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  • Name John GREENLAW 
    Born [1727] 
    • Burial
    Gender Male 
    Burial Ramshorn Cemetery, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Greenlaw Ancestry, Glasgow, Scotland
      This evening, i am posting on Greenlaw family history as sourced from a memorial stone at Ramshorn Church Burial Ground. This records the deaths of:
      John Greenlaw and Family
      Robert Semple on March 1st 1827.
      Stone is dated 1781 which may indicate date the burial plot was purchased.
      "The Burying Place of John Greenlaw and His Famely. Robert Semple Died 1st March 1827. 1781"
      Ramshorn Cemetery
      Glasgow, Lanarkshire.
      0503 The burying Place of John Greenlaw and his famely 1781. Robert Semple died 1st March 1827
    Immigration SUMMER 1753  Dolphin: Greenock to America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Annals Of The Town Of Warren: With The Early History Of St. George's, Broad Bay And The Neighboring Settlements On The Waldo Patent 4 editions
      By Cyrus Eaton
      p 85 Greenlaw on the Dolphin 1753

      These offers attracted the attention of sundry persons in Stirling, Glasgow, and other places in Scotland, who, after consultation, entered into an agreement, the terms of which are not exactly known, to emigrate. Some of them, who were without families, agreed to work for Waldo four years in payment of their passage. Others, at stipulated times after their arrival, were to pay for their passages as well as for supplies furnished. Being collected for embarkation to the number of sixty, besides ten or more children, who went passage free, they went on board the brig Dolphin, Captain Cooters, in the summer of 1753, and, after touching at Piscataqua, where they remained a week or more, arrived in George's river in September. Dr. Robinson had contracted with Waldo to erect a house, and have it ready for their reception on their arrival. This he commenced near the house occupied by the late Capt. Dagget, since rebuilt by his grandson, E. B. Alford. He built the walls of logs, and partitioned the inside into fourteen rooms designed to accommodate the whole company, which contained that number of families. But from the want of materials, or other cause, the roof was never made, and the structure remained unfinished and unoccupied till the timber decayed. In consequence of Robinson's failure to complete this job, the emigrants scattered round and lived the first winter with the old settlers. Provisions were supplied them by Waldo; who appointed Boice Cooper a kind of commissary to take charge of, and deliver them out at stated times. The names of these emigrants were Archibald Anderson, John Dicke, Andrew Malcolm, John Miller, John Crawford, Thomas Johnston, John Mucklewee, John Brison, Andrew Bird, John Kirkpatrick, John Hodgins, John Carswell, John Brown, Robert Kye, Grenlaw, Wilke, Beverage, Auchmuty, and Anderson. They were mostly mechanics, and unacquainted with all agricultural operations, except reaping and threshing. Malcolm was a Glasgow weaver; and Archibald Anderson, who married his sister and belonged to Bannockburn, was of the same trade, and had worked in the same city. Dicke of Stirling, was a maltster and brewer, Miller a delfware manufacturer, Kirkpatrick a cooper, Hodgins a bookbinder, Crawford a shepherd or herdsman, and Auchmuty a slaie maker. Having the promise of lands within two miles of tide waters, they naturally looked forward to the comforts of city life to which they had been accustomed at home; and fearful of Indian hostilities, and unacquainted as they were with the wild beasts that frequented the woods, they could not think of going to separate farms, and fixing their habitations at a distance from each other.
