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William Cahoon

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William Cahoon
Born in Tullichewen, Scotlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Newport, Rhode Island, USAmap
Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, USAmap
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Biography

William Cahoon was a Scot who was sent to New England as an indentured servant in 1651. William was born about 1633, possibly in Luss, a small village in Dunbartonshire on the western shore of Loch Lomond, lands in the western highlands of Scotland that are the ancestral home of Clan Colquhoun.

The events that led to William’s forced relocation to New England had their start with the English civil wars which began in 1642 between the royalist supporters of the Catholic Stuart monarchy and the parliamentarians. By 1650, the Scots had joined the Stuart royalists in rebellion against the English Commonwealth. The Colquhouns, including eighteen-year-old William, joined with thousands of other Scots to fight Oliver Cromwell’s army.

On September 2, 1650, at the town of Dunbar, on southeastern coast of Scotland, the Scots were defeated. Cromwell estimated that three thousand Scots died in battle and ten thousand were taken prisoner. William was among a group of about three thousand prisoners held in Durham cathedral, and was one of the approximately 600 men who survived the imprisonment. In early November of 1650, the first shipments of surviving prisoners were sent as indentured servants to Maine and Massachusetts.

William was shipped out in 1651, indentured to work in the iron works at Braintree (now known as Quincy) and Taunton, Massachusetts. The site of the iron works in Quincy is located on Crescent Street in West Quincy, next to St. Mary’s Church and Hall Cemetery. The Taunton iron works site (in what is now Raynham)

Name

Name: William Colquhoun /Cahoon/[1]
Name: William /Cahoon/[2]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using William Colquhoun /Cahoon/.

Birth

Birth: William was born about 1635, possibly in Luss, a small village in Dunbartonshire on the western shore of Loch Lomond, lands in the western highlands of Scotland that are the ancestral home of Clan Colquhoun.

Emigration

On September 2, 1650, at the town of Dunbar, on southeastern coast of Scotland, the Scots were defeated. Cromwell estimated that three thousand Scots died in battle and ten thousand were taken prisoner. William was among a group of about three thousand prisoners held in Durham cathedral, and was one of the approximately 600 men who survived the imprisonment. In early November of 1650, the first shipments of surviving prisoners were sent as indentured servants to Maine and Massachusetts.

William was among the those prisoners purchased by Bex & CO. and sent aboard the Ship Unity across the wintry seas of the Atlantic Ocean. The Unity was built by Ben Gilliam of Boston in 1649 and skippered by Augustine Walker of Charlottstown, Mass. They arrived at Saugus (Lynn) Ironworks in early April 1651.

William was shipped out in 1651, indentured to work in the iron works at Braintree (now known as Quincy) and Taunton, Massachusetts.

Occupation

Brick maker - Iron worker

Marriage

William married Deliverance Peck, daughter of Joseph Peck, in 1662, either on Block Island or in Newport, Rhode Island. The couple’s first four children were born either on Block Island or in Newport.

Children

William and Deliverence had seven children:

Death

William died on 22 JUN 1675 at Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. He was among the first to die at the start of the King Philips War. William while seeking help during an attack was ambushed by Indians very near the cemetery. He was killed and mutilated. His body was discovered the next day and may have been buried at the Rehoboth Cemetery (now Palmer River Churchyard Cemetery), Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. A plaque erected at the site in 1912 lists the names of the eleven colonists who died at Swansea, including the name of “William Cahoone.”

