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Board Name: Scotland Genealogy
Sherrill Snyder Charleston, WV US Feb 10, 2000
I am writing to you from Charleston, West Virginia, in the United States. I am searching for my ggggg grandfather Robert Ross. Family lore indicates that Robert, and his friend Samuel Culbertson, were playing in a shipyard and forced to sail to the United States, landing in Virginia. He was supposedly made a cabin boy to the captain of the ship who called him "little Ross." He was born in approximately 1750 and died between 1778 and 1841. After coming to the United States, he fathered a child, John Anderson Ross, who was born in Bath County, Virginia, in 1775. We assume he was married as the child's last name was Ross, but we are not certain. John married Hannah Scott in 1796 in Tazewell County, Virginia. Hannah was born in Maryland in 1781. Another, less touted theory, is that the boys were forced to sail from England and were called the Ross boys aboard ship. When they reached Virginia, the Culbertson boy may have changed his name to Ross. We are definitely directly descended from John Anderson Ross, but have been unable to go any farther than knowing his father's name and country of birth.

My grandfather was Luther Ross of Cabell County, in Huntington, West Virginia, which was originally part of Virginia. I, as well as other distant relatives, have been searching for Robert for quite some time. I thought that since we have heard the story throughout our lives, that perhaps the family he came from passed the story along about the young boy or man who came up missing one day.

If anyone has any information regarding this individual, please e-mail me at ssnyder@citynet.net. I would be most appreciative as the Ross side of my family is the side I have always identified with and been so proud to be a part of.

Thank you,
Sherrill Snyder
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