Ross family fonds

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Ross family fonds

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MG 1 volumes 794-795

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  • 1816-1920 (Creation)
    Ross (family)

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34 cm of textual records

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Captain William Ross arrived at Sherbrooke, N.S., on 7 August 1816. He was appointed deputy surveyor of lands in 1817 and in 1819 was granted a section of the Sherbrooke grant, which became known as New Ross. He held various offices and acted as chief administrative officer of the New Ross settlement until his death in 1822. He married Mary Williams and they had five children: Mary (born 30 September 1806 in Cork, Ireland), William Henry (born 12 December 1810 at Fort Amsterdam, South Armenia), Edward Irlam (born 3 January 1813 in Sunderland, England), George Lockhart (born 9 September 1815 at Fort Coteau de Lock, Canada), and Charles Henry Lawson (born 2 February 1818 in Sherbrooke, N.S.). The family home in New Ross was known as "Rosebank". Edward Ross assisted his brother George with the family farm and operated a small store. He was appointed justice of the peace in 1838. He died in New Ross in 1894.

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The papers were originally found in the attic of "Rosebank" in New Ross and were transferred by the Nova Scotia Museum to the Nova Scotia Archives in 1972.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, deeds, and minutes accumulated by Captain William Ross regarding the Ross family and the development of the Sherbrooke military settlement, later called New Ross, 1816-1822. The fonds also contains correspondence and other material relating to property in New Ross and the 75th Battilion Infantry, 1846-1920, and correspondence and diary of Edward Ross relating to business and social activities in New Ross, Halifax, and Lunenburg County, 1835-1891.

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Diary of Edward Ross available on Nova Scotia Archives website. Transcripts of diaries covering 1835-1841 available in the Nova Scotia Archives Library F5204.9 R82.

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