    Residence 1762  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John GREENLAW Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776 Court, Land and Probate Records
      COURT RECORD : 1762
      ADDITIONAL NAMES : Greenlaw
      NUMBER : 3
      ORGANIZATION : Cordwainer
      OTHER NAMES : Thomas, Jr. HARTLEY
      CASE NUMBER : 1762 Apr 227
      DATE OF RECORD : 1/4/1762 12:00:00 AM
      DATE GENERIC : 3/22/1762 12:00:00 AM
      CASE TYPE : Tres Case
      LOCATION : Boston
      AMOUNT : 3/22/1762 12:00:00 AM
      VOLUME : 1762
      PAGE : 749
    • John GREENLAW Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776 Court, Land and Probate Records
      COURT RECORD : 1762
      ADDITIONAL NAMES : Greenlaw
      NUMBER : 3
      ORGANIZATION : Yeoman
      OTHER NAMES : Belthazar BAYARD
      CASE NUMBER : 1762 Apr 228
      DATE OF RECORD : 1/4/1762 12:00:00 AM
      DATE GENERIC : 3/8/1762 12:00:00 AM
      CASE TYPE : Case
      NOTE : Case contains: defendant's plea by Gridley.
      LOCATION : Boston
      AMOUNT : 3/8/1762 12:00:00 AM
      VOLUME : 1762
      PAGE : 750
    Residence 1764  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John GREENLAW Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776 Court, Land and Probate Records
      COURT RECORD : 1764
      NUMBER : 3
      ORGANIZATION : Mariner
      DATE GENERIC : 4/25/1764 12:00:00 AM
      CASE NUMBER : 1764Jul218
      DATE OF RECORD : 10/1/1764 12:00:00 AM
      LOCATION : Boston
      CASE TYPE : Case
      AMOUNT : 4/25/1764 12:00:00 AM
      VOLUME : 1764
      PAGE : 464
    Residence 24 Apr 1764  [Boston, Suffolk, MA] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Selectmen's minutes, 1701-
      by Boston (Mass.). Selectmen
      Publication date 1884
      p 59
      At a Meeting of the Selectment April 24 1764
      Mr John Greenlaw appeared and informed the Selectmen, that he had received into his House as a maid, about six Weeks past one Esther Fore who was lately a Servant to Dr Jennison of Menden- Memo, suppose her Christian name to be Elizabeth, and not Esther
      Genealogical data extracted from the Boston's Selectmen's Minutes, 1736-1775
      by Burkett, Brigitte
      Publication date 1993
      p 175
      24 April 1764 John Greenlaw has taken as maid Esther or Elizabeth fore, lately a servant to Dr Jennison of Mendon
    Residence 1769  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John GREENLAW Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776 Court, Land and Probate Records
      COURT RECORD : 1769
      DATE GENERIC : 8/31/1769 12:00:00 AM
      CASE TYPE : Case
      CASE NUMBER : 1769Oct231
      DATE OF RECORD : 10/1/1769 12:00:00 AM
      LOCATION : Boston
      NUMBER : 1
      ORGANIZATION : Shopkeeper
      VOLUME : 1769
      PAGE : 669
    Residence 1772  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name John GREENLOW
      Record 1772
      Location Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
      Original Text John, dry goods, opp. White Horse, May 14, 1772. [3]
      Page 5854
      Boston, MA: Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston, 1711-1875. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: John Haven Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Boston: New England Historic Genealogial Society, 1997.
    Occupation 1774  [2
    Residence Cadder, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Scots in New England, 1623-1873
      Original data: Dobson, David. Scots in New England, 1623-1873. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.
      p 88
      John Greenlaw. From Calder near Glasgow, admitted as a member of the Scots Charitable Society of Boston in 1762. [NEHGS Scottish Charitable Society Papers, Mss B/S 36v 6]

