I am very interested in finding anyone with additional information on the Black or Native American Ross (as well as Peery) families from this area.I have very basic information.
Fredrick Martin Ross b. 1890, married to Lelia (Lela) Florence Octavia Peery (March 18, 1883-1950)
My information suggests that Lela/Lelia is one of the youngest children to an Allen (Alen, b. abt. 1828) and Mary Peery (b. abt. 1840). Her siblings are:
James B. 1859 – Sarah 1863 – Luella1865 – Ballard1867 – John1870 – Alberta1872 – Mary L (married name Harris) 1876 – Savannah 1878 -
One of the last census records before marrying Fred M. Ross, lists Lela with a younger girl named Pearlie M Camel. She is listed as Allen's granddaughter, but I don't know who her mother is.
(They lived predominantly in the areas of Tazewell Co., VA, and Lela is later found in Bluefield and Princeton, Mercer Co., WV).
Lela's children are Garland (b. abt. 1905) and Ross (b. abt. 1909) Peery. There is little record of Garland, who may possibly show up later as living with one of Lela's married sisters, and taking on their last name of Harris.