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Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1912

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ROSS, DUNCAN (deceased). - In the death of the late Duncan Ross the village of Dawson, Ill., lost a valuable and highly respected citizen. He was well known in the community and had many warm personal friends who deeply mourned his loss. He was personally acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, for whom he had a high regard. Mr. Ross was born in Ross County, Ohio, March 13, 1831, his father being a native of Scotland and his mother of Virginia. The parents were early settlers of Ross County, where they engaged in farming, and remained there until their deaths. Duncan Ross was educated in the schools of his native county, then took up farming there and continued in this occupation until the beginning of the Civil War, when he enlisted in an Ohio regiment and served throughout the struggle. He made an excellent record as a soldier and at the close of hostilities returned to Ohio, but a short time later went to Kansas and carried on farming there a few years, then sold out and came to Sangamon County. He there engaged in farming and some years later retired from this work and located in Dawson, where he conducted a general store until his weight of years induced him to retire from active life, and he spent his remaining years in the rest he had so well earned. He had an excellent reputation in business , was honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellows, and was greatly loved by his family, of whose comfort he was ever solicitous. He was a member of the Christian Church and a Republican in politics. He served for a time as Police Magistrate in Dawson and was always ready to perform the duties of good citizenship. He was especially missed in the ranks of the G.A.R., having for years been a member of Buffalo Post.

Mr. Ross was married (first) in Ohio to Elizabeth Greene, a native of that State, and to this union eight children were born, of whom four now survive, namely: Isaac, a blacksmith, living in Chicago; David and Newton, of Mechanicsburg; Jasper, of California. Mrs. Ross died in Dawson soon after the family located there. Mr. Ross was married (second) March 15, 1888, to Anna (Mullen) McCormick, born in the northern part of Ireland, December 25, 1839, and brought to America by her parents as a child. The family located at Chandlerville, Ill., and the parents carried on farming near there until their deaths. Of their five children but two are now living. Mrs. Ross and her brother, John Mullen, residing in Virginia. Mrs. Ross was first married, July 15, 1865, to Duncan McCormick, their union taking place at Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. McCormick was a native of Scotland and came to America as a young man. They lived for a time at Jacksonville, then removed to Dawson, where he died in 1884. They had one son, James McCormick, of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. McCormick served as First Lieutenant of a company that was mustered in at Springfield for service in the Civil War, and acquitted himself honorably in this post. Mrs. Ross owns a comfortable home in Dawson and is well known in the community. The death of Mr. Ross occurred at his home, September 3, 1910.

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