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Daughters of the Revolutionary War lineage:
Nancy Estes's parents (John D. Estes and Catherine Jane Kirkpatrick) (John's parents unknown)

Catherine Kirkpatrick's parents (Joseph Marion Kirkpatrick and Martha Patsy Ross)

Martha Patsy Ross's parents William Ross and Eliza Jane Allen | William Hugh Ross, Jr. and Mary Griffin

Other Ancestors:

Frances Skaggs parents: James Skaggs and Frances Beeler |

Joseph Kirkpatrick's parents ( David Sevier Kirkpatrick and Catherine White) | John Hugh Kirkpatrick and Margaret "Jane" Wilkins (possible Revoluntary War; there are 2 John Hugh Kirkpatricks)

Catherine White's parents (Joseph White and Janet Mebane)

Rutledge DNA Connection: Edward Gent Rutledge | James Enos Rutledge | William Richard Rutledge | Richard William Rutledge | Harry Milton Rutledge | Edgar Rutledge Taylor | (This line is connected by DNA, but we have not yet put together the puzzle pieces)

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William Ross and Eliza Jane Allen


William Ross was born January 17, 1758, in Frederickville, Tyrell County, Virginia, to William Ross and Mary Griffin.

Eliza Jane Allen was born January 1766 in Newton, Arkansas to _____.


William Ross died in May 22, 1820, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

Eliza Jane Allen Ross died in 1840 in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.



In the information found on William ROSS of Cape Girardeau it is learned that our William having been a soldier in the Revolutionary War went back to North Carolina but did not stay. Not being married he walked with his rifle to what was Louisiana Territory, which is now Missouri. He did marry and by land sales must have been married twice. The first marriage was to an Elizabeth and the second Jane. Jane is in his Will.
William ROSS lived in Missouri when it was a territory of Louisiana. In Houck's History of Missouri volumne 2 page 191, some men settled near William ROSS in 1797. In Houck's Spanish Regime volumne 2, page 407 (recopied in History of Southeast Missouri the census of 1803 states the household of William ROSS had no slaves, 2 first class white males, 2 second class white males, 2 first class white females and 1 second class white female. This census states in the year ending November 1, 1803 he had 800 bushels of corn, 100 lbs. of flax and hemp, 1,000 lbs. of cotton, 50 lbs. of maple sugar, 10 horned cattle and no horses. Some of these cattle were probably oxen to plow with and since he did not believe in slaves the two first class males and the two first class females must have worked very hard.
A footnote to this census page 412 says that William ROSS settled at Grey's Point first known as Cape La Crus, and later known as Ross Point and that Peck preached at his house. In John Mason Peck's Memoirs he reports visiting and preaching there. William was an active Baptist in the Bethany Association and named a daughter Bethany.
In the History of Scott County, Missouri up to the early 1880 by Edison Shrum on page 28: William ROSS original Spanish land grant Survey No. 226; 356 acres, year about 1796. Publication Ciitizens of Missouri, 1787-1810 Vol. 1 by Frances Ingmire, page 13 William ROSS claiming 420 arpens of land situated on the Mississippi District Cape Girardeau, produces to a board of concession from Zenon Trudeau, Lt. Governor, dated 5 January 1798 a plat of survey dated 7 December 1798 certified 5 January 1800.

The following testimony in the foregoing claim taken by Frederick Bates, Commissioner by authority from the Board at Cape Girardeau, 2 June 1808.
Andrew Ramsay, Sr. duly sworn says claimant settled in the spring of 1797, lived in a camp and in the following year, cleared, enclosed and cultivated premises inhabited and cultivated by or for claimant to the present day. Upwards of 20 acres now in cultivation, an orchard planted some years ago. The board confirmed to William ROSS 420 aprens of land as described in a plat survey certified 5 January 1800 and found on record in Book A page 197 of the recorders office (Certificiate No. 226).
From the land records we find William adding to his land. For the sum of $200.00 he purchased 240 arpens of land on the bank of the Mississippi river from Peter Godaine. Recorded 13 August 1805 Book A and B page 22 and 23.
In American State Papers volumne 2 Land Claims in Missouri Territory, page 571 the land commissioners confirmed the Spanish Territorial Grant to William ROSS 1 May 1809 No. 226 of 420 arpens on the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau District.


