Biography of James Ross
Marin County, CA Biographies





James Ross, (deceased). The subject of this sketch was born in Petty, near Inverness, Scotland, in the year 1812, where he received his education and resided until he reached the age of seventeen years. He then left for Van Diemen's Land, now Tasmania, and after a short stay there removed to Melbourne, New South Wales, where he resided until 1849. In this year he came to California and soon opened a wholesale wine business in San Francisco, which he continued until 1857, when he purchased an interest in the Read Rancho and acquired a large tract of land, including what is now known as Ross' Landing. Mr. Ross married in Van Diemen's Land, April 17, 1839, Miss A. S. Grayling, who, with their family, survives him, and resides on their beautiful estate in Ross' valley. Mr. Ross died, April 22, 1875, while holding the office of Supervisor of the First District. A record of the estimation in which he was held will be found in an extract from the Minutes of the Board of Supervisors of Margin county, noted on page two hundred and twenty six of this work.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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