George Darling was born between the years of 1615 and 1620 most likely in the Midlothian region of Scotland. Some researchers have attempted to attach his parentage to George Darling and Isabell Muckle, however I have not been able to find any evidence of that as of yet.George was captured at the Battle of Dunbar Scotland by Oliver Cromwells troops in September of 1650. After the battle George and tens of thousands of other Scots were taken to Durham Castle and then sent to London, England for trial. Many of the Scots did not survive the conditions at Durham Castle nor the march to London. Even fewer survived the trip to the new colonies. After being pronounced guilty at his ’trial’, George was indentured to John Bex(Beax) and Company and sent as an indentured servant to the Lynn Ironworks in Lynn Mass for an 8 year term of servitude. The Iron Works is now largely referred to as the Saugus Iron Works and is presently located in Saugus Massachusetts. Historically it was also referred to as the Iron Works at Hammersmith.
On November 11, 1650 George Darling and some 150 other Scotsmen sailed across the Atlantic ocean aboard the ship Unity to the new Colonies. They arrived in Boston in December of 1650. 62 of these men went to work as woodcuters in the forests near the Iron Works. Others stayed in Boston, some went to Maine and others sent south. One wonders, given his age at the time of between 30 and 35 if George didn’t leave an entire family back in Scotland? Did he have a wife and children in the Midlothians? We’ll probably never know for sure, we do know the families of the captured Scots never knew exactly what happened to them. They were not informed if their sons and husbands had been captured, died at Durham Castle or on the march back to London. Never told their loved ones had been shipped an entire world away. Some time around 1657 George married a woman by the given name of Katherine and they were married until his death in 1693. The exact date of his death is uncertain. We know his estate was inventories on September 13, 1693 and the will probated October 9, 1693. It is believed his ” Good Wife” Katherine died some time after 1703. George took The Freeman Oath. In 1672 George purchased two plots of land refered to as the Coy Pond property in Lynn/Salem/Essex/Ma and became the owner of a tavern and inn on that property. Before this time, or possibly during, he was also a farmer and a yeoman. George also fished and cut wood.One of their sons, James Darling, gave testimony against Mary Towne Esty during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Mary Towne’s brother Jacob Towne is my direct ancestor. You can download James Darling’s original written testimony here two .JPG parts. Testimony Signature. James Darling was married to Hannah Lewis Maine. She was the aunt of Mercy Lewis, one of the ‘afflicted girls’ of the Witch Hysteria. It is believed but not proven that after her death James married Sarah Proctor, daughter of John and Elizabeth Proctor. John Proctor was hung during the trials. His wife, Elizabeth, escaped hanging because she was pregnant, by the time she delivered the hysteria was over.You may download .JPG images from “Witchcraft in Salem Village in 1692” by Winfield S. Nevins published in 1892 as pertains to the surname PROCTOR here. They are not listed in any particular orderpart one part two part four part five George was involved in several court cases the following are excerpts fromthe “Ipswich Quarterly Court” vol. 1 1636-1659This is after the death of John Bex and appears to be taken from hiswill.”….to Daniell Salmon for diett of George Darling forty weekes beeingfrom ye 20 of December until ye 26 of September amounteinge to ye summ of10li”*******not sure yet but I’m assuming “li” referrs to English Pounds(currency)***From Iswitch Quarterly Court Vol II 1656-1662″Oliver Purchis and George Darline, both at the Ironworks, deposed thatin February last, 1656, in the moonlight they went to Linne town to theordinary to see some persons from the Ironworks who had been there thewhole afternoon before. They found a great store in the house drinking,some being full of drunk, particularly Sergeant Eldridge of Maldin, whohad been there the greater part of the day before. Darline havingoccasion to be in the house all night, deposed that Eldridge slept bythe fire all night, and if deponent had not been there, his clothes andperhaps himself would have been burned so full of drink was theSergeant. In one room was Muzzy and his wife, she sitting on one side ofthe table between two men and her husband on the other side of the tablemerrily singing to the rest. Katherine Lary, who li