173Re: [ScottishWarPrisoners] Coehon
- Aug 21, 2003chestercowen wrote:
>Where do you first find this John Coehon in America? A Rhonda McLure
> I would like to know if you find a John Coehon, Colquhoun or Cowen
> listed at one of the mills being mentioned. In appreciation I
posted in Genforum/immigrants and I have confirmed that about 150
prisoners were sent to the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1650 on the
ship UNITY to work as indenture laborers at the Ironworks at Saugus and
Braintree. There is no list of these men but VRs and Ironworks records
do mention a number of them
The second group sent arrived in Boston in Sept 1651 and there is a list
of the men which has been published in a number of forms. Most of these
men did not work at the Ironworks.
I have just learned of Dobson's book "Directory of Scots Banished to the
American Plantations 1650 - 1775". The New York Public Library has 32
entries for books and pamphlets by David Dobson including the above. Go
to the libry web site and look at the entries. You may be able to find
some in a nearby library or order through ILL.
The difference between a slave and an indentured servant was the former
was in bondage for life while the latter was in bondage for a term of
years or until he or she paid off the cost of transport.
> Seeing that some of our familes were indentured servants it has comeSee the above for the basic difference between slave and indentured
> to my attention that they were reguarded as slaves and what?
> war crimnals and were not worth the mentioning.>
servant. the men on the UNITY and JOHN and SARAH were war prisoners,
not was criminals. They supported and fought for the royalist cause and
lost. Banishment to the colonies was a common punishment.
> I know that in the Franklin Ma. Library it mentions servants and freefor the benefit of others, a man became a freeman if he owned property,
> men.Seeing my family mentioned there I originaly thought "free men"
> was an org. like the Masons. Futher research cleared that trouble up.
was a member of the recognized church and swore an oath to the
government. there are several detailed explanations that can be found
in a Google search.
> Chances are I may never know how James Mackorwithey [MacWithey]Again, when does he first show up in America. I do not see any name
> arrived and or sailed from what port.>
similar on the JOHN and SARAH list.
> I certanly hope that our reporting skills since that time have beenThe reporting skills existed in those days. What the government
> honed to a better edge.>
required gives detail found. And these records are 350 years old. Of
course many of the reports have been lost.
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