I am interested in population clusters for surnames Holmes and/or Boze in Ireland.
My paternal surname of Holmes has roots back to Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada where as early as the 1851 census they are farmers and claim Irish nationality and Free Will Baptist as their religion. Baptist was extremely prolific in the area and within the extended family. However, I have been unsuccessful in sourcing the family's origins back to Ireland. Two possibilities exist which are both connected to the War of 1812.
A Patrick Holmes who appears to enlist from Wexford and served in the Maritime Provinces as part of the 92nd Regiment of Foot and after settled in Andover, Victoria County, New Brunswick with a military land grant.
The other is Moses Holmes who appears to have been a native of York County, New Brunswick and served in the 104th Regiment. Moses Holmes is possibly the son of Moses Holmes Sr, a Loyalist who served in the American Revolution in Delancey's Brigade out of Long Island, New York. This would place the Holmes line in the American colonies as early as 1750.
In all my research, it appears that my paternal line left the British Isles much earlier than the established migration period. I'd be interested in any clues to Holmes in Ireland at or prior to the War of 1812 or any information concerning early immigration of Irish peoples to the American colonies or the Maritime Provinces.
I have tested my ydna and audna. I am in the I2 y-haplogroup and am derived for I-M223->I-CTS1977->I-Y5282->etc. In the Europedia ydna tree, I am the terminal SNP node named I-Y23701 which was discovered from my BigY test results. My closest ydna cousins are non-paternal events. My distant genetic cousins share a common ancestor who lived in about 700 BC. Today, they have surnames of Hallford, Bogue, and Bennett with origins in the British Isles.
Our common origins possibly trace back to a Germanic Tribe, perhaps Jutland or Friesland. We may have come to the British Isles from Denmark or Normandy, or we may have been cutoff from the European continent after the flooding of Doggerland. We will learn so much more as more men test their ydna.