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This profile is part of the Clezie  Name Study.

An autosomal DNA test done in 2019 says my ancient ancestors were about 52% Hunter-Gatherers, 38% Farmers and 10% Metal Age invaders.

They were entirely European, coming mainly from West and Central Europe (79%), Northeast Europe (12%), and Southeast Europe (9%). The only puzzle is that last group. I’ve got no known ancestors from Southeast Europe. Who were they; how long ago?

My immediate ancestors - the last 3 or 4 generations - were all Northern European migrants to the New World:

Clezie ancestors from Berwickshire, Scotland moved to Edinburgh, then left Scotland after baby twins tragically died from measles; they migrated to Canada in 1832, settled near Montréal, later moved to Toronto, then across the Great Lakes to Cleveland, Ohio (cousins in Scotland variously wrote the name Clazie, Clazey, Clazy, Clezy);

Lockhart ancestors left Renfrewshire, Scotland and migrated to Canada around 1830; William Lockhart was shown with his family in the 1831 census at Saint-Philippe, Québec, near Montréal; he died, his widow remarried and moved across the Great Lakes to Troy, New York, later moved again to Chicago;

Megert family members - 13 together - left the canton of Bern, Switzerland in 1850, sailed on the ship “St. Nicholas” from the French port of Le Havre during the Christmas season; most of them later added “h” to the name - for unknown reasons, making it Megerth;

Heiser ancestors came from Hessen, in west central Germany, where they had been farmers and shepherds for generations; they migrated to the United States in 1865, just as the Civil War was ending, and settled at Cleveland, Ohio;

Schwab ancestors from Württemberg, in southwest Germany arrived in New York about 1872; they intermarried with other German migrants and ended up living at Cleveland;

Żarnowska was my Polish grandmother’s family name when she migrated to the U.S. in 1903, following her sister, who left home a year earlier; they settled at Cleveland; Żarnowski is the Polish spelling for males, Żarnowska for females;

Tomoń was my Polish grandfather's name but Poland had ceased to exist, swallowed up by its neighbours, so my ancestors were Austro-Hungarian subjects when they migrated in 1903; they met other Poles at Cleveland and soon married.

Other family surnames prominent among my ancestors were Bogaczewicz and Cieśla in Poland; Henderson and Lockie in Scotland; Schenk and Rupp in Germany; Iseli and Stalder in Switzerland.

(I'm doing a one-name-study on the Clezie - Clazey - Clazie - Clazy - Clezy name, found here:


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Thanks for the info on Isabel Lorimer.
posted by Patricia McCormack
Thank you for the source for Margaret Mitchell.
Thank you for the source for Johny H Thompson. I am quite interested in his father, James Andrew H Thompson, b 1818 Chester, Pennsylvania. I am looking for birth records and his parents. Our family tradition speculates that his father's name is Clyde, b. 1792 Chester PA, and mother Middy, but I cannot find proof. The other lead is a John C Thompson, but again only speculation.
posted by Charles Thompson Jr
I'm not familiar with any of those names but spelling was often inconsistent, or just plain wrong. shows people living at Chester named MADDAY, MADAY, MADEY, MAYDAY, MADDY, some of them dating back into the 1700s. Might be worthwhile to try the alternatives. Good luck.
posted by Rick Heiser
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Thanks for the info on John L. Wilson and the source too. Much appreciated. I added it to the profile just now.
posted by Dorothy Barry
Rick, thank you for your email of 28 June 2021. I have updated the record.
posted by Steve Klomps
Thanks for your email of 26 June 2021 Rick. I have updated the record.
posted by Terence Choat
Thanks for the Jervis info. Looking at the document, she was in transit to Shanghai, China.
posted by Joe Farler
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Thanks for the comment on East Lothian
posted by Kay Simpson
Thanks for all the updates!
posted by Shirley Heiser

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