A fellow researcher, Bob Singleton, has recently been researching Ship's Passenger Lists to determine the names and dates that our Hoy ancestors may have arrived in this country.Below are his findings to date.Another surname he has focused on is Dent, so you will see that name in this message as well.
Hoys are scarce as hen's teeth in the passenger lists.There are none in these: Ship passenger lists:the South 1538-1825 Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 7 vols.[a surprise] Passenger Arrivals: Port of Charleston 1820-1829 Tepper, Immigrants to the Middle Colonies
A return to the mother of all passenger-list books, Filby's Passenger and Immigrations Lists Index, showed four Hoys before 1800:Hans Jerrick to Philadelphia in 1727, John to PA in 1760, John, aged 21, to Baltimore in 1775, and Ralph to Philadelpia in 1724-5.
Books I Looked at for the First Time: Peter Coldham, Complete Book of Immigrants has one Hoy, James, an accountant from Scotland, aged 21 going to Baltimore in 1775. (It has two Dents, a James from Surrey, an indentured servant who emigrated in 1735, and a George, a 32-year-oldl tailor from London who immigrated to MD in 1774.) Schlegel, Donald, Passengers from Ireland 1811-1817, has no Dents and two Hoys, a John from Sligo who arrived at NY in 1816, and a Sibby from Crevagh who arrived at NY in 1817.That's twice as many Hoys from Ireland as from Scotland, so Hoy is an Irish name?Hardly. Mitchell, Brian,Irish Passenger Lists 1803-1806 and 1833-1839 has no Dents and no Hoys.
I'm surprised to find so few Dents, not quite so surprised to find so few Hoys.Maybe there are other passenger lists not at the New York Public.