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Abraham Ross (1749/50-1841), American Revolutionary Patriot

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Abraham Ross, born 2 January 1749/50 in Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the son of John Ross (1705-1759) and Submit Hoar (1711-1767). He served in the American Revolution where he enlisted on July 21, 1777, and his record is found in Volume 15, page 217 of New Hampshire State Papers. He served from July 21, 1777-Sept 26, 1777 in Captain Salmon Stone's Company in Colonel Nichols' Regiment, General Stark's Brigade raised out of the 15th Regiment of New Hampshire milita, under the command of Colonel Enoch Hale. His company marched from Rindge, NH in July 1777 and joined the Northern Continental Army at Bennington and Stillwater where they took part in the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777. On 24 July 1777, he is one of the men listed as being paid four pounds, ten shillings for one month's service, and three pence per mile for travel money. His signature is on an original pay receipt for his company. Abram" or "Abraham" Ross is listed as one of the meetinghouse "Gallery" pew owners in 1780, having purchased pew #3. March 27, 1783 the town record book records Abraham Ross chosen as "Dear Reef". At the same town meeting, he was also appointed as "Field Driver" which is described as "A town officer especially in early New England authorized to round up and impound farm animals roaming at large". Abraham Ross was again chosen Highway Road Surveyor at the annual town meeting of 30 March 1786. In July of that same year his last child a daughter, Persis Ross, was born. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

100 years ago, on 20 Apr 1918, World War I German Fighter Ace Captain Manfred von Richthofen (aka "The Red Baron"), shot down his 79th and 80th victims, marking his final victories before his death the following day. Canadian pilot and Royal Air Force officer, Captain Arthur Roy Brown, was credited for shooting down the Red Baron. Modern historical consensus suggests that Australian anti-aircraft gunner Sergeant Cedric Popkin was the person most likely to have been responsible for the shot that actually downed the Baron.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing the WeRelate pages on these three World War I fighters and their families to life. Have fun.