Ross G. Shaw
is a former history teacher for St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High
School. He graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1999 with a
B.S. in Education, and graduated in 2004 with an MA in American Frontier
History from Vermont College of the Union Institute. He has also served as the Program Developer for the Cincinnati History Museum, part of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
Ross has long been interested in history: when told at the age of four that he had Shawnee ancestors, he bawled, "But Daddy, I wanted to be a cowboy!" When told he could be both an Indian and a cowboy, his two main areas of study were set. At the age of eight he and his father joined the Society of the Northwest Longhunters, an 18th century living history group in which they have been active ever since. His lifelong dream of becoming a “cowboy” was realized when he received a replica 1873 Winchester for his 18th birthday and began creating the persona of “Jacob Stoneburner.” His first job out of college was working with longhorn cattle on a dude ranch where he jokingly says he was "more of a tourist herder".
After college, Ross became involved in cowboy mounted shooting and cavalry demonstrations-anything with horses! He is now the Sergeant Major of the Indiana Territorial Mounted Rangers, a mounted militia unit demonstrating War of 1812 era tactics, sword and tomahawk skills on horseback. He recently joined the 6th Ohio Cavalry, a Civil War unit, and hopes to do more events with them in the future.
Ross portrays many characters. A recent favorite is Roy Rogers during a personal appearance tour in 1947 in Cincinnati, OH.
Ross married Erin (Johnson), a YMCA Youth and Family Coordinator, in 2002. They have two children, a girl and a boy, who already love
horses and history (in that order).