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Lists of Earl of Donegal
Petitioners and Royal Land Grantees

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The list below was copied from a photocopy of pages 313 to 326 of the South Carolina Council Journal No. 33, January 6, 1767 to December 22, 1767. The original document is at South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC, It is on microfilm BMP D552, CO 5/490, Pro Reel 48. A question mark is placed after possible errors.

Original documents are always the best sources of information. Please inform me of any omissions or errors found in the list below so I can keep others from being misled.

The list below displays only the names of royal land grantees and petitioners and their dependants. I do not know if the names of all passengers are on the list. Not all the passengers were royal land grantees, nor petitioners and their dependants.

If one of your ancestors is named on this list of Earl of Donegal petitioners, please permit me to post your e-mail and web page addresses, and any other information you have about your ancestors at this web site. Your cooperation may help us to:

  1. establish contact with other descendants of our ancestors and other Earl of Donegal passengers, relatives who stayed in Ireland, etc.
  2. learn more from each other about who our ancestors were, exactly where they lived before they left Ireland (I did), etc. and benefit each other in unforeseen ways.

For example, discovering more information about Reverend William Knox (named on the second list below) might help find ancestors, etc. of other passengers, if he accompanied an entire congregation to America (as did Reverend William Martin) since churches in America or Ireland may have kept records of him. According to the land grant list, he was born about 1743. Locating the 100 acres he was granted (he was probably not married when he left Ireland) might help locate the American church he attended and his descendants, who may know more about his origins.

Long ago I visited Brougshane, County Antrim, Northern Ireland because my Stewart ancestors and the White family are said to have been neighbors near there. I saw my exact first, middle and last names written on one of the centuries old tombstones beside a small but well built old rural Presbyterian Church in which I read eighteenth century White and Stewart family baptismal, funeral, etc. records, but was unable to trace my kinship to them.


More information about Earl of Donegal passengers who received royal land grants "at or near the Long Canes or in Craven County" follows the alphabetical list below. Numbers before each name indicate the number of passengers listed under that name. Numbers after names refer to the lines of the petitioner/grantee list below. Click on UNDERLINED passenger names to visit web pages about them. I thank possible descendants of Earl of Donegal passengers whose ancestor's family names are CAPITALIZED below for writing me. Click here to read their E-MAIL. How accurate are Earl of Donegal passenger and land grantee lists? Read ANALYZE.htm.

1..Alston 245
2..Anderson 39
7..Andrew 180
4..ARMSTRONG 59
6..Ballentine 102, 105
7..Bell 24
4..Blair 225
7..BLAKELY 2
1..Bonar 75
3..Boyd 210, 238
3..Brown 76
6..BROWNLOW 288, 295
2..Cahy 14
7..Caldwell 151, 177, 229, 294, 296
3..Carol 240
1..Carson? 150
2..Cary 212
1..Crawford 239
4..CUNNINGHAM 218
1..Dunlap 269
2..DUNSMAN 243
2..Frazier 124
1..Gaston 164
1..Glass 268
7..Gray 197
12.Hall 136, 187
1..Hamilton 31
1..Hannah 293
9..Harbison 116, 172
13.HARPER, 273, 276
1..Hook 129
1..Johnston 297
9..KELSO 79
3..Kirkpatrick 147
7..KNOX 232, 270
3..Lamont 222
4..MAN 214
6..Marshall 204
2..McCartney 230
8..McCLELAND 104, 247, 272
3..McCullough 16
3..McDougal 43, 246
8..McDowell 45
5..McKewn 32
1..McKinney 101
1..Moore 9
1..Murphy 160
2..Owen 41
8..Robinson 126, 131
2..Rodgers 274
7..RUSSELL 253
1..Simpson 1
1..Singleton 130
19.SPENCE 19, 37, 144, 153, 161
2..STEWART 71
7..TAYLOR 109
6..Thomson 260
6..USHER 40
1..Vernon 267
6..WALKER 191
9..WHITE 63, 74
15.WILSON 10, 88, 120
1..Winter 271
15.WYLIE 95, 152, 165, 266

In the original records, there are three lists, which are in the following order:

  1. a list of petitioners and their dependants
  2. a list of land grant recipients
  3. a second list of petitioners and grantees who are not named on the first list of petitioners

Why are there two lists of Earl of Donegal petitioners? Did those named on the second list refuse to swear (see Matthew 5.34) that they were Protestants? Do the names of non-Protestant passengers not appear on any if the lists because they did not qualify for the Bounty? Were all Irish Protestants then Presbyterians?

