1855 - When William Wallace Ross and his first wife,
Mary Elizabeth Berry, came to Lawrence, Kansas in July 1855, they were accompanied
by William's brother, George W. Ross, and sister, Nancy Amelia Ross, and
her new husband Simon Peter Wemple (aka/Samuel Peter Wemple), whom she had
married in Wisconsin in June 1855. In October, William went to Topeka
where he helped John Speer with printing for the Topeka Constitutional
Convention. William W. Ross joined John Speer in publishing The
Kansas Tribune in December 1855, and, on December 10, 1855, William and
John Speer removed The Kansas Tribune from Lawrence, Kansas, to Topeka, Kansas.
1858 - William W. Ross of Shawnee County, Kansas Territory, is made public
printer. William's first wife, Mary Elizabeth Berry, dies as a result
of childbirth on September 29, and their son, William Ross dies October 30
in Glen Ross, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, where William's parents live.
William and Edmund discontinue publishing The Kansas Tribune in September.
1859 - On January 13, The Kansas Tribune reports that W. W. Ross and others
have formed "[a] second Company...for the Kansas Gold Mines" and
briefly mention S. R. Shepherd's familiarity with the route to be taken
across the Plains to the mines and the date by when one should be outfitted
to go. William W. Ross is of Richardson County, Kansas Territory, in
January, and is of Topeka, Kansas, in September. William and Edmund
begin printing the Kansas State Record in Topeka, Kansas, in September.
1860 - William W. Ross and Edmund G. Ross are running the Kansas State
Record in Topeka, Kansas. In April, William W. Ross is a delegate
from Kansas to the Republican national convention in Chicago that nominated
Abraham Lincoln for President.
1861-1864 - In April 1861, Private W. W. Ross is part of the Frontier Guard
occupying the east room of the White House to protect President Abraham
Lincoln during the first days of the Civil War (TRANSACTIONS OF THE KANSAS
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1907-1908, edited by Geo. W. Martin, State
Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, Volume X, pages 418-422, and A HISTORY OF
CALIFORNIA, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1915, Volume
III, page 922 ("Hon. Meredith P. Snyder"). President
Lincoln appointed Major W. W. Ross agent for the Pottawatomie Indians at
St. Mary's Mission, Kansas, on April 29, 1861; William continued in that
position until 1864.
1865 - W. W. Ross is Mayor of Topeka. William W. Ross is enumerated
with his second wife and three daughters on the State census as a merchant
in Topeka, Kansas.
1866 - William's second wife, Julia, dies in January. On February 15,
the Topeka Weekly Leader reports that mayoral elections will be held next
1867 - According to the Topeka Weekly Leader, of July 18, William had just
returned from California, and the Kansas State Record reported in November
that William was recovering from a bout of cholera in Jacksonville,
Florida, where he had been working as a Light House Inspector.
May 1868 - William W. Ross was in Washington, D.C., with his brother,
Edmund Gibson Ross, during the impeachment trial. According to
information given to Edward Bumgardner (The Life of Edmund G. Ross)
presumably by Edmund's daughter, Lillian (Ross) Leis, William was offered a
$20,000 bribe to tell how his brother Edmund would vote.
1868-1869 - William W. Ross was residing in Volusia County, Florida.
1870 - William W. Ross marries Sara S. Betts of Albany, New York, and they
are briefly of Topeka, Kansas, in October 1870. In November 1870,
they are of Volusia County, Florida.
1871 - William W. Ross and his third wife, Sara S. Betts, are of Albany,
New York; Sara dies October 9th.
1872-1877 - William W. Ross is of Washington, D.C., where the letterhead
states he is a partner with James R. Cook in Cook & Ross, Attorneys and
Solicitors, at No. 72 I Street, Northeast. The letterhead states
they "Practice in the U. S. Supreme Court and Court of Claims.
Prosecute Claims in all Departments of the Government."
1878 - William W. Ross is of Topeka, Kansas.
1879 - William W. Ross has a residence in Topeka, but is a miner in
1880 - William W. Ross is a miner in Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado
(census) and William W. Ross, builder, records building permits for the
Ross Row House in Topeka, Kansas.
1881-1882 - The Ross Row House is still under construction, but William is
in Silverton, Colorado, when his daughter, Kate Ross, dies November 8,
1885 - William W. Ross is of Topeka, Kansas.
1886 - William W. Ross' daughter, Mary Adelle (Ross) Gillam, widow of
Francis J. Gillam, is of San Diego County, California, when she sells
property in Shawnee County, Kansas.
1887-1888 - William W. Ross. Widower, is of San Diego County, California.
1889 - William W. Ross resides in Coronado, San Diego County, California,
when his daughter, May Ross, marries Meredith Pinxton Snyder in February,
but William dies in June while visiting at the home of his daughter May
(Ross) Snyder, in Los Angeles, California. After William's death, his
only other surviving daughter, Mary Adelle (Ross) Gillam, marries her
second husband, Lee Roberts Andrews, in November.