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Dr Frank Armstrong Ross
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Birth: Feb., 1821
Saint Stephens
Washington County
Alabama, USA
Death: 1885
Mobile County
Alabama, USA

Ross Hospital was built by Dr. Frank A. Ross.
"Ross's General Hospital flourished in 1863 under the direction of Surgeon Frank A. Ross. The Ross General Hospital Building is still standing near the intersection of St. Anthony and Broad Streets in Mobile. Now a part of the Mobile County Health Department, it is known as the Marine Hospital, next door to the old City Hospital."

Available records are in National Archives Record Group 109. Records include a "Register of patients", 1 Sept 63-12 April 65 (chap. VI, vol. 2); an "Account of clothing and equipment of patients", 1-30 March 65 (chap. VI, vol. 1); "Requisitions for medical supplies", July 61-Nov 64 (chap. VI, vol. 536); a "Daily record of the
receipt and issue of hospital stores", 1 Jan-8 April 65 (chap VI, vol. 555); and "Diet books", 14 Sept 63-25 April 64, Jan-March 65 (chap VI, vols. 592 and 139)

Frank A. Ross, Frederick Elliott Gordon, Josiah C. Nott, J. F. Heustis, William H. Anderson, and George A. Ketchum were granted a charter for a medical school by the Probate Court of Mobile County on April 5, 1859, with power vested in a board of trustees originally comprised of the founders. The Medical College of Alabama opened that same year, 1859, in Mobile.

ROSS, FRANK ARMSTRONG, physician, was born at St. Stephens, February, 1821, and died in Mobile, 1885; son of Jack Ferrill and Anne Amelia (Fisher) Ross (q. v.) and brother of William Henry Ross (q. v.). He was partially educated at Spring Hill college, Mobile; graduated from the University of Virginia; studied medicine in Mobile under Dr. Henry S. LeVert; and graduated with distinction from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Mobile and began the practice of his profession; was appointed medical director on the staff of Gen. Pierce Butler in the War with Mexico; after the war he returned to Mobile and resumed his practice; in the War of Secession he was appointed medical director of the Department of the Gulf. Again returning to Mobile he was constantly engaged in the practice of medicine until his death. Married: to Helen, daughter of Anne Toulmin Hunter, and granddaughter of Judge Harry Toulmin (q. v.). Children: 1. Lightfoot, merchant of Galveston, Tex., and a student at the University of Alabama, 1861-67; (born Sept 15, 1844; Lieut., C.S.A.; d. New Orleans) m. (1871 in N.Y.) Helen Lyon Prince, of Mobile; 2. William Henry, Jr., physician, and a graduate of the University of Alabama, B. A., 1865, m. Miss Perry, of Pensacola; 3. Martha M. Last residence: Mobile.

by Susan Dabney Smedes (1840-1913) describes the author refugeeing to Mobile during the Civil War and staying in the homes of Dr. Frank A. Ross, his brother William H. Ross, and William's brother-in-law Zachary Cantey Deas in May 1863: "We spent a week in a wretched house near Enterprise, Mississippi. At the end of this time J. R. Eggleston, who had lately married Sarah Dabney, came up from Mobile with money to relieve present embarrassments and to take the family to Mobile.

"Two of us were bareheaded as we travelled on the train and through the streets of Mobile. Three houses were thrown open to us, - Dr. Frank Ross's, Major William Ross's, and General Zachariah Deas's.

"We rested for one week under the roof of Dr. Frank Ross and his dear wife, and then took possession, free of rent of the house of General Zachariah Deas. The hospitable Mobile people said that they were happy to do anything in their power for soldiers or refugees. We lived for six months in the Deas house. But two months of wretched anxiety and suspense were ahead of us when we reached Mobile on that lovely day in May. We heard then for the first time that General Pemberton's command had fallen back into Vicksburg after the engagement at Baker's Creek. Edward was in this division, and we did not hear of his safety till two weeks after the surrender of Vicksburg. He rode to Mobile on horseback after his parole, and his appearance at the door was our first tidings of him. In the torn-up condition of the country it was often impossible to get letters through...."

Dr. Ross was a practicing physician up to or near the time of his death. The 1884 city directory lists the residence and office address of Dr. Frank Armstrong Ross as the southwest corner of Conti St. and Joachim St. This was 251 Conti St. and stood behind the Chandler mansion on Government Street. 251 later became the Lyric Theater and the site is a parking lot today.

Dr. Ross and Hellen G. Hunter Ross had these children:
Lightfoot Ross born 1845-7 died 12 Oct 1886 New Orleans
Wm H Ross born 1847-8
Anna (Annie) H Ross born 1849-51 (1880 census says 1853)
Frank A Ross born 1856-8
Mattie M Ross born 1860-1
Hunter Ross born 1861-2
Wilmer Ross born 1865

Some of these probably are buried in the Ross family crypt. 
Family links: 
  Jack Ferrill Ross (1791 - 1837)
  Ann Amelia Fisher Ross (1796 - 1826)
  Hellen G. Hunter Ross (1827 - ____)*
  Mattie M Ross (1863 - 1933)*
  Sarah Bee Ross Lightfoot (1817 - 1905)*
  William Henry Ross (1819 - 1903)*
  Frank Armstrong Ross (1821 - 1885)
  Jack Everitt Ross (1823 - 1825)*
  Alfred Green Ross (1826 - 1856)*
*Calculated relationship
Magnolia Cemetery
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Created by: Ray
Record added: May 04, 2010
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Dr Frank Armstrong Ross
Added by: Ray
Dr Frank Armstrong Ross
Added by: Ray
Dr Frank Armstrong Ross
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