      William Greenlaw. Emigrated to New England by 1753, settled in Warren, Maine, and on Deer Island, Maine. [Immigrants to New England #77. Compiled by Ethel Stanwood Bolton, Salem 1931]

      ["Cadder" is 5 miles north of Glasgow.]
      The constitution and by-laws of the Scots' Charitable Society of Boston: with a list of members and officers, and many interesting extracts from the original records of the society
      Authors: Scots' Charitable Society
      p 98
      John Greenlaw, Calder, near Glasgow
    Residence 1774  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • John GREENLAW Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection) Genealogies, Biographies, Heraldry, and Local Histories
      RECORD : 1774
      LOCATION : Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
      CODE : 22437
      VOLUME : Boston, 1630-1822
      PAGE : 9616
      TEXT : A Scotch shopkeeper, south end. Addresser and protester 1774.
    Residence 29 Aug 1775  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • American Archives: Fouth Series, containing A Documentary History of THe English Colonies in North America From the King's Message to Parliament of March 7 1774 to the Declaration of Independence by the United States
      Volume 5
      M St Clair Clarke and Peter Force
      Washington April 1844

      p 1375
      Halifax August 29 1775
      Dear Sir: Ass the very disagreaable situation of the quarrel between Great Britain and the Colonies make us very anxious about the security of the little property we have on your side the Atlantick, and though we are well convinces of your honour from all our friends, yes we hope you will not charge us with an unbecoming boldness in begging the favour of you to make us a remittance for the last year's invoices, being really distressed by the dishonouring of some bills from America to a considerable amount, as well as desirous of being relieved from the anxiety we cannot but feel for the state of your property in such unsettled times.
      Praying your speedy and favourable attention to this request, and assuring you how happy we shall be in the continuance of your correspondence when the times wear a more fabourable aspect, we are, with esteem and regard, sir, your most obedient and assured servants.
      Christopher Rawson & Sons
      To Mr John Greenlow, Merchant, Boston, New-England
    Residence 1776  Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John GREENLAW Suffolk County, MA: Index to Court of Common Pleas Cases, 1756-1776 Court, Land and Probate Records
      COURT RECORD : 1776
      DATE GENERIC : 10/30/1775 12:00:00 AM
      CASE NUMBER : 1776Jan141
      DATE OF RECORD : 1/1/1776 12:00:00 AM
      ADDITIONAL NAMES : Cazneau
      NUMBER : 3
      ORGANIZATION : Jeweller
      OTHER NAMES : Jonathan TROTT
      LOCATION : Boston
      CASE TYPE : Tres Case
      VOLUME : 1776
      PAGE : 39
    Died 1 Nov 1787  Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 3 Nov 1787  Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Church Registers
      GREENLAW JOHN ae 60 M 03/11/1787 [1727] 644/1 590 299 Glasgow
      3 November John Greenlaw 60 Fever C - 10 3; - 1 -; Male; Tax: - - -3; Where buried: John Greenlaw's lair N east? side
    Person ID I43431  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2020 

    Father William GREENLAW,   b. Bef 1707,   d. [1776] 
    Mother Jane,   d. [1783-1786] 
    Married C 1726 
    Family ID F4727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wife,   b. [1726],   bur. 13 Apr 1811, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married BY C 1752 
     1. Jean GREENLAW,   b. Bef 1752,   d. Aft 1795  (Age > 45 years)
     2. John GREENLAW,   b. [1759],   bur. 15 Feb 1781, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ann GREENLAW,   b. [1759],   d. 5 Mar 1819, Greenhead, Wishaw, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Margaret GREENLAW,   b. [1766],   bur. 19 Apr 1811, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F13140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Greenlaw French and Indian War Records
    Greenlaw French and Indian War Records
    The French and Indian War and the Arrival of the Greenlaws in Maine
    The French and Indian War and the Arrival of the Greenlaws in Maine

  • Notes 
    • Scotland's People Website 5 October 2014: Nil
      Assessors' "taking books" of the town of Boston, 1780: Nil
      Suffolk County Deeds: Nil
      Suffolk County Probate: Nil
      British Military Canada: Nil
      Falmouth Assessment 1761: Nil
      Boston Assessment 1771: Nil

      Some have
      John Greenlaw bapt 16 January 1755
      Ann Greenlaw bapt 16 February 1757
      John Greenlaw bapt 8 February 1759

      Some call him the brother of William m Jane.

      Scottish-American Heirs 1683-1883
      David Dobson
      p 53
      983 Greenlaw or Black Janet wife of David Black merchant in Nova Scotia, heir to her father John Greenlaw merchant Glasgow reg 20 March 1789
      984 [Same]
    • Peg Kearney
      HTY 599
      Land, Loyalty, and Self-Interest: One Family?s Journey from Neutrality to Exile


      John Greenlaw, William?s brother, immigrated to Boston in 1762 and was one of a growing number of traders and loyal subjects of Empire who embraced the new Scottish enlightenment.

      p 13

      John Greenlaw, South End, A Scotch shopkeeper.32 In the end, John, an acknowledged Tory, fled Boston when the British evacuated in 1776 and returned to Scotland to live out the remainder of his days. 33
      32 Deane, Massachusetts Historical Society, p. 394.
      33 David Dobson, Scottish-American Heirs: 1683-1883, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing ompany, 1990), p. 53. The whereabouts of John after leaving Boston was unknown to the Greenlaw genealogists. His ultimate fate was discovered in a small notation in the above referenced book which states that his daughter Janet Black of Nova Scotia inherited the property of her father John, a merchant of Glasgow. Janet?s husband, David Black, was also banished from Boston for the same reasons as his father-in-law. His story makes for interesting reading in the Loyalist Claims Commission papers.
      Searched 10 September 2019

