The Scotch Presbyterians were transported from Scotland to Northern Ireland by King James the first in the 1600s
Londonderry was their home, they were known as the Ulster-Scots. They didn't integrate well with the Irish and were still persecuted by the English
Weary of persecution, they landed at the Port of Delaware about 1730 and settled in Pennsylvania. John bought a large tract of land stretching from the base of the blue Mountains, up to the top
Some of the family stayed in PA; our line arrived in VA about 1740 and made their home on Rockfish River near "Walton's Mountain"
The Scots-Irish made up 33% of the Revolutionary army. After it ended, they, along with many pioneers, followed Daniel Boone to "Kentucky the Land of Promise" Some settled in Appalachia along with the Germans. Today the proud Scotch-Irish descendents strive to preserve the old traditions and way of speech. Music and dance are part of their daily lives. They brought their fiddles from Ireland and country music was born.
Ours settled among the "Tall Cane" in Bourbon County, about 25 miles NE of Lexington.
Alexander purchased 1,000 acres in the fertile & picturesque Blue Grass Country - see Bourbon Co page
In 1832, Alexander's son purchased land in DeWitt Co., Illinois & Barnett Township was founded
this was per instructions in Alexander's will.
His grandchildren were to grow up "on soil not tainted by slavery".
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