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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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PROF. JOHN T. ROSS was born in 1834, in the State of Maryland, and is descended from Scotch and German ancestors. His father, Robert Ross, was a native of Alleghany County, Md., and his mother, Elizabeth Klipstein, was born in Winchester, Va. The family was first represented in the United States by Robert Ross, Sr., who, in the colonial period, settled on the east shore of Virginia, from whence he removed to the western part of Maryland, where Robert Ross, Jr., was born, reared and married. His wife, Miss Elizabeth Klipstein, was the daughter of a Dr. Louis Klipstein, who served as a surgeon in the war of the Revolution. Prof. John T. Ross is the fourth of a family of six children born to these parents. He was educated in his native State, and early in life devoted himself to the profession of teaching, from which he has never departed. Prof. Ross is not only one of the oldest teachers in the State, but a man of pronounced efficiency, as is evidenced by the fact that he has been retained in the city schools of Paducah for the past twelve years, and for the past fourteen years has been a member of the board of education for McCracken County. His experience in the schoolroom covers a period of thirty-one years, twenty-three years in the State of Kentucky. Prof. Ross was twice married, first in 1862, to Miss Louisa Richardson, of Ballard County, who died in 1863, leaving one son, Lewis F. Ross, now of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1864 he contracted a second marriage, this time to Miss Mary L. Polk, a native of Springfield, Tenn., and second cousin to President James K. Polk; she was born in 1838, and is the mother of two sons, viz.: Clarence Ross and Polk Ross. Prof. Ross is a member of the A. F. & A. M., I. O. O. F., K. of H., and both he and wife are members of the Christian Church at Paducah.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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