The 14th through the 17th centuries introduced Dumbarton Castle, numerous battles and accusations of witchcraft.
Somewhere along the line, Reverend Alexander Colhoun (74.2) was born in 1662 at the Crosh House in the county of Tyrone, Ireland. Also in Tyrone, his future wife, Lady Judith Hamilton (74.3) was born in 1662 at the Hamilton Manor. Both are buried in Ardstraw County, Tyrone, Ireland.
Crosh House Estate in current times.
Ardstraw Parish, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone
I am not sure if the Reverand and Lady Colhoun are buried at this cemetery or not ... but I can certainly justify a "road" trip to Ireland to find out!!!
I found these pictures of the Crosh House and Ardstraw Parish at this website ... hope they don't mind that I borrowed them.
In 1684 the two married and together they had 12 children. At the Crosh House, James Patrick Colhoun (10.8) was their fourth born, in 1688. He married Catherine Montgomery (10.9) and together they had five children: Mary Catherine (1714), James (1716) (10.4), Ezekiel (1720), William (1723) and Patrick (1727). In 1733 Catherine and James Patrick, boarded with their five children a boat to America. One source stated the reason for the move was due to failed crops and religious reasons. What I have read indicates that the main driving force of Irish immigrants to America was the potato famine of 1845, which was far later than when this Colhoun family made their move. Who knows, perhaps my history reserach is lacking, but I am moving on ...
The morning of January 31, 1760 a messenger came through the little settlement and told them that the Indians were on the warpath and moving toward their area. The afternoon of January 31st and the morning of February 1st were spent loading wagons and getting provisions ready to move out. About noon on February 1st, some 200-250 settlers moved out for Augusta, Georgia, a larger town about 40 miles southeast of their location. They had only gone about 10 miles when in crossing the Long Canes Creek, several wagons got stuck. By the time they had all the wagons across the creek it was dark so they camped for the night. Soon after dark, they were attacked by a band of Cherokee Indians. Some of the settlers escaped by horseback, some on foot, but most of them scattered finding shelter in the trees or wherever they could hide. Mostly women and children were killed as 23 settlers were left dead at the site of the massacre. The Indians had burned all the wagons and nearly all the goods were stolen. In the group that was killed, Catherine Montgomery Calhoun was among them. She was 76 years old. A monument to the dead, including Catherine, was erected in the 1790's by Catherine's son, Patrick Calhoun. Two small girls, ages 3 and 5 of the Calhoun's were abducted by the Indians. One eventually returned, but the other was never heard from again.
The following articles appeared in the South-Carolina Gazette:
"We have no late advices from Fort Prince George, or any consequence from places in that route. But from Fort Moore, we learn, that a gang of about 18 Cherokees, divided into 8 or 4 parties, on the 15th instant, way-laid, killed and scalped Ulric Tobler, Esq.; a Captain of Militia in those parts, as he was riding from his father's to that fort; and shot Mr. William Calhoon, who was with him, in the hand; 3 other persons, who were in company escaped unhurt; the Indian who killed Captain Tobler, left a hatchet sticking in his neck, on which were 3 old notches, and 3 newly cut."
Along with his mother, James Calhoun (10.4) was one of those slain in the Long Canes Massacre.
Back to the direct decendents ... James Calhoun (abt 1739 PA) (10.2), second son to James and Susanna Long Calhoun, married a gal named Rhoda Green (1730) (10.3). The next couple of generations require a bit more research. For certain, James and Rhoda had a son named John Calhoun (2.8) in December of 1774 in South Carolina. I think they may have had a daughter named Margaret (Peggy) who was born in 1760 as well. John married a young lady named Lurana Wall in 1799 and together they had at least one child named Ezekiel (1811 GA) (2.4). In 1832 Ezekiel married Linda Bazemore (2.5) in Jones County, Georgia and together they had at least one child, also named Ezekiel (1846 AL) (2.2). Ezekiel, Jr (later known as EZ) married Laura Chapman Stratford (2.3) in 1870 and together they had nine children. The third born was John Caldwell (1.8), my great grandfather, on August 19, 1877 in Alabama. He married Effie Virginia (or Corrine) Stoudenmire (1.9)and together they had seven children. The fourth born was Charles Haddon Calhoun (1.4) my grandfather. Charles Haddon married my grandmother, Alice Virginia Harvey and together they had two children, my father Charles Harvey and my aunt Marlise Eugenia.