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From: "macbd1.4u" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] This is a test from the Admin +migration ships PattonMcDonald others
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 14:46:20 -0600
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Linda, I'm not working today, donno 'bout others on the list or whether
rootsweb needs some help. Btw, who should I go see and what should I tell
them if I believe the entire list is not working today...? Furthermore,
etc. etc.

Yeau, give me an 'F' if that is still a legitimate test-grade. My tension
span is not what it once was and I can't even learn the path of my earliest
known ancestor, Joseph McDonald, before he settled the Great South Branch of
the Potomac River settlement area of Lord Fairfax in the 1750's, now
Hampshire Co. WV, where his son, Valentine, (my line) was born 11 Jan 1760
per his Rev. War pension records. Joseph may have come with Capt. Patton to
Hobbe's Hole (Virginia) or another port at the tip of Chesapeake Bay, or
maybe more likely at Lewes or New Castle of Delaware Bay -- then walked the
Great Wagon Road to Virginia. Or maybe his father was the immigrant who
left his entire Kent Co. (DE) farmland to his eldest son (primogeniture
ways) leaving younger Joseph to find his way to the Virginia frontier to
better himself, or as part of an indenturing arrangement for learning a
trade...? (Finding a proved 'tie' to the Kent County McDonald has been
difficult to say the least; ditto for other possibilities.)

Neil McDonald
PS - I really didn't intend to post all of this when I began, now I can't

Below is more info about this from a prior time. Maybe this will help
someone or at least provide some interesting tidbits. The sorry part is
that I cannot vouch for validity of all data. Well, here goes:

----- Original Message -----
From: "macbd1" <>
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Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2002 4:06 PM
Subject: Migration into Northern Maryland in early 1700's...(Scotch-Irish)
(tobacco) (ship) (port) (history) (McDonald)

> Hi Folks,
> I encountered some good history postings at the rootsweb COWAN-L List.
> One of the most interesting of these, to me, was that by Gay Nix, a
> descendant of James PATTON, who has allowed me to re-post her
> message of 8 July 2002. (See below.) Patton was a ship's captain who
> brought 'bunches' of Ulster ancestors to MD and VA ports over a period
> of time in the early 1700's, per Charles A. Hanna in his 2 volumes of
> 'The Scotch-Irish.'
> Hanna's writings say "He (Patton) is said to have crossed the Atlantic 25
> times..." Since Patton brought 65 passengers on the ship 'Walpole' on one
> such trip in 1738, you can readily figure how many Ulster emigrants he may
> have brought to America. Not knowing how large a ship the Walpole was,
> this
> number of passengers still seems small and uncrowded compared to other
> accountings, so the total number of Ulster emigrants hauled by Capt.
> Patton
> may have been even larger than quick math from one ship-report indicates.
> For example, the 180-ton 'Mayflower' carried 102 passengers over 100 years
> earlier and many large ships arriving in Philadelphia during the early
> 1700's brought 170 to 390 passengers each.
> Thanks, Gay Nix, for allowing us to enjoy your writings below.
> Btw, Hanna's book says Capt. Patton used the 'Hobbes's Hole' port near the
> mouth of the Rappahannock River in Virginia (later the small town of
> Tappahannock.) The ports of 'Elk River' and 'Bohemia Landing' in Gay's
> message below would have been at the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay,
> for passenger access into Northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.
> See map at this link for the approximate port locations:

> (sorry, now defunct.)

> These ports were part of Baltimore County at one time with 'Old Baltimore'
> on the Bush River being the first county seat. This Bush River site was
> also
> made a port of entry, possibly the first in the general area, in 1683,
> just
> below APG, per J. Thomas Scharf's History of Baltimore City & County.
> Many emigrants of various nationalities apparently came into Maryland
> via such ports before Baltimore City became active.
> My earliest known ancestor, Joseph McDonald, was possibly on one of
> these ships, or possibly it was his father who was my immigrant ancestor??
> After 35 years of research I'm about to write off hopes of learning -- but
> I
> still enjoy the hunt...and sharing info with others.
> Regards,
> Neil McDonald
> who spent some time in this bay-area during very early Vietnam War, while
> stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground -- I noted APG on the map above....
> From COWAN-L Archives:
> From: (Lyndon & Gay Nix)
> Subject: [COWAN-L] Cigars & Tobacco
> Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 13:08:40 -0600
> My ancestor who is Col. James Patton who's grandfather was William Patton
> of
> the family you wrote about 7/6/2002.
> I would like to know the Thompson fellow from the Scotch-Irish list who
> maybe on the same line as me that you mentioned.
> Col. James Patton married Mary Osborne.
> Where they married hasn't been found yet.
> They resided at Whitehaven, England.
> James Patton was in the Virginia trade transporting indentured servants
> and
> Irish linen from Ireland to Virginia and carrying home tobacco and timber.
> His homebase of operations was Whitehaven, England, Kirkcudbright,
> Scotland
> and Dublin, Ireland.
> He sailed from there to the Chesapeake Bay where it was unloaded at
> Rappahannock and Potomac landings.
> He picked up Maryland bright tobacco.
> This tobacco was inferior to the London merchants, Maryland bright was
> preferred by the Dutch.
> This led to the trade triangle between Virginia, the British Isles and
> Holland.
> James Patton also picked up Wines in France and Portugal.
> He was more involved in the tobacco and wine trade first as a employee of
> Scottish tobacco factors at Kirkcudbright called The Kirkcudbright Company
> and later of the Lutwidge Company at Whitehaven, England.
> The Kirkcudbright Company collapsed because of Patton's manipulations,
> according to Walter Lutwidge, his second employer. Lutwidge a ship owner
> in
> the tobacco trade had been sailing to Virginia since 1708.
> Lutwidge made Patton commander of a ship and send her around the world to
> transport passengers to settle his plantations in Virginia.
> He was working for him in 1737 when Patton became a partner of Virginia
> land
> speculator William Beverly to get land in Orange county.
> James was to bring settlers from Northern Ireland to settle the grant.
> Also Patton's maternal relatives the Lynns and Lewises were also
> speculating
> in western lands in Orange County.
> In 1737 William Beverly wrote Patton that the council had granted them
> 30,000 acres to settle.
> Col. James Patton advertized in the Dublin newspaper, April 1738, that the
> 250-ton ship Cockermouth, well victualed and mounted with great guns,
> Captain Patton commander, would take passengers at Dublin for Virginia,
> Maryland and Pennsylvania, those for Pennsylvania to land at Bohemia
> landing
> or Elk River.
> Emigrants were to contact Patton's agents at various places in Ireland.
> Patton's brother-in-law John Preston and Colin Campbell were his agents in
> Derry.
> Patton had to take the Walpoole instead of the Cockermouth and cleared
> customs at Whitehaven on March 16, 1738.
> The Walpoole sailed to Dublin and stayed there for several weeks taking on
> passengers, then went to Lough Swilly, a bay reaching into County Donegal.
> Patton had agents at Rathmullen and Rathmelton two towns on Lough Swilly
> near Kilmacrenan, home of the Patton family.
> John Preston was at Londonderry recruiting and this is where he brought on
> his wife Elizabeth Patton and their son William Preston and their
> daughters.
> Patton had 65 passengers and they reached Virginia August 23, 1738.
> Patton was to return the Walpoole to Whitehaven.
> Patton did not return but established his family, friends and servants on
> the Beverly Manor grant on Shenandoah and he drew on Lutwidge's credit.
> Lutwidge said Patton bought 6,000 lbs of fresh beef in Virginia, 40
> barrels
> of Indain corn and everything else in proportion and gave it to his
> families
> charging all to Lutwidge.
> He also took 15 indentured servants belonging to Lutwidge.
