Ross Family History Henry County VA

Lillian and Thomas - click to enlargeWhen Lillian was born, she could only drink goat's milk, so a goat was bought by her father. Lillian was a fantastic cook and seamstress, taught at Redbank Elementary School in Patrick County and at Joseph Martin Elementary School in Martinsville. She retired from teaching, and worked at the DuPont plant. Lillian married Thomas Tatum and lived in Florida for most of their married life, then moved back to Martinsville. When Lillian passed away, Thomas then resided with his brother-in-law, Conrad Ross, on Oakdale Street.

Louise married Douglas Ryland Compton who served in World War II. He was reported missing in action November 1943 and was never found. Later she married Wilmer Smith Noble, Jr. and tLouise and Wilmer Noblehey resided on Whittle Road in Martinsville. Louise was a nurse at the DuPont Plant in Martinsville when it opened and was there for many years. She did not have children by either marriage, but her nieces and nephews were very important to her. She loved to play bridge, to read, she loved to knit and her many friends and family were recipients of her crafts. Louise loved to talk of family and, like her brothers, told stories of the family especially for her nieces and nephews to remember.

Guy Ross - click to enlargeGuy Warren 'Goldberg' Ross served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He is remembered by many as a very kind person who was always considerate of other people. Guy never married.

Betsy Ross married Harold Elsworth Miers and they had two children, Charlie William Miers and Louise, Martha and Betsy - click to enlargeMartha McKenzie Miers who married James Anderson. Betsy taught school at Patrick Henry Elementary School for years, and her sweet manner is remembered by her students. Betsy stayed quite busy with teaching and church work while raising her family, and even today is still busy with her church work. She enjoys playing bridge with many of her friends, shares her love of teaching as her daughter is a teacher, and shares her love of bridge with her nephew, Paul. Betsy, Harold and their family resided on Gratton Road for many years. She, as a child, was the first person in her family to become a patient of Dr. Samuel Adams in Martinsville, and remembers him as saving the life of her daughter when she was born prematurely. Betsy is the only living child of Brewster and Mattie.

Anniversary Cake - click to enlargeI feel very fortunate to have known all of Brewster and Mattie Ross' children, with the exception of Guy who was deceased when Paul and I were married. I was Grandchildren of Brewster and Mattie Ross - click to enlargeblessed to have known Mattie for several years before her death and shall remember her as a strong lady with a gentle spirit, as is her daughter, Betsy. There are cousins galore in this family, relatives still living in Henry, Patrick and Franklin Counties today, each of them proud to be a descendant of Daniel Ross, Sr.

Reprinted from Pat Ross' History Blog HERE