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CONCLUSIONS I have come to during the last year:
1. My most inspiring guide when doing Ross research comes from the
"conversation" I had with my grandmother Addie Farwell in 1940. Now I realize
that it was an assumption on my part that she was thinking only about the Ross's,
leaving out the Dickey's and the Farley's; only about their residence in Franklin
county, N.Y.; that she got across to me all the significance of what she was saying that
was the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". I am not meaning
that she was in error on any thing (!), only that she understated its significance.
2. Perhaps one thing that has become of first importance, is her statement that they came
over to America as a family, and then bought land in Franklin county. After hours of
research, I am convinced that those Scotch-Irish families who can make such a statement
were indeed the more fortunate ones in Northern Ireland. In the world of Kings, Queens,
Counts, Dukes, that fact puts the immigrating family into a higher social bracket. AND,
THAT IS WHERE I FOUND OUR ROSS'S.
3. When I finally realized that much of what she related was referring to Scotland instead
of to Ireland, many, many things fell into place. Of great significance was the fact that
Sam Ross about 1900 had made a trip back to Franklin county and obviously was returning
with a lot of family tradition, picked up from the older ones in the family, and which he
and his wife Nannie (Proctor) Ross passed on to those in Fremont.
Now, think: When people are speaking of what the "older people" had remembered,
JUST HOW MANY YEARS BACK WILL SUCH MEMORIES REACH? James and Rose Anna (Long) Ross were
the so called "old folks" in Franklin county who would have been talking about
the Ross's, and James and Rose Anna date from the 1790's. Roughly, we are back
about 100 years before 1900.
Think, again: When they were young, who would have told James and Rose Anna Ross family
traditions? Of course, it would have been those who were the "old folks" to
James and Rose Anna. That puts the time line back to about 1700. AND, now in 2008 I know
that date refers to Scotland, and NOT to Ireland--AND--that puts the finger on the family
of the youngest son of the Ross's of Hanyng. William Ross remained in Scotland until
after the 1700's -- where he would have been acquainted with the "rock farm"
in County Ayr. Can he be identified as the William Ross who then moved to Cumber parish
in County Londonderry? (I am firmly convinced we can forget about the older Ross brothers
who had moved over into County Down much earlier. Our traditions in Fremont county refer
to the "rock farm" which was at Hanyng Place, and Hanyng Place is in County Ayr,
Scotland, not somewhere in Ireland.)
ARE THE FREMONT ROSS'S DESCENDED FROM ROYALTY?
It looks to me as if they were!
Mariota Hamilton, wife of John Ross of Hanyng, the parents of the Ross's who moved to
County Down (and County Londonderry) was the daughter of Sir James Hamilton of Fynnart. I
believe there is too much research that has been done on the statement that Fynnart was
the great grandson of King James II of Scotland to entertain any question as to the
accuracy of that statement. But get this: I just read that King James was the great
grandson of King Edward III of England! WELL, if 'tis true, that puts the Ross's
of Walnut up amongst the royal of the royal! The New England Historical and Genealogical
Society thinks there are several million people in the United States descended from
royalty, but most of them connect with lines predating King Edward III.--Walter Farwell
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