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          Hon. Jonathan ROSS was born 30 April 1826 in Westford, VT on a farm cleared by his grandfather and passed on to his father, Royal Ross, and on which Royal resided until his death in 1856. Jonathan was the third and eldest son of twelve children. 

          He attended a select school in Waterford, portion of a fall term in Danville, studied at St. Johnsbury Academy, studied under Hon. Harry Bingham and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1851.  He taught school at age 18 for 7 successive winters in VT and NH. 

          Admitted to the Orange County bar in 1855. In May of 1856 formed a partnership with A.J. Willard and elected a judge of the supreme court in 1870. Dartmouth conferred on him the degree of LL.D in 1885. 

          He married Eliza A. Carpenter of Waterford, VT on 22 November 1852. Eliza was an intellectual herself. They had 8 children, 6 of whom were daughters, viz: Caroline C., Eliza M., Helen M., Julia, Martha E., Edith Helen died about 1882, Edward H., graduated from Dartmouth with high honors, Jonathan C. was a sophomore in 1887.  Eliza died in January of 1886 leaving a large family well endowed, well educated and well trained. 
 
 

Source: Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, VT;
1764-1887, by Hamilton Child, May, 1887, page 80.

Additional information available from Tom Dunn who provided this photo and biographical sketch.