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Rights and Reproductions

Homewood Museum provides images for educational presentations, professional research, print and electronic publications, and media projects. All requests for images must be made in writing to the Director-Curator. All requests are processed in a timely manner, according to the order in which they are received.

Contact:
Michelle Fitzgerald,
Assistant Curator Homewood Museum
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
tel: 410.516.8645
fax: 410.516.7859

3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.516.5589

homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu
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The Ross Family

William and Rebecca Ross were a young married couple who were enslaved domestic servants within the Carroll household. William, born in 1785 into slavery, was raised by his enslaved mother, Bridget, in the Carroll family’s Annapolis home and trained to be a manservant to Charles Carroll of Homewood. When he was around 16 years old, William was sent to serve as a butler and a coachman at Homewood. Rebecca’s ancestry is unclear. Her role in the Carroll household was to serve as Harriet Chew Carroll’s personal attendant. Before the Rosses married, William attempted to run away but was returned to Homewood under unknown circumstances. While at Homewood, the Rosses had a daughter and a son. Upon the collapse of the Carroll’s marriage in 1816, Harriet Carroll took the Ross family with her to Philadelphia. There, she indentured the Rosses into terms of service—seven years each for William and Rebecca, while their young children were indentured until their 28th birthdays. The 1850 U.S. Census shows that William, Rebecca, and their son, Richard (b. 1812)—who was by then married with two daughters—were all free and living in Philadelphia.