Updated: 28 Dec 2014
In September 2007, the late, Daniel “Dan” Jenkins, an experienced amateur genealogist, and member of and researcher for, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, found the handwritten copy of the ship’s list for the Unity. This is his explanation of what he found:
Dan said, “These docs are from the Elizabeth [French] collection at the private manuscripts department of the NEHGS. Elizabeth was one of the best genealogical researchers of her day . Her collection is 59 cartons of files and docs which she obtained in person in England . It was her research that led me to finding the baptism of my ancestor Edward 1617 in Kent .
I have had and been aware of the lists of Scottish prisoners for a few years. Several ended up in Scituate, Massachusetts. A lot ended up at Lynn and Saugus Iron Works. John Hamilton was not among them.
John was one of the Dunbar prisoners who came on the “Unity” 1650 . Rest of them including James , Rory, and David came on the “John and Sarah” and were captured at Worcester.
The Capt. of the Unity lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts. I have a feeling that most of the Unity prisoners were officers rather than foot soldiers. There are many original records regarding the Dunbar prisoners , most written by Sir Arthur Haselrig.
He describes how they were fed cabbages, roots and leaves and how many became ill and died. Quite a few pages. I didn’t make copies but I can if someone really wants to see all.”
Here are the photocopies made by Daniel Jenkins for me in September 2007:
On this next page Dan had circled my ancestor John Hamilton, a Robert Junkins (for his interest) and John and Henry Magoon. I am also a descendant of a Magoon/McGoon.
Dan and I didn’t know at the time, but I have since learned that my husband’s ancestor Duncan Stewart is number 101 on this list! 🙂
Thirty-five Scots are at the Lynn Irons Works in 1653: