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ALEXANDER ENNES (b. Abt. 1632, d. 08 Sep 1679)ALEXANDER ENNES39, 40, 40 was born Abt. 1632 in Scotland40, and died 08 Sep 1679 in Block Island, Newport, RI, USA40.He married CATHERINE on Bef. 1656 in Massachusetts.
Notes for ALEXANDER ENNES:
Alexander and Catherine seem to be the best probability for the parents of William, although there is no solid evidence to confirm this, the likely hood seems high when looking at names and relationships of various family members. Here is how the story works by piecing together known facts.
Alexander is believed to have been born Abt. 1632 in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was about 18 he was a member of the Covenanters Army, Scots defending their religious beliefs. A battle ensued at Dunbar on 3 Sep 1650, between the Covenanters and Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads. The Scots were defeated by the English and about 5000 prisoners of war were forced to march to Dunham, England, The Dunham Death March. The prisoners were held at a large Cathedral in Dunham, now numbering about 3000. Of these 3000, only 1400 survived the imprisonment. 900 sent to the colonies and 500 indentured to the French military. On 18 Sep 1650 it was ordered that 150 prisoners that were in good shape be sent to New England to John Becx and Jacob Foote. Alexander was among them and on 11 Nov was sent on the ship Unity to Massachusettsas an indentured servant.He was at the Saugas Iron woks company,(Lynn, MA), where 62 of the men were sent in April 1651. He appears on the inventory list in Nov 1653.
Late in 1656 he and Catherine were living in Taunton, MA. They were indicted by the Plymouth court in 1657 for Catherine committing adultery with William Paule and Alexander for abandoning his wife and family and putting her in temptation. Alexander sentenced to the stocks while William and Catherine were publicly whipped. It is recorded that Catherine was to be whipped at Plymouth and at Taunton, and also to wear a red "B" for blaspheme.
Alexander bought land in Rhode Island in 1659, most likely leaving Taunton in embarrassment. Later he moved to Block Island about 1664. It appears he was promised 6 acres of free land and an option to buy 40 more, in a letter supposedly addressed to him from Robert Guthrie, a man the Scots respected and settler of Block Island. Alexander died at the home of William Harris, husband to his daughter Elizabeth. On his deathbed he disposed a will to Robert Guthrie and two witnesses, naming William Harris his heir.
It is believed that Thomas Harris, son of William and Elizabeth was witness at the baptism of Elizabeth's nephew, Alexander Ennes, son of William Ennes.
More About ALEXANDER ENNES:
Died 2: 09 Oct 1679, Wm Harris Home, Block Island, RI, USA.40
More About ALEXANDER ENNES and CATHERINE:
Marriage: Bef. 1656, Massachusetts.
Children of ALEXANDER ENNES and CATHERINE are:
- Mary ENNIS, d. date unknown.
- +Elizabeth ENNIS, b. 1663, Taunton, MA, d. 06 Jul 1729, Lyme, New London, CT.
- +WILLIAM ENNIS, b. Abt. 1675, Massachusettes or Rhode Island, d. Bet. 1712 - 1717.
- Thomas ENNIS, d. date unknown.
- Alexander ENNIS, d. date unknown.