|Battle:||Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland|
|Ship/Arrival:||Unity, Dec 1650|
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Published: 09 May 2016
Updated: 21 Aug 2018
Page Contributors: Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust
James Fresell, #30 on George S. Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar list
IMPORTANT UPDATE! (July 2018)
According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 249, James is categorized as:
Probable [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]
Frizzell/Fresell/Frissell/Frizell/Frizel, James. Residences: Roxbury MA. Appears: 1656. B.c.1627. D.1717. [Exiles; DR; SPOWS]
For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.
For more information please contact the descendants/researchers of James Frizzell. Thank you! 🙂
Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948. The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin Meaning and History, (New York : New York Public Library & Readex Books, 1962), First published in 1946. Page 281.
First Generation in the New World
1. JAMES¹ FRESELL, was born presumably in Scotland about 1627 and died at Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1717 (age 90). He married at Roxbury by 1656, SARAH BUSKETH.
“For most of us (using western calendars today) the new year begins on January 1. That is because the Gregorian calendar (the one commonly used in the world today, named after Pope Gregory) works that way: Every January 1 is the beginning of a new year.
During most of America’s colonial period, however, March 25 was the first day of the new year. In 1750, for example, the year ended on 24 March 1750; the following day was 25 March 1751. In that time period, New Englanders were still considered part of Great Britain, which continued to use the “old” Julian Calendar (named after Julius Caesar) until September 1752.” ~ Making Sense of Dates
Children of James and Sarah (Busketh) Frissel:
2. i. MARY FRISSELL, (James¹), b. probably at Roxbury on 16 May 1656; bapt. at Roxbury on (12: 12m: 1664/5) 12 Feb 1664/5; m. in 1673, NATHANIEL ALLEN.
2. ii. JAMES² FRISSEL, (James¹), b. at Roxbury on 1 Feb 1658; bapt. (12: 12m: 1664/5) 12 Feb 1664/5.
2. iii. JOSEPH FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury on (12: 12m: 1664/5) 12 Feb 1664/5.
2. iv. SARAH FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury (2: 2m: 1665) on 2 April 1665.
2. v. BENJAMIN FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury on (5: 3m: 1667) 5 May 1669.
2. vi. HANNA FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury on (26: 10m: 1669) 26 Dec 1669
2. vii. EBENEZER FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury on (12: 1m: 1670/1) 12 March 1670/1.
2. viii. SAMUEL FRISSELL, (James¹), bapt. at Roxbury on (8: 4m: 1673) 8 June 1673.
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