Am interested in locating other researchers who had an ancestor who was one of the prisoners of the British crown sent to Maryland in 1747 aboard the ship Gildart and sold into indentured service and/or apprenticeship in the colonies. There were somewhere between 82-88 prisoners, according to different lists. We would like to determine what became of these people after they arrived here. Knowledge of who may have purchased them, where they lived during indenture, did they escape, where did they live later, etc. Trying to get a picture of any common migration, places of residence or contact with each other in later years.
The Gildart entered the colonies at the Potomac River. It proceeded north into the Wicomico River anchoring somewhere in the general area of Bushwood Cove. The auction took place onboard the ship on or about July 22, 1747. The date of arrival has sometimes been seen as Aug 5, 1747 but we believe this is simply when the final papers were filed after the auction. The date of the auction is per the recollections of Alexander Stewart, one of the prisoners who regained his freedom. Our ancestor was William Lawson.
A list of the passengers can be found here, surnames subject to spelling variations:http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/stoz/stewarth5.htm