79 and this was most ikely John Ross' wife who was residing with one of her sons.(5) Daniel & Joseph Ross were residents of Windham, CT at this time.

There was no probate record for John Ross in Essex Co. MA at Salem, MA.The births of his children are recorded in the Ipswich Vital Records as children of John Ross with no mother named. The births of John's children correspond with the brothers and sisters of one Jonathan Ross whose estate was settled in Salem in 1704. On 3 Nov. 1704 the assets of Jonathan Ross were divided among his two brothers and six sisters, each receiving 02-12-10-1/2. They are listed in the following order in the settlement papers: Mary Ross Southwick, Sarah Hoar alias Ross, Abigail Ross, Daniel Ross, Susannah Ross, Hannah Ross, Joseph Ross, and Eliza Ross, Daniel Ross of Windham and Joseph Ross of Ipswich gave bond for their sisters Hannah Rust alias Ross and Susannah Eborn, alias Ross.(6)

(for endnotes please see the document attached)



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John Ross of Ipswich's Timeline

April 9, 1664
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 16, 1666
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 14, 1667
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
February 1, 1669
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
October 14, 1672
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
December 14, 1674
Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 20, 1676
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA