Chief Justice of Assiniboia, James Ross

Links to Biographies:

Biography Notes:

Date of Birth: 9 May 1835

Father: Alexander Ross

Mother: Sarah ‘Sally’ (née Timentwa), daughter of an Okanagan chief.

Member of the Provisional Government of Assiniboia; Position:

  • Chief Justice

Other Positions in Provisional Government:

Date of Death: 20 September 1871

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Family Ties:

1. ROSS, Alexander. Born 9 May 1783 at Nairnshire, Scotland; married after the custom of the country c. 1812; died 1856. [Portrait]

– sp. Sarah/’Sally’. Born c. 1790/98, Columbia River district, to the wife of an Okanagan chief; married by church rites 24 December 1828 St. John’s, Red River Settlement; died 26 February 1884 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. [Photo]

2. ROSS, Alexander. Born 1815; died 1835.

2. ROSS, Margaret. Born c. 1819, Oregon Territory; baptized 4 December 1827, Red River; married 7 March 1839 Red River; died 30 August 1841, Kildonan, Red River.

– sp. MATHESON, Hugh Walt. Born 12 May 1805/1806, Scotland; died 22 March 1879. [Appears by the number of reputed children to have remarried?]

Scrip affidavit for Matheson, Hugh; born: 1806; father and mother: Scots, original white settlers from Scotland, settled in Red River Country in 1815 =

3. MATHESON, Catherine. Born 1839.

Scrip affidavit for Pritchard, Catherine; born: 1839; husband: Richard Pritchard; father: Hugh Matheson (Scot); mother: Margaret Ross (Métis); claim no: 1749; scrip no: 10648; date of issue: Sept. 20, 1876; amount: $160 =

– sp. PRITCHARD, Richard.

3. MATHESON, Hugh.

3. MATHESON, Alexander.

3. MATHESON, John Pritchard.

2. ROSS, Isabella. Born c. 1820/1824; baptized 4 December 1824 at St John’s parish; married 4 February 1841, St John’s, Red River Settlement; died 18 February 1860/1865 at Kildonan, Red River Settlement.

– sp. GUNN, William. Born 31 August 1818/1820, Badger River district, North-West Territory to Donald GUNN of Scotland and Margaret SWAIN of York Factory; baptized 27 August 1822, St John’s, Red River; brother of Hon. George GUNN of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia; died 10 May 1842, St John’s Parish.

Scrip affidavit for Gunn, Margaret Deceased wife of Donald Gunn; born: April 2, 1802; father: James Swain (English); mother: Indian; died: November 28, 1870; heirs: her children: James; John; Alexander; George, Donald; William, who died: May 1842; Matilda, wife of John Atkinson; Margaret, wife of John Drane; Janet, wife of A.M. Mickle; grandchildren of her son William through his daughter who married Frank Hunt; said grandchildren being Wm. Hunt Winnifred Hunt; claim no: 3039; date of issue: =

3. GUNN,

– sp. HUNT, Frank.

4. HUNT, William.

4. HUNT, Winifred.

– sp. GREEN, James Stewart.

3. GREEN, James. Born 14 July 1846.

Scrip affidavit for Green, James; born: July 14, 1846; father: James Green (American); mother: Isabella Ross (Métis); claim no: 886; date of issue: July 12, 1876 =

2. ROSS, Mary. Born 10 January 1823/1824, Oregon Territory; married 26 November 1840 at St John’s, Red River Settlement.

Scrip affidavit for Flett, Mary, wife of Rev. George Flett; born: 10 January 1824; father: Alexander Ross; mother: Sarah; claim no.: 2856; date of issue: Sept. 5, 1878 =

– sp. FLETT, George [Rev.]. Born 10 February 1817 to George FLETT (of Firth, Orkney Islands, Scotland) and Margaret ‘Peggy’ WHITFORD (born 1796, Swan River district; sister to James WHITFORD whose daughter Mary WHITFORD married George SANDERSON, the son of Lisette LAGEMONIERE who was aunt to Louis RIEL Jr. [see “Lagimonière/Lagemodiere Family Ties,” President Louis Riel, Provisional Government of Assiniboia); previously married to Frances COOK; died 28 October 1897.