In order to show all members of each family with the land granted to its head of household, I merged the original list of land grantees with the two petitioner lists below. Blank cells in the left column indicate land grantees whose names were missing from both petitioner lists. For example, Eleanor White received 100 acres, the maximum a head of household without dependants was allowed; could she have been the same person as Elizabeth White, who also received 100 acres, but whose name was not on the list of petitioners?

In the table below, why are some names from the land grantee list (in the right column) different from those in the left (petitioner name) column? Might both names have referred to the same person? For example, the only man named Stewart on the passenger list is James Stewart (spelled Stuart on the land survey). I also know that James Stewart received the 150 acres granted to "John" Stewart, so the same person was meant by both names.

Might the above mistakes been due to the clerk having been careless, bored, senile, drunk, etc.? Who writes flawlessly? If hundreds of people were waiting on the clerk to finish, would he have had time to carefully reread what he had written, or to confirm everything he thought he heard?

While waiting for their names to be recorded, did petitioners line up haphazardly, or next to other members of their family, friends, interesting people met during the voyage, etc.?

I subtacted the ages given on the petitioner list below from 1767 to obtain approximate birth years. Did any passenger consider himself to be eighteen a few days or months before his eighteenth birthday?


Text in italics below is from the original grantee and petitioner lists.

In the Council Chamber.
Tuesday the 22: December 1767
Present
His Excellency Governor
Honorable Cthniel Beale, Henry Middleton, John Drayton, Daniel Blake, Esquires

The Clerk reported to the Board that in pursuance of his Excellency the Governors directions he had been on board the ship Earl of Donegal Duncan Fergusson Master and had sworn the Irish Passengers arrived in her to their being Protestants and haveing come over on the encouragement and bounty given by the act of the General Assembly passed the 25th day of July 1761 - agreeable to a List he had delivered in at the Board

Petitions praying to be allowed the said Bounty from the undermentioned persons were then presented and read.

