Am seeking any information on Hannah Ann Ross born in Pa in about 1832

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Aka: Hannah Ross Shirley?  Born in 1962.  Lived at 324 S 16th St., Philadelphia.  Died Jan. 2, 1894.  Buried Jan. 5, 1894 in Mount Carmel Cemetery.  From 1870 Census:     John Shirley 42, Clara shirley 16, Hannah Shirley 7, John Shirley 6, Linford shirley 4, Charles Shirley 3, Albert Shirley 2, Ada shirley 3 1/2
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1862 doesn't sound right, I have 1832.  Where does your information come from.

I really appreciate all your help!

Sorry, phat fingered that response!  Born in 1832.  Philadelphia Death Certificates and 1870 Census.

Wow, that just may be the missing puzzle piece!  Thank you so much!
Your welcome.
Well it turns out that all the dates correspond but the Hannah Ann Ross I was looking for is buried in Mt. Vernon cemetery.  A lot of the children's names are the same.  Very don't suppose she led a double life?  Kidding.  Still having trouble getting past her father John Ross and Mother Ann Gault but hoping things will improve.Thanks again!

Hi, this is the daughter of the original poster. 


I see all the information you see, and *most* of it tracks. However, I am working from the 1890 US Census, which lists the following children:

Clara (now Lovegrove)

John 16y

Annie 18y (your "Hannah?", to distinguish from her mother?)

Linford 14y

Charles, 12y

Albert, 10y

Edith, 8y ("Ada" on yours?) 

Eddie, 6y (would have been born in 1879)

Emma, 4y (born ≈1881)

And one (1) grandchild, Mable Lovegrove, 2y, born of Clara and her husband, Thomas. 


The "Return of a Death in the City of Philadelphia, Physician's Certificate" for decedent Mrs. Hannah Ross Shirley shows death of Pneumonia on Jan 2nd, 1894 (physician N. Hiellman?), Undertaker at 2605 Jessup, 28th Ward, Buried 5 Jan 1893 (sic?) in Mount Vernon Cemetery. This is the same cemetery as the burial of Mr. John Shirley, her late husband, who pre-deceased her on 23rd March 1885. 

(Viewable online at , link verified on 25 April)

The coincidence just seems too great! 

Census Records come in all shapes and sizes.  I have seen all kinds of spellings and handwriting that changes simple names to compex.   Found a death certificate on John Shirley on Find-a-grave: .  Just got to connect the dots.   It appears that the Shirley's were a prominent family in Philadelphia.  They always have 2 or 3 domestic help listed in their census.  If you ever find a connection to Angus Ross (civil war era), you will have found a connection to me. :)

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