Christopher Erskin Sr.

Christopher Erskin Sr.

Death 19 Apr 1775 (aged 74–75)
Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Ancient Headstones, Section K - 1
Memorial ID 69534727 · View Source
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Christopher Erskin (or Erskine) married 15 Oct 1729 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts to Susanna Robinson.
Christopher came to America about 1725. He migrated from Ireland with his brother Robert.

Christopher was about 75 years old when the Revolutionary War started. He apparently had a very deep hatred for the British and when the first shots were fired at Lexington he was there and was shooting at the British. He never joined the Colonial Army (although his son Christopher Jr did). Christopher Sr was wounded at this first skirmish with the British and the wound ultimately lead to his death on 19 Apr 1775.

His parentage is somewhat in question. It may be James Erskin and Lady Rachel Chiesley. They had fled Scotland to Ireland about the time of his birth. Due to a unfortunate law suit by some greedy descendant trying to claim right to the Earl of Mar, where Christopher probably descends, the genealogy line went "missing". The law suit did not succeed due to lack of evidence. It shouldn't have been allowed in the first place. That now clouds all of us who are trying to do a legitimate genealogy of our family lines and history.

There is a suggestion that Christopher had changed his name from Charles when he arrived here in America to protect his family from British reprisals. This does fit with what was happening at that time.

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Gravesite Details Age 75, Husband of Susanna (Source: Abington Vital Records, Grave Records)


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 69534727
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