Mesa County Genealogical Society

Ross Cemetery

1886 ? - 1895

Ross Cemetery Historical Documents

Marcus Ross homesteaded the property on which the 'Ross Cemetery' was located in May 1882. The original homestead patent, which includes the Pre-Emption Proof, can be found here. On 27 January 1888, Marcus Ross obtained a Federal Patent for the property which comprised of 160 acres. [East 1/2 of SW Quarter, Section 22 and E 1/2 of NW 1/4, Section 27, Ute Principle Meridian.]

Marcus' neighbors on Section 22 and 27 included: Thomas Lowery, William Sullivan, William Kelly, Charles Lowery, Edwin Slocomb, Lewis Bradley, and Charles Bickford.

BLM map of Marcus Ross 1888 land purchase

"Ross Cemetery" History - Kathy Jordan

Ross Cemetery Location Ross Cemetery Location **Image taken from Google Maps - 26 July 2022. Click for larger image.

Gate Location: This cemetery no longer exists.

Find a Grave - Ross Cemetery

Sarah Duckett tombstone Photograph of Sarah Carline McCracken Duckett tombstone, found in Duckett family bible. Marie Tipping 2022

Some descriptions indicate that it was adjacent to the Ross School which may have been located at the intersection of 20 Rd and I Rd ['Grand Valley Fruit Land Company map of 1892' There is a school indicated on this map at the intersection of 20 Road and I Road (County Road)]. Other articles give the cemetery location as "north of the railroad tracks on 19 1/2 Rd with the school just south of the railroad tracks."

On 25 February 1895 a lease agreement was signed between Joseph M. Warman and John C. Davis for the use of a portion of the property for planting of alfalfa. The legal description on this deed includes a reference to the "grave yard." Posted here are a copy of the lease deed, and a mapping of the legal description.

It is interesting to note that of the families who originally patented BLM land in the area (Kelly, Lowry, Sullivan, Slocomb, and Brickford), only infant Lowery (1888) and Mrs Slocomb were possibly buried in this cemetery.

Kathy Jordan's article on this cemetery notes: "In fall (sic) 1896 (sic) [Was this actually the Fall of 1895?], a storm dumped 3.33 inches of rain in 36 hours in the valley...The water that came down from the Bookcliffs, combined with the ditch water, apparently washed away the cemetery...There is no record today of many people who were buried at Ross."

'Flood News' 31 August 1895.

'Washouts' 28 August 1895.


Note: This list of Ross Cemetery burials is different than the list on Find A Grave. This list has been compiled using obituaries and interviews with Marie Tipping (2022) at the Museum of the West - Loyd Files Research Library. Her relatives, The Duckett's, were buried in the Ross Cemetery.

*Note: Interview with Marie Tipping - All 'Duckett' burial locations in the Ross Cemetery have been lost. After the severe storms and flooding in 1895 the family was unable to locate the cemetery. Later some headstones were found a nearby wash. Given the probable location of the cemetery 'the wash' was probably Adobe Creek. The bodies were never located.

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