Just so everyone knows, my brother John is referring to a passage from "Descendants of William Addy and Eleanor Clark Addy", written in April 1989 by my aunt, Doris Addy Fitzpatrick (daughter of Hugh Reed Addy, grand-daughter of John Ross Addy).
My aunt writes of family oral history stating that the Addys may have originated in Scotland and settled in northern Ireland after the Elizabethan Wars. She also writes of the Scots-Irish leaving for America in droves from the late fifteenth century well into the 1700's.
Here is the key passage from this book:
"But Ruth Stafford Maple, a grand-daughter of R. Harrison Addy, said she understood from Hugh Howell Addy, a descendant through Marion Addy, that the Addys (an English name, perhaps a diminutive of Adams) were from Cornwall, England, having been transplanted to Ireland during Cromwell's Protectorate (1650) when he wanted many Protestant settlers there to counteract the native Catholics."
"Ruth also states her sister, Eleanor Weber, found a record where a William and a James Addy had chosen to be 'transported' rather than prison, and were sent to the American Colonies in 1760. If this is OUR William, he would have been a child of 10 or 11. Orphan children were often picked up and indentured 'to get them off the streets.'"
We don't know anything about the record that Eleanor Weber found concerning a 'William and a James Addy' or if my aunt was able to see it. She did have copies of other records in her book but nothing in regards to this.
While this information was second- and third-hand (and thus possibly inaccurate), it may provide a hint or clue for others trying to solve the mystery of William Addy I.