Scrip affidavit for Flett, George; born: 10 February 1817; father: George Flett (Scot); mother: Peggy Whiteford (Métis); claim no.: 2673; date of issue: Apr. 20, 1877 =

3. FLETT, Margaret.

3. FLETT, Annie. Born 23 November 1861 to Alexander W. Ross and Ann Sutherland; adopted by George Flett and Mary Ross.

Scrip affidavit for Flett, Ann; born: 23 November 1861; illegitimate child of Alexander W. Ross and Ann Sutherland; adopted by the Rev. George Flett and his wife Mary Flett (nee Ross) aunt of the child =

2. ROSS, Sarah Ann. Born c. 1832/1833; married 23/25 May 1847, Red River; died 19 January 1868, at Headingley, Red River.

– sp. CUNNINGHAM, James. Born 20 November 1820/1824, Ile-a-la-Crosse, to Patrick CUNNINGHAM and Nancy Ann BRUCE (daughter of Benjamin BRUCE [c. 1770–1823] and Mathilda, an Aboriginal woman) ; baptized 27 August 1826, Red River; second marriage in 1868 to Letitia Pritchard; died 1915.

Scrip affidavit for Cunningham, James; born: 1824; father: Patrick Cunningham (Irish); mother: Nancy Bruce (Métis); claim no.: 1568; scrip no.: 10478; date of issue: Sept 20, 1876; amount: $160 =

3. CUNNINGHAM, Henrietta Catharine. Born 21 December 1849, St John’s.

Scrip affidavit for Clouston, Henrietta, C.; wife of Alexander Clouston; born: Dec. 21, 1849; father: James Cunningham (Métis); mother: Sarah Cunningham (Métis); claim no.: 1565; scrip no.: 10476; date of issue: Sept. 20, 1876; amount: $160 =

– sp. CLOUSTON, Alexander Campbell.

Scrip affidavit for Clouston, Alexander C.; born: Oct. 6, 1843; father: Wm. Clouston (Scot); mother: Catherine Campbell (Métis); claim no.: 1564; scrip no.: 10475; date of issue: Sept. 20, 1876; amount: $160 =

4. CLOUSTON, Flora Catherine. Born 4 October 1884; died 19 January.

Clouston, Henrietta; for her deceased daughter, Flor Catherine Clouston; born: 4 October, 1884 on Sec. 14, T.3, R.13; died: 19 January, 1889 at Somerset; address: Somerset; father: Alexander Campbell Clouston (Métis); mother: Henrietta Catherine Clouston (Métis and deponent); heirs: Henrietta Catherine Clouston; scrip cert.: form D, no. 3181 for $48.00; John Alexander Clouston, scrip cert.: form D, No; 3189 for $48.00; George Herbert Clouston, scrip cert.: form D; no. 3190 for $48.00; JamesAlfred Clouston, scrip cert.: form D; no. 3182 for $48.00; William Francis Clouston; scrip cert.: form D, no. 3183 for $48.00; claim no. 954 =

4. CLOUSTON, Lawrence Charles. Born 25 January 1882; died 18 September 1882.

Clouston, Henriette Catherine; for her deceased son, Lawrence Charles; claim no. 939; Clouston; born: 25 January, 1882 on Sec. 14, T.3, R.13; died: 18 September, 1882 on Sec. 14, T.3, R.13; address: Somerset, Manitoba; father: Alexander Campbell Clouston (Métis); mother: Henriette Catherine Clouston (Métis and deponent); heirs: Henrietta Catherine Clouston; scrip cert.: form D, no. 3181 for $48.00; John Alexander Clouston, scrip cert.: form D, no. 3187; for $48.00; George Herbert Clouston, scrip cert.: form D, no. 3188; for $48.00; James Alfred Clouston, scrip cert.: form D, no. 3189; for $48.00; William Francis Clouston, scrip cert.: form D, no. 3190; for $48.00 =

3. CUNNINGHAM, Alexander. Born 14 January 1852/1854.

Scrip affidavit for Cunningham, Alexander; born: 14 January 1854; father: James Cunningham; mother: Sarah Ross =

3. CUNNINGHAM, Sarah. Born 1854.

Scrip affidavit for Stevenson, Sarah Ann; born: May 23, 1849; husband: James Stevenson; father: James Cunningham; mother: Sarah Ross; claim no: 2671; scrip no: 12242; date of issue: April 20, 1877; amount: $160 =

– sp. STEVENSON, James.