Sources

  • Family Tree: William Cahoon (Colquhoun) and Deliverance Peck, Comments By Frederick W. Graham, 2013-03-26 [1]
  • Find-a-Grave Website: Profile created by: David Cahoon, Record added: Apr 17, 2008, Find A Grave Memorial# 26080818; [2]
  • Information on William Cahoon from Deborah A. Cahoon Didick, "Famous and Infamous Cahoons" (s.l.: Hazelnut Press, 1999);
  • Lila Cahoon, "The Cahoons of America and Where to Find Them" (Cardston, Alberta: Lila Cahoon, 1991), p. 385-387;
  • Stephen Lance Calhoun, "From Soldier to Brickmaker: The Life of William Cahoone c1633 to 22 June 1675," published in Orval O. Calhoun, "800 Years of Colquhoun, Colhoun and Cahoon Family History in Ireland, Scotland, England, United States of America, Australia and Canada" (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1976-1991), vol. 3, p. 22-66;
  • information provided by genealogist Burt Derrick of Harwich, Massachusetts.
  • WikiTree profile Cahoon-44 created through the import of Lent_Vise_2011-05-11aa.ged on May 26, 2011 by Bryan Sypniewski. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bryan and others.
  • Source: S165 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;; NOTEThis information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.

Foot Notes

  1. Source: #S165 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=17838154&pid=602176659
  2. Source: #S165 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=17838154&pid=582246872

Profile History

Profile Cahoon-44 was created through the import of Lent_Vise_2011-05-11aa.ged on May 26, 2011 by Bryan Sypniewski.
Profile adopted Oct 28 2013 - Tom Quick


Research Notes

Family Tree: William Cahoon (Colquhoun) and Deliverance Peck, Comments By Frederick W. Graham, 2013-03-26 [3]


William Cahoon, my ninth great-grandfather, was a Scot who was sent to New England as an indentured servant in 1651. William was born about 1635, possibly in Luss, a small village in Dunbartonshire on the western shore of Loch Lomond, lands in the western highlands of Scotland that are the ancestral home of Clan Colquhoun.

The events that led to William’s forced relocation to New England had their start with the English civil wars which began in 1642 between the royalist supporters of the Catholic Stuart monarchy and the parliamentarians. By 1650, the Scots had joined the Stuart royalists in rebellion against the English Commonwealth. The Colquhouns, including eighteen-year-old William, joined with thousands of other Scots to fight Oliver Cromwell’s army.

On September 2, 1650, at the town of Dunbar, on southeastern coast of Scotland, the Scots were defeated. Cromwell estimated that three thousand Scots died in battle and ten thousand were taken prisoner. William was among a group of about three thousand prisoners held in Durham cathedral, and was one of the approximately 600 men who survived the imprisonment. In early November of 1650, the first shipments of surviving prisoners were sent as indentured servants to Maine and Massachusetts.

William was shipped out in 1651, indentured to work in the iron works at Braintree (now known as Quincy) and Taunton, Massachusetts. The site of the iron works in Quincy is located on Crescent Street in West Quincy, next to St. Mary’s Church and Hall Cemetery. The Taunton iron works site (in what is now Raynham, about a mile from the Taunton border) is located on Route 104.

In 1661, William, still an indentured servant, was one of the original settlers of Block Island, Rhode Island. After fulfilling the term of his indenture, William Cahoon purchased land on Block Island. William Cahoon was listed as a resident of Block Island who was admitted as a freeman of the Rhode Island Colony in May of 1664 by the Rhode Island General Assembly. William served on a Newport, Rhode Island, grand jury in 1665.

William married Deliverance Peck either on Block Island or in Newport, Rhode Island. The couple’s first four children were born either on Block Island or in Newport. Their fourth child was William, my eighth great-grandfather, born about 1669.

Sometime between December 1669 and February 1670, the Cahoons moved to Swansea, a town in southwestern Massachusetts. William and Deliverance’s last three children were born in Swansea. William was recorded in town records as one of the first signers admitted to the town. At a meeting of the Swansea townsmen on December 24, 1673, William Cahoon was designated the town brick maker. The record, which includes two different spellings of William’s surname, reads:

"At a town meeting of the townsmen, December 24, 1673, it was agreed upon by and between the townsmen in behalf of the town and William Cohoun brickmaker that for and in consideration of a lot and other accommodations or grantes and given him from the town unto him the said William Cohoun. It was therefore agreed and concluded upon by the parties above as that the said William Cahoun shall supply all the inhabitants of the town with bricks at a price not exceeding twenty shillings a thousand in current pay putting between man and man."

