Son of a gun seems to be a very strange phrase. A prevailing theory is that it comes from the 1800s when British sailors took women along on extended voyages.
When babies were born at sea, the mothers delivered them in a partitioned section of the gundeck. Because no one could be sure who the true fathers were, each of these “gunnery” babies was jokingly called a “son of a gun”.
Faith and Courage: 2nd edition -A Novel of Colonial America Inspired by real people and actual events, the family saga of colonial America continues with Ambrose Dixon’s family life in Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story.