M’Call, James

Battle:Battle of Dunbar at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
Prisoner and List:M’Call, James 1, Mackcall, James.2; Lost Lives, New Voices3
Name Variations:M’Call, Mackcall, Maccall, Mackall, McCall, Muccall, Mackall, Macall, Macales, Micall, Mycall, Macaul
Residences:Lynn and Braintree, Massachusetts
Other SPOW Associations:John Mackshane, Thomas Tower 4
Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy; please independently verify all data.

Published on: 02 Jul 2014
Updated: 05 Mar 2020
Researchers: Ray McCall, Dr. Andrew Millard, Toni Rome, Teresa Rust, Suzanne Wood
Editor: Teresa Rust


First Generation in the New World

1. JAMES MCCALL, was born, presumably in Scotland and died around 1658/9 to 1661 in Massachusetts. He married at Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts on 11 December 1657, MARY FARR.5 She married, second, at Braintree on 15 Nov 1661, JAMES NILES.6

Biographical Notes:
1. Contributed by Dr. Andrew Millard in July 2018, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, on page 247, James is categorized as: Definite [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity] McCall/Mackall/Macall/Macales/Micall/Muccall/Mycall/Macaul, James. Residences: Lynn, Braintree MA. Appears: 1653. D.1659×1661. [Exiles; Banks; DR; SPOWS; Ch.7] For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

2. In The Great Migration Begins, Charles Anderson claimed that the Mary Farr, daughter of George Farr, married first James Mycall, then second Matthias Farnsworth. [1] However, more recent research has pointed out that George Farr’s daughter Mary was having children by Matthias Farnsworth during the same period of time that Mary Farr was having children with James Mycall, then Joseph Niles, in another town, so therefore they could not be the same woman. [2] This more recent article points out that the parents and origins of Mary Farr who m2 James Mycall, then second Joseph Niles, remains unknown.7

3. The Scots at Hammersmith by Steven Carlson: “The Scots were used for a variety of tasks at the plant. John Toish had the job of taking in the stock of ore and charcoal and seeing that each load was of full measure. James Mackall, John Mackshane, and Thomas Tower became forge hands under the tutelage of John Vinton, John Turner, JR, and Henry Leonard and Quentin Pray, respectively.”4

Children of James and Mary (Farr) McCall:

2. REBECCA MYCALL, TWIN, b at Braintree on 20 Jan 1658.8
2. JAMES MYCALL, TWIN, b. at Braintree on 20 Jan 1658.9

Second and Third Generations

2. REBECCA² MYCALL, (James¹), twin, was born at Braintree on 20 Jan 1658.8 She married at Braintree on 16 Jul 1679, RICHARD THAYER.10

Children of Richard and Rebecca (Mycall) Thayer:

3. JOHN² THAYER, (Rebecca Mycall², James¹), was born at Braintree on 12 Jan 1688 and died at Braintree on 09 Feb 1768. He married at Braintree on 26 May 1715, REBECCA FRENCH.11

4. RICHARD THAYER, (John Thayer³, Rebecca Mycall², James¹), b. at Braintree on 26 Jan 1727; m., SUSAN RANDALL.11

2. JAMES² MACKALL, (James¹), twin, was born at Braintree on 20 Jan 16588 and died at Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts on 09 May 1693.12 He married at Marshfield, Massachusetts, by 1688, ANNA WINTER.13

Biographical Notes:
Named as constable in 1690 James Maccall in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.14

Children of James and Anna (Winter) Mackall:

document
Anna Maccall…widow of James Maccall made oath before William Bradford in Plimouth Mar 25th 1693…Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
americanancestors.org

3. i. JAMES³ MACCALL, (James², James¹),was born at Marshfield on ?, and died at Marshfield on 29 May 1688.15

3. ii. JAMES³ MACCALL, (James², James¹), was born at Marshfield on 30 Oct 1690.16 He married, first, at Marshfield on 15 Nov 1711, RACHEL TURNER,17 she died at Marshfield on 08 Dec 1716.18 He married, second, at Marshfield on 28 Jan 1717/8, HANNAH GREEN.19

Children of James and Rachel (Turner) Maccall:

4. JAMES MACAULL, b. at Marshfield on 06 Mar 1714/15.20


  1. George S. Stewart’s list, 35 Scots at Lynn, 1653, Iron Works Inventory []
  2. 1653 Hammersmith Iron Works Inventory, Baker Library, Harvard Business School []
  3. List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices. /list-of-dunbar-prisoners-from-lost-lives-new-voices/ []
  4. The Scots at Hammersmith http://graytim.tripod.com/Saugus.htm [] []
  5. New England Marriages to 1700. Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1568/i/21175/1034/426896395 []
  6. “NILES, Joseph (1640-) & Mary MYCALL; 15 Nov 1661, 2 Nov 1662; Braintree” []
  7. Wikitree, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Farr-125 []
  8. Boston Records, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 13 [] [] []
  9. Boston Records, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 13 []
  10. THAYER, Richard (1655-1729) & Rebecca MICALL (1659-1732); 16 Jul 1679; BraintreeNew England Marriages to 1700. Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1568/rd/21176/1502/426944090 []
  11. Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1620-1910. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB2755/i/58221/749-co2/1427012434 [] []
  12. James Maccall Deceased May 9th 1693.” Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
    https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14517/19/265072984 []
  13. New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1568/i/21175/984/426895273 []
  14. Plymouth County, MA: Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, MA.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. Copyright, 2002, Pilgrim Society. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB213/i/7628/14/8830568 []
  15. James Muccall had a son deseasd May 29. 1688.” Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14517/17/265072920 []
  16. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14517/20/265073001 []
  17. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14517/37/265073466 []
  18. Rachel wife of James Maccall” Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB522/i/21072/229/1427112559 []
  19. James Macaul and Hannah Green were married January ye 28 : 1717/18” Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 . https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/rd/14517/36/265073445 []
  20. James the son of James M[acaull] and Rachell his wife was bo[rne] March the 6 : 1714/15” Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/rd/14517/41/265073648 []