1. ALLISTER/ALESTER¹ COOMBS, was born possibly in Scotland.
Biographical Notes: No record of marriage or children was found, although based upon notes below, he may have had children. IF a familial relationship can be connected to the Anthony Coombs mentioned below under notes, for whom there has been a DNA project, then this Allister Coombs may not be a SPOW.
Sources and Notes:
Unable to locate references for Allister Coombs residence location in Portsmouth NH or a death of 1707, might have been a date for Alexander Coombs of Portsmouth NH who was reported as deceased in 1707 and his widow, Abigail, was appointed administratrix 15 Aug 1707. See source: http://www.combs-families.org/combs/ms/coombs/19.htm
Reference to Allister Coombs “Comby” was located in York Deeds Book II, Fol 191, dated 19 Jan 1673, as a witness to a deed between Thomas Stephens and Indians “Robine Hoode, Derumquen & Abomhammon, Weroumby & Roben, Sagamors”. 4
Reference to Allister Coombs “Comby” was located in York Deeds Book IX, Fol 254, dated 3 July 1775 as a witness to a deed between Thomas Stephens and Indians “Robine Hoode, Derumquen & Abomhammon, Weroumby Werumby & Roben, Sagamors”. Described as “…adjoyning to Pejepscot river butted & bounded as followeth, to the Land of Thomas Stephens now in possession, East, And to Alester Coombs his Land South. And from the head of Alester Coombs his Marsh westerly to a certain path commonly called the Carrying path or the carrying place, and from the s[ai]d path; upon a straight line to a certain Island commonly called the Stave Island…” 5 There is no documentation of Allister receiving his land through grant or deed but instead was considered a squatter.
The Coombs Families of New England Prior to 1700 investigates an Allister Coombs from New Meadows near what is today Brunswick, Maine. The Coombs of Maine.
It is discussed that the Allister Coombs land in the New Meadows area were not legally acquired and later potential descendants attempted to claim his previously occupied land by applying to the “Pejepscot Company” but their requests were denied. It goes on to state that he occupied the area over a ten year period from 1665 to 1675, possibly being killed by Indian attack or being driven away. There is the suggestion that since Anthony Coombs’ children relocate to that same area in the 1730s they might have been descendant from Allister Coombs.
Discussion on WikiTree states Anthony is a descendant of Pierre Comeau as determined by a DNA test. It is also a theory that Anthony Coombs and Antoine Comeau who was born in Port Royal, Nova Scotia in 1661 are the same person. Based upon this information, it appears that Anthony Coombs should no longer be considered as a potential son of Allister Coombs who we are investigating as a possible Scottish Prisoner of War. See Wikitree page for Anthony Coombs – https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Coombs-55
1. DUNCAN¹ CHISHOLM/CHESSMORE/CHISMORE, was presumably born in Scotland abt 1630 Died possibly in Scarborough, Maine abt. 1676. Married at Black Point, Scarborough, Maine by 1671, unknown (_____).7
Biographical Notes: We believe Duncan Chisholm was from Inverness area of Scotland a Highlander, we have no information on how or where he was from 1650 to 1657 which he shows up in Scarborough, Maine in 1657 fined in court for fighting with a fellow Scott John McKenney they both had been drinking and fighting.8 Duncan showed up again in Court 4 July 1667, referred to as “Duncan Jesson,” and charged with being drunk and fighting and fighting with “John Maccham.” They were fined and admonished.9 There was a latter problem brought to the courts attention and in this case “Dunken Jesson” was allowed court costs for prosecution against a “Mr. Richard Collicot” actions, which are not made clear in this report.10 His occupation is listed as a fisherman and also states where he was living at, on land that was called Chessmore Hill near Black point. Duncan (Jessum) Chisholm (Chessmore) wife is unknown, married in 1671 at Black point, Scarborough, Maine. There is a report in the Mckenney family that Duncan is fined for fighting with fellow scot John MacKane (McKenney), this may have something to do with John Mackane backing an officer leading the settlers during the conflict. There was some strong discord with at officer in which Duncan may have been right considering it led to a Massacre. This is the incident referred to in “A DOLEFUL SLAUGHTER NEAR BLACK POINT” of the Scarborough townsmen who could have participated in The Battle at Moore’s Brook, Scarborough, Maine, June 29, 1677. We know were Duncan was in Oct 1676 because of were he was assigned to a Garrison House. That is were the records stop. Is it possible that Duncan and his wife had more than one child? I would yes, we do know that one child did survive the attack but these are mysteries that we’ll never get answers too. I’m sure that Duncan’s son Daniel was taken by the survivors or maybe a member of the Wife family down into Massachusetts after the inhabitants abandon the village. [Provided by Ray Dusek]
Children of DUNCAN¹ and unknown (_____) CHISHOLM: 2. i. DANIEL² CHISHOLM/CHESSMORE/CHESMON(Duncan¹), b. in Black Point, Scarborough 1671; died in Bradford, Essex, 1743; m. in Newbury, Essex by 1694, CYPRIAN SAMPSON,11 dau. of John and Sarah (Pease) Sampson, b. in Beverly 13 Mar 1672;12 d. 1745.