To get a land grand the following had to be done: clear part of the land, build a house, plant crops and swear loyalty to the King of Spain within a year and a day from the time the grant was received. To complete the title the claim had to be surveyed and the claim approved by the Governor General of the province, who was in New Orleans, This was a difficult matter in those days and only 13 had been completed from 1808 to 1833 the U. S. Land Commission Boards tried to untangle the mess. A few remained in doubt until 1835.
Giving special attention to the following we find in Deed Book C page 134 18 January 1810 William ROSS and Elizabeth, his wife, to Steven Stilley. For diverse good causes, ___ acres in Tywappity Twp; begining at William ROSS upper corner on the bank of the Mississippi River, and bounded by the river. Signed William ROSS, Elizabeth ROSS. Witness Joseph Mosby, John Mosby, Edmond Hogan (Justice of the Peace). Recorded 25 January 1810.
In Carter's Territorial Papers William is in the lists Cape Girardeau residents who signed petitions
1806 Petition to Congress to inhabitants of the territory 9 September 1811 William's son Enoch also signed. A Noah ROSS signed also. Pages 389 and 471.
Goodspeed History of Southwest Missouri embracing a Historical Account of ____ is Cape Girardeau. At this time Tywappity was in Cape Girardeau County. Now is Scott County page 550.


Several land records list William land location, such as bounded on the South of William ROSS land. These are not listed here. Two that might be of interest to other people are the following: 1 September 1813 Edmond Hogan and Tatsey, wife, of Stuart County, Tennessee selling Cape Girardeau, Missouri land 31 September 1817 Deed Book D Stephen Stilley, late of Cape Girardeau County. The following most important to us is:
Deed Book E page 536, 20 November 1819 Stephen Stilley and Elizabeth, wife of Polk County, Illinois to William ROSS and Jane, wife, for the sum of $300 for ___ arpens in Tywappity Twp on the Mississippi River, beginning at the NE corner of William ROSS's survey. Signed Stephen Stilley, Elizabeth Stilley. Witness Edward Kew, John Baldwin, A.G. Young, Justice of the Peace in Gallatin County, Illinois, William Kelso Justice of the Peace. Recorded 17 November 1820. Stephen had given William $400.00 in 1817 for this land.
NOTE: Here we have Jane as William ROSS wife and is not the first wife in land transaction bottom of preceeding page named Elizabeth. Source of land records in Collage of Cape County volume 23 number 2 pages 20 and 21.


On the second sabbath in June 1816 the organization of Bethel Association met at Bethel Church and was opened by prayer by Thomas Donohue. A serman was delivered by Elder James Edwards, after which an organization was effected. William ROSS was one of the delegates represented with Tywappit Church. Apple Creek Church was first known as an arm of Bethel Church and was given a second organization about 1820
Apple Creek church near Pocahontas, Cape Girardeau, County, Missouri was a Presbyterian church. Anniversaries were celebrated in May of each year from 1871 to 1921. May was also the month of the annula meetings. In 1996 the Collage of Cape County printed an address by John A. Hope, Sunday May 22, 1926 titled Old Apple Creek Church and its Early Membership.
It was organized in 1821. Wilis Knox Sketch of Apple Creek Church publised 1911, the following persons met here on 21 May 1821 and organized this church. Not long after the organization of the church the name ROSS was in the congretation and member of the church. Zenas ROSS farm was on the road to Pocahontas to Neilley's Landing. Zenas Ross was bonr 12 March 1802 and died 20 September 1862.
William ROSS has a Spanish Grant near the present Thebes Bridge. The place was then called Ross Point. He had a son, John Ross and Hannah Harris his wife.
William ROSS was living on the river just below Cape Girardeau that Oliver Harris whose sister married a ROSS, and Oliver Harris on coming to Missouri would naturally have selected a place on the river near his sister. Oliver Harris father was Robert Harris and grandfather James Harris. Every name has an interesting background. Ancestors of each of them figure bravely, honorable and conspicuously in the history of the struggles of the Scottch in Ireland for civil and religous liberty in our colonial and revoluntionary annals, giving a history of the beginning would be like giving a history of the Presbyertian faith. It would be the story of the Scotch Irish from the time, early in the homes in Ireland and settled in what was then the frontiers of Pennsylvania. We would have to trace the family to the individual under discussion, through the Valley of Virginia, into the Carolinas, and Tennessee and on to Missouri on the frontier, founding homes, churches, communties, counties and commonwealths; building first, where ever the family settled a Presbyertian church and beside it a school house.
The North Carolina Settlement in Cape Girardeau County which centered around this church was an important event in the founding and development of the state. It may not be amiss to note the condition of this section of the country at the time our forefathers settled here. This entire northeast corner of the country was a wilderness. The Shawnee Indians had a village on Indian Creek, west was a big town of Shawnee and Delaware Indians near the mouth of Apple Creek. The nearest inhabitants, other than the Indians, was the Byrd family on Byrd Creek near Jackson; John Hays, first sheriff of the county and Register of the Land Office, who then lived on the river at the place now known as Lovejoy; John Logan and General Henry Seibert on Apple Creek at the place later known as Wlkerson.
From the Collage of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, General Quarterly June 1966.

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