Sometimes all we have are bits and pieces of information and clues that tie us to the Scottish Prisoners of War. There may never be complete certainty but just a lot of circumstantial evidence that points us in that direction. A person’s surname, an historical note, or a family legend passed down may be all we have. Thanks to one of my distant Hamilton cousins I have this link to share with you today…
“The Ballad of Ebenezer Mackintosh: Gang Leader to Founding Father
At the top of Boston’s wild mobs stood — well, sometimes stood, sometimes slumped and sometimes fell drunkenly — Ebenezer Mackintosh.
Tracing his heritage to a ship of Scottish prisoners captured in battle then shipped to the New World and bonded servants, Mackintosh was born to a family living at the lowest levels of colonial society. His father, Moses, was kicked out of Boston in 1753 as a non-self-supporting individual, having failed to find a living for himself and his son (his wife died two years earlier). When Moses left town as an outcast, his ambitious son stayed behind.”
From: How Boston’s Street Gangs Sparked the American Revolution
I don’t see a “Mackintosh” on either list but I do see “142. John “Toish” [Tosh?]: IWI, Bio.” on the Unity list and a “100. Henry Mack___?: NEHGS” plus another SEVEN men without surnames on the John and Sara.
It does seem that some historian has probably researched this man because of the part he played in the American Revolution, so if you are a Mackintosh, you should spend some time looking for more information about Ebenezer Mackintosh and his ancestors.
I have added copies of the images of the Scots’ Charitable Society membership list today to the blog/website. There are several of our Dunbar and Worcester prisoners of war in the list. Take a look!
DNA evidence will be considered along with other documentation for membership into DAR beginning January 1, 2014!
DNA Evidence for DAR Applications and Supplementals
“…beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of lineage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.”
This may be helpful for my direct paternal ancestry from my father back to his Scottish Revolutionary grandfather, the grandson of my Scottish prisoner of war ancestor. :)
A big thank-you to my distant-cousin and blogger extraordinaire, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, for letting me know about the “Exeter History Minute” on You Tube. This particular episode published on 4 Sep 2013 was filmed near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands and features a discussion about the Scottish Prisoners of War that were early settlers in Exeter, New Hampshire. The Scottish POWs specifically mentioned by Barbara of the Exeter Historical Society are: Alexander Gordon, Henry Magoon, John MacBean and John Sinclair.
Descendants of these men should contact the Exeter Historical Society for more information!
Our “Unity” list has:
6. John Bean: UPL [Could be MacBean?]
44. James Gordon: IWI
66. Henry Magoon/Magoun [McGoon?]: UPL
129. John Sinclair: UPL
Our “John and Sara” list has:
42. James Gorden: NEHGS
43. Daniel Gordon: NEHGS
44. Laughleth Gordon: NEHGS
To learn more about Exeter history — or to support the Exeter Historical Society — visit their website, http://www.exeterhistory.org. #ExeterHistoryMinute
Posted in John and Sarah, Prisoners from Battle of Dunbar, Prisoners from Battle of Worcester, PRISONERS of WAR:, Saugus Iron Works, Scotland:, Unity
Tagged Bean, Exeter, Exeter History, Exeter History Minute, Gordon, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, MacBean, Magoon, New Hampshire, Scottish prisoners of war, Sinclair
Everyone PLEASE watch the new PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow,” which begins on Monday evening, September 23rd at 9 PM Pacific Time (check your local listings)! This program will be helping “common” folk learn about their amazing heritage, unlike “Who Do You Think You Are?,” which focuses on celebrities.
The first episode will focus on possible relatives of Davy Crockett and the Hatfield Clan! I have set my Dish Network Hopper (DVR) to record the whole series. I can’t wait!
As a mom of four and gran of one, my life still revolves around my living family and sometimes there is not enough time for my family history! This is turning out to be a busy, fun-filled summer with family and very little computer time. This fall will bring more time, so stay patient, enjoy the site, and I will be more active starting about August 22nd.