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Charles Franklin Ross[1, 2, 3]

Male 1879 - 1947  (68 years)


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  • Name Charles Franklin Ross 
    Nickname Charlie 
    Born 18 Mar 1879  Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    • The statewide index to births lists a Charles (twin) born in 1879 in Boston, volume 306, page 23. The only other twin born in 1879 in Boston is Martha W, also on the same page of the registry. However, these are the children of Citifore and Mary Ross, a black couple.

      Though, I don't necessarily believe a lot else about Charles, on both his WWI and WWII draft cards, he gives his birthday at 18 Mar 1879 and is generally consistent in saying he was born in Boston.
    Gender Male 
    Census 18 Jun 1900  Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Charles is a boarder in 1900 and is listed as a driver. Interestingly, he is living at 65 Pleasant St, at the corner of Pleasant and Thayer St. His mother-in-law was Salome Thayer.
    Residence Jan 1901  Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 9 Feb 1905  Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Conductor 
    Residence 9 Feb 1905  Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    73 Chestnut St. 
    Census 22 Apr 1910  Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    840 N. Monticello St. 
    • In 1910, Charles is listed as a boarder with Fannie Ross in Brockton. This seem sort of questionable as there are 2 additional marriage records for him in Rhode Island and in Vermont in Nov 1916.

      They both claim this as a first marriage. What about the other kids nearby? Is this the wrong Ross?

      Moreover, Fannie is really Fannie White and could be related to Fred White.
    Died 8 Aug 1947  [5
    Person ID I5410  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2017 

    Father Henry C. Ross,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Paulding,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Cora Stetson Hooper,   b. 31 Aug 1879, South Abington, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1980, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1901  Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • When they were married, Charles is listed as a coachman and Cora as a shoe operative.
    Divorced 10 Oct 1910  Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • On 10 Oct 1910, Cora filed suit against Charles F Ross for divorce.
      Summons issued to Charles Ross - 7 Nov 1910
      Summons issued to Charles Ross - 1 May 1912
      Summons issued to Charles Ross - 3 Jun 1912
      Motion to amend initial suit - 27 Aug 1912
      Motion allowed - 30 Aug 1912
    Children 
     1. Edna Mae Ross,   b. 20 Mar 1902, Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 2003, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)
     2. Rotha Alice Ross,   b. 22 Aug 1903, Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1996, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Alma Beatrice Ross,   b. 9 Feb 1905, Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 2001, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F1405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Fannie May White,   b. 1884, Stoughton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Nov 1916  Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F2766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1879 - Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 18 Jun 1900 - Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jan 1901 - Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jan 1901 - Whitman, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Conductor - 9 Feb 1905 - Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    73 Chestnut St. - 9 Feb 1905 - Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - Address:
    840 N. Monticello St. - 22 Apr 1910 - Brockton, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
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    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 10 Oct 1910 - Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1916 - Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • According to the family story, Charlie Ross left the family in 1907, leaving Cora with three small daughters.

      In the record, there is a Citifore S. and Mary L. Ross who have a son Charles, born 2 Feb 1879 in Boston, a twin to Martha W. Ross. These are unlikely to be the parents of our Charlie Ross, since this family is black, with parents from Africa and Washington, DC..

      In any case, Charles remains a mystery. In 1910, Cora reports that she has been married for 9 years, but Charles is not in the household. In 1920, she reports that she is widowed. She may be widowed or she may be divorced. Further research is needed.

      In 1910, there is a Charles Ross living in Brockton that is the right age and may well be this Charles. He and his wife of three years, Fannie, are living as boarders in the home of Aaron Burnham. This would coincide with his abandonment of his family in 1907. It would mean that either he chose to remarry without getting a divorce or he and Cora were divorced. This needs further research. At the time of the 1910 Census, he was living only a few blocks away from his daughter Rotha, who was separated from the rest of the family.

      It appears that sometime around 1907, Charles left the family - his wife and children. By 1910, he was close by living as husband and wife with Fannie White, but they had not yet married. In 1916, they married in Vermont and settled there as if they had never married before.

      However, the parents listed on the Charles Ross / Cora Hooper marriage record do not match the ones for the Charles Ross / Fannie White record in Vermont. So far, I cannot find Charles in any record prior to his 1900 census, nor can I find either set of parents

      Ross / Hooper set - Henry C Ross and Mary Paulding
      Ross / White set - George F Ross and Elizabeth W Baldwin

      While the marriage of Cora and Charles took place in Whitman, there are no Whitman records in the Mass. Town & Vital Records Collection.

  • Sources 
    1. [S694] Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, 28 July 2012; Birth, Plymouth, Whitman, Edna Mae Ross.

    2. [S977] Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915, 13 March 2015; Alma Beatrice Ross, 9 Feb 1905, Brockton, Mass, .

    3. [S1281] Vermont, Marriage Records, 1909-2008, 3 July 2017; 11 Nov 1916, Fannie May White to Charles Franklin Ross.

    4. [S690] Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915, 28 July 2012; Marriage, Plymouth, Whitman, Charles F. Ross to Cora S. Hooper.

    5. [S1057] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, 6 August 2017; Charles Franklin Ross, SSN 001054568.

    6. [S651] 1900 US Federal Census, Plymouth Co, MA, Whitman; ED 1153; page 18; dwelling 340, family 396, 65 Pleasant St.; Charles Ross.

    7. [S645] 1910 US Federal Census, Plymouth Co., MA, Brockton; ED 1204; sheet 10-B; dwelling 139, family 231, 840 N. Monticello St.; Charles Ross.

    8. [S1315] Plymouth County Superior Court Docket Book - Divorces - 1910-1918, Cora S Ross vs. Charles F Ross, Case 8301, 10 Oct 1910.


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