Richard, According to some copies of what are suppose to be old family letters, Charles Hubbs, married to Miriam Coffin, was suppose to have been born in Bath, England. It includes the story about being pressed into service and escaping, but also says that Charles brothers came to America after he had escaped. Also, it says that Charles and others who escaped caught a ship to America. That suggests that they didn't escape at Nantucket. If this is true, then he couldn't be the son of the other Charles from NY. This is all very confusing. I am related to Charles and Miriam through their daughter, Jane. Below is a copy of the copy. I understand how over the years oral stories change, but usually there is a bit of truth still there.
Here is the copy of the story of Great grandfather, Charles Hubbs, as Elizabeth Hubbs, daughter of David Hubbs, son of the above Charles Hubbs heard it from her father.
My grandfather Charles Hubbs (Hobbs originally) came from the city of Bath, England. There were three brothers. My grandfather was pressed aboard an English man-o-war and he was on the vessel 14 years before he could get away.
He and four others ran away from the vessel when it was laid up somewhere. They went to a house. The woman there was a widow. She told them they were deserters and she wouldn't keep them. They told her they were and had been pressed aboard the vessel.
She secreted them in her cellar and in a short time the officers of the vessel came after them in hot haste. She told them they had been there, and she told them they were deserters and she wouldn't keep them. She sent the officers in just the opposite direction from where the men would have to go to get away and when they were out of sight and it was safe, she called them up and sent them on their way. They got a vessel coming to America. Great grandfather's brothers came to America after that.
The first we heard of great grandfather Hubbs after that he was on the Island of Nantucket. The Friends Records state that May 1, 1774 Charles Hubbs married Miriam Coffin on Nantucket Island. Miriam was the daughter of David Coffin and Ruth Coleman Coffin. Whether Nantucket Island was the place where the above men landed we do not know.
A letter written in 1810 by great grandfather Hubbs and signed Charles Hubbs and Miriam Hubbs, they asked to be remember to the women on the Island who lived there ? and Miriam Rand, brothers and sisters of Miriam Coffin and lived on Nantucket.
I would be interested in hearing what you think.
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