Names (pages 313-318) Birth year | age Acres received (pages 319-324) Line
Andrew Simpson (page 313) 1742 | 25 100 1
William Blakely 1715 | 52 200 2
Elizabeth Blakely 1713 ] 54   3
Mary Blakely 1763 | 4   4
David Blakely 1745 | 22 100 5
Chambers Blakely 1749 | 18 100 6
Elizabeth Blakely 1739 | 28 100 7
Sarah Blakely 1743 | 24 100 8
Agnes Moore 1747 | 20 100 9
Michael Wilson 1734 | 33 250 10
Margaret Wilson 1744 | 23   11
Charles Wilson 1762 | 5   12
Jane Wilson 1763 | 4   13
Adam Cahy 1727 | 40 150 (McCahy) 14
Margaret Cahy 1727 | 40   15
William McCullough 1727 | 40 250 16
Christian McCullough 1727 | 46   17
Elizabeth McCullough 1758 | 9   18
Patrick Spence 1717 | 50 150 19
Mary Spence 1707 | 60   20
Joseph Spence 1747 | 20 100 21
Robert Spence 1751 | 16 100 22
Jannet Spence 1749 | 18 100 23
James Bell 1727 | 40 350 24
Mary Bell 1722 | 45   25
James Bell 1753 | 14   26
Samuel Bell 1757 | 10   27
John Bell 1761 | 6   28
Mary Bell 1754 | 13   29
Elizabeth Bell 1750 | 17 100 30
John Hamilton 1747 | 20 100 31
John McKewn 1731 | 36 350 32
Andrew McKewn 1727 | 40   33
Alexander McKewn 1759 | 8   34
Agnes McKewn 1755 | 12   35
Mary McKewn 1757 | 10   36
James Spence 1746 | 21 150 37
Sarah Spence 1747 | 20   38
John Anderson 1739 | 28 150 39
Elizabeth Anderson 1739 | 28   40
Robert Owen 1745 | 22 150 41
Elizabeth Owen 1747 | 20   42
John McDougal 1717 | 50   43
Jannet McDougal 1727 | 40   44
Jannet McDowell (page 314) 1753 | 14   45
Mary McDowell 1762 | 5   46
Agnes McDowell 1743 | 4   47
John McDowell 1754 | 13 350 48
William McDowell 1747 | 20 100 49
Margaret McDowell 1749 | 18 100 50
James McDowell 1744 | 23 100 51
Mary McDowell 1744 | 23   52
David Usher 1727 | 40 300 53
Ann Usher 1728 | 39   54
David Usher 1752 | 15   55
Daniel Usher 1754 | 13   56
Ann Usher 1761 | 6   57
John Usher 1749 | 18 100 58
Samuel Armstrong 1742 | 25 200 59
Mary Armstrong 1744 | 23 100 60
William Armstrong 1765 | 2   61
Margaret Armstrong 1707 | 60   62
John White 1720 | 47 450 63
Ann White 1727 | 40   64
  1752|15 (100 to Elizabeth White) 65
William White 1753 | 14   66
Margaret White 1756 | 11   67
Helen White 1758 | 9   68
Isabell White 1760 | 7   69
Jannet White 1762 | 5   70
Victoria White 1764 | 3   71
James Stewart (died 10/2/29 "aged 90") 1741 | 26 (150 to John Stewart) 72
Rose Stewart (died 5/31/1832) 1745 | 22   73
Eleanor White 1717 | 50 100 74
Hugh Bonar 1749 | 18 100 75
Walter Brown 1737 | 30 200 76
Margaret Brown 1737 | 30   77
John Brown 1761 | 6   78
Samuel Kelso 1722 | 45 400 79
Susan Kelso 1723 | 44   80
Jannet Kelso 1751 | 16 100 81
Elizabeth Kelso 1754 | 13   82
Isabell Kelso 1755 | 12   83
Samuel Kelso 1757 | 10   84
Margaret Kelso 1759 | 8   85
John Kelso 1761 | 6   86
George Kelso 1750 | 17 100 87
Samuel Wilson 1727 | 40 400 88
Mary Wilson 1737 | 30   89
John Wilson 1755 | 12   90
Margaret Wilson 1759 | 8   91
Thomas Wilson (page 315) 1763 | 4   92
Ann Wilson 1757 | 10   93
Elizabeth Wilson 1753 | 14   94
James Wylie 1722 | 45 350 95
Sarah Wylie 1729 | 38   96
Rebecca Wylie 1756 | 11   97
Margaret Wylie 1758 | 9   98
Samuel Wylie 1761 | 6   99
John Wylie 1763 | 4   100
Mary McKinney 1697 | 70 (100 to McKinley) 101
Dougal Ballentine 1717 | 50 200 102
Elizabeth Ballentine 1717 | 50 100 103
Margaret McClelan 1746 | 21 ? (100 to Margaret Ballentine) 104
Robert Ballentine 1756 | 11   105
William Ballentine 1745 | 22 100 106
Elizabeth Ballentine 1750 | 17   107
Mary Ballentine 1748 | 19   108
William Taylor 1727 | 40 350 109
Jannet Taylor 1730 | 37   110
Margaret Taylor 1754 | 13   111
Jannet Taylor 1762 | 5   112
Robert Taylor 1757 | 10   113
John Taylor 1765 | 2   114
William Taylor 1750 | 17 100 115
Patrick Harbison 1733 | 34 200 116
Jane Harbison 1745 | 22   117
John Harbison 1763 | 4   118
Mary Harbison 1759 | 8 100 119
Robert Wilson 1716 | 51 200 120
Elizabeth Wilson 1742 | 25   121
Joseph Wilson 1761 | 6   122
James Wilson 1763 | 4   123
Samuel Frazier 1742 | 25 150 124
Elizabeth Frazier 1742 | 25   125
Robert Robinson 1707 | 60 300 126
Susannah Robinson 1717 | 50   127
Waterhouse Robinson 1754 | 13   128
Alexander Hook 1745 | 22 100 129
Rachel Singleton 1743 | 24 100 130
Margaret Robinson 1738 | 29 (100 to Mary Robinson) 131
Janet Robinson 1740 | 27 (100 to Jane Robinson) 132
