ROSS, Florence Barfield

The Merced Herald

Snelling, Merced County, California, Saturday, May 29, 1869


Near Hopeton, May 26th, Florence Barfield Ross, daughter of S. H. P. and Modest Ross aged one year and five days.


ROSS, Samuel H. P.


At his residence near Hopeton, in this county, on the 26th inst., Samuel H. P. Ross, aged about 42 years.

Deceased was born in the State of Louisiana and came to California from New Orleans in 1849, or 1850, when a mere youth. After sojourning in San Francisco for a short time, he concluded to try the country, and after visiting the mines of Mariposa and Tuolumne counties finally located, in 1851, or 1852 on the Merced river and taught school at Hopeton, then the largest and most flourishing farming settlement in this section of the State. Soon after his settlement on the Merced he was married to the widow of James Ruddle, an early pioneer, and raised a large family of children. He was a man of education and good business qualifications. He was admitted to the bar soon after the organization of Merced county and the location of the county seat at Snelling. He was thrice elected District Attorney of the county, filling the office six years. Two years ago he was elected County Superintendent of schools and held the position up to the time of his death. During his residence here he has filled a number of important positions, and was ever regarded by his neighbors and friends as a useful man, a kind friend, and a good citizen. But he is gone! cut down at middle age by that fell destroyer consumption leaving a widow and large family of children to mourn his early demise. Our county would indeed be blessed, had we no worse men or less useful citizens than S. H. P.. Ross proved to be during his long residence in this community.

contributed by; Thomas Hilk