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William CAHOON and Deliverance Peck

Born in (1633-S2,S7, S9, S11)(1635-,S2, S5) in Tullichewan, Dunbartonshire, Scotland; son of Sir John COLQUHOUN [F4416]. He is sometimes said to be the son of Alexander COLQUHOUN II [F8832] and Marion STIRLING [F8833], but these were his grandparents.[Maybe not. Check the dates carefully.].

Charles I, son of James VI, became King in 1625 at the age of 24. Hating Presbyterianism as intensly as his father, he was determined to establish Episcopacy in Scotland. Charles I was eager to complete the scheme of church policy which his father had begun, and during his presence in Scotland, preparations were made for composing a new book of canons and alitharge. Bishops and Arch-Bishops had been for some thirty years forcedupon the Church of Scotland.

On 23 AUG 1642 near Nottingham, Charles' herald read the Kings' proclamation calling his subjects to arms and the war between King and Parliament began. Charles I was beheaded January 30, 1649. Charles II was made King. The Scots had conditions that Charles had to agree to before they would accept him as their ruler. These conditions had been formally set forth in an Act of Parliament, which declared that before Charles should be accepted as King, he should sign and swear the National covenant and the solemn League and Covenant; That he should consent to the acts of Parliament enjoining these covenants, and that he should never attempt to change any of them, that he should dismiss the counsel of all those opposed to the covenants and religion, that he should give satisfaction to parliament in everything requisite forsettling a lasting peace, and that he should consent that all civil matters should be determined by Parliament and ecclesiastical matters by the General Assembly.

Charles had given the Earl of Montrose a com mission authorizing him to raise troops and subdue the Kingdom by force of Arms; so he temporized with the commissioners and protracted the negotiations urging Montrose to make him independent of the Presbyterians. When the rising was crushed and Montrose hanged, Charles eagerly threw himself into the arms of the covenant and agreed to the terms of Parliament, embarked for Scotland and landed near the mouth of Sprey on June 24, 1650. Although he had previously embraced Romanist, Charles now solemnly swore that he "would have no enemies but the enemies of the Covenant - No friends but the friends of the Covenant."

Cromwell as Captain-general of the English forces marched against him with an army of 16,000 men. Leslie who commanded the Scots by skillfully maneuvering, compelled Cromwell to retreat from Edinburgh to Danbar. Leslie followed and against his better judgement, left a position of advantage, descended to the plain and offered battle to Cromwell. The Scots were defeated and Edinburgh taken.

William Cahoon was captured by the English, along with his brother John, and they were sold as an indentured servants and sent to America. On 11 NOV 1650 William was taken to Liverpool and was transported from there to Boston, Massachusetts aboard the ship "Unity," commanded by Captain Augustine Walker of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Bex & Company, a London Merchant company, purchased several Scotch prisoners for indentured servants to exploit bog iron at Saugus, Braintree, and Taunton.

William's brother John was shipped from London aboard the ship "John & Sarah" on 11 NOV 1652, but he died either on the voyage or shortly after arriving in Massachusetts.

After working in Saugus, Massachusetts for several years, William worked in Taunton for 6 months. He then assisted in the construction of a shallop at Braintree, Massachusetts. He learned the brick making trade from James Leonard. (S5)

In 1660, with sixteen others, he purchased Block Island, Rhode Island,and became one of the first settlers there, and settled at Cow Cove on Block Island. {S5}. They sailed from Taunton to Cow Cove in 1661 and became the first settlers on Block Island {S11}. Apparently his term of servitude had ended by this time.

He married Deliverance PECK (about 1661-S11)(in 1662) at Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island. {S5}.

On 13 JAN 1663 he purchased 40 acres from Thomas Terry, which were on the 'hiway' that divided Block Island. On 4 MAY 1664 he was a freeman in New Shoreham. In 1665 he served on a Newport Grand Jury. On 13 NOV 1670 he sold 38 acres on Block Island to Samuel Hogbourne.

William worked as a brickmaker in Braintree, Massachusetts, according to a contract dated 23 DEC 1673.

In "Hubbard's Narrative of Indian Wars" we find this record: "On the 24th of June, 1675, the alarm was sounded in Plymouth Colony, when eight or nine of the English were slain in and about Swansea, they being the first to fall in King Philip's War." William Cahoon was one of these nine. He was killed by Indians during the King Philips War, on 22 JUN 1675 near East Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He was buried two days later, on 24 JUN 1675, at Swansea, Massachusetts. We find in the records of this event the Americanized spelling of the name from Colquhoun to Cahoon. Note that even though Hubbard's Narrative says 24 June, the records consistently say he was killed on 22 June.

[F2209]. Deliverance PECK.
Born in (1635-S10)(1637-S11) on Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island. She died (on Block Island, Rhode Island-S11)(she died in Rehoboth, MA-S10).

CHILDREN of William CAHOON [F2208] and Deliverance PECK [F2209]: