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From: "Lee K. Ramsey" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Migration of 1718 group from Casco Bay to Northampton Co.,PA
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:38:38 -0400
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The migration in 1719 to Pennsylvania would seem to be directed to the
Scotch-Irish settlement "at the forks of the Neshaminy" in what was then the
center of Bucks Co., PA, as Northampton Co, PA was not formed until 1752.
The land to this settlement had no ownership until it was purchased by
Chief-Justice Allen in 1735, and who sold title of land to the individual
settlers, bringing stability to this early community. Thus, no land deed
records until 1735. The Neshaminy Presbyterian Church was established about
1726 with William Tennent as its first pastor. Some of the early families
are identified as Jamison, Ramsey, Archibald, McCullough, McMicken,
Henderson and Wallace.

Some of the settlers at the forks of the Neshaminy settlers most likely were
part of the settlement at the forks of the Delaware (Easton) in East Allen
Township, in 1737, which became known as the "Craig Settlement" with Warwick
as its center. Warwick Township had been formed 1733 by residents of
Middleburg Township. Some of these early families are identified as Craig,
Jamison, Baird, Stewart, Hair, Long, Weir, Armstrong, Gray, Graham and

Lee Ramsey

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Daniel Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:18 PM
To: Scotch-Irish Discussion List
Subject: Re: [S-I] Migration of 1718 group from Casco Bay to Northampton
Co., PA

I too have been searching for some hard evidence of the migration from
Casco Bay to Northampton Co., PA. I haven't read Collier's book, but
I've seen a quote attributed to William Egle, former PA State Historian
and prolific writer of PA history. I don't have the exact quote on hand
but it was something in his attempt to explain the so-called "irish
Settlement" which began at Mt. Bethel, PA not far from Easton, PA, and
spread west to the Lehigh River around Allentown, PA. In his statement
he mentions the difficult winter at Casco Bay and the migration to
eastern PA. There is also an anecdote that the group got lost on the
way, and thought they were settling in NY, so they named their
settlement the "Hunter Settlement" supposedly in honor of the Governor
of NY at the time. A contingent from the Hunter Settlement moved on to
E. TN and settled around Greenville, Greene Co., TN ca. 1791, where they
founded the Mt. Bethel Presbyterian church, named in remembrance of
their former home in PA. If you want more specific information, let me
know, and I'll dig out what I have.

Dan Wilson

From: "Ruth McLaughlin" <>
>> Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:52 PM
>> To: <>
>> Subject: [S-I] a question about a possible Scotch-Irish migration from NH
>> toPA in 1719

> >>> Below is an excerpt about the 1718 arrival of "the 5 ships" to give
> >>> the context. The bit of the excerpt that catches my attention is the
> >>> last sentence beginning "The majority of the Scotts-Irish could not
> >>> wait any longer...." Here's the paragraph:
> >>>
> >>> Elmer Roy Collier begins his book, Weir, Wear, and Ware, by saying,
> >>> "The... families petitioned in 1718 to the Governor of New England to
> >>> come to America...they arrived in Boston Harbor in 4 August 1718 but
> >>> were forbidden to land by the intolerant Puritans. ...Sixteen families
> >>> sailed to Casco Bay to claim a tract of land there but were frozen in
> >>> the Bay by early winter weather?When the ice broke in the Spring they
> >>> journeyed to Haverhill, Mass., where they heard of a fine tract of
> >>> land about 15 miles northeast called Nutfield?James Gregg and Robert
> >>> Weir sent a request to the Governor and Court, assembled at
> >>> Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a township ten miles square. The
> >>> majority of the Scotts-Irish could not wait any longer and traveled
> >>> overland to the Scotts-Irish settlement at the Forks of the Delaware
> >>> (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)."
> >>>
> >>> Is anyone familiar with this 1719 movement of families from New
> >>> Hampshire to PA, after the terrible winter in Casco Bay, ME? Who were
> >>> they, why there in particular, how did they get there? I am familiar
> >>> with the families who stayed and settled in Nutfield/Londonderry, NH
> >>> and environs. The idea makes sense that others, perhaps within the
> >>> same families, couldn't wait for the decision of Governor and Court,
> >>> not wanting to endure another tough winter as yet unsettled, and moved
> >>> on to PA, thus losing contact with siblings, cousins etc. in NH. But I
> >>> am out of my depth on PA! So any insights or help would be much
> >>> appreciated.
> >>>
> >>> Ruth

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