Ross, George

Battle:Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
Prisoner and List:
Name Variations:
Residences:New Haven, Connecticut; Elizabeth, New Jersey
Other SPOW Associations:
Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy; please independently verify all data.

Published: 13 Feb 2015, Updated: 24 May 2019
Page contributors: Eleanor Hall, Dr. Andrew Millard, and Teresa Rust

According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 254, George is categorized as: Possible [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity] Ross, George. Residences: New Haven CT, Elizabeth NJ. Appears: 1658. B.c.1629. [DR; SPOWS] For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

First Generation in the New World

1. GEORGE¹ ROSS, was born presumably in Scotland about 1629 and died probably in Elizabeth, New Jersey after 1670. He married at New Haven, Connecticut in 1658, CONSTANCE LITTLE.

Children of George and Constance (Little) Ross:

Sources and Notes:
George Ross was born around 1629. The family tradition was that he was a Scots soldier captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 or of Worcester in 1651. He may have worked in the Saugus Iron Works in Lynn, MA. He was in New Haven, CT, then went to NJ about 1670. (Source: The Ross Family of New Jersey, by Robert Ross.)

In 1658, in New Haven, he married Constance Little and in the same year he was admitted a free man. (Source: History of Elizabeth, New Jersey by Rev. E. F. Hatfield, 1868, page 167, cited by Robert Ross.) The date, 1658, would fit in with the theory that he was a prisoner and was an indentured servant for 6-7 years.
~ Written and submitted by Eleanor Hall

Names from George S. Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar list:
Ross, Finlay, #88 on Captured at Dunbar list
Ross, Gilchrist, #89 on Captured at Dunbar list
Ross, John, #90 on Captured at Dunbar list
Ross, Thomas, #91 on Captured at Dunbar list

Names from John and Sara list:
217. Alester Ross
218. Daniel Ross
219. James Ross
220. James Ross
221. Jonas Ross
222. David Rosse [Ross?]
223. John Rosse [Ross?]
224. John Rosse
225. John Rosse