ROSS, ROBERT C., son of Robert and Ellen (Nugent) Ross, was born in
Clark County, Wis., September 21, 1853.
Robert Ross was born on the Island of Mauritius, formerly called the Isle of
France (East Indies), in 1819. He located with his parents in Quebec, about
1836. He married in Canada; located in Clark County, Wis., in l848, and did
an extensive lumber business for many years.
Our subject's grandfather, Robert Ross, was born in Scotland; became a
lieutenant in the British army, and served last in Canada. He lived to be
about ninety years of age, and was the father of twelve children. Our
subject's mother was also born in Canada.
Robert C. Ross received a common-school education, and began his business
life as a lumber dealer. He married Miss Ida W. Ross in June, 18-6 (sic).
She was a daughter of James Ross, of Eufaula, Ala. They have but two
children: Alice and Graham. Mr. Ross came to Scottsboro in March, 1887, and
organized the Jackson County Bank, the first institution of that kind ever
operated in the county. Mr. Ross and wife are members of the Episcopal
Church, and he is a Mason and a Knight of Honor. Source: Northern Alabama -
Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
TALLY, JOHN BENTON, Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, son of John
Benton and Sarah E. (Price) Tally, was born June 28, 1851, near Stevenson,
Jackson county, Ala. His parents were born in East Tennessee in 1815, and
Jackson county, Ala., in 1817, respectively. John B. Tally, senior, was
brought to Jackson county by his parents in 1819, and located near
Stevenson, where he received a common school education and became a
well-to-do farmer. He was in the Florida War from this State, and held the
rank of Orderly Sergeant. He served in the Alabama Legislature in 1856-7,
and again in 1860-1. He was a staunch Union man, and a Douglass Democrat. He
raised a family of three sons and one daughter, and died February 11, 1881.
His father, Jacob Tally, was born in East Tennessee, and married Mary
Mourning Roberts of Virginia. Her father was killed by the Indians before
she was born, and her mother named her Mourning in memory of that sad event.
Jacob Tally was an Irishman, and his wife was of Scotch extraction.
John Benton Tally was reared on a farm, and received a common school
education, which was limited on account of the war. In January, 1867, he was
matriculated at Cecilian College, Hardin county, Ky., and graduated from
that institution as A. B. in 1870. He spent two years farming and teaching,
and began the study of law. He entered Cumberland University at Lebanon,
Tenn., and graduated from the law department in February, 187.3. After this
he located in Scotsboro, and actively engaged at his profession. He was
elected Judge of the probate court of Jackson county in August, 1880, and in
August, 1886, elected Judge of the circuit court of the Ninth Judicial
Circuit, a position which he has filled until the present time with marked
Judge Tally was married November 8, 1877, to Miss Sidney M. Skelton, of
Scottsboro, a daughter of James T. and Charlotte C. (Scott) Skelton, both
natives of Jackson county. Mr. Skelton was a merchant. He died in December,
1882, at the age of 57 years. Charlotte C. Scott is a daughter of Robert T.
Scott, who represented Alabama in a negotiation with the United States
Government, and settled certain claims growing out of the depredations of
the Indians. This branch of the Scott family came to America in the person
of William Scott (as a stowaway) away back in the last century. He
subsequently became a lieutenant in the Colonial navy, and served through
the Revolutionary War under Paul Jones on the flag-ship Bonhomniie. He was
afterwards United States agent in the settlement of some sort of French
Judge Tally has two sons, Walter H. and John B. Tally, and he and his wife
are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Judge is a
public-spirited man, and fully in sympathy with every legitimate enterprise
tending to advance and build up Northern Alabama. He is probably the
youngest man ever placed on the Bench of the Circuit in the States.
Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land,
Birmingham, Ala 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney