I have an ancestor who was a prisoner of war from the Battle of Worcester in 1650. This was during the English Civil War, when the Puritans were fighting the monarchists for control. Scots warriors were brought in to fight on the side of the king. All prisoners were sent into servitude in the New World. During the battles of Dunbar and Worcester, the prisoners ended up on the ships “Unity” and “John and Sara”. My ancestor, William Munroe, and his two brothers arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on the “John and Sara”. William was sold at the docks in Charlestown and served his time in Cambridge before setting in Cambridge Farms (now the town of Lexington).
A new blog has been formed with lots of information on these battles, ships, and “passenger lists”. I don’t think they were actually listed as passengers, sadly I think cargo is the more accurate term for these lists. As this blog grows, more and more biographies and information will be added. It’s a wonderful idea. If you have an ancestor who arrived as one of the Scots prisoners, or if you are interested in early seventeenth century New England, you will enjoy following this blog by Teresa Rust!
Teresa also told me that there is a Yahoo group on the Scots Prisoners at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scottish_war_prisoners/
The new blog is Scottish Prisoners of War http://scottishprisonersofwar.com/
Teresa Rust also has other genealogy blogs, one is John Hamilton, Scottish Prisoner of War (he settled in Concord, Massachusetts) at http://johnhamiltonofscotland.wordpress.com/home/ , Grandpa’s Family History at http://grandpasfamilyhistory.com/ and Gran’s Family History at http://gransfamilyhistory.com/ She must be busy writing for all these online sites!
My previous blog post about the "John and Sara" passenger list:
A blog post about John Cragin, another passenger on the "John and Sara"
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