> April 28, 1739 Patton sailed the Walpoole back to Kirkcubright carrying
> over
> 400 hogsheads of tobacco because Lutwidge was cheating customs in
> Scotland.
> By August he was in Rotterdam unloading tobacco.
> Lutwidge checked the Walpoole's accounts and found how Patton had used him
> in Virginia.
> Patton saled to Walpoole into Whitehaven in October Patton and Lutwidge
> quarreled angrily. Due the efforts of John Thompson did they finally
> compromise. Lutwidge sent John Thompson Patton's notes where he will pay
> to
> him.
> Lutwidge stated that Patton has outdone them all. Hell itself can't outdo
> him.
> On May 1740 landing at chesapeake he brought the William Thompson family
> with him. May 23, 1740 William Thompson, Isabella Thompson and William
> Thompson together proved their importation into Orange County, Virginia.
> Also William Thompson's sister Catherine Stuart Thompson Alexander came in
> 1740 to Cecil County, Maryland with her husband Andrew Alexander of
> Ulster,
> Ireland.
> William Thompson's family were wealthy, influential people possibly
> connected to the royal Stuarts of Scotland.
> William Thompson's family was associated by marriage with the Erskines,
> Alexanders and Montgomerys.
> The Thompson family were associated with Patton in his venture.
> David Thompson at Rathmelton on Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland, near
> Patton's home at Kilmacrenan was an emigration agent for Patton.
> John Thompson, an associate of Lutwidge, held Patton's notes.
> Lutwidge fell out with Patton and John Thompson persuaded Lutwidge to
> settle
> with him.
> Mary Osborne wife of Col. James Patton had a sister Margaret who married
> Rev. John Thompson a Presbyterian minister.
> John Thompson was born north of Londonderry on the river Foyle.
> He was licensed to preach by Armagh Presbytery June 23, 1713.
> John came to America in 1715 landing in York, Virginia.
> He was licensed to preach by New Castle Presbytery. He preached at Lews,
> Delaware, Pennsylvania and Shenandoah Valley.
> William Thompson Sr. settled on Middle River of Shenandoah near Henry
> Downs.
> Thompson and wife Jean gave the land for the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian
> Church site.
> This is where Thompson's kin the Pattons, Prestons, Buchanans, Lewises,
> Breckenridges worshiped.
> By 1742 Patton controlled the Roanoke and James River company's 100,000
> acre
> grant.
> James Patton in 1745 was appointed President of the court and county
> lieutenant heading the militia with title of Colonel.
> John Buchanan was appointed a justice.
> Col Patton challenged John Madison for a burgess seat in 1748. Madison
> won.
> In 1754 Patton went to Williamsburg as a Burgess.
> In the Autumn Virginia sent Patton to Logstown to arrange a treaty with
> the
> Iroquois to sell their interest in Allegheny lands opening for settlers.
> The next summer in 1752 representing Virginia at the treat exploiting the
> New and Holston region.
> Col. James Patton died in 1755 at Drapers Meadow by Shawnee Indains.
> This was the same time that Mary Ingles was taken hostage.
> James and Mary Patton had two daughters Margaret and Mary. Margaret
> married
> John Buchanan and Mary my direct line married William Thompson Jr., who
> built Fort Thompson and owned Springfield.
> My names of interest from this early area of Virginia are the following:
> Patton, Thompson, McCarty, Farley, Clay, Caperton, Kelly, Hounshell,
> Messersmith.
> Haven't proved yet but hope to add Cowan to the list.
> Known data on Cowan is Nancy Ann Kelly born in Franklin Co, Tenn in the
> town
> of Cowan. Parents were Caperton Kelly and Elizabeth Cowan.
> Gay Nix

My McDonald family left Virginia in the 1760's for Baltimore Co. MD and
thence to Southwestern PA about 1773-77 (Westmoreland > Fayette Counties),
the new frontier of the times. They left that area with neighbors in the
autumn of 1790 flatboating down the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers to Mason Co.
KY, the port of Limestone that is known today as Maysville -- much
interesting history here. Then Val moved his family across the river into
Northwest Territory in 1796 locating on Pisgah Ridge just above (what
became) Ripley, Ohio. Later generations migrated further west like so many
other desendants of Scotch-Irish and borderland emigrants. My gg-f worked
on river boats and became a California '49er. When wifey and I travel today
I marvel at the fortitude of our ancestors migrating so far, so quickly
under such great challenges. --NMcD

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Subject: [S-I] This is a test from the Admin

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