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From: "David C Abernathy" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] The ship James and Mary
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 08:49:40 -0700
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I have been looking for a Hugh Abernathy that was from Ireland and ended
up in the 96th District of SC. I do not know how or when he came to the
Colonies. His oldest was born before 1775 in SC.

Do you have a listing of passengers for this ship?

David C Abernathy
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Subject: Re: [S-I] The ship James and Mary

Quite a lot is known about the James and Mary, a snow, a kind of brig, of
200 tons, belonging to the port of Larne in Co. Antrim and her 1772 voyage
to South Carolina. Among the passengers were the Chesney family from North
Antrim and The Journal of Captain Alexander Chesney (published most recently
2002 by Bobby G. Moss and still in print) has a first-hand account.

The snow James and Mary was a regular in the flaxseed and passenger trade
between New York and Larne for more than a dozen years before the American
Revolution. She was owned by James McVickar, a merchant in Larne, with
different partners at different times. John Moore had commanded the snow
(1765-1770) and became McVickar's partner and co-owner of the James and
John Workman was the ship's captain in 1772.

Since New York was not the most popular destination for passengers, James
and Mary sailed from Belfast Lough for either New Castle, Delaware, or
Charleston, SC on her outward voyage and then on to New York.

The James and Mary arrived from New York in April 1772 with a flaxseed
cargo. She also brought in a cargo of rum on which duty had not been paid
and it
was seized by the authorities. (Belfast News Letter, 28 April 1772) She
made a voyage from Larne to Gottenburg in Sweden and returned with a cargo
of Swedish herrings. (Belfast News Letter, July 14, 1772)

McVickar and Moore had meanwhile advertised her to sail for Charleston 10
July. (Belfast News Letter, 13 May 1772) The sailing date was postponed to
August 8. (Belfast News Letter, July 29, 1772) The James and Mary actually
sailed August 25, 1772, according to Alexander Chesney's Journal. She took
seven weeks to cross the Atlantic, arriving at Charleston on October 18,
(South Carolina Gazette,October 22, 1772) There was an outbreak of
smallpox and
5 children died on the voyage. The ship was quarantined for another seven
weeks. This was not so bad as it might be, according to Chesney, as there
was a large house on Sullivan's Island as a hospital for the passengers and
they were able to go "back and forwards between the Ship and hospital which
made a change, and beguiled the time a little." (Chesney, Journal, 6)
Despite the sickness on board, the passengers sent back a letter thanking
Captain Workman, which was published in the Belfast paper. (Belfast News
Letter, December 22, 1772) Here it is:
"Charles-Town, October 22, 1772.
These will inform you that we arrived here all well and in good spirits the
18th Instant (five Children excepted who died on the Passage) after a
pleasant and agreeable Passage of seven Weeks and one Day.
Revd. Robert McClintock, John Peddan, Joseph Lowry, Timothy McClintock,
Nathan Brown, Samuel Kerr, James Peddan, Alex. Brown, John Brown, Thomas
Madill, Wm. Simpson, John McClintock, John Dicky, James Hood, John
Montgomery, John Snoddy, John Caldwell, Robt. Hadden, Wm. Boyd, Robert
Machesney, Wm. Eashler, Samuel Miller, Charles Dunlop, Thos. Makee, James
Stinson, William Anderson, John Thompson, Hugh Loggan, Peter Willey, David
Thompson, Hugh Mansead, Robt. Wilson, Robt. Ross, John Parker, James Young,
Robt. Neile."

Richard MacMaster

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