3. CUNNINGHAM, James. Born 1858.

3. CUNNINGHAM, John. Born 1860.

2. ROSS, William. Born 1825; married 12 December 1844; succeeded to public offices held by his father — sheriff, governor of the jail, councillor, and postmaster; died c. 1856.

– sp. MACKENZIE/McKENZIE, Jemima [Ross]. Born c. 10 January 1825/1826, [Quebec?!], to Roderick McKENZIE (HBC Chief Trader; born c. 1833;  froze to death 1829 at Portneuf, Mille Vaches district, St. Lawrence Seaway) and Sarah ‘Sally’ SUTHERLAND (daughter of Chief Factor James Sutherland and an unnamed “Indian woman”; Sally died nine days after childbirth of Jemima’s younger brother); Jemima and her orphaned  sisters — Arabella, Margaret Jessie, and Elizabeth — were raised in the home of their maternal grandfather James Sutherland and his second wife, Jane FLETT [married 1828], at Red River); previously married to William ROSS [see below]; died 8 March 1912, [Weyanoke, Rosser, Manitoba?!].

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Jemima; born: Jan., 1825; father: Roderick McKenzie (White); mother: Sarah McKenzie (Métis); claim no: 1720; scrip no: 10622; date of issue: Sept. 20, 1876; amount: $160 =

3. ROSS, Sarah Ann.

3. ROSS, William Roderick. Born 1849.

– sp. MATHESON, Jemima. Born 1854 to Donald Matheson and Barabara Fraser; her mother died of complications due to childbirth so Jemima was raised by her uncle and aunt, Hon. William Fraser of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia and Annie McBeath.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Jemima; born: 1854; father: Donald Matheson, an original white settler from Scotland, entered Red River Country in 1832; husband: W.R. Ross =

3. ROSS, Alexander. Born 2 January 1851/1852; died December 1873.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Alexander; born: January 2, 1852; died: December 1873; father: William Ross (deceased); mother: Jemima McKenzie; heirs: William R. Ross, his brother, Marguerite Ross, his sister, and Jemima Ross, his mother =

3. ROSS, Marguerite.

3. ROSS, Jemima Isabella. Born 1856.

2. ROSS, Henrietta ‘Henny’. Born 17 May 1830; died 21 March 1873.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

– sp. BLACK, John [Rev.]. Born 8 January 1817/1818, Dumfries, Scotland; married a second time to Laurenda G. BANNATYNE, sister of  Hon. A.G.B. Bannatyne of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia; died 11 February 1882.

3. BLACK, William Ross. Born 11 January 1855; married 12 October 1881.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

– sp. SUTHERLAND, Catherine. Born to John SUTHERLAND of Kildonan and Janet McBETH [See Women and the Resistance]; sister of Hugh John/John Hugh SUTHERLAND, who died after being accidentally shot by Norbert PARISIEN.

4. BLACK, Hugh Alexander. Born 1898; died 1948.

– sp. CARD, Hazel Aleta.

3. BLACK, Sarah Margaret. Born 24 August 1855/1856.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 = ; Scrip affidavit for Francis, Sarah Margaret (nee Black), wife of T.H. Francis; born: 24 August 1856; father: John Black; mother: Henrietta Ross =

– sp. FRANCIS, T.H./F.

3. BLACK, James. Born c. 1858.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

3. BLACK, John. Born c. 1865.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

3. BLACK, Henry.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

3. BLACK, Anna ‘Fanny.’ Born c. 1868.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

3. BLACK, Isabella Henrietta Rose. Born 1871; died 1951.

Scrip affidavit for Black, Henrietta; Husband: John Black; died: March 21, 1873; born: May 17, 1830; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); heirs: her children Wm. Black; Sarah Margaret, wife of F. St. Francis; James; John; Henry; Fanny; Isabella Henrietta Black; claim no: 1733; date of issue: August 8, 1876 =

– sp. LAIDLAW, Thomas. Born 8 Dec 1865 in Eskdalemuir, Dumfries, Scotland.

