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came on the South Carolina Five Ships? -- From Donegal
to Butler, PA circa 1790.
--Who came on the South Carolina Five Ships?
-- From Donegal to Butler, PA circa 1790.
August of 1718 five shiploads of Ulster Presbyterians arrived in Boston.
They were the first shiploads of what was soon to be a major exodus. They
came, unlike later immigrants during the Famine, in families -- closely
allied families. Families who had known one another and intermarried in
Ireland and who would continue to do so in America. The center of
their lives and their communities was their church and its ministers.
They are credited with introducing the Irish potato to the American colonies. Apparently a family surnamed Young, in Worcester, Massachusetts, first grew the potato for food.
See Scotch Irish Pioneers
by Charles Knowles Bolton for additional information. Ulster-Scots
and Blandford [Ma] Scots by Sumner Gilbert Wood recounts the story
of a group who eventually founded the Massachusetts town of Blandford.
Both books are Heritage Classics.
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