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William Ross, son of John and Sarah Ross (of Scotch ancestry) was born in Tennessee. While he was still a young child, his parents moved to Indiana, where they were amoung the early settlers of that section. William became proficient as an agriculturist. He also learned the gunmaker's trade, blacksmithing, and carraige making. In 1821, he married Miss Sarah Kay, daughter of John and Janett Kay, a native of Virginia. They set up housekeeping in Harrison Co., Indiana, and William carried on farming and blacksmithing as a means of supporting his family...all of the children of William and Sarah Ross were born on the homestead in Harrison County..... In 1849 the family moved to Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa, where William carried on in his trade of blacksmith and wagon-maker. Coming to California in 1855, he joined his sons in Eldorado County. Two years later, he located on a 100 acre ranch in Analy township, Sonoma County, which his sons purchased and deeded to him.... He was a member and active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife was a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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