Make your own free website on

Ross, Ayres

Ross, Ayres--Was born in Andersontown, York county, Pennsylvania, September
7, 1823.  When fifteen years of age his parents moved to the oil regions in
Vanango county, in the same State, where he lived with them until he was
twenty.  The only opportunity he had to obtain an education was the little
schooling he had before he was thirteen.  At that age, his father being a
blacksmith, he was put to work in the shop and worked at that trade until
his twentieth year, and after that he followed the same trade in different
places in western Pennsylvania until 1853 when he came to Iowa and settled
six miles north of Wilton Junction, in Cedar county, where he purchased 160
acres of unimproved land, eighty acres of which he improved, and also
carried on blacksmithing.  Selling out in 1853, he moved to Koszta, Iowa
county, and soon after bought 160 acres of wild land, which is now part of
the farm known as the Ingraham farm, in Honey Creek township, a few miles
southeast of Koszta.  He improved a part of his land, and at the same time
carried on the blacksmithing business, and also built a hotel called the
Iowa House, which he kept in connection with his other business until 1872,
when he sold his property inVictor, and purchased a partly improved farm of
160 acres ten miles northeast of Victor, and where he now lives.  He has a
very desirable home, good barns, granary, cribs and sheds; on the farm is an
orchard of one thousand trees, two hundred bearing, also small fruit and
grapes.  In 1843 he married Catharine Steffy, of Venango county,
Pennsylvania, by whom he has six children: Aseneth (wife of G. Rosman, of
Koszta), Samuel (married and owns an interest in the farm; married Mary
Kingon of Chicago in 1872; two children: Gertrude C. and Park E.), Catharine
(wife of E. G. Marsh, of Chicago, Illinois), Adaline (wife of H. C. Hughs,
of Red Bluff, California), and Emanuel and Lowly Myrtle, living at hime.  He
has with him an orphan grandson, Nathan Greaser, whose father died when he
was very young from the effect of exposure in the army.  He has lost seven
children, all dying in infancy, except one, Columbus, who at the age of
eight fell from the railroad bridge into Bear Creek, near Victor, and was

(Source: The History of Iowa County, Iowa, 1888, pp. 593-4.)

Carol C. Eddleman
PA-Roots Data Board Administrator (Bedford, Bucks, Northampton, Somerset
Bedford Co PAGenExchange
Iowa Co IAGenExchange
Pine Co MNGenExchange