GEORGE ROSS (3533) (Caithness)

George Ross, from Caithness, Scotland, was in the service of the HBC at York Factory in August 1815 when the Hadlow arrived with a group of colonists for Selkirk’s settlement. Among the arrivals was Christiana Murray, daughter of Alexander and Isobel Murray. After a few days’ acquaintance, George and Christiana were married at York Factory on 30 August 1815 and proceeded with the rest of the settlers to Red River.

They spent the winter of 1815-1816 at Pembina, returned to Red River in the spring, and were driven from the settlement after Seven Oaks in June 1816. The settlers spent the winter of 1816-1817 encamped at the north end of Lake Winnipeg, and returned to the settlement in the summer. Lord Selkirk granted George lot #22, adjacent to his father-in-law, Alexander Murray. Kildonan Park Golf Course includes a part of his property. His name is included in a list of settlers of Red River 1818 with a household of three. In June 1820 George, his wife, and son Benjamin left the settlement for Upper Canada, where they settled in West Gwillimbury.

The Auld Kirk Cemetery records of West Gwillimbury, Ontario, include the death of George Ross, aged 88 years, native of Caithness-shire, Scotland. There is no record of the death of his wife.

Skills

Posted on

March 4, 2015

Submit a Comment

Skills

Posted on

March 4, 2015