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 I began working on my personal genealogy in the fall of 1999. My original intent was to find any links to the War Between the States and the American Revolution. This expanded quickly into the desire to discover any thing I possibly could about my family roots.

As with most Americans who trace their history back to Colonial days, I would discover that my ancestors were of many nationalities. Predominately Scots-Irish, my colonial ancestors include Welsh, Scots, English, German, French and quite likely Native Americans. Many of the names common among the immigrants from the British Isles had their origin in other parts of Europe and are derivatives of the names of those families who came from Normandy, Scandinavia, Saxony, Galicia and other parts of Europe including Holland, Spain and Germany.

The earliest ancestors I have found settled in the James River area of Virginia in the middle of the 17th century. First recorded ancestor was Jacob Smith who paid 10£ for the transportation of himself and his son John sometime in 1642 or 1643. He was assigned 200 acres along Turkey Island Creek in  Charles City County in December 1643 as the record below indicates.

FROM     "AMERICAN COLONISTS IN ENGLISH RECORDS"

          p 7 JACOB SMITH  -- L10 IS TO GIVEN TO THE MERCHANT WHO SHALL TRANSPORT JACOB SMITH AND HIS SON TO VIRGINIA, WHEN THEY ARE SHIPPED. IF THE SON NOT BE SHIPPED, ONLY L 6 IS TO BE PAID AND THE REMAINDER SPENT ON APPRENTICING THE SON. 1625/1649 HE HAD 200 a ASSIGNED TO HIM IN DIGGS HUNDRED, WEST ON  TURKEY ISLAND CREEK, CHARLES CITY, CO. VA. AND ADJ LAND OF THOMAS OGGS.   THIS LAND WAS GRANTED TO JAS. ROYALL, 4 MAY 1638, SOLD TO EDWARD MARTIN, 22 MAY 1643 WHO ASSIGNED TO JACOB SMITH, 1 DEC 1643.


Other ancestral family names in this area included Reeve, Daft and Gromarin. Other early Virginia families of British descent include: Wilkins, Fox, Vaughn, Moore, Power, Simmons, Hall, Mathews, Ginn, Burden, Ponder, Johns, Booth, Page, White, Goad, Henshaw/Hancher, Dunn, Hutchinson, Doyle and others. Through the Johns family there is a likely connection to the Monacan Indians of Amherst County.

The German connection is through the Stine and Slagle families originally from the York/Lancaster area of Pennsylvania.

My French families all immigrated at the same time to the Richmond area of  Virginia in 1700. Family names are David, Morrisette, Faure, Chastain, Dutertre, Buart and Renaud. These families were all French Huguenots who settled at a place they named Mannikin-town, on 10,000 acres granted them by  King William III, who many of them had served in the  Glorious Revolution, against James II.

My Scots-Irish ancestors apparently began arriving during the 1700’s during what historians have referred to as the Great Migration. During the 58 years of this migration ending just prior to the American Revolution almost a quarter of a million Presbyterian Scots came to America from the  Ulster section of Northern Ireland where they had settled during the  Plantation of Ulster in the 1600’s. They include the following family names: Davison, McMillan, Wilson, Carnes, Manes and others whose surnames were lost by intermarriage with these families.

My Welsh ancestors include Johns, Vaughan and possibly the Ginn family who some researchers say is originally Gwin and Welsh.

The ancestry of my Jones family (Jones is considered to be of Welsh origin) is shrouded in mystery as the earliest proven ancestor is my Great Grandfather William Smith Jones who was born in Tennessee in 1818. Little is known of his parents other than their places of birth, which for his father was North Carolina and his mother Ireland. The middle name of Smith may be a clue that his mother’s name could have been Smith as the mother’s surname was often used as a middle name for children especially males. DNA testing indicates no Jones matches and adds to the mystery of William Smith Jones.

My Y or paternal DNA matches are originate in the British Isles, primarily Scotland, and in Norway where one of my two closest YDNA matches (36 of 37 dna markers) still lives. His name is Andersen. The other, surname Foster, traces back to early England in the areas heavily settled by the Norse.  Other DNA surname matches are Norse and Scottish. My Autosomal DNA, genetic origin, is primarily in Norway and the British Isles, suggesting that many of my ancestors were likely Vikings who settled in Scotland and England.