John Simon Ross was born November 27, 1861 in Blaney, South Carolina, son of Reverend Brown Canada Ross and Mary A. Ross.
1930 Census Information:
According to the US Census recorded on May 3, 1930, Simon J Ross (68) owned a home in Wateree, Kershaw County, South Carolina with his wife, Martha H Ross (64), adopted son, Charlie W Wooten (21) and boarder, Laurence Bowen (19). Simon J Ross was a farmer on and general farm, Charlie W Wooten and Laurence Bowen were farm laborers on a general farm.
Funeral services for J. S. Ross, prominent leader of Blaney, who died at his residence Monday, November 30, 1931, were held Tuesday morning, December 1, 1931, at the Union Baptist church at Blaney. He had been in ill health for several months.
Mr. Ross was one of the most beloved and respected citizens of his community, taking an active part in all of its activities. He was born at Blaney, November 27, 1861, the son of the Rev. B. C. Ross and Mrs. Ross. In many ways he was prominent in the affairs of the church. In his childhood he became affiliated with Union Baptist Church, which his father founded and served as its pastors for 22 years or until he died. Mr. Ross was deacon of the church for 40 years and superintendent of the Sunday school for 25 years.
In the death of Mr. Ross, Blaney loses one of its leaders.
Surviving him are his widow; four sons; J. M. Ross of Columbia, A. L. Ross of Pontiac, B. C. Ross of Charlotte, N. C., and G. W. Ross of Blaney; four daughters, Mrs. D. C. Cupstid of New Brookland, Mrs. J. C. Spencer of Buchanan, Va., Mrs. W. W. Price of Lugoff and Mrs. Henry Gehse of New Jersey; two sisters, Mrs. G. E. Hinson of Camden and Mrs. J. W. Bradly of Blaney; four brothers, S. E. Ross, of Blaney, R. B. Ross of Camden, J. T. Ross of Blaney and L. D. Ross of Blaney.