Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - William Henry Ross

William H. Ross

This is the tombstone of William Henry Ross (1856-1869), located in Mackey Cemetery, Piatt County, Illinois. I took this photo in June 2007, the last time I visited the cemetery. Click to see the image in detail.

William was the son of Henry Ross and Elizabeth (Cowen) Ross. William was the brother of John Franklin Ross (1859-1943), father of Clara Bernice Ross (1897-1994). Clara's daughter married Elvis J. Brassfield.

The stone reads:
William H.
JUNE 14, 1869
13 YRS. 1 MO. 3DS.
to rest
Farewell dear son you are gone
God called you home He thought
it best

According to Grandma's notes, William was said to have died by drowning. He was buried near his father Henry, an unnamed infant sibling and a younger sister, 11 month old Rebecca Ross. All three preceded him in death.