2. ROSS, James. Born 1835/1836;  lawyer, schoolmaster, journalist, Chief Justice in the Provisional Government of Assiniboia, 1870; died 20 September 1971. [Stampless cover from Red River to James Ross Jr at Knox’s College in Toronto,  paid 10 cts (rate for transmission to Canada through the US mails), US oval exchange marking in red “Received Decr 23 1854” PHOTO]

Advertisement, Manitoban and Northwest Herald (10 June-2 September 1871), 3, 4.

– sp. SMITH, Margaret. Born c. 1835.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, James Widow: Margaret Ross; born: 1836; died: September 20, 1871; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah (Indian); heirs: Margaret (widow and deponent) and children Louisa, Jane, Caroline Sarah, Henrietta, and Rupert James; scrip no: 9505 to 9509; claim no: 1721; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 =

Advertisement, Manitoban and Northwest Herald (29 April 1871), 1.

3. ROSS, Louisa Jane. Born 12 March 1859.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, James Widow: Margaret Ross; born: 1836; died: September 20, 1871; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah (Indian); heirs: Margaret (widow and deponent) and children Louisa, Jane, Caroline Sarah, Henrietta, and Rupert James; scrip no: 9505 to 9509; claim no: 1721; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 = ; Scrip affidavit for Ross, Margaret;; widow of the late James Ross; concerning the claims of her children: Louisa Jane Ross, born: 12 March 1859;; Caroline Sarah Ross, born: 7 May 1861; Herbert William Ross, born: 14 October 1862; Henrietta Black R oss, born: 13 June 1864; James Rupert Ross, born: 7 August 1865 =

3. ROSS, Caroline Sarah. Born 7 May 1861.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, James Widow: Margaret Ross; born: 1836; died: September 20, 1871; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah (Indian); heirs: Margaret (widow and deponent) and children Louisa, Jane, Caroline Sarah, Henrietta, and Rupert James; scrip no: 9505 to 9509; claim no: 1721; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 = ;

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Margaret;; widow of the late James Ross; concerning the claims of her children: Louisa Jane Ross, born: 12 March 1859;; Caroline Sarah Ross, born: 7 May 1861; Herbert William Ross, born: 14 October 1862; Henrietta Black R oss, born: 13 June 1864; James Rupert Ross, born: 7 August 1865 =

3. ROSS, Hebert William. Born 14 October 1862.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Margaret;; widow of the late James Ross; concerning the claims of her children: Louisa Jane Ross, born: 12 March 1859;; Caroline Sarah Ross, born: 7 May 1861; Herbert William Ross, born: 14 October 1862; Henrietta Black R oss, born: 13 June 1864; James Rupert Ross, born: 7 August 1865 =

3. ROSS, Henrietta Black. Born 13 June 1864.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, James Widow: Margaret Ross; born: 1836; died: September 20, 1871; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah (Indian); heirs: Margaret (widow and deponent) and children Louisa, Jane, Caroline Sarah, Henrietta, and Rupert James; scrip no: 9505 to 9509; claim no: 1721; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 = ;

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Margaret;; widow of the late James Ross; concerning the claims of her children: Louisa Jane Ross, born: 12 March 1859;; Caroline Sarah Ross, born: 7 May 1861; Herbert William Ross, born: 14 October 1862; Henrietta Black R oss, born: 13 June 1864; James Rupert Ross, born: 7 August 1865 =

3. ROSS, James Rupert. Born 7 August 1865.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, James Widow: Margaret Ross; born: 1836; died: September 20, 1871; father: Alexander Ross (Scot); mother: Sarah (Indian); heirs: Margaret (widow and deponent) and children Louisa, Jane, Caroline Sarah, Henrietta, and Rupert James; scrip no: 9505 to 9509; claim no: 1721; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 = ;

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Margaret;; widow of the late James Ross; concerning the claims of her children: Louisa Jane Ross, born: 12 March 1859;; Caroline Sarah Ross, born: 7 May 1861; Herbert William Ross, born: 14 October 1862; Henrietta Black R oss, born: 13 June 1864; James Rupert Ross, born: 7 August 1865 =

Advertisement, Manitoban and Northwest Herald (30 September1871), 3.

