To: Wallace T.
"Large numbers of them emigrated to the United States, and are the most important population element in Appalachia and other areas such as the Ohio Valley and the Ozarks. They are an important element in Texas and Oklahoma as well."
The first group came in five ships in 1718, arriving at Boston. They dispersed, and some settled a town in New Hampshire called Londonderry.
My Ulster Scot ancestors then moved to Falmouth, Maine. This family later misgrated to Canada, Minnesota, and the pacific northwest, among other places.
One difference between the Scots-Irish and Scottish settlers in greater New England (the six New England states, New York, northern New Jersey, the Upper Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest) and those elsewhere is that they were largely and eventually absorbed into the English derived population that arrived on these shores as Puritans. A good example would be the Kean family of New Jersey, who are considered arch-WASPs in that state, but are the descendants of "Old Irish" who converted to Protestantism in the 18th Century during the penal law era.
British and Ulster Scots immigrants who arrived in the mid and late 19th Century and early 20th Century were rapidly absorbed into the English Puritan descended (or Yankee in the original sense) population. Hillary Rodham may seem to be an arch-Yankee, but is, on her father's side, the granddaughter of late 19th Century Welsh and English immigrants to the coal fields of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Jackson was Scots-Irish and was born at sea. He changed his birthdate in order to be eligible to run for president. He lied and was elected and ran the Indians out of the Eastern half of the US - save for the Cherokee in NW North Carolina.
Per Allen Eckman's "The Frontiersman"
posted on 11/13/2006 2:20:51 PM PST
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