John Magoon [MacGoun, MacGown], #48 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

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Published on: 03 Dec 2014
Updated: 12 Feb 2017

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Surname variations:  Magoon, Magoun, Mcgown, Makoon, Maggone, Magune, [McGowan’s are in Scotland today]

Scottish Surname:
Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948. The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin Meaning and History, (New York : New York Public Library & Readex Books, 1962), First published in 1946. Page 505.: MacGowan, MacGoun, MacGown, MacGoune in Scotland.

First Generation in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1. JOHN¹ MAGOON, “a Scotchman” was born in Scotland about 1625 and died at Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts in 1708/9. He married at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts on 7 Nov 1662, REBECCA HOBART.

Biographical Notes:
It is believed that John Magoon was a prisoner of war from the Battle of Dunbar on 3 September 1650 and was exiled to the New World/Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ship/ketch, Unity, which arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in late December 1650. He may have been the brother of Henry Magoon and possibly a William McGowan, also Scottish prisoners-of-war. He is found on the Dunbar list created by George Sawin Stewart, #48 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list. The records appear to show that Henry Magoon’s family went from Hingham, Massachusetts to New Hampshire while John Magoon’s family went from Hingham to Scituate and to Connecticut.

Children of John¹ and Rebecca (Hobart) Magoon:
2.   i. HANNAH² MAGOON, (John¹), was born at Hingham in 1663
2.  ii. JAMES² MAGOON, (John¹), b. at Hingham on 25 Jun 1666; died about 1705.
2. iii. JOHN² MAGOON*, (John¹), b. at Scituate in 1668; d. at Pembroke in 1739; m. at Scituate in 1703, HANNAH TURNER.
2.  iv. ELIAS² MAGOON*, (John¹), b. at Scituate* on 17 Aug 1673*; d. at Pembroke in 1727; m., first,  HANNAH MACKFARLIN*, d. of Purdie MacFarland, also a SPOW; m., second, at Scituate in 1711, RUTH OLDHAM.
2.   v. ISAAC² MAGOON*, (John¹), b. at Scituate in Aug 1675.

Original Fireplace in the John Magoun House where all the cooking was done in the early days. A kitchen was added several generations later. Shared by Dwayne and Mary (Sampson) Lund

Original Fireplace in the John Magoun House where all the cooking was done in the early days.
A kitchen was added several generations later. Shared by Dwayne and Mary (Sampson) Lund

Second Generation

2.   i. HANNAH² MAGOON*, (John¹)*, was born at Hingham* in 1663* and baptized* at Scituate* on 23 Jul 1671*.

2.  ii. JAMES MAGOON, (John¹)*, was born at Hingham* on 25 Jun 1666* and died about 1705. He married, at Duxbury by 1697, SARAH FORD*. (Torrey’s…)

Biographical Notes:
“James Magoun” died leaving four minor children. See Probate Records: Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)

Children of James and Sarah (_____) Magoon:
3.   i. JAMES³ MAGOON*, (James², John¹)*,
3.  ii. THOMAS³ MAGOON*, (James², John¹)*,
3. iii. ISAAC³ MAGOON*, (James², John¹)*,
3.  iv. SARAH³ MAGOON*, (James², John¹)*,

2. iii. JOHN MAGOON*, Jr., (John¹)*, was born at Scituate* on 14 Jul 1668* and baptized* at Scituate* on 18 Jul 1669*. He married at Scituate*, Massachusetts on 30 Apr 1702*, HANNAH TURNER*.

Children of John and Hannah (Turner) Magoon:
3. i. JOHN MAGOON, b. at Scituate on 10 Jul 1705; died at Pembroke, on 19 Aug 1743. He married at Scituate on 28 Nov 1728, ABIGAIL WATERMAN.

Children of John and Abigail (Waterman) Magoon:
4.    i. LUSANNA MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 16 Jan 1729
4.  ii. ABIGAIL MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 29 Feb 1731
4. iii. JOHN MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 6 Aug 1735; m. at Marshfield on 30 Nov 1768, HULDAH SHURTLEFF.

