Name: James BEVERIDGE 1
Immigration: Possibly from Isle of Jersey
Albert Glover Beverage wrote, 4 Dec 1865, that his "Great Grandfather came to this Country about the year 1730. He was a Scotch weaver and came from the Isle of Jersey..."
It is possible that James came to America as an indentured servant (service of 3-7 years) during the large immigration of Ulster Scotch to New England, 1718-1720. His indenture was probably purchased by the ship captain or a merchant who had trade business with the Isle of Jersey. It has been noted that there is no record of James possessing property in Marblehead, and little other information about him there.
It is also possible that James was one of the many fishermen at Marblehead, and that, like others, he got into debt, his debt was purchased by Stephen Minot of Salem, and in this manner James began service with the Minot family.
There is also a possibility that James was a Jacobite (supporter of the Stuart kingship) and had to flee Scotland after one of the unsuccessful attempts to restore the Stuart throne.
It would appear that James Sr. and his family (3rd wife Sarah Holman) moved to Maine (still a part of Mass.) between Feb. 1733 and 1735 when a James Beveridge is first mentioned in Capt. John Minot's account book of Fort Richmond (The Minots were also from Marblehead). James Jr would have been 11 at the time, so it seems highly likely that it is James Sr who is listed as a soldier/laborer at Fort Richmond. Matthew McKenny, the father of Jean McKinney White, was also listed there, as was a Nicholas White in 1740-41. This could have been an 18 year old Nicholas (who married Jean) or his father.
In Sept.-Oct. 1742 Capt. Minot turned command of Fort Richmond over to Capt. John Oulton and moved his family back to Mare Point, near Brunswick (this is three peninsulas, approx. 11 miles over from Popham Beach where the first English settlement in New England was attempted in 1607). From his account books it appears that McKenney, Beveridge, and White all followed him to this area. From here on it is even more difficult to distinguish James Sr from James Jr. Perhaps James Sr. moved elsewhere. Allan Beverage believes that he was killed by Indians shortly before the Means Massacre in North Yarmouth.
E-mail from Allan Beverage:
On 26/06/08 I wrote you all as follows:
Believe it or not I have found a Scotland parish record for Crail, county Fife, that says John Beverage (Baveradge) and spouse Jennit Weddal had a son named John (Bpt)(b.) 24 October 1729. The significance of this birth record is that it pretty well puts an end to any question as to the identity of Latin Instructor John Beveridge's only male heir killed by Indians in April 1756 in North Yarmouth and leaves us with the inescapable conclusion that indians killed both the aforementioned John Beveridge and our oldest James Beveridge/Beverage from Marblehead in the same general area, possibly 1 day apart in April 1756.
On closer examination of the handwritten Scotland parish record, I have determined that the date 24 October 1729 should read 24 October 1725. Further, there was no evidence that the baptism occurred at or near birth birth as indicated by the (b.) which I intended to read (b.?).
16 DEC 1723
in St. Michael's Church, Marblehead, Mass
- James BEVERIDGE b: 27 AUG 1724 in Marblehead, Plymouth Co., Mass
- Sarah BEVERIDGE b: 1 JUN 1727 in Marblehead, Plymouth Co., Mass
- Mary BEVERIDGE b: 25 OCT 1730
Sarah HOLMAN b: 4 NOV 1706 in Marblehead, Essex, Mass
7 FEB 1733/34
in Marblehead, Mass
- Susanna BEVERIDGE
- Jane BEVERIDGE
- Mary BEVERIDGE
- Samuel BEVERIDGE
- Title: James Beveridge Descendants: A Family History
Author: Barbara Beverage Reeves, Allan Dale Beverage
Publication: April 1996
Note: personal library