Keep Looking for Common Threads

Updated: 15 Feb 2014

The lists below show common threads, that run between the Scottish POWs, which may aid us in discovering more facts and details about their lives.

Members of the Scots’ Charitable Society and the Iron Works Inventory and The Dunbar Prisoners’ List:
On the Iron Works Inventory List and Early Members of the Scots Charitable Society:
1. James ADAMS, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the Scots Charitable Society.
2. John CLARK, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
3. Peter GRANT, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
4. Andrew JAMESON, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
5. Malcolm M’CALLUM, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
6. George THOMPSON, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
So out of the 27 founding members of the Scots Charitable Society we find SIX of our Scots from the Iron Works Inventory. Had their indentures just ended?

The Dunbar Prisoners’ List and Early Members of the Scots Charitable Society:
1. John BENNETT, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
2. Hercules CORSER/COSSER, made a donation on 1659 to the SCS.
3. William GIBSON, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS. Later Pres. of SCS.
4. James GRANT, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
5. John KNEELAND, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
6. James MOORE, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.
7. Andrew NEILL, made a donation in 1659 to the SCS.
8. James WEBSTER, made a donation on 6 Jan 1657 to the SCS.

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 GordonHenry MagoonJohn MacBean and John Sinclair. Descendants of these men should contact the Exeter Historical Society for more information!

From The Dunbar Prisoners’ List and the Iron Works Inventory List as well as early residents of Exeter, New Hampshire:
6. John Bean: The Dunbar Prisoners [Could be MacBean?]
44. James Gordon: Iron Works Inventory
66. Henry Magoon/Magoun [McGoon?]: The Dunbar Prisoners
129. John Sinclair: The Dunbar Prisoners

From the John and Sara List and also early settlers of Exeter, New Hampshire:
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, #ExeterHistoryMinute

About Teresa Hamilton/Pepper Rust

Married to Brad Rust for nearly 40 years. Mother of two lads and two lasses and the gran of Aidan. My current hobbies are family history research and blogging. I love reading, especially history, and British 18th and 19th Century literature. I really like traveling and look forward to new travel adventures!
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5 Responses to Keep Looking for Common Threads

  1. Kevin McKinney says:

    Teresa and All,
    The lists are all good but, just a peek at the many possibilities out there for descendants to both the Unity and Jon and Sara.
    Regarding the scots who went to work in the mills of Berwick all references say between 15-25men , which implies “who really knows” and puts a lot of ambiguity into the real number. I personally have seen the Town of York ,Maine book of 1662 which list two separate land grants to Alexander Maccanere a room mate to Alexander Maxwell . The latter who is on many lists ,and Maccanere who is mentioned in documents only occasionally, from 1660 to. 1670; but, surely must have been a fellow Unity prisoners.
    After years of research on these men, I have found many researchers far to often use the terms probable, presume or I believe . When in reality if we could focus on getting more involved in the DNA aspect, it will only help all in the search for their roots.

    Sincerely. Kevin McKinney ( I believe my ancestor might have been or I presume Alexander Maccanere)

    • I, too, think that DNA is a good idea. I have already done that on my Hamilton line. The Y-DNA of my Hamilton goes back to ancient Scotland, specifically back to the Dalriata. 0ver time we may find a DNA connection with distant Scottish cousins. Or maybe there are records in Scotland still to be discovered.

  2. Kim Anderson says:

    Hello to All,
    Where are we now with the discussion of using DNA? I already have DNA with 23 and Me, FTDNA, Ancestry DNA and Gedmatch. I would love to share Gedmatch kit numbers for comparison with other members of this group. Searching for my original Anderson ancestor who immigrated here and have thought he was likely a Scottish POW. Thanks!

  3. Kevin McKinney says:

    I have an inquiry in to FTDNA K

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