Kinsearching December 16, 2007




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     Primarily known by many genealogists for his works about people from Scotland, David Dobson has also compiled books about people from Ireland--in particular, the Scots-Irish. The third volume in one of his series is IRISH EMIGRANTS TO NORTH AMERICA {1670 - 1830}, PART SIX. Like the others, it documents the departure of thousands of individuals who vacated Ireland for the promise of the New World between the years 1670 and 1830.

     Based mainly on archival resources in Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, PART SIX also contains data gleaned from contemporary newspapers and journals, a few published records, and some gravestone inscriptions from both sides of the Atlantic. These materials show that approximately half of the persons listed in this volume entered North America through Ontario, Canada; most of the other half came in through New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

     Because the information covers a span of roughly 160 years, the amount of facts about each emigrant varies widely. In addition to the passenger's name, details that may appear include his or her year of birth and sometimes place of origin in the Emerald Isle, parentage, a physical description, occupation, military service, names or number of any traveling companions such as wife and children, reason for emigration, name of ship on which he or she sailed, name of the ship's master, and place of disembarkation and date of arrival in the New World. Each entry furnishes documentation for the data.

     Material in North Carolina's Duke University, for instance, discloses that Michael CAIN was "an indentured servant who emigrated from Limerick to America on the Industry of March 1774." Records in the British Calendar State Papers and in the Maryland State Archives reveal that Darby DILLON went "from Waterford on the St. George of London, to Maryland in 1677." A source in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland divulges that Andrew and Thomas FLEMING, "possibly from County Tyrone, settled in Pennsylvania by 1758." Information in the Public Archives of Ontario relates that Patrick BURK, "late of the Royal Sappers," settled with his wife and daughter in Ontario, in 1820. Some of these details may be difficult, even impossible, to locate elsewhere.

     As genealogists can see from these examples, interesting facts about ancestors from Ireland and clues for further research on them may be provided in Dobson's IRISH EMIGRANTS TO NORTH AMERICA {1670 - 1830}, PART SIX. Since this useful volume is low in stock, you may want to order your copy as soon as possible.

     Arranging main entries alphabetically, the 131-page paperback has an interesting and appropriate illustration on the cover, a brief introduction, and a key to references. Because some entries mention other people, such as the ship's master or the person for whom an indentured servant worked, an index to their names would be helpful to genealogists.

     To the book's price of $16.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4.00 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6.00 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9796) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     The following marriage announcement is found on page 3, column 5, of the 18 Feb 1836 (Vol. XIII, no. 12) issue of the Staunton Spectator and General Advertiser, a newspaper published in Staunton, VA. (Surnames are capitalized for emphasis.)

     "Married on Tues. evening, by the Rev. Norvell WILSON, the Rev. Robert M. LIPSCOMB to Miss Elizabeth M., daughter of Philip HOPKINS, Esq. of this town."

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