Absalom Commodore Perry Ross
Ross-At his residence in Wayne Township, Jones Co., Iowa Friday, Jan. 24, 1879
Absalom C. Ross, aged 51 years and 8 months, of Lung fever.
Mr. Ross was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio in the year 1827. In 1838 he removed from his native place. In 1853 he removed to this county and settled in Wayne Township, about 4 miles south of Monticello. Mr. Ross had been a soldier in two wars; first, in the Mexican war under Gen. Taylor, and again, during the war of the Rebellion, where he was a brave and efficient soldier in the 2d. Iowa Infantry. His illness was the result of a severe cold caught while returning from Kansas, where he had been to visit a daughter, who is married and settled in that State. His surviving family consists of wife and eight children. Of the latter, the youngest is six years old. Mr. Ross was one of the most substantial, well-to-do farmers in his township, a man devotedly attatched to home and family, a generous and kindly neighbor, loyal to all his friendships, conscientious and trustworthy in all his relations with other men. He was espicially liked by all who knew him for his unfailing cheerfulness of spirit. He was a man of sunny nature and genial ways, and carried his part of life's many-sided responsibilities with cheerfullness, and a good example to others. His death is a sad loss, not alone to his family, but to the community in which he resided. He was not a member of any religious sect, but the life he lived was blameless and useful. The world, or that fraction of it in wich he moved, is the better for his having lived. Only pleasant memories linger behind him, but those only serve to deepen the regret for his departure, and give the added bitterness to the tears that fall upon his grave. In all essential things he was a true man. His walk was in the common ways of life, buy he was never unfaithful to his coinvictons of Right and Duty. His practice was worth a hundred professions. In the life to which he has gone, character, not belief is the measure of the man, and men are judged by what they have done and have been and not by professions, and by formal observances. Mr. Ross will long be missed from the circle of his home, and by the community in which he has lived so long. And the sympathy of all who knew him will be bestowed in generous measure upon the mourning wife and children, and all upon whom the shadow of his loss falls most heavily.
From The Monticello Express - January 30, 1879
On Friday last, 24th of Jan., Absolom Perry Ross, of Wayne, of congestion of the lungs, in his 51st year.
He had gone on a visit to Kansas to see his two daughters there, and the country, when before leaving home, he took a severe cold, which took such a serious character, that he felt anxious to go home at once, fearing a fatal issue. He reached home very ill, and not withstanding all the efforts of his family and attending physicians to check the disease, though he rallied some, he died on Friday last, leaving his wife and large family in comfortable circumstances, yet missing his kind and thoughtful care. His remains were buried in the cemetary of the U.P. Church, on Sabbath, Rev. Rice preaching the funeral sermon, assisted by Rev. Ralston, the pastor of the church, to a large congregation of sympathizing friends, and neighbors. His death was most unexpected, but the respect which he always showed for religion and the religious welfare of his family leads us to hope that his change was a happy one. He died, expressing his sincere regard for religion and faith in Jesus as his savior.
From The Anamosa Eureka - Jan 30, 1879