My interest in genealogy began by chance, when I was idly browsing the web one day sometime around 2002 or 2003 and came across the familysearch.org site. I entered in my surname and my father's birth location, and found my great-grandfather, and his wife, and parents and grandparents, and a new interest was born.
Family surnames, below:
This is my father's surname; my line is descended from Samuel Handy, who emigrated as an indentured servant to Northampton County, Virginia, by 1665 and later settled in Somerset County, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There are at least four or five unrelated groups of Handys in the US: there are the descendants of Samuel, who settled in Maryland (my line); there are the descendants of Robert Handy, who arrived in Massachusetts in the 1640's; the descendants of a Samuel Handy, of Alveston, Warwickshire, who converted to Mormonism and came to America with his family in the mid-1800's; and a group of Handys of unknown origin who were in Virginia in the 1700's and later settled in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. There were several 17th and early 18th century immigrants to the colonies with the surname "Handy" or one of its variants and there's no indication that there's any relation between them. The image below shows the locations of baptisms of children surnamed Handy in England between 1600-1700; the name, while not common, is fairly widely distributed, and there's nothing to suggest a relationship between any two 17th and 18th century American colonists of the name.
My mother's paternal line; descended from a Henry Childs, a Quaker from England who came to Pennsylvania in the late 17th century and whose descendants settled in Maryland and later Kentucky.
My paternal grandmother's paternal line, descended from a Robert M. Sims who was born in South Carolina and died in Georgia. DNA suggests a connection with a Sims family of Virginia, but I haven't yet been able to establish a definitive link.
My paternal grandmother's maternal line, descended from William Dodd (known to his descendants as "William the Quaker"). Earliest settlers in Virginia, later in the Carolinas and Georgia.
My maternal grandmother's father's line; most likely descended from a Johannes Waggoner or Wagner who emigrated to Baltimore c. 1750 from the Rhineland Palatinate; descendants settled in Coffee County, Tennessee and Graves County, Kentucky.
My maternal grandfather's mother; this line on her father's side is a persistent brick wall--her father, David Dillon, was born in Ireland in 1845, son of Edward Dillon and Honora O'Flaherty, who emigrated to the US during the famine, arriving in New Orleans around 1848; Edward Dillon died the same year, probably of cholera, which was epidemic that year, and Honora and their children ended up in Louisville, Kentucky, where they appear on the 1860 census in the hosuehold of Michael Flaherty, who was probably her brother.
Paternal relationship confirmed by DNA match with Handy-545, 3587 total cM, largest segment 263.7cM. Maternal relationship confirmed by DNA match with Childs-787, 3582.1 total cM, largest segment 281.5cM.
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On 27 Aug 2018 at 16:26 GMT Lynden (Raber) Rodriguez OCDS wrote:
On 29 Jan 2018 at 21:25 GMT Paula J wrote:
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On 17 Nov 2017 at 18:35 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
I am trying to work through the Scarborough family and noticed that you cited the source http://www.esva.net/ghotes/scarb/scarb.htm
Your tree does not agree with this source. I am willing to help make the necessary changes, but would like you to agree with using that source consistently.
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