Sometime around 1962, a family member happen to bring in a farm and ranch magazine and laid it on the kitchen table at my grandmother’s, Eula Ross Forster (Foster), house. She glanced over at the magazine and said, “That’s my daddy. That’s Sam Ross.” The article pertained to an unknown drover on the Chisholm Trail. She said, “He’s not unknown. That’s my daddy.” As far as I know there are no other photographs of him in existence today.
Sam’s father, David Ross, Sr. was born around 1834 on the Isle of Ross in Scotland. This isle had been given to his forefathers by Sir Charles Ross for heroism during battle. David Ross, Sr married Elizabeth McClain of Scotland sometime around 1851. They shortly headed off for a new life in the United States and settled briefly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where their first son,
Their second son, Samuel Henry Ross was born in Garvin, Tennessee on April 16, 1854. David felt that it wasn’t his place to fight in Civil War battle so, he packed up all his tools, stored them in a large chest and moved his family to Canada. Fearing charges of desertion, he never returned to Tennessee, but settled near Van Alstyne , Texas after the war.
David Ross felt that it wasn’t his place to fight in Civil War battle so, he packed up all his tools, stored them in a large chest and moved his family to Canada. Fearing charges of desertion, he never returned to Tennessee, but settled near Van Alstyne, Texas after the war.
David Ross, Jr was only twelve years old when his father died near Van Alstyne, Texas around 1870. David Ross, Sr was full blood Scot and Elizabeth McClain Ross was full blood Irish. Both are buried at Elm Grove Cemetery near Van Alstyne.
Their second son, Samuel “Sam” Henry Ross begin carrying mail on the pony express route up and down the Chisholm Trail during his late teens. Samuel’s brothers and sisters had moved to Indian Territory by this time.
Samuel married Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Bright sometime around 1876. Their children: James Handley (Jim); Harvey Smith (Doc); Tom; Houston (drowned at age ten), and Douglas Cleveland (Pike) were all born in Grayson County, Texas. Silas Wesley (Wes); Mary Eula; Joe Cobb; Tina V, and Ola Mae were all born at Liberty Grove in Rockwall County, Texas near the Dallas and Collin County line. It’s reported that he would often say to his friends, “T go to bed in Dallas County and have breakfast in Rockwall County.”
Betty was born in Missouri on May 10, 1858, but came to Van Alstyne, Texas at six years of age. Sam and Betty lived near Elm Grove Road and Whitley (Whiteley) Road in northeast Dallas County in their later years. Sam had been fighting a grass fire when he got over heated on March 19 1907. It was reported that he died from a heat stroke. Betty would live with some of their children afterwards. She died on April 1, 1928. Both are buried at Cottonwood Cemetery on Whitley Road.
David, Jr settled in Oklahoma and had five children. The youngest lived until 1982. However, the Ross name continues to live on here in the United States, and according to U S Senator Ralph Hall, throughout the many castles of Scotland.
Photo is from Texas and Southwestern Horseman Magazine.