|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1819|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1903|
Son of Jack Ferrill Ross, first State Treasurer of Alabama.
HISTORY OF ALABAMA AND DICTIONARY OF ALABAMA BIOGRAPHY by Thomas M. Owen, p. 1464: ROSS, WILLIAM HENRY, merchant, cotton factor and capitalist, was born at St. Stephens. December 8, 1819, and died in Mobile; son of Jack Ferrill and Anne Amelia (Fisher) Ross (q. v.), and brother of Frank Armstrong Ross (q. v.). He was educated at Spring Hill college, Mobile, began his business career as a clerk in Mobile, 1836; and later established himself in the grocery business, continuing in this work until the outbreak of the War of Secession. He entered the C. S. Army, 1861, aa commissary of Gen. Withers' division, and later became assistant commissary on Gen. Bragg's staff. After the war, he returned to Mobile and became engaged in the cotton factorage business and several other interests. Married: in 1845, to Mary A., daughter of Hon. Francis Strother and Sarah Serena (Glover) Lyon (q. v.). Children: 1. Sarah Lyon, m. John R., son of William S., and Nannie (Jenifer) Triplett, of Virginia; 2. Frank Lyon; 3. Jack Ferrill, m. Emma Elizabeth, daughter of Col. William A. and Margaret (Langdon) Buck, of Mobile; 4. Amelia L., m. James L., son of James Lloyd and Anna Lewis (Blake) Abbott, of Boston; 5. Alfred Green, d. unmarried; 6. Helen Deas, m. James H., son of Z. M. P. and Virginia (Ashlin) Maury, of Tennessee and Virginia respectively; 7. Eugenia Lyon; 8. William Lightfoot, m. Kathleen, daughter of Thomas J. and Clara (Stevenson) Hughes, of North Carolina; 9. Norwood Prince, d. unmarried. Last residence: Mobile.
Mobile, Her Trade, Commerce and Industries, 1883-4, by John E. Land (1884), p. 44: Wm. H. Ross, Cotton factors, 24 N Commerce St.: "The individual members of the firm are Messrs. William H. Ross, Frank L. Ross, Jack F. Ross and Henry D. Lesesne, gentlemen who are highly esteemed in Mobile for both social qualities and business ability. Major Wm. H. Ross is president of the Factors' and Traders' Fire and Marine Insurance Co., one of the solid institutions of Mobile in this line. The business of this house is conducted with the conservative liberality and reliability that has always entitled it to the confidence and popularity it has so largely enjoyed."
William H. Ross & Lyman C. Dorgan (member of the cotton factor firm of Dorgan & Abbot) also were among the directors of the Factors' and Traders' Mutual Insurance Co., office in the company's building at Number 9 St. Michael Street.
The Ross home, usually called the Battle-Ross house, stood at 552 Government Street and was built by John Battle. The James Battle house, closely resembling it, stood next door (across Dearborn St.) at 602 Government.
Jack Ferrill Ross (1791 - 1837)
Ann Amelia Fisher Ross (1796 - 1826)
Mary Amanda Lyon Ross (1824 - 1917)*
Francis Lyon Ross (1849 - 1919)*
Jack Ferrill Ross (1851 - 1934)*
Amelia Lyon Ross Abbot (1854 - 1926)*
Alfred Green Ross (1856 - 1865)*
Helen Deas Ross Maury (1858 - 1920)*
William Lightfoot Ross (1861 - 1952)*
Norwood Prince Ross (1864 - 1865)*
Created by: Ray
Record added: Dec 12, 2009
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