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John McCOMB's departure from Belfast Northern Ireland, took place in the very month in which William Pitt assumed direction of the British effort in the Seven Years War (French and Indian Wars), although the military did not receive formal movement orders until early February 1757.

John McCOMB, from an Ulster Scot family of three generations, reached New York City in January 1757 where he established trading arrangements with the mercantile firm of Greg & Cunningham of NYC, who were also fellow Ulster Scots.

John set up a merchant establishment in Albany NY, servicing mainly the 1st (2nd Bat), 17th, 27th, 28th, 43rd, 46th, and 55th British Regiments. Later as the war continued, other regiments and Provincial troops would order specialty items and special imports of spirits and wine from John McCOMB.

I'll be posting the index of surnames within the doctoral dissertation of John McCOMB's three year daily journal, 1757-1760. Though most of this index covers the French and Indian wars, the preamble is a scholarly description of life and times of Albany NY leading up to the American Revolution. In my discussions with the author, he has indicated that this was the sole reason for his research, and that the life of John Gordon MACOMB was incidental. Records pre 1900 in Upstate NY were distroyed by fire at Albany, NY.

The index of surnames and regiments cover all the names mentioned in these business journals of John Gordon MACOMB, Surgeon 1st Regiment of Foot, 2nd Batallion, and enlisted as John M'COLME, in 1744, discharged in 1763. The author was understandably unaware of the surname varients the MACOMB family used throughout their history. For those interested, a fairly complete documentation of these varients have been discovered and recorded.

A very complete scholarly effort by Dr. Meany, traces the histories, enlistment, and relationships of those mentioned in the MACOMB letters. As will be observed, many of the major historical figures of John MACOMB's time is covered in much detail.

In an effort to establish contact with possible trading families and their future descendants from this era, I welcome any lookup and discussions. 

Warmest Regards
Murray McCombs

See also MacComb Family Website and A thesis on the MACOMB Land grant of Upstate NY 1791

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