Children of DANIEL² and CYPRIAN (SAMPSON) CHISHOLM: 3. i. MARY³ CHISMORE/CHESEMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. 1691; d. 1750; m. in Newbury to John Cornish, (int. to m. 11 Aug 1716)13 3. ii. SARAH³ CHISEMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. in Newbury 10 Sept 1694;14 d. 1792. 3. iii. ELIZABETH³ CHISMORE/CHESEMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. in Newbury 30 Nov 1696;15 D. 1792. 3. iv. ABIGAIL³ CHISMORE/CHESMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. in Newbury 15 May 1699;16 d. 1792; m. in Newbury to Daniel Rogers, (int. to m. 1 Dec 1721)13 3. v. JOSEPH³ CHISMORE/CHESMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. 1701. 3. v. JACOB³ CHISMORE/CHESMORE(Daniel², Duncan¹), b. 1703; m. at Biddeford 26 Feb 1732, MARTHA SMITH.
TORREY’S NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES LISTING THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN DUNCAN¹ CHISHOLM AND unknown (_____)7
CHISHOLM, CHESSEMORE REFERENCE FOR BOTH DUNCAN AND DANIEL FROM GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE17
DUNCAN CHISHOLM, CHESSEMORE IN THE GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE17
YORK COUNTY DEEDS, 1735, DANIEL CHESMORE SELLS “THE DWELLING OF DOWNCAN CHESMOARE FORMALLY OF SCARBOROUGH”18
TORREY’S NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES LISTING THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN DANIEL² CHISHOLM AND CYPRIAN SAMPSON 11
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Gerrard, Christopher M.., et al. Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650. Oxbow Books, 2018, p. 252. [↩]
Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn. Scotch Exiles in New England. 1922. Coll. 733 & 831, Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Portland ME. [↩]
Rapaport, Diane. Working List of Early New England Scots. 2015. [↩]
“Dunbar Prisoners of War Profiles.” The Scottish Prisoners of War Society, Teresa Rust, 18 Feb. 2019, scottishprisonersofwar.com/battle_of_dunbar_pows_america/. [↩]
Gerrard, Christopher M.., et al. Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650. Oxbow Books, 2018. Appendix B, p. 257-284. [↩]
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Province and Court Records of Maine Vol. II. ed. Charles Thornton Libby. Portland, ME: Maine Historical Soceity, 1928-1931, pg. 81, 85. [↩]
Province and Court Records of Maine Vol. I. ed. Charles Thornton Libby. Portland, ME: Maine Historical Society, 1928-1931, pg. 327. [↩]
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Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/rd/7768/101/141700263 [↩]
Noyes, Sibyl, et al. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012, pg 141. [↩] [↩]
York County (Me.). Register of Deeds. York Deeds, Book XVII, 1733-1735. Portland : Brown Thurston Company, 1892, Internet Archives, https://archive.org/stream/yorkdeeds17inmain. [↩]
Bane or Bean, Lewis. Residences: York ME. Appears: 1668. D.1677. Supposedly described by his son as “formerly of the Highlands”, but honorific Mr applied to him suggests higher status than the other Scots prisoners, so he may have been a later migrant. [Exiles; DR; Ch.8]
Probable [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]
McNair/Mackanere/MacNair/Mackaneer/Macaneere/Machanare/Mackinire/Mackinime, Alexander. Residences: Scotland York ME. Appears: 1666. D.1670. He first appears quite late but has extensive interactions with other Scots in York. His widow married Micum McIntire [Exiles; DR; BCS; SPOWS; Ch.7 & 8]
1. ALEXANDER¹ MCNAIR, was born presumably in Scotland and died in New Hampshire about 1670. He married, DOROTHY PEARCE, daughter of fisherman, John Pearce of York. He had no children.
