George Darling

(circa 1615 - circa September 1693)

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Relationship9th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildGeorge Darling was born circa 1615, in Scotland.1
GroomHe married Katherine Gridley before 31 March 1657 in Lynn/Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. Katherine is generally believed to be the daughter of Richard Gridley; however, 'Boston Transcript' column of 14 May 1919 points out that Richard Gridley had no daughter named Katherine; a more definitive argument against this father daughter relationship is provided by the Great Migration Study cited for this entry.2,3,1
DeceasedHe died circa September 1693 in Salem, Essex Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England.1

Children with Katherine Gridley:

Immigrant Ancestor

Circa 1653, George Darling arrived in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. George may have come to New England as a transported prisoner on board the 'Unity' from out of London, having been among those captured by Oliver Cromwell's army at the Battle of Dunbar (Scotland). Upon arrival in Boston, these Scots were impressed into sevice at the Iron Works in Lynn, Massachusetts... a 'Georg Darling' is listed among the Iron Works' assets of '35 Scots' in Nov. of 1653. George stated in a 1681 court deposition that he was at the Iron Works from 1653 to 1661. See information at: and at: and: and for the Battle of Dunbar, see:

Land and Property

Property AcquisitionOn 24 February 1672, George Darling bought a piece of property at Coye Pond, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. "John Peach of Marblehead, gentleman, sold to George Darling of Marblehead, farmer, 'all that his quarter part of land called by the name of the Coye Pond land formerly purchased of Mr. Samuel Stoddard... & one quarter part of all that land was purchased of Nathaniel Pitnam' [ELR 3:171]."4

Sources - Citations

  1. [S197] Descendants of George Darling and Katherine (Gridley) Darling, online at:; accessed: unknown date accessed.
  2. [S646] Clarence A. Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985) Digitized by - subscription database. Pg. 420; Online database. - New England Historic Genealogical Society, accessed 8 Dec 2016.
  3. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), ppg. 822/3; Richard Gridley.
  4. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, pg. 1409; John Peach.
  5. [S351] Town Records of Salem, 1634 - 1659, Historical Collections, Second Series, Vol. I. vols. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute Press, 1868).
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