TALMADGE ROSS, deceased, was a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, and born Feb. 11, 1820. He departed this life near Le Roy, July 23, 1882, having made for himself a good record as a worthy citizen, a kind husband and father, and one whose name is held in kindly remembrance for his sterling worth in all the relations of life. The father of our subject, Moses L. Ross, was one of the early pioneers of Pickaway County, Ohio, where he purchased a tract of timber land, opened up a farm in the wilderness, and established a comfortable home where he spent the remainder of his days. In early manhood he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Frazee, who survived her husband a number of years and died in McLean County, while on a visit to her son in 1882.

Talmadge Ross was reared on his father's farm in Ohio and remained under the parental roof until his marriage. He then purchased 160 acres of land in Pickaway County, upon which was a hewed log house and a barn, and about two-thirds of the land was under cultivation. He had been reared to habits of industry and economy, and proceeded with the improvements of his new purchase with the hope and courage of youth, meeting with success. In a little more than two years he obtained a clear title to his purchase and thus, while a young man, had a good start in life. In 1855 he sold out and came to Illinois, accompanied by his wife and two children. They located in Champaign County, where Mr. Ross rented a hotel which he conducted for one year and then, coming to McLean County, purchased 225 acres of land in Empire Township. As time passed on he added to his landed area and became the possessor of 480 acres, all enclosed and improved, and supplied with a fine set of frame buildings. In addition to general farming he gave considerable attention to stock-raising and became one of the most prominent and successful farmers of this section. His death occurred upon the homestead, which he had improved and beautified, and where he had surrounded his family with all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.

The marriage of Talmadge Ross and Miss Margaret E. Thomas was celebrated in Pickaway County, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1850. Mrs. Ross was born in said county Jan. 10, 1830, being the daughter of Edward and Fannie (Lair) Thomas, natives respectively of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her grandfather, Nicholas Thomas, was a native of Maryland, and emigrated to Pickaway County, Ohio, at an early day. He settled upon a timber tract from which he cleared a farm and where he spent his last years. His son Edward, the father of Mrs. Ross, was reared to farming pursuits and spent his entire life in Pickaway County, Ohio, engaged in agriculture. The mother also died in that county.

The parental household consisted of six children, as follows: Davis C. is a resident of Bloomington, Ill.; Mary E., the wife of William Ross, lives in Empire Township, this county; Josephine E., Mrs. Clark W. Davis, also lives in this township; Pamelia F. married Henry Crumbaugh, and they live in Monarch, this county; James E. lives on the homestead, and Talmadge J. resides with his mother. In September, 1883, the year following her husband's death, Mrs. Ross removed to Le Roy, where she purchased a residence and lived one returned to the farm for two years, and in 1886 went back to Le Roy, which is her present home. She is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and greatly respected by a large circle of friends and associates as having been the worthy helpmeet and companion of one of the most worthy men of this county.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 407. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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