Section WM: Descendants of Alexander Innes

David Thaler
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Generation One

1. ALEXANDER1 INNES was born between 1608/9 and 1638 in Scotland, United Kingdom[16, 21], and died between 1622 and 8 Sept. 1679[23] in Block Island, Newport Co., Rhode Island, United States[14]. He married before 1656[16], CATHERINE _____, who was born about 1630/1 in Ireland[17], and died about 1710[18]. [4, 6, 14, 16, 21, 23]
"Of Taunton, Mass and Block Island, RI."
"*Ennis, Alexander - he moved to Taunton by late 1656, latermoving to Block Island, Rhode Island." (*indicates that the name appears in the 1653 inventory of the Ironworks)
Marriage information doesn't quite make sense if Alexander was on the list at Saugus in 1653. [LAM 07-31-01]
"Some of the Scotchmen found their way to Block Island, after being freed, and became a respectable section of the early settlers of that island. Some had worked at Lynn and others at the branch works in Braintree."
"On November 11,1650 Alexander was shipped to Lynn Mass. to work at the Saugus Iron Works. He had been captured by Oliver Cromwell, in Scotland at the Battle of Dunbar, and came to America as a indentured servent. He moved in 1656 to Taunton Mass, and then, in 1664 to Block Island RI. Block Island was constantly being raided by pirates, he moved some of his family to Upstate New York."
Upstate New York or Lyme, CT? [LAM 08-02-01][2, 5, 7, 10]
From: Cindy L. Torres Owens
Recently I visited the Iron Works
From: Cindy Torres Owens
Not sure where the rest of my original note went so here goes again: I'm a descendant of Alexander Innes, a Scot who was brought over on the UNITY as a prisioner of the Battle of Dunbar. He died 1679 on Block Island. He was the father of at least 4 children. One was most likely William Innes/Ennes who married Cornelia Viervant in Ulster Co., NY c1694. I'd like to know more abt these people [4]
"An Incomplete List of Scottish Prisoners of War Sent to New England in 1650 According to Colonel Banks' 1927 paper presented to the Massachusetts Historical Society, in the aftermath of the Battle of Dunbar, 900 Scots were to be sent to Virginia. Another 150 prisoners were sent to New England aboard the Unity through Joshua Foote and John Becx, owners of the Saugus (Lynn) and Braintree (Quincy) Iron Works. There is no known passenger list for the Unity. On April 2, 1651 an account appears in the Iron Works Papers for "a weeckes Dyett to ye 7th of 61 Menn" By June 9, 1651 the Iron Works has 38 Menn remaining on these rolls. The rolls continue to dwindle as these indentured workers are sold to others. The only surviving list of Scots by name is in the 1653 Iron Works inventory. It lists 35 names. As a result, the following Scots are known to have worked at the Iron Works. John Archbell, John Banke, Alexander Bravand, Alexander Burgess, John Clarke, James Daniels (Danielson), George Darling, Malcolm Downing, Alexander Dugle, James Dunsmore, Alexander Eaton, Alexander Ennis, James Gourdan, Peter Grant, Alexander Grimes, Thomas Gualter, Andrew Jempson (Thompson), William Jourdan, Thomas Kelton, James Luddle, Malcolm Maccallum, James MacKall, John Mackshane, William Mackwater, John MacMallen, John Mason, Robert Miny (Meeny), Engram Moody, John Pardee, John Rupton, John Steward, James Taylor, George Thomson, James Thomson, John Toish, Thomas Tower. In addition to the Scots listed above, there were many more Scots in New England that arrived on the Unity. Some of them went through the Iron Works and may have even worked with or for Iron Works employees. James Adams, Archibald Anderson, Robert Dunbar, ?????? Davison (died just before or shortly after arrival), James Hage, Robert MacIntire, Alexander MacMallen, James Moore, John Paul.

