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THE MUSTER ROLLS Of THE ULSTER ARMY Of 1642 [FHLC # 0897012]
Name of individual. Unit. Date Mustered. Location of Muster. Captain and Commander. Very useful early locator.




Some Important Books

Hanna The Scotch Irish contains a lot of history as well as aids like the original grants for the plantation of Down which might assist you in tracing the ancestors.

Bell's Surnames of Ulster

A book, A History of Ulster by Jonathan Bardon, published by The Blackstaff Press Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, has appeared in the local Borders bookstores. It was first published in 1992. ISBN 0-85640-476-4 (paperback). It is a massive paperback at over 900 pages. Absolutely essential for an understanding of Ulster History

Scotch Irish Pioneers by Charles Knowles Bolton, in Appendix IV, has a list of "Names of Fathers on the Presbyterian Bapptismal Records in Boston, 1730-1736." Same book, same appendix, also has "Members of the Charitable Irish Society in Boston", which has a list of names with a date by each name. Heritage Books

The Irish Scots and The "Scotch-Irish", by John C. Linehan; Heritage Books

More Books

Charles Knowles Bolton's Scotch-Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America
James Leyburn's The Scotch-Irish
Henry Jones Ford's The Scotch-Irish in America
Rev. Edward Parker's History of Londonderry
Hurd's History of Rockingham County, NH
Mrs. Josiah Carpenter's Gravestone Inscriptions
Hammond's Probate Records of the Province of NH
Ulster Sails West
The Londonderry Celebration 1869, compiled by Robert C. Mack, Manchester


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Some historical hints!

Use of the term "Orange" usually connotes political/religious ties to William III and Protestantism in Ireland. It's used in many ways. Most Protestants who were in Ireland in the 1690's supported William of Orange. After the Reformation, the almost continual state of unrest in Ireland that had begun as small local rebellions of the Irish aristocracy, joined with various alliances of the Anglo Irish aristocracy who had arrived with the Normans, devolved into "protestants versus catholics".

About Dumcree, etc.




In the 18th century, 200,000 Scotch-Irish, and at least 10,000 German immigrants landed at ports on the Delaware River (Chester, Philadelphia, New Castle). The vast majority headed west, many ultimately southwest, to Virginia and North Carolina. Almost all of these passed through Lancaster County and western PA.

The boundary between Maryland and Pennnsylvania was the subject of a long running dispute between the Calverts and the Penns. Lord Baltimore claimed, with good right based on his charter of 1732, all lands below the 40th parallel of North Latitude - about fifteen miles further north than the present boundary, which would thereby include part of present day Philadelphia. The dispute centered over what was meant by the 40th parallel - the exact line or not exactly. In the end Lord Baltimore lost out on most of the disputed area and final settlement on the present boundary was reached in 1760. This also settled the boundary between Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania which includes, at one section, the only circular arc boundary between states. The Mason Dixon line which actually laid out this boundary was not fully completed until 1769.

Frederick, Baltimore and Cecil counties are the most likely counties to have records for persons born in areas that are now in Pennsylvania. The other northern boundary counties of Maryland were not established until 1773 or later.

The Scotch Irish came over in family units. The Irish who came during the famine did not. Just knowing that can give you important clues based on who they were.




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