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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
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
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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