James Ross (c.1620 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: Near Balnagown estate, Cranstoun Riddell, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Soldier; farmer/crofter
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About James Ross

[He] came from London on the ship "John & Sarah," in 1651; he served in King Philip's war, and was one of those who suffered losses because of the depredations of the Indians.

James Ross, a Royalist Soldier captured at Worcester. Transported from Gravesend to Boston on the "John&Sarah" 13 May 1652. He was one of the surviving soldiers of Charles II's scottish army made prisoners at the Battle of Worcester 3 Sep 1651 by Cromwell. After the battle Cromwell, was greatly exercised to find sustenance for them, and to keep them under restraint as a potential source of danger. Many died of pestilence and many were sent to Boston as redemptioners on such terms that they soon acquired freedom. James Ross, the father of Mary Goodenow's bastard received heavy punishment of 39 stripes for "shameful abuse and violence towards his master". Served in King Philip's War, 1675, Narragansett Swamp Fight.


  1. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, by James Savage, Boston 1860-1862, Electronic Edtion by Richard Bingham, Oceanport, NJ. Page: 577, vol 3
  2. The Sudbury Archives Marriage Record, Death Record


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James Ross's Timeline

Cranstoun Riddell, Midlothian, Scotland
December 25, 1656
Age 36
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
August 25, 1658
Age 38
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
September 29, 1660
Age 40
Sudbury, Massachusetts
January 4, 1662
Age 42
August 26, 1664
Age 44
Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
July 20, 1667
Age 47
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 47
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 28, 1670
Age 50
March 15, 1673
Age 53