Children of John and Huldah (Shurtleff) Magoon:
5.    i. ELIAS MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 5 Mar 1770
5.  ii. ABIGAIL MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 13 Mar 1773
5. iii. JOHN MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 25 May 1774
5.  iv. HANNAH MAGOON, at Pembroke on 7 Oct 1776
5.   v. HULDAH MAGOON,
5.  vi. SNOW MAGOON,
5. vii. ASAPH M. MAGOON,

4. iv. JOSEPH MAGOON, b. at Pembroke on 8 Sep 1741

2.  iv. ELIAS MAGOON*, (John¹)*, was born at Scituate* on 17 Aug 1673* and baptized at Scituate on 4 Jul 1675. He married, first, at Duxbury on 19 Jan 1702, HANNAH MACKFARLIN, d. of Purdie MacFarland, also on The DP List. He married, second, at Scituate in 1703, RUTH OLDHAM.

Biographical Note:
15 Oct 2016, Dwayne Lund, says, “It’s interesting to note that Elias and Hannah (Turner) Magoon, the children of fathers who had been forced into years of indentured servitude, became slave owners themselves. In the will of Elias Magoon, recorded 1728, he writes: “I give to my wife…. household goods, and my negro or malatto boy …” Source: Probate Estate Files, No. 13456-13543, Lyon, Vinal – Magonn, Paul, Ca. 1686-1915” ~ Dwayne – lunddl@aol.com

Children of Elias and Hannah (MacFarland) Magoon:
3.   i. DAVID³ MAGOON*, (Elias², John¹) b. at Duxbury* on 1 Nov 1703*.
3.  ii. MARY³ MAGOON*, (Elias², John¹) b. at Duxbury* on 24 Mar 1704/5*.
3. iii. ELIAS³ MAGOON*, (Elias², John¹) b. at Duxbury* on 9 Oct 1707*.

Children of Elias and Ruth (Oldham) Magoon:
3. iv. NATHANIEL MAGOON, b. at Duxbury in 1713; d. at Pembroke in 1727
3.  v. RUTH MAGOON, b. at Pembroke in 1714 ; d. at Pembroke 1753; m. at Pembroke in 1737, JAMES RANDALL.
3.  vi. RECOMPENCE MAGOON, b. Pembroke; d. at Pembroke 1802; m. at Pembroke in 1742, RUTH CROOKER.

2.   v. ISAAC MAGOON*, (John¹)*, was born at Scituate* in 1675. He married at Windham, Connecticut* by 1699*, ELIZABETH (_____)*.

Biographical Notes: “The first settler was Isaac Magoon, a Scotchman, who gave to his adopted home the name of his native country.” SEE: “Scotland” in Windham County, Connecticut.

taken from Palmer (then a District) and annexed to the Parish. 
The General Court Records, under date of May 29, 1761, recite: 
" Petition of Isaac and Alexander Magoon, sons and heirs to the 
whole of the estate of Isaac Magoon, late of Ware River Parish, in 
the County of Hampshire, deceased, setting forth that they own 
about 400 acres of land in the northerly part of Palmer, which lies 
five miles from Palmer Meeting-house, through a bad road, and 
but two miles from Ware River Meeting-house, and the road natur- 
ally good, praying that they may be annexed to Ware River Parish, 
etc. Notice was ordered to be issued and served on the District of 
Palmer. 

"Nov. 18, 1761. Ordered, that the estate described in the afore- 
mentioned Petition be annexed to the Parish of Ware River, and 
the inhabitants or possessors of said estate to do duty and receive 
privilege there."

Children of Isaac and Elizabeth (_____) Magoon (Magune):
3.  i. ELIZABETH MAGOON*, b. at Windham*, CT on 1 Apr 1699*; m., at Ashford*, Windham County, Connecticut, on 1 Apr 1719*, JACOB FULLER*, by the Rev. James Hale. Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928.

3. ii. ISAAC MAGOON*, JR., b. at Windham*, CT on 22 Mar 1706*.
Windham VR (Moved to Palmer, Mass.) He married, before 23 Aug 1734, CATHERINE (_____).

Biographical Notes:

THE MAGOON FAMILY. 

