WILLIAM H. H. ROSS, a highly esteemed resident of Mt. Hope Township, is a native of McLean County, Ill., and was born on the 30th of May, 1840. His father, John W. Ross, was a pioneer settler of this section and a native of Indiana, and his grandfather, Jacob Ross of Pennsylvania, emigrated from his native State to Indiana, where he lived a few years, and thence removed to Madison County, Ill., where he opened up a farm. He was one of the pioneer settlers of that county, and established a homestead there, upon which he remained until the close of his life.

John W. Ross, the father of our subject, was a youth of seventeen years when his parents came to the State of Illinois. He remained with them two years and then, at the age of nineteen years, started out to seek his fortune and make his own way. He first came into McLean County, and in due time was united in marriage with Miss Nancy Funk, the daughter of John Funk. He purchased land in Dale Township, upon which he located, and industriously cultivated the soil until he retired from the active labors of life, folding his hands for his final rest in the year 1853. His wife survived him eleven years, and departed this life on the home farm in 1864. Of their union there had been born seven children, of whom the record is as follows: Margaret became the wife of Thomas Brazill, and lives in Oregon; James was the next in order of birth; Mary was united in marriage with Thomas Nicol, and lives in Allin Township; W. H. H., the subject of our sketch, was the next son; Francis M. is a resident of Arrowsmith Township; Ellen became the wife of S. Q. Park, and lives in Dale Township; John W. makes his home in Mt. Hope Township.

The subject of our sketch was the fourth child of his parents' family, and was but fourteen years of age when deprived of the care and protection of his father. He remained at home with his mother and assisted in the duties around the farm for the following seven years, and then, at the age of twenty, rented a tract of land and began farming on his own account. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits thereafter until 1882, when he purchased the farm which he now owns and occupies, and which is pleasantly located on section 1. It comprises 160 acres, under good cultivation, and is supplied with a good set of farm buildings. Before making this purchase he had rented land from Mr. George Funk, a cousin of his mother, who was an extensive proprietor and engaged largely in the breeding of fine stock. This gentleman took a kindly interest in young Ross, and acted as his friend and counselor for many years. Mr. Ross is still associated with Mr. F. in the raising and feeding of farm animals, and to the wise counsel and excellent judgment of this stanch friend and adviser, is largely due his success in life and his present position in the community.

William H. H. Ross was united in marriage with Miss Pamley Price, on the 13th of February, 1860. Mrs. Ross is a native of Virginia, and the daughter of William and Mary (Decker) Price. They removed from Virginia to Illinois in 1847, settling in McLean County, and spent their last days in Mt. Hope Township, where they had established a home soon after coming to this State.

Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Ross have been born four children, viz.: Belle is the wife of William Richardson, who lives in Ellsworth, this county; Charles lives in Funk's Grove Township; Katie, the wife of George Halane, lives in Allin Township, and Lula May is at home with her parents. Mr. Ross is Republican in politics, and is held in the highest esteem by the community in which he resides.

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), 619. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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