Monday, August 31, 2009

James Hickman Ross 1840-1898

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

James Hickman Ross, was born in Gibson County, West Tennessee, July 19, 1840, married 1st Martha E. Parker in Gibson County, April 5, 1866. He married, 2nd, in Pulaski County, MO, to Miss Isabelle A. McDonald, July 5, 1869 and died in Piney Township, Pulaski County, MO March 7, 1898, aged 57 ys, 7 ms and 18 ds. Singing, reading, prayer and exertation at his late residence and benediction at the grave, March 9, 1898 at 2:30 p.m. Escorted by the Odd Fellows and their service at the grave. Leaving 10 children living and 2 dead. A funeral discourse was preached in connection with his wife, at the Hopewell Church Sept. 18, 1898 at 11 a.m. by Elder T. J. Zumwalt, assisted by Watts from the text found in Gal. 3X9 and hymns used were No. 299 and 436. 9 children were present and Mollie was absent. J. J. Watts

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