I am a descendant of the William Carlile, James Carlile and then his daughter Elizabeth who married Alexander Gamble. It appears the family came from Scotland, then Ireland and then to the US.
The family may have been Covenant Presbyterian which was in opposition to the main Presbyterian church in Scotland. In the US the Covenant Presbyterians became the United Presbyterians, while the main line kept the Presbyerian name. The conflict was bitter at times.
The story in the family is that they were driven into the Irish sea by people and dogs. They were rescued by some Irish fishermen and taken to Ireland. There is a suggestion they were in County Cavan very briefly then came to the US.
I worked out the family through deeds and it should be noted that William died before the tombstone reports. He died before 1830 as that is when the deeds settling the estate start to be signed. I don't have any census data for William's son Samuel and his wife Rachel Neel Carlisle. The data for William's oldest daughter Isabelle Carlisle Scott (Mrs. Thomas) born July 18, 1789 says in one place that she was born in Scotland. Another says Ireland. One entry for James Carlile, born Sept. 15, 1794 says that he was born on the ocean. James married Mary Whitcraft. William's other children were Sarah (Mrs. George Conn), Rebecca (Mrs. Samuel Hook), Margaret (Mrs. James Neel), Mary (Mrs. William Dunlap) and William (Nancy Whitcraft)
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