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ROSS, JOHN EAUTAW (?–1848). John Eautaw Ross was a noted sea captain in Texas during the 1830s and 1840s. John Eautaw Ross made several trips as master of the schooner Exert from Matamoros and the Brazos to New Orleans in January and October of 1832. He also mastered the steamer Cayuga from New Orleans to Galveston Bay on August 1, 1834. The steamer Yellow Stone made a trip up the Brazos River in February 1836 with Ross in command. She went as far upriver as San Felipe de Austin. She was half loaded with cotton at Groce's Landing on March 31, when Sam Houston and the Texas army arrived. Houston impressed the Yellow Stone and moved his army over the flooded Brazos River, with Ross's cooperation. Ross had been warned that the Mexican army was near Fort Bend. As he proceeded downstream he placed his cargo of cotton bales so as to protect the crew and vulnerable ship boilers from musket fire. The Mexican troops opened fire and attempted to lasso the smoke stacks, but the Yellow Stone reached Quintana with cargo and crew intact. On another occasion Ross came to the aid of Houston. The Yellow Stone was being prepared on May 5, 1836, to take the Texas government officials and Antonio López de Santa Anna to Galveston from the San Jacinto battlefield. Houston, painfully wounded above the ankle, was refused permission to sail with the group to seek medical aid. When Ross learned of this decision by the government officials, he replied forcefully that he would not sail without General Houston.