The Magoons and Olmsteads were pioneer settlers in the district; 
they were in the north division, except Isaac, Jr. ;he located first 
on the lot known of late as the Charles Shaw farm. After the 
first division of lands he sold his home farm to James Lamberton, 
and changed his location to the Ware precinct. 
Isaac Jun., and Catherine Magoon. 

Ch. 1, Isaacs b. Aug 23, 1734. 

Ch. 2, Margaret, b. June 8, 1738. 

Ch. 3, William, b. Sept. 16, 1739.

Children of Isaac and Catherine (_____) Magoon:
4.   i. ISAAC MAGOON, b. at Palmer on 23 Aug 1734.
4.  ii. MARGARET MAGOON, b. at Palmer on 8 Jun 1738.
4. iii. WILLIAM MAGOON, b. at Palmer on 16 Sep 1739.

3. ALEXANDER MAGOON, (I think moved to Palmer Mass) (Property that borders Joseph Cummings property)

3. REBECCA MAGOON, m., JOHN APPLIN.

Biographical Notes:
Must have moved to Palmer, Massachusetts with her brother or father? Lost THREE children in one month because of the “Throat Distemper” (Diphtheria) epidemic. The Throat Distemper of 1735-1740.

Children of John and Rebecca (Magoon) Applin:
4. JOHN APPLIN, JR., died at Palmer on 25 Jan 1737/8.
4. EBENEZER APPLIN
, b. at Palmer on 25 Nov 1734 and died at Palmer on 3 Jan 1737/8, most likely from the “Throat Distemper” epidemic. SEE: The Throat Distemper of 1735-1740. (Diphtheria)
4. EDWARD APPLIN, died at Palmer on 3 Jan 1737/8 “Throat Distemper”
4. SARAH APPLIN, b. at Palmer on 24 Nov 1737
4. REBECCA APPLIN, b. at Palmer on 13 Aug 1740

Front Door of the John Magoon House in N. Pembroke - thought to be original to the house.

Front door of the John Magoon House in North Pembroke – thought to be original to the house.

The Magoun Family Cemetery (2 Mile Cemetery) across from the Magoun house in North Pembroke, MA

Magoun Family Cemetery (2 Mile Cemetery) across from the Magoun house in North Pembroke, MA

SOURCES AND NOTES:
Timeline:
c1625:
born in Scotland
1662:
7 November – Married REBECCA HOBART AKA Rebecca Blake in Hingham, Plymouth County, Mass.
1663:
Daughter Hannah born at Hingham.
1666:
25 June – Son John born at Hingham.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). “Scituate” “Duxbury” “Hingham”
CHAPTER 40
ORDER SETTING OFF DIVERS FAMILIES FROM SCITUATE AND ANNEXING THEM TO PEMBROKE A PETITION of the Town of Pembroke and of John Magoon John Legislative Magoon Jun Job Randal and Isaac Hatch all of Scituate Shewing f l that the said John Magoon & are under great disadvantages as In xv1l l 246habitants of Scituate and much more commodiously situated for the House Jour Town of Pembroke which is small and poor and needs further encouragement and therefore Praying that they may be set off from Scituate and joined to the Town of Pembroke Read and Ordered that the Prayer of the Petition be so far granted as that the Petitioners John Magoon John Magoon Jun Job Randal and Isaac Hatch with their Estates be and hereby are to all intents and purposes set olf from the Town of Scituate and annexed to the Town of Pembroke Passed June 21 lsr SI ss Paovmon LAWS Resolves etc 1738 39 493
The Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay: To which are Prefixed the Charters of the Province. With Historical and Explanatory Notes, and an Appendix. Published Under Chapter 87 of the Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth for the Year 1867
John Henry Clifford, Alexander Strong Wheeler, William Cross Williamson
Wright & Potter, printers to the State, 1904 – L Page 493.
From:
James Savage, ed., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-62), 3:143.:
“JOHN, Scituate, bef. 1662, was among freeholders 1666, had m. at Hingham, and had a d. b. 1663, whose name is not ment. but was, perhaps, Hannah; James, 25 June 1666; and at S. had John, b. 1668; Elias, 1673; and Isaac, 1675. His will, of 20 May 1697, pro. 27 June 1712, names w. Rebecca, eldest s. James, the other three s. and d. Hannah Lovell.”