      John Greenlaw Deaths 1775-1825

      GREENLAW JOHN M 00/00/1787 644/1 590 316 Glasgow

      GREENLAW JOHN ----- M 12/02/1781 644/1 590 182 Glasgow
      Item: John GREENLAW (24142)
      Given Names(s): John
      Surname: GREENLAW
      Gender: Male
      Type of Document: List of Bills
      Date (yyyy/mm/dd) : 1776-05-01
      Document Page Number: 175 (5,7,9)
      Fonds: British Headquarters Papers (Carleton Papers or American Manuscripts)
      Microfilm: M-343
      Reference: MG23 B1
      Item Number: 24142
    • October Meeting. Anecdote of Governor Brooks; Extracts from Col. Paul Revere's Day-Book; A List of "Protesters" and "Addressers"; Communication by Judge Metcalf; Governor Bradford's Dialogue; Verses by Governor Bradford
      Judge Metcalf and Mr. Deane
      Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society
      Vol. 11 (1869 - 1870), pp. 388-482
      Mr. Deane exhibited a printed broadside containing the names of the "Protesters" against the Solemn League and Covenant ; and those of the " Addressers " to Governor Hutchinson before leaving the country in 1774. The paper belonged to Mr. John K. Wiggin, of Boston, through whose kindness it was allowed to be exhibited to the meeting, and to be printed in the "Proceedings"
      John Greenlaw South End A Scotch Shopkeeper
    • Documentary history of the state of Maine ..
      by Maine Historical Society
      Publication date 1869-1916
      Volume 14
      p 310
      Letter from Committee of Safety at Machias 1775
      To the Honorable Council and House of Representative of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay now setting at Watertown-

      Gentlemen, During the absence of Captn Obrien, the Committee of this place commissioned Captn Stephen Smith to take Charge of the Private-teer, & bring in here the Brigg Loyal Briton owned by Messrs Archibald Wilson, James Anderson, John Greenlaw, David Black and John Semple who had sent her to St John's River in Nova Scotia to load with Cattle &c for the Army at Boston; & upon Captn Smith Arrival there, he found the said Brigg loaded & weighing Anchor. He thereupon took Immediate possession of her, without opposition and after taking the provision found in the Fort, with two women & five Children he proceeded with his Prize & Prisoners, (Mr John Semple of Boston and David Ross the mate expected, who found means to Escape), directly to this Place. An exact Inventory of the Goods taken in the Brigg and in the Fort we send enclosed. The Cattle, sheep, Hogs, smoked Salmon & Butter, we have divided among the people, who took them, except one third part reserved in the Hands of the Committee for publick use; The other things are all Stored & await the orders of the General Court. The two private Soldiers, with their wives & Children, at their earnest request, we have sent luck to St Johns, taking it for granted that they would be not only useless, but expensive lumber in the western part of this Colony. William Miller the Pilot of the Brigg and three seamen are permitted to ship on baord the Private-teer, and the Corporal above-mentioned are sent to Court. Captn Sterling has much to say for himself, but his conduct is not altogether unexceptionable: All we can say is, that he is a North Briton. We have given him part of his private venture & reserve the rest till the pleasure of the General Court is known. John Anderson Esqr was also on board the Brigg, as a passenger who was dismissed & suffered to return to his own Homw, not because he appeared to be a cordial friend to the Cause in which we have embarked, but because he belonged to another Province.