Thomas Robinson 1745 | 22 100 133
John Robinson 1747 | 20 100 134
Robert Robinson 1751 | 16 (100 to Robert Robinson Junr.) 135
Clark Hall (page 316) 1728 | 39 350 136
Mary Hall 1721 | 46   137
Charles Hall 1753 | 14   138
George Hall 1756 | 11   139
Samuel Hall 1759 | 8   140
James Hall 1763 | 4   141
Alexander Hall 1749 | 18 100 142
William Hall 1751 | 16 100 143
David Spence 1739 | 28 200 144
Martha Spence 1743 | 24   145
Mary Spence 1761 | 6   146
Thomas Kirkpatrick 1719 | 48 150 147
Jane Kirkpatrick 1717 | 50   148
Robert Kirkpatrick 1747 | 20 100 149
John Carson? 1747 | 20 100 150
Hugh Caldwell 1737 | 30 200 151
Robert Wylie 1737 | 30 100 152
David Spence 1707 | 60 400 153
Robert Spence 1755 | 12   154
Jannet Spence 1727 | 40 100 155
Martha Spence 1759 | 8   156
Adam Spence 1765 | 2   157
Agnes Spence 1751 | 16 100 158
    (100 to Arthur Spence) 159
Francis Murphy 1761 | 6   160
Margaret Spence 1743 | 24 100 161
Mary Spence 1747 | 20   162
Eleanor Spence 1750 | 17 100 163
Mathew Gaston 1748 | 19 100 164
Peter Wylie 1717 | 50 250 165
Ann Wylie 1720 | 47   166
Mary Wylie 1754 | 13   167
William Wylie 1760 | 7   168
Margaret Wylie 1747 | 20 100 169
James Wylie 1749 | 8 100 170
Francis Wylie 1750 | 17 100 171
Adam Harbison 1722 | 45 300 172
Mary Harbison 1737 | 36   173
Jannet Harbison 1754 | 13   174
James Harbison 1761 | 6   175
Elizabeth Harbison 1764 | 3   176
John Caldwell 1707 | 60 100 177
James Caldwell 1743 | 24 100 178
Elizabeth Caldwell 1747 | 20 100 179
John Andrew 1731 | 36 400 180
Jane Andrew 1731 | 36   181
Samuel Andrew 1754 | 13   182
Margaret Andrew (page 317) 1758 | 9   183
Alice Andrew 1761 | 6   184
John Andrew 1764 | 3   185
William Andrew 1765 | 2   186
George Hall 1747 | 26 250 187
Jane Hall 1740 | 27   188
William Hall 1760 | 7   189
John Hall 1764 | 3   190
John Walker 1727 | 40 350 191
Elizabeth Walker 1735 | 32   192
Andrew Walker 1755 | 12   193
Thomas Walker 1757 | 10   194
Jane Walker 1759 | 8   195
Mary Walker 1762 | 5   196
James Gray 1727 | 40 350 197
Jane Gray 1727 | 40   198
James Gray 1754 | 13   199
George Gray 1757 | 10   200
Elizabeth Gray 1760 | 7   201
Thomas Gray 1762 | 5   202
Robert Gray 1750 | 17 100 203
William Marshall 1726 | 41 300 204
Elizabeth Marshall 1737 | 30   205
Robert Marshall 1754 | 13   206
Jannet Marshall 1760 | 7   207
Mary Marshall 1762 | 5   208
Jane Marshall 1751 | 16 100 209
William Boyd 1747 | 20 150 210
Martha Boyd 1750 | 17   211
John Cary 1730 | 37 150 212
Mary Cary 1730 | 37   213
Robert Man 1727 | 40 350 214
Jannet Man 1759 | 8   215
John Man 1762 | 5   216
Robert Man 1764 | 3   217
Arthur Cunningham 1737 | 30 300 218
Jane Cunningham 1737 | 30   219
Anne Cunningham 1760 | 7   220
James Cunningham 1766 | 1   221
James Lamont 1737 | 30 200 222
Alice Lamont 1747 | 20   223
John Lamont 1762 | 5   224
Thomas Blair (page 318) 1729 | 38 250 225
Margaret Blair 1734 | 33   226
James Blair 1759 | 8   227
Jane Blair 1765 | 2   228
Samuel Caldwell 1747 | 20 100 229
James McCartney 1737 | 30 (150 to Jane McCartney) 230
John McCartney 1764 | 3   231
John Knox 1717 | 50 250 232
Elizabeth Knox 1727 | 40   233
Hugh Knox 1757 | 10   234
Sarah Knox 1750 | 17 100 235
James Knox 1751 | 16 100 236
William Knox 1717 | 50 100 237
William Boyd 1747 | 20 100 238
James Crawford 1747 | 20 100 239
David Carrol 1733 | 34 200 240
Jane Carrol 1747 | 20   241
Mary Carrol 1762 | 5   242
David Dunsman 1750 | 17 150 243
Margaret Dunsman 1747 | 20   244
Samuel Alston 1741 | 26 (100 to Samuel Aston) 245
Ralph McDougal 1749 | 18 100 246
James McCleland 1725 | 48 (350 to John McCleland) 247
Catherine McCleland 1727 | 46   248
Henry McCleland 1753 | 14   249
John McCleland 1757 | 10   250
Martha McCleland 1759 | 8   251
William McCleland 1764 | 3   252
William Russell 1723 | 44 250 253
Margaret Russell 1723 | 44   254
William Russell 1756 | 11?   255
Margaret Russell 1757 | 10   256
Mary Russell 1747 | 20 100 257
David Russell 1749 | 18 100 258
James Russell 1751 | 16 100 259
Adam Thomson 1737 | 30 100 260
Mary Thomson 1737 | 30   261
John Thomson 1759 | 8   262
Peter Thomson 1761 | 6   263
Ann Thomson 1763 | 4   264
Adam Thomson 1765 | 2   265
William Wylie 1747 | 20 100 266
More passengers are listed in the table below.

