Josephine Johanna Anderson Ross (1878-1960)
Parents
Father unknown
Mother Karna Andersdotter (1848-1902)
Vital Information
Born Dec 7, 1878 in the workhouse in Malmö St. Petri, Skåne, Sweden
Married Charles Hamilton Ross (1868-1941) - c1898 in Oakland, Alameda, California (estimated)
Died May 13, 1960 in Oakland, Alameda, California
Children
1 Lillian Wanda Ross Porter (1899-1918) m. Edwin Leslie Porter
2 unknown Ross (aft 1900-bef 1910)
3 Elsie May Ross (1901-1968) m. Wallace Sheldon and Charles Wallis
4 Gordon Charles Ross (1903-1979) m. Neva Ruth Tenbrook, Floy Sylvia Hayes, Caroline Henningsen, Anna Lee Hester
5 Grace W. Ross (1905-1916)
6 Stanley Hamilton Ross (1910-aft 1940) m. Lydia F. Hebel
7 Corinne A. Ross (1916-1963) m. Thomas Baxter Cumbow Jr

Narrative:

Josephine Johanna Anderson was born Johanna Josefina in at the workhouse in Malmö St. Petri, Skåne, Sweden on December 7, 1878 and christened at St. Peter's Church in the same area (named for the church) on December 15th. It was previously believed that her parents were Rasmus Andersson and Karna Andersdotter, the same parents as her little sister Anna born several years later in 1892. However, her birth record has shown that, in fact, Josephine was born only to Karna, a single maid, and that the father was unknown or at least not named. Josephine was then sent to live with her aunt Johanna Anderson in Oakland, California in 1887 at the age of nine, still before her mothers marriage to Rasmus, or perhaps at around the same time. Here family tradition tells us that Josephine was smuggled on a ship used for fur tradding, and in fact she has not been found on any passenger lists. She traveled alone because her mother was afraid of sea monster (and yet was okay sending her daughter out to sea). As far as anyone is aware, Josephine never saw her mother again. Working as a maid at her aunts hotel, the Railroad Exchange Hotel, in Oakland, she met and married Charles Hamilton Ross in about 1898 and had several children. Charles died in 1941, she did not remarry. She died in Oakland on May 13, 1960.

Children of Josephine Johanna Anderson and Charles Hamilton Ross:

  1. Lillian Wanda Ross Porter (1899-1918) m. Edwin Leslie Porter
  2. unknown Ross (aft 1900-bef 1910)
  3. Elsie May Ross (1901-1968) m. Wallace Sheldon and Charles Wallis
  4. Gordon Charles Ross (1903-1979) m. Neva Ruth Tenbrook, Floy Sylvia Hayes, Caroline Henningsen, Anna Lee Hester
  5. Grace W. Ross (1905-1916)
  6. Stanley Hamilton Ross (1910-aft 1940) m. Lydia F. Hebel
  7. Corinne A. Ross (1916-1963) m. Thomas Baxter Cumbow Jr

Documentation

California Voter Registration

  1. 1924: Ross, Mrs Josephine J., Rt 1, Bx 2280 (Oakland Precinct No 272), hswf. Rep
  2. 1926: Ross, Mrs Josephine, Box 2280, Route 1 (Oakland Precinct No 287), housewife. Rep
  3. 1928: Ross, Mrs Josephine, Box 2280, RFD 1, (Oakland Precinct No 288), housewife. Rep
  4. 1930: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2378 Tiffin Road (Oakland), housewife. Rep
  5. 1932: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct No 288), housewife. Rep
  6. 1934: Ross, Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct No 288), housewife. Rep
  7. 1936: Ross, Mrs Josephine, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct No 291), housewife. Rep
  8. 1938: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct 413), housewife. Town
  9. 1940: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct No 415), housewife. Town
  10. 1942: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct 415), housewife. Town
  11. 1944: Ross, Mrs Josephine J, 2362 Tiffin Road (Oakland Precinct 415), housewife. Town

Census Records

  1. 1900 Census: 6th Ward of Oakland, Alameda, California - June 4, 1900