Some Common Threads

These men are tied to two Scottish POW related documents which gives some credibility to their being Scottish POWs:

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.

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3 Responses to Some Common Threads

  1. Mary M. Erickson says:

    I was unable to get your links to work, so I decided to email. I am evidently a descendant of John Dunbar of Connecticut. No one seems to know who this John Dunbar was. There are no birth records. There are not immigration records. There is nothing that mentions his parents names or his place of birth. According to other documents he was supposedly born abt. 1670 and died in 1733. Why has it been impossible to find any information on this man?

    There were very few ways an individual could have entered the New World without appearing on a ship’s manifest, an immigration list, or some sort of community activity–church affiliation, marriage records, something! In fact, I can think of only two ways he could have come into the country without notice: He came as a soldier and stayed, or he walked in from Canada and stayed. This mystery is vexing to me, and I feel helpless to do anything about it because I live in a very remote town in the middle of the Mojave Desert that is very limited as to research availability. Is anyone else working on this man, John Dunbar?

    • Elizabeth Boggs says:

      Hi Mary, Can you tell me which links are broken so I can fix them please? Wow, John Dunbar is quite the puzzle! We have a Robert Dunbar of the Unity who lived and raised children in Hingham, MA. If your John was born circa 1670 he definitely did not arrive on the Unity in or John and Sara. Do you know where in CT your John Dunbar lived/died? If so, I may be able to point you in a couple of research directions. Feel free to contact me directly instead of responding here if you’d like.

      • Mary M. Erickson says:

        I have not visited your site in a while now. I’ll have to revisit in order to tell you which links did not work. I’ll try to do that as soon as possible.

        My John Dunbar lived in the area around today’s Hartford. That would be Fair Haven, New Haven, and Wallingford, Connecticut. His first wife was supposedly a woman named Anne who was evidently from Salem. Their son, John Dunbar (same as his father) was born to them as well as a daughter, Sarah. Since there are no records of John Dunbar the first, I will assume that he could have walked across from Canada or entered the New World as a soldier. It was a common practice of the British to bring soldiers over to fight their battles, but when it came to returning to England they gave their soldiers the opportunity to choose to go or stay. If they stayed, they were given a plot of ground to support themselves. Whether he walked in or came as a soldier, there would be no birth certificate nor any immigration records.

        The John Dunbar of Hingham is a son of Robert and Rose. The names they gave their children were similar to the names my John Dunbar gave to his children. So, it is easy to confuse them. However, there are incomplete lists of indentured servants coming into the United States. Lynn, MA, and Virginia were only two places they came in. I believe they were also brought into Maryland.

        I also know that my John Dunbar lived a very quiet, inconspicuous life. There is little or no mention of him as pertaining to community involvement. So, was he lying low? I don’t know. I just know that it has been difficult to trace him, and there are many of us who have and are trying.

        Thank you for your reply. I know that John probably does not fall within your radar range, but I try to send “feelers” out as often as possible. Thank you again.

        Mary M. Erickson

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