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Ben Ross (abt. 1787)

Ben Ross
Born about in Dorchester, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1808 in Dorchester, Maryland, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Dorchester, Maryland, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Oct 2009
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US Black Heritage Project
Ben Ross is a part of US Black heritage.



Ben was "owned" by Anthony Thompson (who eventually married Mary Brodess). Mary Brodess was the "owner" of Harriet "Rit" Green, whom Ben married. Ben was freed from slavery at age 45, as stipulated in the will of his previous owner. He continued to work as a timber estimator and foreman for his former owners, having no other options.

Ben and Rit had nine children[1], including Harriet (born Araminta) Ross Tubman, famous for her work on the Underground Railroad to help fleeing slaves to safety

  1. Linah Ross Jolly, born about 1808
  2. Mariah Ritty, born about 1811
  3. Soph, born about 1813
  4. Robert Ross, born about 1816
  5. Araminta Ross, born about 1822
  6. Ben Ross, Jr, born about 1823
  7. Rachel Ross, born about 1825
  8. Henry Ross, born 1830
  9. Moses Ross, born 1832

Slave Owner

Anthony Thompson (1762-1836)

Benjamin Ross was born the property of Anthony Thompson of Dorchester county around 1787. In 1803, Anthony Thompson married Mary Pattison, of the same county, becoming Pattison's second husband. At this time, Ben met Harriet "Rit" Green, one of Pattison's slaves. Although slave marriages were illegal, the two formed an informal marital union and had their first child, Linah, in 1808. The fourth of their nine children, Araminta, was born in 1822, and later became known as Harriet Tubman. 1[2][3]


  1. Harriet Tubman Underground National Monument Historic Resource Study (.pdf), page 13
  3. Kate Clifford Larson, Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (New York: Random House, 2004), 10.

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Ross-24 and Ross-24900 appear to represent the same person because: I accidentally created a profile for Benjamin Ross as I am creating slave profiles from the Underground Railroad. I would like to be on the trusted list as well.
posted on Ross-24900 (merged) by Gina (Pocock) Jarvi

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