Biography of Rev. Major H. Ross
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Ross, Rev. Major H., was born in the township of Friendship, Maryland, January 21, 1855. His father, Benjamin, bought his freedom. Major H. enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninth Infantry New York Volunteers, and was exempted, heart disease being the trouble. He married twice, first, August 11, 1860, Miss Eliza Booth, by whom he had six children, all of whom are deceased. His wife died at Saratoga Springs, March 15, 1873. September 19, 1876, he married, second, Sarah F. Douglas, of New Bedford, Mass. In 1853 Mr. Ross became converted, and was licensed to preach in 1856 in Maryland, which he did until the war. After the war he came with Col. B. F. Tracy to Owego, N. Y., and joined the Genesee conference in 1865. He has preached in Ithaca, Syracuse, Bath, Corning, Troy, Newburgh, Boston, Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, and many other cities, and now has charge of the A. M. E. Zion Church of Elmira, N. Y. in 1876 he organized the A. M. E. Zion Church in Chatham, Ont., Windsor, and other places in Canada. In early age he had the advantage of education, being a pupil under Rev. R. L. Dasheilds, D.D., president of Dickinson College. He is widely known throughout the A. M. E. Zion denomination as one among the leading theologians.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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