Biographical Notes: Alexander was probably not one of Valentine Hill’s Scots, but he was one of the Dunbar prisoners. He married Dorothy, the younger daughter of fisherman John Pearce of York. When we see him as a free man, probably in his mid-30’s, he is suffering from lameness and weakness; he died about 1670, leaving no children. His widow Dorothy married fellow Scot Micum McIntire.
John Pearce’s younger daughter Dorothy Pearce first married Scot Alexander Mackaneer (unknown date). [Note: Stinson suspects he is the “Alexander M’Nair” who is #77 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list.] [see also GDMNH 451] In 1666 he and his wife were excused for their 5-week absence from church due to his lameness and weakness. Mackaneer died about 1670; he had no children [GDMNH 451] Before 4 Sep 1671 Dorothy Pearce Mackaneer married Micum McIntire (#61 on the Dunbar Prisoners list) [GDMNH 451, 553, 472]
SOURCES AND NOTES: GDMNH Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Noyes, Libby, and Davis, Portland, Maine: The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1928-1939, pp. 129, 451, 472, 553. HTDNH History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire, vol. 1, Everett S. Stackpole and Lucien Thompson, 1913, p. 77. History of York, Maine, vol. 1, Charles Edward Banks, Boston: Society for the Preservation of Historical Landmarks in York County, 1931-1935, pp. 267-270, 282 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thurtle-walker&id=I317 B. Craig Stinson July 23, 2016
Battle of Dunbar at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland on 3 Sep 1650
The ketch Unity – late Dec 1650 – MA Bay Colony
Prisoner and List:
Daniel Dill is not found on the John & Sara passenger list nor the George Stewart list but several researchers believe he is a possible Dunbar SPOW.
Other SPOW Associations:
Alexander Maxwell, Daniel Simpson (J&S), James Warren
Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy; please independently verify all data.
Published: 20 June 2015; Updated: 01 Oct 2020 Researcher: Andrew Millard and Teresa Rust Editor: Teresa Rust
First Generation in the New World
1.DANIEL¹ DILL, was born, possibly in Scotland, about 1628-1633, and died in Maine in 1711. He married, DOROTHY MOORE. She died before 17 March 1693/4.
Biographical Notes: 1. Contributed by Dr. Andrew Millard in July 2018: According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 252, Daniel is categorized as: Possible [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity] Dill, Daniel. Residences: York ME. Appears: 1658. B.c.1628-1633. D.1711. Generally reckoned to be a Scot due to his association with the Scots at York. [Exiles; DR; SPOWS] For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices. 2. “Lands of Daniel Dill” in York, Maine, c1727, next to land owned by James Starrat [Stewart],1 3. From: William Moore – First Generation Moore Family “Dorothy married Daniel DILL, who was born between 1628 and 1633. His birth year is estimated from the ages he gave at several depositions given at York, York co., ME. He was a witness at a trial in York, York co., ME in 1660 and was listed as a Servant to Alexander Maxwell circa 1662. By 1666 his fortunes had improved and he bought land at York, York co., ME from Roland Young. In 1680 and 1689, he also received land grants from the town. However, “[i]n 1678 Daniel Dill was drunk and threatening to kill his wife, who was Dorothy Moore, sister to Thomas.”[1,23]
Children of Daniel and Dorothy (Moore) Dill: 2. i.JOHN² DILL, born in 1666; d. btw. 1708-1716 2. ii.DANIEL² DILL, born abt. 1679; d. at York, on Tuesday, 6 Apr 1711 2. iii. WILLIAM² DILL, 2. iv.JOSEPH² DILL, 2. v.ELIZABETH² DILL,
Second and Third Generations
2. i.JOHN² DILL, (Daniel¹), was born in 1666 and died between 1708-1716. He married, SARAH HUTCHINS.2
Children of John and Sarah (Hutchins) Dill:3 3. i. MARY³ DILL, (John², Daniel¹), was born in York on 18 Oct 1710. 3. ii. ENOCH³ DILL, (John², Daniel¹), was born in York on 26 May 1712.
