Taylor, Relative of Harriet Ross Tubman
My mother, Evelyn Ross Taylor
was born on March 16, 1918 to Earl Ross and his wife Ida in East New
Market, Maryland. She was one of five siblings who lived in Bristol,
Pennsylvania but often went to Maryland to visit their grandfather,
William Henry Harrison Ross. He was the son of Martin Ross, born 1793
father of 17 children the youngest of whom was Benjamin Ross, the
father of Harriet Ross Tubman. The story was passed down by his
children who retold it to their sons and daughters.
My mother’s siblings, Pauline
Ross Davis, Sam and Earl are all gone except the youngest sister Mary
Ross Sanes who has a problem remembering accounts of these stories.
The three oldest remembered their grandfather telling them about
Harriet Ross Tubman. They were proud of their lineage but said little
about it until they were much older, “We never heard about her in
school we only knew our father told us what a great woman she was.”
Well the time came when a great deal was being spoken about Harriet or
“Hat” as their father would call her.
To know my mother and her
siblings you would know they were Ross’s, short in stature, with a
strong commitment to forge ahead in the wake of any situation. They
stood out as people of worth.
At the time of their death the
flag was flown at half-mast for two of the siblings, Pauline and Sam
honoring their contributions to the town of Bristol. Pauline served on
the Borough School Board for twenty-one years and Sam was on the
Borough Planning board for many years.
Before she passed away at Eighty
Five years of age, my mother was an active member of the African
American Historical & Cultural Society of Bucks County whose mission
is to erect a monument of Harriet Ross Tubman on the banks of the
Delaware River at Lions Park in Historic Bristol, Pennsylvania in
If you saw my mother you would
have no doubt she was a relative of Harriet Tubman, with her staunch
firm body, talking with her fist raised upward. She had an effect on
those she talked to, and talk she did.
Harriet Ross Tubman died on March
10th 1913. Commencing with this year 2004, the State of New
York will honor and celebrate Harriet Tubman day every March 10th.
Last year at this time the town
Council appropriately issued the following proclamation:
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PROJECT OF THE
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND
CULTURAL SOCIETY OF BUCKS COUNTY TO
HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN MONUMENT AT
BRISTOL LIONS PARK
“WHEREAS, the African American Historical
and Cultural Society of Bucks County has proposed to construct a
monument at Bristol Lions Park in the likeness of Harriet Ross Tubman
to honor the courage and strength of those citizens who fought for
freedom and to escape the shackles of slavery, and
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of
the Borough of Bristol desire to set forth their approval and support
of this worthy endeavor.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by
the Council of the Borough of Bristol and it is hereby resolved by the
authority of the same that the Borough of Bristol hereby supports the
construction of a monument at Bristol Lions Park in the likeness of
Harriet Ross Tubman. This memorial will recognize the efforts of all
people to strive for individual freedom and against repression. The
Council and Mayor of Bristol Borough wish the Society good fortune in
its future efforts to make this worthy project a reality.
DULY RESOLVED this 10th
day of March 2003.”
(Signed by the President of
Council, Don McCloskey and Mayor Joseph A. Saxton.)
When we accomplish our task of
erecting this monument we will invite you to join in our celebration
of this event.