Our POWs in The Essex Genealogist c1986

About Essex Genealogist, The

The leading publication for genealogical research in Essex County, Massachusetts, this quarterly journal has been published since 1981 by The Essex Society of Genealogists (founded in 1975). Within the pages of this journal are selections of cemetery transcriptions, bible records, vital and church records relating to families from Essex County, Massachusetts. The Essex Genealogist has had published numerous Anentafel’s (Ancestor Tables) of the ancestry of their members, as well as verbatim transcriptions of lectures over the years. This journal continues to serve those researching Essex County families with valuable resources now entering nearly four decades in print.

Here are the pages of the The Essex Genealogist regarding our Scottish POWs:

The Essex Genealogist page 1

The Essex Genealogist page 2

The Essex Genealogist page 3

The Essex Genealogist page 4






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2 Responses to Our POWs in The Essex Genealogist c1986

  1. Patrick Arthur Patterson says:

    Teresa — Regarding Thomas Kemble mentioned on page 12 of The Essex Genealogist c1986 from some of my notes:
    Thomas Kimball Notes: 14 Feb 2014
    Patrick A. Patterson

    At present I am uncertain to whom James Patterson was bonded once he reached Massachusetts, the manifest only noted the prisoners were to be delivered to a Thomas Kemble of Boston/Charlestown, MA for disposition [sale]. The Scottish prisoners were sold for labor throughout New England for periods ranging from 3 to 7 years in iron works; saw mills, colliers producing charcoal and coal mining as well as wood cutting operations.

    Thomas Kemble noted on the ship’s log above was probably Thomas Kimball. He was the son of Richard Kimball, born in Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England in 1633 and was one years old when he came to New England with his parents. His father Richard was one of the Puritans escaping persecution in England. He and his family arrived in Watertown, MA aboard the ship Elizabeth after departing from Ipswich, Suffolk County, England on 10 Apr 1634. Richard’s wife was Ursula Scott of Rattlesden, England. Richard was a wheelwright by trade and the family settled first in Watertown and later to Ipswich, MA.

    We find Thomas Kimball living in Hampton, NH, 20 Oct 1653 and an owner of mill property there on Oyster River. This might explain why the Scottish prisoners from the John & Sara were delivered to him. He was there until 1660 when he moved to Bradford, MA. He was a prosperous farmer owning over four hundred acres of land and a large amount of personal property. His father was quite wealthy for the period until he died in 1675 in Ipswich, Essex County, MA. Thomas held public office most of his life and he was listed as a constable. The History of the Kimball Family in America recounts how Thomas died on 3 May 1676.

    “At the time the skulking Indians continually annoyed the white inhabitants. The Merrimac river was a pathway; the Indians could make rapid sallies upon the settlements and make their escape without penetrating the forests. Haverhill [a farming community settled by the Puritans on the Merrimack River, Essex County, MA] had been attacked with all the cruelty of the savages. On the night of May 2, 1676, three well known “converted” (half civilized) Indians, Peter, Andrew, and Symon, were intending to kill some parties in Rowley, but the night being far advanced, they wreaked their vengeance upon the Kimballs. Thomas Kimball was killed by Symon, and his wife and five children, namely Joanna, Thomas, Joseph, Priscilla, and John were taken captive and carried forty miles into the wilderness, where they remained forty-one days, and were freed without ransom by the friendly offices of the chief Wanalancet, of the Pennacook Indians. Her own life and that of her infant were threatened, and twice were the fires lighted to burn them. They reached their home June 13, 1676.

    Great was the anguish of their friends during their captivity, and on May 3, 1676, her pious parents in Ipswich asked prayer on the Sabbath that they might be delivered.”

    I have references if you need them but they didn’t transport when I copied them here.

    • Hi, Patrick! Thank-you for this information! It is exactly this kind of research that we need. We need to learn as much as possible about all of the people and activities surrounding our POWs in order to find out what happened to them. I would like to add this information to our site, perhaps one of our pages. I am pretty busy today but if you have time, take a look at the pages I have put up already and see if there is a logical place for this information. If not, I’ll create a page for it. Thanks! Teresa
      PS You can send me the references off-list at read2befree@yahoo.com

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