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Judge Alexander “Alex” Ross

Judge Alexander “Alex” Ross

Death 1915 (aged 81–82)
Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 18250 · View Source
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Judge and Prelate of the Old Common Pleas Court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Alexander Ross was born at Caithness, Scotland on August 12th, 1833, and died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on May 25th, 1915.

In 1847, in company with his father, he sailed from the port of Glascow to the city of New York, expecting at that time to reach Corburg, Canada. In the vicinity of Corburg he attended school while not engaged in work on his father's farm, which was nearby.

In August 1848 he returned to the United States by way of the Great Lakes and secured a position as clerk in a store at Hawsville, Kentucky. From Kentucky he went to Camden, Arkansas, where he secured a position for a short time as clerk in the store of Lee Morgan & Company.

While in Camden he taught school for a short time. During the time he was teaching he applied himself to the study of bookkeeping. Not content with a knowledge of commercial affairs, he took up the study of law and had as his tutor Captain McGowan of that city.

He prosecuted the study of law with much industry, in the circuit court of Magnolia County in the State of Arkansas. His first official office was that of Justice of the Peace, having received his commission from Governor Conley of the State of Arkansas. He held this position until the beginning of the war between the states.

He was greatly hampered at the outset of the war by local conditions in Arkansas, as his sympathies were with the Union forces. He finally joined the Union army at Vicksburg, and was assigned to duty in the Quarter Master's Department.

In 1866, after he had closed his books in the Quarter Master's Department, in company with his wife, Georgia Ann Furlow (whom he had married in Arkansas about the beginning of the war) he moved to the city of Cape Girardeau. A short time after he reached this city he was appointed City Attorney by Colonel C. G. Thilaneous, then Mayor.

In 1867 he was appointed Register in Bankruptcy by Chief Justice Chase of the United States Supreme Court, which this county was then a part.

He held the position of Register in Bankruptcy until the Bankrupt Law was repealed and the office abolished. He then opened a law office and was for a time associated with the late Senator and Judge, George H. Green. After the death of Senator Green he continued in the practice of his profession, except for a period of a few years, when he was engaged in looking after the landed interest of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Houck.

He again returned to the practice of his profession and was elected in 1890 Judge of the Cape Girardeau Court of Common Pleas for a term of four years. After the expiration of his term as judge of this court he was appointed Referee in Bankruptcy in 1898 by Judge Elmer B. Adams, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; upon the expiration of his term of office he was again appointed Referee in Bankruptcy by Judge Finklenburn; and after the expiration of this term of office he was again appointed Referee in Bankruptcy by Judge David P. Dyer.

It will thus be seen that Judge Ross served the public as an officer in the United States court for twenty-six years, and that he served the people of this county and as judge of this court for a period of four years, making a total service in a judicial capacity of thirty years -- almost one-half of the allotted life of man.

The record of this court, on its Probate side, will show that Judge Ross has had charge, as legal advisor, of many estates and that he enjoyed the confidence of a large clientage, especially in that department of the court procedure.

Shortly after his appointment as Register in 1867 he had the misfortune to lose his wife by death, leaving the judge with daughters, Mary and Fanny Ross, surviving his wife.

On October 3rd, 1872 he married Miss Matilda Rasche, the daughter of a comrade who fell at Shilo. His last marriage, like his first, was a most happy one. Five children were born of the last marriage, all daughters, and four of whom survive him.

Souorce: Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, Jackson, Missouri.

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Alex Ross

Union Scout
Sept 1862,
July 1863

Assighned by
General Grant
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July 1, 1863,
March 28, 1866




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 18250
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Alexander “Alex” Ross (1833–1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18250, citing Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .