1894 – John Ross, Sidney, Loses Four Year Old Son

The following is from the Brownwood Bulletin, October 11, 1894.

Pendergrass Cemetery, Sidney, Texas

Pendergrass Cemetery, Sidney, Texas

“Last Friday evening a four year old son of John Ross living near Sidney was smothered to death in a cotton bin. The child was left alone at play while the parents were picking cotton. About 4 o’clock in the evening, the boy was seen and in about 20 minutes was dug out of the cotton a corpse.

“It is presumed that he burrowed a hole and crawling in head foremost, the cotton closing in around him, smothering him. The bin contained about 1000 pounds of cotton and the body was found 16 inches from the surface. It appears that if he had struggled at all, he might easily have forced his way out.”


I have asked everyone I can think of, and I simply cannot find out who these people are, and I certainly cannot find a photo. Should it turn out that this is your family, please share what you can. Thanks!

Also, I have no idea that the child is buried in the Pendergrass Cemetery, but I feel like that is a good guess.

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Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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2 Responses to 1894 – John Ross, Sidney, Loses Four Year Old Son

  1. Jana Collins says:

    This child was Hugh M. Ross. He was a brother of my great grandfather James Harvey Ross (b. 1880). Their parents were John Calvin Ross and Mary Francis Ross. John, Mary Francis, Hugh and his brother Dewey (died at age 3) are buried in Cox Cemetery, Sidney, Comanche County.

    I would love to know if there are still descendants of my great grandparents in the Comanche area. My paternal grandmother (who was a Ross-James Harvey’s daughter) died when my father (her son) was a young child, and he never saw his Ross relatives after that.

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      I feel sure that there are. In fact, a couple that I think are probably related to you are good friends. I am retired and pretty terrible about checking emails any more, but you can reach me at 325-280-9083.

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