Manitoban and Northwest Herald (18 November 1871), 3.

2. ROSS, Jemima. Born 1 August 1837; baptized 4 August 1837; married 31 October 1860; died 29 June 1867, Toronto, Canada; buried 1 July 1867 Toronto.

– sp. COLDWELL, William. Born 1834; Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia; died 1907.

Scrip affidavit for Coldwell, William; concerning the claims of his children; Name: Mary Coldwell; born: 10 December 1863; father: William Coldwell; mother: Jemima Coldwell; Name: George Coldwell; born: 1 July 1865 =

3. COLDWELL, Amy Sarah. Born 9 November 1861; baptized 10 December 1861; died 15 January 1866, Toronto, Canada; buried 16 January, Toronto.

3. COLDWELL, Mary Isabel. Born 29 October 1863; baptized 10 December 1863; married 5 June 1884, Headingley, Manitoba; died 25 September 1935, Armstrong, British Columbia; buried 28 September, Armstrong.

Scrip affidavit for Coldwell, William; concerning the claims of his children; Name: Mary Coldwell; born: 10 December 1863; father: William Coldwell; mother: Jemima Coldwell; Name: George Coldwell; born: 1 July 1865 =

– sp. FOWLER, Alfred.

3. COLDWELL, George Alex. Born 20 June 1865, Red River; baptized 1 July 1865; married 4 November 1896, Victoria, British Columbia; died 6 January 1922, Victoria; buried 10 January, Victoria.

Scrip affidavit for Coldwell, William; concerning the claims of his children; Name: Mary Coldwell; born: 10 December 1863; father: William Coldwell; mother: Jemima Coldwell; Name: George Coldwell; born: 1 July 1865 =

– sp. BROWN, Mable Susan.

2. ROSS, Alexander William ‘Sandy’. Born 7 January 1843; married 20 January 1863; died 4 January 1872.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Alexander W.; born: January 7, 1843; father: Alexander Ross (Scottish); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); died: January 4, 1872; heirs: Catherine (widow) and children Alexander D., and Wm. Edward; mother-in-law: Jane M. Murray wife of Donald Murray; claim no: 1750; scrip no: 9516 to 9517; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 =

– liason:  SUTHERLAND, Ann.

Scrip affidavit for Flett, Ann; born: 23 November 1861; illegitimate child of Alexander W. Ross and Ann Sutherland; adopted by the Rev. George Flett and his wife Mary Flett (nee Ross) aunt of the child =

3. ROSS/FLETT, Ann. Born 23 November 1861 [see Mary ROSS and George FLETT above]

Scrip affidavit for Flett, Ann; born: 23 November 1861; illegitimate child of Alexander W. Ross and Ann Sutherland; adopted by the Rev. George Flett and his wife Mary Flett (nee Ross) aunt of the child =

– sp. MURRAY, Catherine. Born c. 1848 to Donald MURRAY (born 1804 Scotland) and Jane HERON/HERRON (born 1814 North-West Territory).

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Catherine; born: 1848; husband: Alexander W. Ross (deceased); father: Donald Murray (Scot); mother: Jane M. Murray (Métis); claim no: 1751; scrip no: 10649 =

3. ROSS, Alexander D. Born 1865 at Toronto.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Alexander W.; born: January 7, 1843; father: Alexander Ross (Scottish); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); died: January 4, 1872; heirs: Catherine (widow) and children Alexander D., and Wm. Edward; mother-in-law: Jane M. Murray wife of Donald Murray; claim no: 1750; scrip no: 9516 to 9517; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 =

3. ROSS, William E. Born 1867 at Red River.

Scrip affidavit for Ross, Alexander W.; born: January 7, 1843; father: Alexander Ross (Scottish); mother: Sarah Ross (Indian); died: January 4, 1872; heirs: Catherine (widow) and children Alexander D., and Wm. Edward; mother-in-law: Jane M. Murray wife of Donald Murray; claim no: 1750; scrip no: 9516 to 9517; date of issue: August 8, 1876; amount: $160 =

2. ROSS, Elizabeth.

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[Credit: The original research on which this page is based was commissioned for the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia Project, by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Manitoba. The current page is presented gratis — I have no funding from any agency.]

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