The following settled in what is now Berwick, Maine. Robert Macklaflin, Alexander Tomson, John Ross, Alexander Maxey (Maxwell), Niven Agnew, James Barry, Alexander Cooper, William Furbush, Daniel Ferguson, Peter Grant, George Gray, William Gowen, David Hamilton, Thomas Holme, John Key, John Neal, John Taylor, William Thomson, James Warren, John Carmichael, James Grant, James Jackson, Robert Junkins, Micum MacIntire, Alexander MacNair, Andrew Rankin. The above names account for less than half of the 150 Scots sent to New England. Perhaps many died on the voyage. One by one, others were imperceptibly assimilated into the labor force of Puritan New England. To complicate matters further, another 270 Scots were sent to America one year later on the John and Sarah following the Battle of Worcester. That list is fairly complete although some names are not readable. Many times it is difficult to sort out Scots from the John and Sarah from the Unity. Were there other boats? Who were the Scots sent to Virginia? We will never know all of them."[1]
In the Register 105:180, it states: 'Alexander Enos (Innes) was another of the Scots. There is a letter addressed to him by Robert Guthrie in the first book of New Shoreham records. In this letter Guthrie calls him "my country-man" and states that he will leave it at Taunton. In it he says that the town will give him land if he comes to the Island to live. Enos was probably working at the Taunton Iron Works for Leonard, so it is probable that he had previously been at the Saugus iron works. His wife, Katherine, was an Irish woman, and was probably one of the few Irish captives shipped to New England as indentured servants after Cromwell's Irish campaigns. Enos evidently removed later from the Island. It seems probable that he went to Connecticut.'

However, a correction in the Register 105:272 states, regarding the above paragraph: 'He did not remove from the Island, but died there shortly before 8 Sept. 1679, when Robert Guttridge deposed as to his disposition of his property, when he lay on his death bed in the house of William Harris (New Shoreham Rec., Bk. I, p. 67). It would seem that his son, Alexander, removed to Connecticut. Some of his family appear to have removed to Ulster County, N. Y., as, on 18 Sept. 1709, Thomas Harris was sponsor at the baptism of Alexander, son of William Annist (the Dutch usually added a "t" to English names ending in "s") and Cornelia Viervant, his wife. Catherine "Honnist" was the other sponsor (Bapt. of Dutch Reformed Church at Kingston, N. Y.). The Ulster County family of Ennis or Ennist were their descendants.'[22]
"INNES, ALEXANDER, a prisoner of war captured after the Battle of Dunbar in September 1650, transported to New England on the Unity from London on 3 November 1650, an indentured servant at Lynn Ironworks in Massachusetts, settled on Block Island. [NWI]"
(NWI = New World Immigrants, M. Tepper [Baltimore, 1980])[20]
"Catherine was tried in Feb 1656/57 in Plymouth Mass. for adultery."" James PAULE. Born 7 Apr 1657 in Taunton, (now Berkeley),Bristol, Ma. Died 14 Jan 1724 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass. There is an interesting article in the latest issue of TAG (Vol.73, No. 4, pg. 312) concerning the PAUL family of Taunton.The title is "Who was the mother of James Paule (1657-1724) ofTaunton, MA?". The author presents a hypothesis that James Paul was born to a Katherine ( ) Innes wife of Alexander Innes, because she and William Paul were charged with adultery two months before James was born. It is a very interesting article. I am aware that William Paul was whipped for adultery and eventualy bannished from taunton for distemper of spirits, but the case of adultery that I am aware of the woman was married and her husband was also punished-put in stocks for leaving his wife and putting her in a place of temptation. I seriously question if a mother in Puritan Massachussetts would give her son the name of a man she wasn't married to. It will take more evidence than someone making wild guesses to convince me. However, since I am a descendent of James I may be prejudiced. Ed (from GenForum)"[9, 10]
2i.MARY2 INNES, b. in 1652[7] in Massachusetts, United States[7]; d. about 1720; m. after 1672[7] JOHN DODGE, b. in England, United Kingdom[11] on 4 Feb. 1643[11], d. in Block Island[12] in 1729[12].
From the Dodge Family Association: "Research by William Saxbe Jr. has shown that John did not marry Mary Gardiner and that all children are from his marriage to Mary Innes."

