Kinsearching July 20, 2008




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Due to the establishment of the Plantation of Ulster, numerous Scottish Lowlanders relocated to the northern part of Ireland. Approximately 100,000 of them settled there during the seventeenth century. Within a few generations, many descendants of these Ulster Scots moved in substantial numbers across the Atlantic. These Scots-Irish, often referred to as Scotch-Irish in what is now the United States, made major contributions to the settlement and development in colonial America. To help genealogists trying to connect their ancestors to Ulster and then to Scotland, David Dobson has completed PART SIX in his series on the topic: SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575 - 1725.

     Again, Dobson compiled data from primary and secondary materials located in the British Isles and Ireland. For this volume, he collected information from such resources as the National Archives in London; the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; the PRESBYTERY BOOK OF KIRKCALDY, 1630-1653; the EXTRACTS OF THE RECORDS OF THE BURGH OF STIRLING, and tax lists. Because another major source of data was muster rolls, the majority of entries concern men ordered into military service. In 1630, for example, John ALEXANDER was "mustered with sword and pike in the barony of Raphoe, County Donegal."

     Although details vary about individuals, entries usually supply the man or woman's name, place of residence, a date, and the source citation. For instance, John and Robert MCCLURE are listed as being in the parish of Raphoe in County Donegal in 1665. More details appear in some entries, like the one for George ROSS, who was "of Galstrich, owner of the lands of Broomhill, Barony parish of Glasgow, probably a Covenanting refugee, to Ireland by 1683."

     Recurring surnames include ARMSTRONG, BELL, BLAIR, BOYD, COCHRANE, CUNNINGHAM, DUNLOP, GALBRAITH, GRAHAM, HENDERSON, MAXWELL, MONTGOMERIE/MONTGOMERY, MURRAY, RANKIN, and STEPHENSON/STEVENSON. Anyone tracing Scottish ancestors in Ulster will want to see what genealogical gems can be found in SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575 - 1725, PART SIX.

     The 122-page paperback has an introduction and a list of references Dobson consulted. Names of main entries are arranged alphabetically but there is no index to additional names appearing in the material. The volume is priced at $18.50 plus handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.00 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9816) 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

     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 is seeking information about descendants of Joseph FERGUSON, born about 1789 in Kentucky or Tennessee, and died about 1839 in Harrison Co., TX, and his wife, Jane GRAGG, born in 1798 and died in 1875 in Cedar Grove, VA. Their children were

Joseph F. FERGUSON, born about 1810 in Missouri;
John FERGUSON, born about 1815 in Missouri;
David FERGUSON, born about 1817 in Missouri;
Alston J. FERGUSON, born in 1823 (?) in Missouri;
Isaac M. FERGUSON, born in 1823 (?) in Cole Co., MO;
Jonathan Pugh FERGUSON, born in 1825 in Illinois;
Mary Alsie FERGUSON, born in 1827 in Missouri.

     Were there other children? Some descendants were in the Texas counties of Harrison and Erath in 1849, 1851, and 1867.

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