2. ii.DANIEL² DILL, was born about 1679 and died at York, on Tuesday, 06 Apr 1711. He married at York on 08 Nov 1698, ELISABETH FOOT/FOSS/FOST, the daughter of, JOHN FOSS. “DILL, Daniel & Elizabeth FOOT, m/2 Henry BEEDLE; 8 Nov 1698; York, ME”4 She married, second, HENRY BEEDLE.
Biographical Notes: 1. RE: Elizabeth FOOT/FOSS: “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.” records her as being Elizabeth FOOT whereas the Vital Records of York, Maine records her as, Elisabeth the daughter of John FOSS. 2. “Daniel- b.c.1679, m. 8 Nov. 1698 Elizabeth Fost (m.2. Henry Beedle). Daniel was killed during an Indian attack on York with his companion Joseph Junkins while fishing near the garrison. The following appeared in the Boston News Letter 9 Apr. 1711: “Piscataqua, April 6th On Tuesday last five of the Skulking Indian Enemy kill’d two Men about Scotland Garrison at York, viz. Daniel Dill and Joseph Jenkins, the last whereof they also stript and scalpt and after the Enemy withdrew, they supposing him dead Jenkins arose and march’d to the Garrison, and gave an account of the Action, and liv’d but about 10 hours afterward.” “
Children of Daniel and Elisabeth (Foss) Dill:5 3. i. MARY DILL, b. at York on 25 Nov 1699. 3. ii. DOROTHY DILL, b. at York on 9 Sep 1700. 3. iii. JOHN DILL, b. at York on 8 Nov 1703. 3. iv. DANIEL DILL, b. at York on 28 Feb 1705/6. 3. v. DORCAS DILL, b. at York on 16 Jul 1708. 3. vi. JOSEPH DILL, b. at York on 14 Jan 1710/11.
2. iii. WILLIAM² DILL,
2. iv.JOSEPH² DILL,
2. v.ELIZABETH² DILL,
—End of Generation List.
He was a York witness in 1660 (2) and a servant to Alexander Maxwell about 1662.(1) Daniel was fined for intoxication in 1666 and in 1678 he was drunk and threatened to kill his wife.(1)
Daniel bought land above Bass Creek in “Scotland” from Roland Young in 1666 and had a town grant in 1681 on the west side of the river and another grant in 1699.(1)
Daniel signed the petition against the sale of Maine in 1679 (3) and in May 1701 he deeded everything to his son John for life support with John to pay the other’s portions.(4)
Petition concerning the sale of Maine to Massachusetts
Dorothy was given £5 in cousin James Dixon’s deed/will of 1666. Her brother Thomas deeded Daniel 20 acres of land near Scotland.(5)
Ref: (1) “History of York, ME”- Banks, Vol.I, pp.210,261 (2) York Deeds- I, 101 (3) Mass. Archives- III, 341 (4) York Deeds- IV, 135 (5) Ibid- VI, 95
Dill Genealogy-Joseph Odiorne, Brunswick, ME (unpublished) Dill: Descendants of Daniel 1660, York, ME- Helen W. Kernoul, pp.1-2 Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.196
In May 1702 he deeded all to his son John in exchange for support during his lifetime with John to pay the other children’s portions after his death. Dorothy was either dead or had been cut out of yet another will. All in all, Dorothy seems to be the star-crossed sibling in this family.”
Maine: Early Wills and Deeds, 1640-1760. CD-ROM. Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB84/i/7506/50/7393348 [↩]
Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.) https://www.americanancestors.org/DB522/i/14256/304/38032236 [↩]
1. ANDREW¹ RANKIN, was born, probably in Scotland about 1625 and died, probably at Scotland, York County, Maine in 1677. He married, on 4 Dec 1667, MARTHA MERRY.
