Weekly Updates!

Here are this weeks’ updates! (Forget about Wednesdays!) 🙂

David Hamilton – was a Battle of Worcester Scottish prisoner of war who married Anna Jaxson (Jackson), who was born in Lanark, Scotland, her father Richard Jaxson/Jackson was also a Scottish POW from the Battle of Worcester.

George Darling – was a Battle of Dunbar Scottish prisoner of war who married in Salem, Massachusetts, Katherine Gridley. They had TEN children together. He died in Salem and you can find his will at americanancestors.org. He was also a friend of Ingraham Moody, another SPOW.

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Thanks!
Teresa

The following is from Jon Grant: A few weeks ago, I returned from my one and only trip to New England.  During my visit to the Durham Historic Association in Durham, New Hampshire, I was searching for additional references to my Peter Grant in Oyster River (present day Dover, New Hampshire).  Instead, I found James Grant on a map in an area called Salmon Falls.  That area is now called Rollinsford, New Hampshire.  I was told to visit that area by the locals because of its beauty.  I was not disappointed. Interestingly enough, James’ land wasn’t too far away (as the crow flies across the Salmon River) from where Peter was eventually buried in South Berwick, Maine.  In my drive through the area, I came across a marker for David Hamilton, SPOW.  I took a picture and the following is the text, as laid out on the marker which I found on Sligo Road in Rollinsford, New Hampshire:

Photo contributed by Jon Grant.

Photo contributed by Jon Grant.

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8 Responses to Weekly Updates!

  1. Pamela J Hamilton says:

    David Hamilton should have many many male descendants. However, up to this point of time ONLY SIX Hamilton males from this line have had their DNA tested to verify their paper trail to David Hamilton. David Hamilton’s group of DNA Y is Group R1b-11 at the Hamilton DNA study at PSU. My late husband is another Jack Hamilton is in this group and he is Jack A. Hamilton and is H148 H1677 in the study. Just sharing this as a lineage FYI for David Hamilton. I do have a Family Tree for many of David’s descendants at Ancestry.com.

    • Jack Hamilton says:

      Hi Pamela. Technically I am John S Hamilton and my kit number in the Hamilton DNA project is 382879 I am R1b-11, R1b-M269. David is my 8th Grandfather as documented by the Hamiltons of Waterborough and by family records as well. There has to be hundreds of cousins out there, but over the past couple of years, as I started this quest, I’ve only had contact with a small handful, none of whom were willing to do the deep Big Y tests. I live less than an hour from Southern NH and at one time lived less than a half hour away and frequently drove through Hamilton Territory without having any real knowledge other than old family lore of what actually is there. I’ll spend some time up there this summer if I can.

  2. Alice MacDonald Long says:

    Somewhere I saw that George Gray was also born in Lanark, Scotland, but I’ve never been able to confirm that fact.

  3. Doreen Gray says:

    Great picture of memorial plaque for David Hamilton. Anyone know where it is located?

    Also, still working on birthplace for George Gray. However, I do have a copy of a birth registry from the Scottish General Register Office. Records: George Gray, April 14,1620, parents Robert Gray and Mrgaret Maddr. Godfathers-Thomas Gray and Thomas Maddr. This George was shown to be from Lanark or the former Lanarkshire (Glasgow). He was shown to be christened at the Glasgow High Church. Still not 100% positive this is our 8x great grandfather. He fits the profile age for the army conscripts of Leslie’s Army-between ages 19-30. Still working on verification.

    • From Jon Grant, “A few weeks ago, I returned from my one and only trip to New England. During my visit to the Durham Historic Association in Durham, New Hampshire, I was searching for additional references to my Peter Grant in Oyster River (present day Dover, New Hampshire). Instead, I found James Grant on a map in an area called Salmon Falls. That area is now called Rollinsford, New Hampshire. I was told to visit that area by the locals because of its beauty. I was not disappointed. Interestingly enough, James’ land wasn’t too far away (as the crow flies across the Salmon River) from where Peter was eventually buried in South Berwick, Maine. In my drive through the area, I came across a marker for David Hamilton, SPOW. I took a picture and the following is the text, as laid out on the marker which I found on Sligo Road in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.”

    • You may be on to something there. Remember Scottish naming patterns. You see that George and Sarah (d. of Alexander Cooper) named their first son, ROBERT (after George’s father?), the second son, George (after George), the third son, ALEXANDER (after Sarah’s father).

  4. Jack Hamilton says:

    I have a picture of the David Hamilton sign. Feel free to send me an email at hamjack@aol.com and I’ll gladly send you, or anyone for that matter, a jpeg.

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