Updated/Edited: 23 Feb 2015
In October 2007, a four page document was found by the late, Dan Jenkins, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.
He was searching on the behalf of (myself) Teresa Rust, and Judy Clark, my aunt, both descendants of John Hamilton of Scotland who was believed to be a passenger on the ship Unity.
These documents were handwritten lists compiled by George S. Stewart, a New England genealogist, in the early part of the 20th century. As I mention in another place on this web site, there is no actual original passenger list for the ship Unity.
George S. Stewart’s lists are compiled based on his understanding of who these men were. I have used these lists as a starting point to compile the 149 names on our possible or probable Unity list.
The first list has 112 names of the passengers he dubbed The Dunbar Prisoners and the second list is of the Iron Works Inventory, workers who came from the Battle of Dunbar.
The Battle of Dunbar POWs, about 150 Scotsmen, all arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts on the ship Unity, in December 1650.
Our group has recently retained the services of Diane Rapaport, a professional genealogist, to dig deeper into the George S. Stewart files. She is currently searching for more information which will help us to understand our Scottish immigrant ancestors’ origins in the New World.