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Alexander MacDUNNELL - Scotsman of Oyster River, (Dover) NH 1661
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****3873) Date: October 15, 2005 at 06:13:32
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Found this from the old book The History of Durham, NH by Lucien THOMPSON (two volume set, vol. 2 was done by Everett Stackpole).
A segment called Exiles from Scotland had the following info..
"The following deposition is found in Boston among the papers pertaining to the settlement of his estate:
The testimony of Phillip Cheasly aged about forty six years saith that about ten dais before Ellexander MagDunell was drowned being att the sd deponents house heard the sd MagDunell say that if he died that he would give all that he had to his cosen John Roye livinge att Charlestown [MA] and further saith not." dated 2 Feb. 1663."

Another piece regarding this same man has Allexander Mackdouel was taxed at Oyster River in 1661 and his estate was taxed in 1663. He was drowned between York and Dover, 16 Jan. 1663 and his property was awarded to a kinsman, John Roy of Charlestown, MA.

There were many Scots who never made it onto such lists and papers. This Alexander MacDonell is not listed in Dobson's book on the Scots to New England, probably because he never found this tid bit about him. He may have been one of the Scots on the ship UNITY of which no passenger list exists and its only through tid bits like this and sometimes if we're lucky we can find court documents, etc, that we even knew they existed. This particular Alexander MacDonnell, didn't live, and since he left his entire property to his cousin John ROY, it seems likely he was not married at the time he drowned either.

There were probably other MacDonald's/MacDonnell's etc. as well, and again I feel that this may be where some confusion has come in from my own family who some of them on their marriage records, last name was spelled DONALD, but repeatedly spelled Dunnell and Donnell on other records.

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