Biographical Notes: They had 5 children between 1668-1677. 1669: bought deed to land in York County, Maine.1
Children of Andrew and Martha (Merry) Rankin: 2. i. MARY² RANKIN, b. prob. in Scotland, ME in 1668; d. in Scotland, ME in 1753. 2. ii. CONSTANT² RANKIN, b. in Scotland, ME in 1669; d. in Scotland, ME in 1749. 2. iii. ANDREW² RANKIN, Jr., b. in Scotland, ME in 1671. 2. iv. (_____) RANKIN, 2. v. (_____) RANKIN,
Scots at Oyster River Andrew Rankin (d. 1677) by B. Craig Stinson 10 August 2016
Andrew Rankin, was probably indentured to Valentine Hill. He was in court for fathering a child out of wedlock with Martha Merry. They were allowed to marry shortly before the child was born. Ten years later, Andrew and six of his neighbors, including fellow Scot John Curmuckhell, were slain by Indians as they were clearing ground for the spring planting.
#94 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” list
A Junkins family history names Valentine Hill as Andrew Rankin’s original owner. That same history says Valentine Hill also owned Robert Junkins [#42 DPL] and Micum McIntire [#61 DPL]. http://junkinsfamilyassociation.wikidot.com/robert-junkins-story
GDMNH 577: 12 Nov 1667 – admitted he was the father of Martha Merry’s unborn child. James Grant and Robert Junkins were his bondsmen. [Note: most Junkins family histories fail to mention this story.] 4 Dec 1667 – Andrew Rankin and Martha Merry married. About January 1668 – son Constant Rankin was born They lived at “Scotland” [“Junkins Garrison House, South Berwick Road (State Route 91), Scotland, York County, ME“] They had 5 children between 1668-1677. On 7 April 1677 he was one of the seven York men who were slain by Indians in the Brixham section while clearing ground for spring planting. The victims included Andrew Rankin, Lewis Bean, John Frost, John Palmer, William Roans, and Isaac Smith, who was visiting from Chelsea, in addition to Curmuckhell. [HYM 282] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thurtle-walker&id=I317 He left a 60-acre homestead. Rankin’s widow Martha remarried Philip Frost.
Sources: GDMNH Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Noyes, Libby, and Davis, Portland, Maine http://junkinsfamilyassociation.wikidot.com/robert-junkins-story http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=thurtle-walker&id=I317 History of York, Maine, vol. 1, Charles Edward Banks, Boston: Society for the Preservation of Historical Landmarks in York County, 1931-1935, p. 282 Not listed in History of Durham, New Hampshire Not listed in Old Kittery and Her Families Not listed in Old Eliot
B. Craig Stinson August 10, 2016 ______________________________________________________________ for Andrew Rankin: The Rankin family were landholders in Ayre in 1306, when Robert Bruce (Robert I) became the first King of Scotland. The Ancestors of the Rankin family were Scots who came from Northern Ireland.
Andrew Rankin was a member of the Scottish army that was defeated at Dunbar by Oliver Cromwell in 1650. Andrew was taken prisoner and held in and English prison until November, 1650. At the time, Andrew was one of 150 prisoners who were shipped to the New England Colonies for compulsory servitude. They arrived in Boston, on the ship “Unity”, Augustine Walker, Commander, in December, 1650. Sixty of these prisoners were “sold” to the Iron Works at Saugus, Mass. The remainder were “sold” to various owners in New England.
Andrew Rankin and several of his fellow prisoners settled in York, Maine in 1667, after their period of compulsory servitude was ended.
Children of Andrew¹ Rankin and Martha Merry are: 2 i. Mary² Rankin, b. 1668 in York, Maine; d. 1753 in York, Maine. + 3 ii. Constant² Rankin, b. 1669 in York, Maine; d. 1749 in York, Maine. 4 iii. Andrew² Rankin Jr., b. 1671 in York, Maine.
Genealogical Dictionary of New England, – Vol. I-IV (4). Boston, 1860-1862. (3:507) Rankin, Andrew, York, d. before 1678, leaving five children and widow Martha, who married Philip Frost. ~from Cape Cod Genes 1.6 – Person Sheet