William’s brick works was located on the banks of the Palmer River.

Two years later, in 1675, war broke out between the Native Americans and the colonists. Relations between the native inhabitants and English settlers in the colonies had been deteriorating for some years. The war is known in American history as King Philip’s war. William Cahoon was among the first casualties of the war.

While Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoags had tried to maintain friendly relations with the colonists ever since the English colonial settlement in Plymouth in 1621, tensions grew over the succeeding years with the English pushing ever farther onto Indian lands. After Massasoit’s death in 1661, his sons Wamsutta and Metacom (also known as Philip or King Philip) determined to resist further encroachment. Philip was successful in organizing a confederation of his Wampanoags and most other tribes in New England. In June of 1675, three Wampanoags were executed by the English, which enraged the tribe. In retaliation, Indians attacked settlers in Swansea, one of the first incidents in what would come to be known as King Philip’s War.

On June 24, 1675, the residents of Swansea attended religious services. As they returned home they were attacked by Indians; several of the colonists were killed and others seriously wounded. The survivors, including William and Deliverance and their seven children, gathered in the home of Reverend John Miles. The wounded needed medical help. William and another man volunteered to go to the neighboring town of Rehoboth and return with a doctor, and the two men left that evening. Their mutilated bodies were found the next day. William Cahoon died at age forty-two, leaving Deliverance with young children to care for in the midst of war between the colonists and the Indian confederation.

The site of the Miles house, known as the Miles Garrison House, is located at the west end of Miles Bridge in Swansea, just south of the Swansea/Rehoboth line, and just north of where William Cahoon’s residence and brick works would have been located. The bridge crosses the Palmer River. A plaque erected at the site in 1912 lists the names of the eleven colonists who died at Swansea, including the name of “William Cahoone.”

King Philip’s War continued for about a year following the attack at Swansea. The war involved a series of Indian raids on settlements in Connecticut and Massachusetts, followed by retaliatory assaults by colonial militia on Indian villages. The natives prevailed until the spring of 1676, when with the destruction of their crops they faced the prospect of starvation. By the end of the war in August of 1676, when King Philip died, approximately 600 colonists and 3000 natives had perished. More than half of the 90 settlements in the region had been attacked; entire Indian villages were destroyed and tribes decimated. With resistance from the natives broken, English settlers eventually occupied all of southern New England.

William Cahoon experienced war and hardship and opportunity during his forty-two years, as a youth and warrior in Scotland, as a prisoner of war and indentured servant, and as a freeman in Massachusetts, until he met his untimely death in the Indian wars in New England.

A few years after the death of William Cahoon, his widow Deliverance married Caleb Lumbert of Barnstable, Cape Cod, and she and her children moved to Barnstable. Deliverance’s remarriage and relocation to Cape Cod established our Cahoon ancestors’ presence on the Cape through many succeeding generations.


Sources and further information:

Information on William Cahoon from Deborah A. Cahoon Didick, "Famous and Infamous Cahoons" (s.l.: Hazelnut Press, 1999); Lila Cahoon, "The Cahoons of America and Where to Find Them" (Cardston, Alberta: Lila Cahoon, 1991), p. 385-387; Stephen Lance Calhoun, "From Soldier to Brickmaker: The Life of William Cahoone c1633 to 22 June 1675," published in Orval O. Calhoun, "800 Years of Colquhoun, Colhoun and Cahoon Family History in Ireland, Scotland, England, United States of America, Australia and Canada" (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1976-1991), vol. 3, p. 22-66; and from information provided by genealogist Burt Derrick of Harwich, Massachusetts.


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William was born in 1633. William Cahoon ... He passed away in 1675. [3]

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  • Stacey Davis, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Stacey and others.
  1. Source: #S165 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=17838154&pid=602176659
  2. Source: #S165 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=17838154&pid=582246872
  3. Entered by Stacey Davis, Dec 21, 2011









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