Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three Male Line Surnames

We had a family legend (story) that at one time, a McFarland boy was orphaned(?) (indentured?????) to a Hunt family in Wales and took the Hunt name out of gratitude. What proved to be true when cousin Bill Hunt did a male YDNA study was that we share no YDNA with any other Hunts than cousins from my 1787-1856 Thomas Hunt. What we share is male line DNA with McFarlins (McFarland, MacFarlane, etc) particularly a family out of Orange County, NC in the mid to late 1700s. It is possible that the common male ancestor might have occurred in that same time period, or it could have been earlier. A study of those McFarlins' place in the DNA studies is that they also had a name change and don't share male line ancestry from McFarlands. They are a group known as hidden MacGregors since the male line ancestry goes to Ian Cam MacGregor of many centuries ago. (This is all DNA stuff. We don't have records confirming these yet.) The MacGregors are famous (infamous!) for being proscribed in the 1600s and until the middle 1800s by edict of the King and his council. Anyone after the proscription using the name MacGregor could be hanged or summarily killed by any other of the Kings's subjects. Guess what. Many, many MacGregors changed names. It is, therefore, surmised that our direct MacGregor (names unknown) took the MacFarlane name. The other part of the puzzle is that our Thomas Hunt in Rutherford County, NC in the early 1800s lived among three brothers, William "Wat" Hunt, Absalom Hunt, and William "Kinch" Hunt. Like Thomas, descendants of all three "brothers" have DNA tested male line and none are descended from Hunts. Wat descends from a Veasey line, Ab from  a Veasey line, and Kinch from a Duke line. There is a possible link to Brackett and Devinney with Wat and Ab. Did I mention that one generation before my 1787 Thomas Hunt, another Thomas Hunt (relationship unknown) and a Duke (both in Orange Co, NC) were pardoned from hanging in the same proclamation "provided they joined the Continental Army" (ca 1780) which they did and lived on? Did I mention in Orange County in the 1780s a William McFarland and an Elizabeth Hunt were charged with adultery (both being married to others not mentioned here) but fled NC so the case was left open and not further prosecuted as far as records tell us? Also, the Veasey, Duke. and Hunt, and McFarland families had numerous relationships of record in Orange County in the late 1700s and early 1800s. This is what is keeping me and other Thomas Hunt descendants, McFarlands, and those of the other Hunts named going in circles right now. (Sorry I was so long winded. I love telling this story.) By the way, the MacFarlanes and MacGregors were both "bad guys" in the Highlands known for being ferocious fighters and rustlers. The famous (infamous?) Rob Roy (MacGregor) Campbell (so he wouldn't be hanged!) ran an extensive protection racket (my wording and interpretation). Pay up, and we won't steal your cattle and will keep others from doing so. By the way, I owe a lot of thanks to cousin Bill and Susan Hunt and other Hunt and McFarland researchers for parts of the information here. As always, if there are errors, it is in my retelling and not their research.