Kinsearching November 18, 2007




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

     For more than two decades, David Dobson has compiled numerous books on Scots who moved to other parts of the world in previous centuries. Due to their popularity, these works have usually gone out of print soon after their publication. As a result, genealogists welcome reprints of his volumes. One of the latest to become available again is MORE SCOTTISH SETTLERS, 1667 - 1827.

     Small-scale and irregular in the seventeenth century, the amount of Scots coming to North America increased both in number and frequency in the eighteenth century. This work concentrates on Scottish people who settled in what became the United States and Canada over the course of 160 years. Although most apparently paid their own passage to the New World, a minority of individuals came as indentured servants, including some who were convicts. Information in this volume concerns approximately 2,000 persons who are not listed in Dobson's previous series, THE ORIGINAL SCOTS OF EARLY AMERICA, 1612 - 1785 or SCOTTISH SETTLERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 1625 - 1825.

     As one would expect, details about each person vary widely. In addition to individual names, entries usually furnish a date and a location (either in Europe or America--or both places), along with documentation for the source of information. Other facts may include occupation, military rank or regiment, names of relatives, reason for passage, crime committed, or the name of the ship on which he or she sailed. A brief example is for James FREELAND, "husband of Jean Allan, in America 1800." More extensive examples are those for John BLACKWOOD, "son of John Blackwood of Airdsgreen, Lanarkshire, emigrated from Rothesay to Quebec on the Fair Canadian in June 1780" and John BLACKWOOD, "late of Quebec, Member of the Council of Lower Canada, died in Bath on 25 June 1819." Genealogists chasing elusive forebears from Scotland may find the clues they need to in fill in that missing link in MORE SCOTTISH SETTLERS, 1667 - 1827.

     Arranging main entries alphabetically, the 161-page paperback has an informative introduction, illustrations, and a key to sources. Because some entries mention other people, such as ship's master or relatives who may not have the same surname, an index to their names would be helpful to researchers.

     To the book's price of $21.50, 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 #9883) 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 Myrtle or Mary Myrtle JOHNSON, who married Martin Luther FURGUSON in 1920 or 1921 in Madison or Robertson County, TX. Married to Neil TODD before she married FURGUSON, she died about 1925 or 1926 and is buried in Gum Springs Cemetery near Midway, TX. When was she born? On the 1900 Madison Co., TX, census, there is a Myrtle JOHNSON listed as two years old, therefore born in 1897 or 1898. Is this the same person?

     A fascinating subject gaining attention in the fields of history and genealogy is Crypto-Jews ("secret" Jews), which include Hispanics with Jewish ancestry. (For more data, see Kinsearching column dated March 5, 2006.) Interested individuals may want to attend a symposium on the Crypto-Jews and the Inquisition in New Spain, which is scheduled for April 17-18, 2008, at Texas A&M University in College Station. The conference will focus on the prominent CARVAJAL family, who settled in what is now New Mexico in the sixteenth century. Among the topics to be discussed are the family's European background, the expressions of Crypto-Jewish faith, and the legacy of Luis de Carvajal. Registration is free. For more information, go to the website at

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