It has been suggested in various printed sources that John Megie (d. 3 Feb 1735/6) of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, was identical with the John McGhie who was transported to East Jersey in 1685. I would like to suggest that maybe the former was a son of the latter. I believe earlier researchers have overlooked an item of curiosity.
Not only was John "McGie" transported in 1685 ~ also on the same ship being forcibly transported was Jean McGie. John was a defiant Covenanter, willing even to sign a petition of protest, and had been imprisoned in Dunottar Castler. On 5 Sept 1685 they were transported out from Leith (near Edinburgh) on the 350-ton ship Henry & Francis of Newcastle. The master of the ship Richard Hutton directed the ship from Leith to Montrose, then Aberdeen, to Kirkwall, and then on to the colony of East Jersey.
Leith is in close proximity to Edinburgh, in fact on modern maps metropolitan Edinburgh has absorbed Leith into its area. It appears likely that the John and Jean "McGie" who were transported were the John McGhie and Jean Maxwell who were married in Edinburgh on 4 May 1669. This couple had a son named John who was baptised in Edinburgh on 1 Sept 1672, and it appears more likely that this is John Megie who died in 1735/6 in the New Jersey colony.
I am aware that John Megie's headstone in the churchyard of the Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth(town), N.J., gives his age at his death in 1735/6 as 76 years. But I think every researcher knows of the pitfalls of believing every bit of information just because it is in print or even engraved in stone. The facts support the identification of the 1735/6 John Megie with the 1672 John McGhie and not his father. John Megie was not admitted an associate of Elizabethtown until 1699/1700, and became a parishioner of Mr Harriman in 1700. John Megie's wife Anne died eight months before her husband on 3 Jun 1735 and is buried with him in the Presbyterian churchyard in Elizabeth.
My ancestor [their daughter] Anna Megie is buried in the churchyard of the nearby Presbyterian Church of Westfield, New Jersey. Her headstone gives her age as 60 when she died on 4 May 1759. This would when she was born just about the time her father was admitted an associate of Elizabeth(town) ca. 1699.
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