      Nothing material has since happened, for we can do but little

      We now beg leave to return your honors our Humble & hearty thanks for the many favors already confered upon us, of which we shall ever retain the most grateful remembrance. It would give us the highest satisfaction to find ourselves able, thro' the aid you have graciouslly given us, both in the Land & sea Service, to protect & support ourselves without giving your Honrs any further trouble: But such are our Necessitous circumstances, thro the almost total failure of our commerce, upon which we have hitherto subsisted & by which we have rose to such magnitude, as to be in some measure worthy of your Honors attention, the Admiration of this Vast Continent and the dread of Halifax, and the british Navy, that we have no other alternative, but Either to "sink" or to make a most humble and dutiful application to our avowed, beloved & beneficent Guardians. We are therefore under the disagreeable necessity of adding, That we have drawn a bill upon your Honors in favor of Mr Wm Shey of Philadelphia for a Cargo of provisions, a Copy of which, together with the Letter of advice given with it; we send enclosed. We could not but View the arrival of this cargo of provision as a very remarkable interposition of Divine Providence, in our behalf, & thought ourselves indispensably bound to treat the benevolent Instrument by which it came, with honor. But purchase we could not; Lumber would not answer, and all the Cash we could collect in the whole place was but barely sufficient to pay the freight. To suffer this provision to depart from us, & go elsewhere, would have been the heighth of distraction, as we were then in want, and armed Plunderers infested all our coasts, and icked up all the provision they could find ; and especially when we add, we had no prospect of either Quails or Manna. The sacred laws of self preservation, therefore, deserved respect to Mr Shey, the tender obligations, that subsist between the Guardian & his beneficiary, & the Mutual affection of Indulgent parents & dutiful Children, all conspired to Justify; & even recommend a draught upon the General Court of the Colony. The bill is drawn, & a copy of it now lies before you. If it is duly honored, our Mills, our boards, our shingles &c our houses and not to mention the sloop Mechias Liberty, sloop Unity, the Margeretta, Diligent, Tatamagouch, or the Infidel reclaimed ( once Loyal Briton ) our all is yours, till the whole is repaid. This may soon be done, for we are both able & willing to pay the whole amount of said Bill in lumber on Demand. If this bill is not Honored, we tremble at the consequence!

      On this occasion we send Mr George Stillman as our Representative who was chosen by the Town for that purpose. And with him we send the Accounts of our expence in bringing the Dead, who fell in the day of battle, or died by the wounds they then received, in taking care of the wounded, & in supporting the prisoners & conveying them to Head Quarters, except the Doctr Bill, & the persons who attended him, which we choose they should present themselves. The charges of those persons who were lately at the General Court, & Mr Stephen Jones's we have sent as they brought them in to us. But all the rest we have examined, and Approved. We are heartily grieved to see our expences run so high, but we see no way to reduce them any lower without doing apparent injustice. We have other enormous expences among ourselves which we never mean to mention in the ears of Government, for the greatest part of us have spent almost our whole time in public service since the taking of the first Tender. We are but an handful & every publick exertion required the most of our strength. And were your Honors graciously to add, to your parental bounty in the land & Sea Service of this place, which we esteem a rich & signal favor, all the Prizes we have taken, we should still be sufferers. We ask not a farthing more than we have merited; we expect, we are willing to suffer with our brethren, for it is honorable & Glorious to suffer in this Cause. Your Honors are well Acquainted with our infant state, with our critical situation, & with all we have done in support of the invaluable priviledges of America, & Great Britain, and we rest assured that you will not pennit us to suffer beyond measure. We must now acquaint your Honor's, that the Company of Militia at our western Falls have chosen Mr Jonathan Knight their Captain Mr Daniel Miservey their first Lieutenant, & Mr David Longfellow tlieir second Lieutenant. The Company at Eastern River have chosen Mr Joseph Sevey Captain Mr John Scott first Lieut & Mr Ephraim Chase second Lieut we pray therefore with submission that their commissions may be made out & sent down The Town approves of Mr Benjamin Foster as a Magistrate, but prefers Mr Joseph Libbee to Mr Nathaniel Sinkler & humbly request that both these Gentlemen may be made Justices of the peace.

      We also beg leave to recommend to your Honors Notice the Widow McNiel & her orphan children who are left under very poor circumstances. Mr John Berry who has a family Ebenezer Beal of Old York, a very old Man & Isaac Taft & James Cole, Young men, may not be, perhaps, unworthy of Notice. These were all badly wounded, and it is doubtful whether they will ever be capable of business as they were before, or not. The last mentioned is still confined. Before we conclude, we must observe that on the 8th Instant Eleven Deserters from the Somerset at Halifax arrived here, who informed us that the Tartar & two ships of war are now up the Bay of Funday, & that a Schooner of 14 Carriage Guns & 50 men, was fitting out at Halifax in order to Join two other Tenders, and proceed directly against this place. Eight of the said deserters are inlested on board tlie Sloop Machias Liberty. Should Armed Vessels come against us we should be in danger of falling a sacrifice, for we are very Scant of Powder; as almost all that was taken in the Diligent was destroy'd, some body poured water into it privately. We earnestly beg therefore, that your Honors would please to send us More.