After the list above is written: Ordered that the Public Treasurer do pay the Bounty of Four pounds and two pounds Sterling according to their respective ages to Messieurs Torrans and Pouag in Consideration of their Passages and the remaining Twenty Shillings Sterling to themselves agreeable to the directions of the said Act.

Ordered that the Secretary do prepare the following Warrants of Survey on the Bounty.
In the above table, information from two lists are merged.

Below is a second list, which followed the list of land grantees.

The following persons presented petitions setting forth that they were also arrived from Ireland in the said ship on the encouragement of the Bounty and therefore prayed to be allowed the same viz.

Names (pages 325-326) Birth year | age Acres received Line
Robert Vernon (page 325) 1747 | 20 100 267
Henry Glass 1737 | 30 100 268
William Dunlap 1748 | 19 100 269
Revd. William Knox 1743 | 24 100 270
Daniel Winter 1742 | 25 100 271
Robert McCleland 1748 | 19 100 272
Daniel Harper 1747 | 20 100 273
William Rodgers 1742 | 25 100 274
Agnes Rodgers 1747 | 20   275
Robert Harper 1742 | 25 100 276
Agnes Harper 1743 | 24   277
John Harper 1761 | 6   278
William Harper 1704 | 63 100 279
Margaret Harper 1711 | 56   280
James Harper 1751 | 16   281
William Harper 1749 | 18   282
John Harper 1753 | 14   283
Jane Harper 1756 | 11   284
Benjamin Harper 1737 | 30 100 285
Martha Harper 1743 | 24   286
William Harper 1763 | 4   287
William Brownlow 1727 | 40 300 288
Jane Brownlow 1734 | 34   289
Jane Brownlow 1761 | 6   290
John Brownlow 1762 | 5   291
James Brownlow 1765 | 2   292
Andrew Hannah 1748 | 19 100 293
Mary Caldwell 1737 | 30   294
James Brownlow (page 326) 1737 | 30 100 295
James Caldwell 1761 | 6   296
William Johnston 1748 | 19 100 297

Ordered that the public Treasurer do pay them the Bounty agreeable to the directions of the said Act.