From:
Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement to 1831, (Boston: James Loring, 1831), 309.
“JOHN MAGOON (early McGoun) was a freeholder in 1666. He lived in “the Two mile.” He had also a considerable tract of land on the west side of North river, near Hughs cross, and Cornets pond. His children, John born 1668, Elias 1673, Isaac 1675. This family have descendants in Marshfield and Pembroke.”

From:
George Lincoln, History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, Volumes II, III, The
Genealogies (Somersworth, N.H.: New England History Press, 1982; orig. pub. Hingham, Mass., 1893), 3:47-49.
“1. JOHN, a Scotchman, was an early resident of Hing. The chris. name of his w., whom he m. Nov. 7, 1662, was Rebecca. John removed with his fam. ab. 1666, to Scit., where he was a freeholder. In 1673, he was one of those who received a portion of the common land. In his will of 20 May, 1697, proved 27 June, 1712, names w. Rebecca, four sons and one dau. His son, Elias, married Purde MacVarlo’s [Purdie MacFarland??] daughter, Hannah.

From:
001 Magoon.rtf “Henry Magoon and John Magoon” at the Magoon Yahoo Group Files Section.:
“b. 1625, Scotland, occupation farmer, m. 7 Nov 1662, in Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA, Rebecca HOBART, also known as: Rebecca BLAKE b. Dec 1637, Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA. John died 1708/9, Pembroke, Plymouth Co., MA, 20 May 1697, wp 27 Jun 1712. Of Scituate before 1662, freeholder by 1666; will names wife Rebbecca & 4 sons & 1 daugh..”

 

Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700

Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015

Vital Records from The NEHGS Register (1)

Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)

Vital Records from The NEHGS Register

Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)

On 4 Jan 2017, Mary Ellen Davis Williams wrote, “After 30 years of searching I have identified John Magoun/Magoon as my Scottish ancestor. He arrived in Boston in 1651/1652 as a POW, was indentured,and is first seen in town records of Hingham, MA where he was a free citizen and married Rebecca Palmer. He owned land in Scituate and was buried in Pembroke, MA. In Scotland he came from Strathdern in the Highlands and had a brother, Henry,who settled in New Hampshire after the saw mill indenture with their friend John Bean.. I’m not sure if John Magoon was in the Battle of Dunbar or Worcester and where he was indentured. I did learn that his Scottish/Gaelic name was changed when he arrived, since it couldn’t be understood by the authorities. More info from anyone??? (In Scotland the name later changed to Macqueen from the Gaelic. There are still Macqueens in Strathdearn.)

6 Responses to John Magoon [MacGoun, MacGown], #48 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

  1. Dawn says:

    Hello,
    Any information on Rachel Magoun born in pembroke ma .. .parents ? ……Rachel Magoun married Thomas bowers Harrub …I am a descendent of Rachel and Thomas Harrub .. I just started researching this part of family ..

    • Hello, Dawn, I am afraid all I know at this time is what I have on this page. I will be updating the page again soon and so you should check back or subscribe to this website so you won’t miss any updates. I believe I am also a descendant of John Magoon through a Lucretia Magoon who was born between 19 Apr 1781 and 31 Dec 1782 in Ware, Hampshire County (now Hampden), Massachusetts. I do not have a birth record for her. 🙁 Have you joined our Scottish War Prisoner Yahoo Group yet?
      ~Teresa

  2. Mary Ellen Davis Williams says:

    I’m a descendant of John Magoon (1625-1708/9) and his son Isaac.
    I’m trying to learn more about John’s indenturement. Was he indentured in Hingham where he is first recorded as marrying Rebecca Hobart? If not, how did he show up in Hingham? His brother, Henry, went to the NewHampshire saw mill. Strange that they were separated, since they survived the Battle of Dunbar and incarceration together. There is a missing piece to fill in, and I am trying to write a memoir about his life.
    Thanks for any light you can shed.

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