Thursday, March 10, 2011

HENRY ROSS (Chart R-6, Bio, & Exhibits)


Family Chart No. R-6                                   Parents - Chart No. R-3

     3rd Generation                                                 Ross/Sait Family

was born 28th May, 1842 at lake Beauport, Quebec, Canada
was baptized in Anglican Church, Stoneham, Quebec 3 July 1842
died 31st May 1926 at Loretteville, Quebec
buried at Sillery, Quebec, 2 June 1926 in Mount Hermon Cemetery
Resided at Jeune (Indian) Lorette, changed to Loretteville, Quebec

Occupation: Operated a lumber mill and general store at St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette.  Was appointed Agent of Indian Affairs so moved to Indian Lorette where he opened a factory and employed Huron Indians from the Indian Reserve to manufacture canoes, snowshoes, moccasins and other Indian goods.
He was president of Henry Ross Limited, Loretteville.

on 23rd November 1863 at St. Matthews Church, Quebec City.
She was daughter of EDWARD and EMMA (MEERS) SAIT.
She was born 23rd October 1845 at 6 Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, London, England.
and died 11th November 1916 at Loretteville.
buried at Sillery, Quebec, 13th November 1916, in Mount Hermon Cemetery

At the age of sixteen she came over from London with her mother on a sailing ship, taking five weeks to cross.  Her father arrived first, having been sent over as Manager of a large dry goods store, now known as Simons' in Quebec.

She had 3 sisters - ELIZABETH EMMA (BESSIE) who married WILLIAM MacWILLIAM of Quebec City, KATE and NELL, neither of whom ever married, and two brothers--EDWARD and CHARLES.


EDWARD ERNEST  born 27 September 1864 at Quebec City.
     Married LAVINIA YOUNG
     children: 4 boys and a girl (twin)
     died 16 November 1912

PERCY DRUMMOND  born 30 march 1866 at Quebec City
     Married IDA BILLING 25 September 1899
     children: 5 girls
     died 4 April 1938

HENRY  born 6 February 1868 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     died of smallpox 12 February 1875

EMMA CLARA  born 19 December 1869 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married WILLIAM HENRY WIGGS 2 September 1891
     children: 4 boys and 4 girls
     died 20 September 1959

EVA JANE  born 25 July 1872 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married CHARLES ALBERT SEWELL 22 June 1896
     children: 2 boys and 2 girls
     died 22 February 1939

BESSIE  born 22 Dec 1873 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     died of smallpox 8 February 1875

MABEL JESSIE  born 18 December 1875 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married  EDWARD HAMILTON SEWELL 4 May 1899
     died 12 December 1960

CHARLES FLEURY  born 25 July 1877 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married EVELYN (EVA) O'CONNOR 12 April 1903
     children: one boy and one girl
     died 13 September 1930

ELLA MAGGIE  born 8 March 1879 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     died 21 May 1948

ALBERT  born 12 December 1880 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     died 29 January 1881

LEONORA FLORENCE  born 19 September 1883 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married WILLIAM CAXTON TEAKLE 9 June 1909
     children:  one boy and 3 girls
     died 9 December 1965

HARRIETT MAUD  born 25 October 1886 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married ELZEAR A. VERRET  8 June 1910
     died 23 March 1950

ETHEL TASCHEREAU  born 4 April 1889 at St. Ambroise de la Jeune, Lorette, Quebec
     Married JOHN DEDMOND FITZGERALD  26 September 1914
     children: 2 boys and 6 girls
     died 29 June 1969

This record was compiled by Henry Ross Wiggs of Westmount Que.
10th July 1970
Sources of data:  Henry Ross family Bible, newspaper clippings, tombstones, and my intimate family relationships with all of the above.


HENRY ROSS  (1842 - 1926)

     Henry Ross was born in the Seigneury of Lake Beauport in the County and District of Quebec on the 28th of May, 1842, the grandson of J. William Ross, in his lifetime Deputy Assistant Commissary General to His Majesty's forces at Quebec, and Sarah Blow Ross of Quebec, and son of Drummond Ross and Maria Jane Beamish) Ross of Lake Beauport.  He was baptized on the 3rd of July, 1842, in the Church of England church at Lake Beauport by the Rev. Henry D. Sewell in the presence of his parents and with John Beamish and Richard Beamish as sponsors.

     At the age of twenty-one he eloped with Harriett Ann Sait, aged eighteen, daughter of Edward and Emma (Meers) Sait of the city of Quebec, and they were married in St. Matthews Church, Quebec, on the 23rd of November, 1863.

     Harriett Ann Sait was born on the 23rd of October, 1945, at No. 6 Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, London, England, where her father dealt in fine lace, some of which was purchased by Queen Victoria.  Later, he was appointed manager of a large dry goods store in Quebec City, now known as Simons', and sailed to Quebec without his wife and family because, at the time, his wife had just given birth to a baby girl (Kate) and could not make such a long sea voyage with a young infant.  In 1861, when Harriett was a girl of sixteen, she came to Canada with her mother in a sailing vessel, taking five weeks for the voyage.

     Henry and Harriett Ross first resided on St. John Street, Quebec City, where their first child, Edward Ernest, was born on the 27th of September, 1864.  They moved to St. George Street where a second son, Percy Drummond, was born on Good Friday, 30th March, 1866.

     A year or so later, they moved away from the city to make their home in St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette, a small village about nine miles to the north-west of Quebec City, and they lived there for the next twenty-three years.  During that time, they had eleven more children, three of whom died in infancy.  Of the remaining eight children, one was a boy, Charles Fleury, and seven were girls - Emma Clara, Eva Jane, Mabel Jessie, Ella Maggie, Leonora Florence, Harriett Maude, and Ethel Taschereau.  The seven sisters were inseparable, and when the time came for all but one of them to get married and have families of their own, they continued to keep in close touch with each other for the rest of their lives.  They were a very congenial group.

     While living at St. Ambroise, Henry Ross operated a lumber mill and a general store, as well as the local post office.  In 1890, he was appointed Agent of Indian Affairs, so the family moved to the town of Jeune Lorette in which there was a Reservation for the Indians of the Huron tribe.  there, he opened a factory and employed the Indians to manufacture canoes, snowshoes, moccasins and other Indian goods.  He also opened and operated a general store for the community.

     The house in which he and his family lived in Lorette was a three storied stone building that had been the home of an Indian chief.  The ground floor served as a store, and the two upper floors provided ample living quarters for his large family.  By the side of the house was a factory with two floors, where the Indians, sitting in groups, made snowshoes, weaving the prepared gut strings on the hardwood snowshoe frames.  they worked with great speed and were fascinating to watch.  When finished, the snowshoes were hung in the sun to dry.  Other Indians, some of them women,worked at making moccasins, beaded slippers, mitts and other articles.  In another building beyond a large kitchen garden at the rear of the house, the tanning of the raw pelts and the dressing of the skins was carried out.  By giving work to many Indians and by producing merchandise of a high quality, the factory proved to be a very successful venture, and the name of Henry Ross Limited, of which he was President, became well known across Canada.


     Henry Ross was a man of high integrity and honesty in business, made evident by the important industry which he built up.  he was respected by all who knew him, regardless of creed or nationality, and he was always ready to help anyone in distress.  However, being of an unostentatious nature, only those whom he helped knew of his kindly acts.  His wife was a kind, amiable person and a devoted wife and mother, whose genial disposition made their home a very pleasant and happy one.

     On the 23rd of November, 1913, Henry and Harriett Ross celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and the members of their family and many intimate friends gathered at their home to join in the celebration and to present them with a handsome roll-top desk and chair, a beautiful set of bone china with special gold markings, and other gifts appropriate for the occasion.

     Three years later, Harriett Ann Ross died on the 11th of November, 1916, at the age of 71 years, and was survived by her husband, two sons and seven daughters.  Her death brought great grief to her family who had always been so devoted to her.  Henry Ross continued to devote himself to his business but time was catching up with him and he was forced to give it up.  His daughter, Ella, who had never left home, had for many years looked after the running of the family household, and she now took good care of her aging father until, at the venerable age of 84, he died on the 31st of May, 1926.

     His funeral was an impressive one, taking place from his residence and with an exceptionally large cortege following the remains into the city and to St. Michael's Church, Bergerville, located at the entrance to Mount Hermon cemetery.  Included in the mourners were leading residents and friends of the surrounding municipalities and the city.  The service at St. Michael's was conducted by the rector, Rev. Canon Fothergill, assisted by Rev. Dean Kelly and Rev. J. H. Barnes, rector of Trinity Church, Quebec.  His Lordship the Bishop of Quebec was present in the sanctuary and also participated in the service by reading the lesson.  At the conclusion of the service, the remains were transferred to Mount Hermon cemetery and there laid to rest in the family plot beside those of his wife who had predeceased him.

     Surviving him were his two sons, Percy Drummond Ross of Loretteville, and Charles Fleury Ross of Toronto, and his seven daughters, Emma Clara (Mrs. W. H. Wiggs), Eva (Mrs. C. A. Sewell),  Mabel (Mrs. E. H. Sewell), Miss Ella Ross, Leonore (Mrs. W. C. Teakle), Maud (Mrs. E. A. Verret), and Ethel (Mrs. J. D. Fitzgerald).  He was also survived by his sister Catherine, Mrs. Albert Poston, residing at Spokane, Washington.  She was the youngest and last surviving member of Henry Ross' immediate family.

