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.
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