Mesa County Genealogical Society


1886 ? - 1894

Ross Cemetery Historical Documents

The 'Ross Cemetery' historical notes researched by Kathy Jordan indicate that Marcus Ross homesteaded the property in 1882. A copy of the original homestead patent would be a great addition. On 27 January 1888, Marcus Ross obtained a Federal Patent for the property which comprised of 160 acres.

"Ross Cemetery" - Kathy Jordan

The 1888 BLM land patent of Marcus Ross' purchase of the property from the federal government can be seen here: PDF image of Marcus B Ross Land Patent issued by BLM 27 Jan 1888

BLM map of Marcus Ross 1888 land purchase

Ross Cemetery Location Ross Cemetery Location **Image taken from Google Maps - 26 July 2022

Gate Location: This cemetery no longer exists. 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']. 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."

Find a Grave - Ross Cemetery

Additional information on this cemetery can be found at Find a Grave including possible burials, and an article on the cemetery history by local researcher Kathy Jordan.

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.

Kath Jordans article on this cemetery notes: "In fall (sic) 1896, 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." It would be nice to locate an article that gives more details.


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