                                                                        Henry Ross Wiggs


      [The following is a transcript of the obituary that appeared in a Quebec paper, the Chronicle-Telegraph, on Monday, 31 May 1926]


Prominent Citizen of Loretteville Passes Away at Patriarchal Age

     Death has claimed an outstanding figure in the life of Lorette and surrounding districts in the passing away at his residence in Loretteville this morning of Mr. Henry Ross, President of the Henry Ross Company, Limited, at the patriarchal age of eighty-five years.  The late Mr. Ross had been in ill-health for some considerable time and due to his advanced years his demise was not altogether unexpected, but he put up a valiant fight against the grim reaper, which showed the wonderful vitality he possessed.
     The Late Mr. Ross, who was a son of the late Mr. Drummond Ross and grandson of the late William Ross, in his lifetime Assistant Commissary-General to His Majesty's forces at Quebec, came of a well-known and prominent family of which the deceased gentleman proved himself a worthy successor.  A man of catholic views he was respected by all who knew him, regardless of creed or nationality, and of a benevolent disposition he succored many in distress, but this phase of his life was never prominent because of his unostentatious manner; in fact, he was one of those believers in not letting the left hand know that the right hand did.  It is only those who had occasion to benefit of his kindly acts that are able to fully appreciate the value of them.  The late Mr. Ross was noted for his integrity and honesty in business and this was made manifest by the important industry which he built up and conducted practically to the last.
     Surviving him, his wife having predeceased him several years ago, are two sons, Messrs. Percey Ross, of Loretteville, and Charles F. Ross of Toronto, and six daughters.  [see below]  The latter are Mrs. W. H. Wiggs, Mrs. E. H. Sewell, Mrs. W. C. Teakle, Mrs E. A. Verret, Mrs. J. D. Fitzgerald and Miss Ella Ross.
     The requiem service for the late Mr. Ross will be held in St. Michael's Church, Bergerville, at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, the body arriving in the city from Loretteville and proceeding direct to the church.  The interment will be made in Mount Hermon Cemetery.

      [The following is a transcript of the notice that appeared on Tuesday, June 1, 1926]

ROSS--At Loretteville, on May
   31st, Henry Ross, in his 85th year,
   son of the late Drummond Ross
   and grand-son of the late William
   Ross, Assistant Commissary Gen-
   eral to His Majesty's Forces at
The funeral will leave his late resi-
   dence at Loretteville on Wednes-
   day, June 2nd,  at 1:00 P.M.  Fun-
   eral services to be held at St.
   Michael's church, Bergerville at
   2:30 P.M.   Interment in Mount
   Hermon cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.

      [The following is a transcript of an article that appeared in a Quebec paper, the Chronicle-Telegraph, on Thursday, 3 June 1926]


Impressive Tribute Paid to Memory of Well-Known Business Man

     An impressive tribute was paid to the memory of the late Mr. Henry Ross when his funeral took place from his residence at Loretteville yesterday afternoon to St. Michael's Church, Bergerville.  An esceptionally large cortege followed the remains in automobiles from Loretteville to the city and included in the mourners were leading residents of the surrounding municipalities and the city.  The solemn service of requiem at the church was conducted by Rev. Canon Fathergill, Rector of Bergerville, assisted by Rev. Rural Dean Kelly and Rev. J. H. Barnes.  His Lordship the Bishop was present in the sanctuary and also participated in the service by reading the lesson.  Mr. Sidney Martin, organist of St. Matthew's Church, presided over the musical portion and during the obseques the hymns "For Ever With the Lord," "Now the Laborer's Task is O'er" and "On the Resurrection Morn" were feelingly rendered by the choir.
     On the conclusion of the service the remains were transferred to Mount Hermon Cemetery and there laid to rest in the family plot besides those of his wife, who predeceased him several years ago.  The service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. J. Prout, incumbent of Valcartier, assisted by Ven. Archdeacon Scott.  An affecting tribute was here paid, when, as the body had been lowered into the grave and covered over with mother earth, Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, former Lieutenant-Governor of the province and a close and lifelong friend of deceased, personally deposited a wreath upon his grave.
     The chief mourners were the son of deceased, Mr. Charles M. Ross, of Toronto, and Messrs. W. H. Wiggs, Chas. A. Sewell, E. A. Verrett, J. D. Fitz-Gerald and W. C. Teakle, sons-in-law, while the pall-bearers were six of his grand-children, W. Wiggs, E. A. Wiggs, Lorne Wiggs, Ernie Ross, Gordon Ross and Harold Sewell.
     The floral tributes, mute expressions of the esteem in which the deceased had been held by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, were both numerous and beautiful.
     In the obituary of the late Mr. Henry Ross, published in monday's Chronicle-Telegraph,  [see above] the name of one of his daughters, Mrs. C. A. Sewell, was inadvertently omitted.  The deceased is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Albert Poston, now residing in Spokane, Washn.  She is the youngest and last surviving member of the lat Mr. Ross' immediate family.


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