This may refer to:

Saxbe, William B., Jr., "Four Fathers for William Ennis of Kingston:A Collective Review", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 129, No. 4, October 1998, pgs. 227-238.[11, 19]
3ii.WILLIAM ENNIS, b. in 1653[7] in Massachusetts[7]; d. in 1712[7] in Ulster Co, New York, United States[7]; m. in April 1693[7] in Kingston, Ulster Co[7] CORNELIA VIERVANT.
+4iii.ELIZABETH INNES of Newport, Newport Co., b. in 1658[8] of Newport[8]; d. in July 1729[15] in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut, United States[15]; m. (1) on 24 July 1672[14] (UG-5) WILLIAM HARRIS SR. of Block Island, d. in Lyme[2] about July 1693[2], son of (UG-2) Richard and (AMC-2) Ann (SMITH) HARRIS; m. (2) between Feb. 1694 and 1695[15] RICHARD SMITH, d. on 8 March 1701[15]; m. (3) in 1711[15] ROGER ALGER SR.
5iv.THOMAS INNES, b. about 1660[7] in Massachusetts, or, Rhode Island[7]; d. about 1740[7]; m. about 1694[7] JEANNE LASUEUR.
6v.CATHERINE INNES, b. between 1669 and 1679[7] in Block Island[7]; d. about 1740; m. in 1692[7] in Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States[7] DENNIS MANNING, b. in Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States[7] in 1659[7].

Generation Two

4. ELIZABETH2 INNES (Alexander1) of Newport, daughter of (1) Alexander1 and Catherine (_____) INNES, was born in 1658[8] of Newport[8], and died in July 1729[15] in Lyme[15]. She married (1st) on 24 July 1672[14], (UG-5) WILLIAM HARRIS SR. of Block Island, son of (UG-2) Richard and (AMC-2) Ann (SMITH) HARRIS, who died about July 1693[2] in Lyme[2]. She married (2nd) between Feb. 1694 and 1695[15], RICHARD SMITH, who died on 8 March 1701[15]. She married (3rd) in 1711[15], ROGER ALGER SR.. [2, 3, 8, 13, 15]
In 1953, Roderick Bissell Jones argued in NYGBR 84:134 that Elizabeth Innes could not have been the first wife, but in 1993 Robert H. Bowerman rebutted this in NYGBR 124:222 and showed that Elizabeth Innes was the only wife of William Harris and established her as ancestor to all of the Harris descendants listed in Jones's article.[13, 14]
Children of: Elizabeth2 INNES and William HARRIS Sr.: See (UG-5) William HARRIS Sr.

1. National Park Service, An Incomplete List of Scottish Prisoners of War Sent to New England in 1650 (
2. Robert A. Huntley, Descendents of John Huntley (
3. Cheron Gibson, Our American Heritage: A Personal Genealogy (
4. Cindy L. Torres Owens, "Recently I visited the Iron Works ," Saugus Iron Works (
5. Stephen P. Carlson, The Scots at Hammersmith (Saugus, Mass.: Eastern National Park & Monument Association, 1976).
6. Walter C. Burgner, "Alexander Innes-Rhode Island," Innes Family Genenalogy Forum, August 13, 1999 (
7. valerie, "Re: Alexander Innes-Rhode Island," (
8. valerie, "Re: elizabeth innes families," (
9. The Mayflower Connection-almost (
10. Joanne Elizabeth Cashman, Joanne Elizabeth Cashman's Family (
11. Barbara V. Dodge, Lakewood, Colorado, to Dave Thaler, e-mail, June 23, 2007, "Unknown Innes, daughter of Alexander Innes."
12. Ibid., June 23, 3007, "Unknown Innes, daughter of Alexander Innes."
13. Robert H. Bowerman, "Additional Material Pertaining to the Harris Family of Block Island and Dutchess County," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 124 (1993): 222-224, specifically 222.
14. Roderick Bissell Jones, "The Harris Family of Block Island and Dutchess County, N.Y.," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 84 (1953): 134-148, specifically 134.
15. Ibid., specifically 136.
16. William B. Saxbe, Jr., "Four Fathers For William Ennis of Kingston: A Collective Review," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 129 (1998): 227-238, specifically 232.
17. Ibid., specifically 233.
18. Ibid., specifically 235.
19. Ibid., specifically 236.
20. David Dobson, Scots in New England, 1623-1873 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002), 103.
21. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 105 (1951): 180.
22. Ibid.: 180, 272.
23. Ibid.: 272.