      We are Gentlemen most respectfully your most Dutiful & Humble Servants.

      By order of the Committee of Safety

      Jas Lyon Ch M
      Machias Octr 14th 1775

      P S Mr Stillman is accompanied by Dr Willm Chaloner

      In Council Novr llth 1775

      Read & sent down Perez Morton Dy Secry
      Suffolk County (Mass.) court files, 1629-1797
      Authors: Massachusetts. County Court (Suffolk County)
      County court files index to Maine counties of York, Cumberland, Lincoln, Hancock, Washington. Case numbers 13700-141579, surnames A-Y, l734- 1797.
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      Greenlaw & Campbell 139724

      Court files v. 898 cases 139693-139735 1774-1780
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      Cumberland Ss To the Honourable Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature holden at Falmouth in the County of Cumberland and for the Counties of Cumberland & Lincoln on the Tuesday next after the fourth Tuesday in June AD 1777

      Humbly Shews John Greenlaw of Boston in the County of Suffolk Merchant. That at an Inferior Court held at Said Falmouth in & for sd County of Cumberland on the last Tuesday of March AD 1775 he recovered Judgment against John Campbell resident in Falmouth in said County Trader for the Sum of thirty two pounds three shillings and six pence lawful money damages & costs; from which Judgment the said John appealed to this Court, but hath failed to prosecute his appeal. Wherefore the said John prays affirmation of said Judment [sic] with additional Damages & Costs
      Mr Theo Bradbury his Atty

      Inferr Court Bill L 3 4 2
      Copy of Judgt 1 -
      Entry of Compt 4 -
      Writing Compt 1 -
      a power 1 6
      Attendance one day 1 6
      Examining &c 1 4
      3 14 8

      L32 3 6
      4 6 10
      36 10 4

      Cumberland Ss Anno Regni Regis Georgii Fortii Magna Brittannia Francis et Hibernia Decio Quinto

      At an Inferior Court of Common Pleas begun and held at Falmouth Within and for the County of Cumberland on the last Tuesday of March being the Twenty eighth Day of said Month Anno que Domini 1775. John Greenlaw of Boston in the County of Suffolk Mercht Plt vs John Campbell now resident in Falmouth in the County of Cumberland Trader Deft in a Pleas of the Case for that the said Campbell at a place called Boston viz at Falmouth aforesaid on the sixth Day of December 1773, by his Note under his Hand for Value received promised the said Greenlaw to pay him or his Order Thirty two Pounds three Shillings and Six pence on Demand, yet he has not done it tho requested but Neglects it To the Damage as he saith the sum of Forty Pounds The DEft at the solemnly called to come into Court did not Appear but made Default.

      It is Therefore Considered by the Court that the said John Greenlaw recover Against the said John Campbell the sum of Thirty two Pounds three Shillings and Six pence lawful Money Damage, and Cost of said Taxed at three Pounds four Shillings and two pence

      The Deft after entereing up this Judgment, came into Court and Appealed from the same unto the next Superiour Court of Judicature to be holden for this County and entered into Recognizance with sureties as the Law Directs for prosecuting his Appeal to Effect.

      A True Copy Attest Wm Gorham Cler P T
    • Description
      The dockets and extended record books for the Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas for the period 1756 - 1776 are largely missing and many scholars speculate that the British took these volumes at the time of the evacuation of Boston in 1776. The volumes have never been located in Massachusetts, and repeated searches of the Public Record Office in London and the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have failed to turn up the missing volumes. The file papers for the period 1692-1830, however, were "rediscovered" in 1974 in the basement of the Suffolk County Court House, and a project sponsored by a series of NHPRC grants allowed those file papers to be preserved.
    • Charles Greenlaw
      John Greenlaw, probably a son and the oldest of seven, was "engaged in merchandise" in Boston prior to the Revolution. The "Boston Evening Post" for January 10 and May 18 1774, carrying his advertisement of goods received in recent cargoes from Britain. On May 30 1774 he was a signer to the retiring royal governor of Massachusetts, Hutchinson; and this resulted in his being proscribed and banished by the Massachusetts legislature in 1788. No other record has been found of him, tho a boy names John, pupil in a writing school in 1768, must have been his son.
      The Friends of Government: Loyalist, Ideology and Politics in Revolutionary Massachusetts 1765-1776
      Volume 2
      Colin Nicolson
      University of Edinburgh 1988

      p 427
      John Greenlaw
      The Non-Importation Agreement of March 1768, Subscribers: S
      Loyal Addresses to Governors Thomas Hutchinson and General Thomas Gage, 1774-1775: 1 The Farwell Address to Hutchinson Boston 30 May 1774, 2 The Welcoming Address to Gage, Boston June 8 1774
      The Solemn League and Covenant, Subscribers: X Subscriber to the Boston Protest against the Covenant 29 June 1774
      Political Affiliation: Whig [Sources: Miscellaneous sources and information contained in Appendix A]
      Proscription as Tory in the province newspapers or town records: 1778
      Act of Loyalty: Member of the Boston Association 1775-1776
      Proscription as a Loyalist by the Patriots with dates: Arrested 1776 [Sources: Biographical Directory: Massachusetts Loyalists Claimants XIII-XIV
      Political Awareness and Political Activity on behalf of the provincial government, with dates: Anti-Whig 1775
    • John Greenley
      in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
      Name: John Greenley
      Event Type: Birth
      Birth Date: 10 Dec 1714
      Birth Place: Boston , Massachusetts
      Father Name: Samuel Greenley
      Mother Name: Martha Greenley Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
    • Church Registers

      GREENLAW ELIZABETH ----- 77 [1720] F 31/12/1797 644/1 640 57 Glasgow
      31 December 1797 Elizabeth Greenlaw 77 [1720] Age; Lair: 19; - 1 -

      GREENLAW MARGARET ----- 44 [1746] F 30/09/1790 644/1 600 68 Glasgow
      Margaret Greenlaw 44 Childbed; Cyd: N; - 2 6- - 1 -; - - 0; OWR? Humph Taylor's lair N side
      Surviving registers may record the date of death or the date of burial or date of payment for hire of the mortcloth, but only one of these will appear in the index. There is no indication given in the index as to whether the entry alludes to a death or a burial or the mortcloth payment.
      GREENLAW HUGH ELISABETH MAIN/FR2916 (FR2916) 30/08/1789 644/1 270 66 Glasgow
      GREENLAW ELISABETH JOHN HENDERSON/FR2865 (FR2865) 29/01/1786 644/1 260 368 Glasgow [d? Hugh Greenlaw m Margaret Hunter]
      CRAIG JOHN JANET GREENLAW/FR1748 (FR1748) 14/03/1784 622/ 70 36 Barony [d? William Greenlaw m Margaret Luke]
      Volume 54: Music in Colonial Massachusetts, 1630-1820: Music in Homes and in Churches
      BG, January 18, 1774
      For a continuation of John Barry?s school with Mr. Crane for instruction in the art of psalmody . . . at the house next Mr. Greenlaw?s near the Liberty-Tree, see the above source in the section on Mr. Crane in this Appendix.

      BG, January 18, 24, 31, February 7, 1774
      Barry & Crane

      Inform the Public, That they open their School this Evening for teaching Psalmody; at the House next Mr. Greenlaw?s near Liberty-Tree; where young Gentlemen and Youth may be instructed in the best Manner, and on the most reasonable Terms.

      N.B. Said School will be kept every Monday and Wednesday Evenings.

      Name: William Lindsay
      Gender: Male
      Christening Date: 03 Oct 1779
      Christening Place: BARONY,LANARK,SCOTLAND
      Birth Date: 30 Sep 1779
      Father's Name: James Lindsay
      Mother's Name: Elizabeth Cathrine Greenlaw
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11622-8
      System Origin: Scotland-ODM
      GS Film number: 1041477
      Citing this Record
      "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Elizabeth Cathrine Greenlaw in entry for William Lindsay, 30 Sep 1779; citing , reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,477.

