David Ross (1788-1858), a son of Revolutionary War soldier Hugh Ross Jr. and Margaret Pruett of Anson County, NC, first came to Mississippi Territory as a North Carolina soldier with Andrew Jackson’s troops before 1815. David returned to North Carolina, and brought his family and other relatives to Mississippi, first to Perry County, then to Simpson County where he lived out his life. He joined with a Mississippi Militia unit, and fought in the Battle of New Orleans.

He married Elizabeth Hasty (1788 NC - 1860), daughter of Matthew Hasty and Lydia Taylor of Anson County, NC, in Anson County in 1802, and they had eight sons and two daughters: Hugh A. (b. 1803, m. Rebecca Warren), Thomas (b. 1804, m. Winnie Jane Moore), Asa (b. 1806, m. Sarah Ann Hasty), Andrew (b. 1810, m. Sarah Jane Hall), Jesse (b. 1813, m. Ana M., then Margaret Easterling), David Jr. (b. 1816, never married), William Griffin (b. 1817, m. Mary Ann Chapman), Jackson (b. 1818, m. Charity Ann), Nancy Elizabeth (b. 1820, m. William G. May), and Mary Rebecca (b. 1812, m. Freeman Lacy). Both Ross and Lacy men received numerous land grants, and had extensive farming operations prior to the Civil War. These families lived in the north edge of Simpson and south edge of Rankin Counties around Monterey, Campbell’s Creek, and Braxton areas, and there are numerous descendants.

The David Ross family Bible was at the home of his son Hugh Ross when a fire destroyed the home and all but a few pages; part of the hand-written family records survived. The Rosses are buried in several Ross Family cemeteries, and the Lacy Family cemetery, in Rankin and Simpson Counties.

First Family descendant members:
Mary Collins Landin
Bonnie Ross Sullivan
Donna Sullivan Wiggers
The Order of the First Families of Mississippi:  1699-1817
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