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Monday, January 18, 2016

John Mackay

Durness, Scotland

JOHN MACKAY was born 1679 Durness, Scotland, which is on the northwestern tip of Scotland. He was a farmer who embarked for America on Oct. 20, 1735, arriving in Savannah, Georgia on January 10, 1736.  The wife, Jannett, and children are listed on the passenger list. 

Historical Collections of Georgia by White, p. 332, provides an Account of the Orphans and Children which were maintained and educated Orphan House at Georgia, known as Betheseda Orphanace. Upon the death of John Mackay in 1739, two his children are listed as orphans.  One son, Hugh Mackay, was a Lieutenant in the Rangers of General Oglethorpe; a daughter died at Sunbury, Georgia, and the two sons, William and Mackay were placed out as apprentices to Thomas Salter, bricklayers, and James Papott, a Savannah carpenter.

Ref: Page 86, A List of Early Settlers of Georgia by Coulter.

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