      Marriage: LINDSAY JAMES ELIZABETH GRINDLAY/FR 731 (FR1731) 15/11/1778 622/ 70 6 Barony
      Proclaimed and Married November 1778 James Lindsau Weaver Anderston? & Elizabeth Grindley Lamroe
      Burial: LINDSAY JAMES ----- 70 [1730] M 15/05/1800 644/1 520 52 Glasgow bur 15 May James Lindsay Merchant Palsey 70
      Burial: LINDSAY JAMES ----- M 01/08/1792 644/1 590 327 Glasgow bur 1 Augt James Lindsay Wood Mercht N 45 on east side of Midle wall
      Burial: LINDSAY JAMES JAMES LINDSAY 3 M 12/02/1791 644/1 510 194 Glasgow
      Baptism: LINDSAY ELLIE JAMES LINDSAY/ELIZABETH GRINDLAY FR680 CHILD 2 (FR680) U 28/11/1784 622/ 30 106 Barony
      Burial: LINDSAY JOHN JAMES LINDSAY 1 M 15/03/1778 644/1 500 352 Glasgow
      Wills: Lindsay James 26/5/1809 workman at Framssally in parish of Cambuslang I Glasgow Sheriff Court Inventories SC36/48/3
      Wills: Lindsay James 7/6/1809 workman, Tramsfolly, parish of Cambuslang Testament Dative and Inventory Glasgow Commissary Court CC9/7/80 mentioned Jean Lindsay wife of James White daughter of defendant
      Burial: LINDSAY JAS ----- 74 [1734] M 15/05/1808 644/1 600 404 Glasgow Jas Lindsay 74 bur 15 May N Fever Where buried: Common
      Burial: LINDSAY JAMES ----- M 20/07/1808 627/ 10 362 Cambuslang
      Burial: LINDSAY JAMES ----- 73 M 23/09/1797 644/1 600 204 Glasgow "In James Lindsay's L"
      Scottish Post Office Directories > Towns > Glasgow > 1799-1828 - Glasgow directory >
      1799 [87869810]
      Publisher: M'Feat, Walter, bookseller and stationer in Glasgow
      Printer: Wm. Reid & Co.
      Date printed: 1799
      p 41
      William Grindlay baker John street
      James Grindlay baker Gorbals
      p 45
      James Hutchison & Co calico printers, warehouse head of Gallowgate, south side
      p 46
      Rob Hutchison bookseller and stationer Saltmarket
      James Hutchison bookseller and stationer Saltmarket
      p 75
      Robert Semple boot and shoe shop Saltmarker
      John Tait's Directory; for the city of Glasgow, villages of Anderston...1783-1784
      Nil Greenlaw
      Bailey's Northern Directory, or, Merchant's and tradesman's useful companion...For the Year 1781
      Nil Greenlaw
    • The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
      GCD11 CD - GCD11 Index to Burials in Ramshorn & Blackfriars
      Ramshorn & Blackfriars Churchyards, 1776 to 1854. Compiled by GWSFHS ?9.00 75gms

      G0006 Booklet - G0006 A Guide to Glasgow Addresses - Pt l.
      1700 - 1825: Merchant City. A guide to locations and streets in the old city, predating street numbering with usefull appendices, notes and a street plan c1800. Compiled by Mrs Susan Miller. 2001 ?4.00 180gms
    • Mary Greenlaw
      in the Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910
      Name: Mary Greenlaw
      Gender: Female
      Marriage Date: 12 Jan 1772
      Marriage Place: Cadder ,Lanark,Scotland
      Spouse: Archibald Boak
      FHL Film Number: 1042966 Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
      GREENLAW MARY ARCHIBALD BOAK/FR690 (FR690) 12/01/1772 626/ 20 344 Cadder

      No children in index

  • Sources 
    1. [S3975] Loyalists to Canada: The 1783 Settlement of Quakers and Others at Passamaquoddy, Theodore C Holmes, (Picton Press 1992).

    2. [S3981] Greenlaw Family, compiled by Mary Greenlaw Conway, (1983).