Extracted from THE STORY OF BELL COUNTY, TEXAS, Volumes I&II, 1988, Bell County Historical Commission. Used by permission.
Originally Submitted by: No Name Given
Rev. David ROSS, a farmer and local preacher of Milam and Bell Counties, was born May 15, 1798, in Logan County, Kentucky. His wife, Nancy M. HAMPTON, was born August 28, 1801. After their marriage about 1819, they moved to Mississippi and resided in DeSoto and Tate Counties. In 1849 he was ordanined by Bishop CAPERS as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. A member of Masonic Lodge, he was initiated and raised in 1846 by the Ebenezer Lodge No. 76, Tate County, Mississippi, and demitted in 1852 when the family moved to Milam County, Texas.
Rev. ROSS organized his first society with 11 members at Mumford School near the Bell and Milam Counties line. Soon after this little class was started, Rev. ROSS and Peter SERVER established the ROSS Campground on SERVER's land near Mumford Spring. In 1868 this group became the Methodist church of Davilla.
After arriving in Texas, he was assigned to the Davilla Circuit of the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference. Later, the conference compined the Davilla and Salado Circuits and the church communities included Davilla, Salado, Three Forks, Bethal, Live Oak, Sunshine, Mountain Home (now Holland), Friendship, Oak Grove, Corn Hill, Willis Creek and Indian Creek. Between 1853 and 1867, Bell County records reveal many marriages performed by Rev. ROSS.
Mrs. ROSS died March 12, 1872, and Rev. ROSS died November 16, 1875. Their marked graves are in the LAUGHLIN Family Cemetery near Davilla. Their children were:
1. David Carroll.
3. Thomas Jefferson.
4. Mary Green.
5. Nancy Susan.
6. Edward Hampton.
7. Priscilla Hampton.
8. Martha Jane.