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  •  No Maryland as far as I can tell (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    My father's great-aunt did the family genealogy many years ago so she could join the DAR, and the entire family was from Pennsylvania, primarily Western Pennsylvania from the second generation onwards.  They got here around 1750, and for the next century intermarried pretty much exclusively into the Welsh-American community near Pittsburgh and Union County; there are surnames like "Morgan," "Thomas," "Griffiths," and "Phillips" in the family tree, and first names like "David" and "Cadwallader" and "Thomas."

    The first hint of non-Welsh was one James Robison, evidently Scotch-Irish, possibly from West Virginia, who married into the Evans line sometime around 1840.  After that there are more non-Welsh names, like my grandmother Harriet "Nettie" Hancock.  My mother, who was German-American (family came from Baden-Wurttemberg, where they seem to have spelled their name "Bashoor" instead of "Bashor"), evidently was the first person who wasn't of British descent in my direct line.

    If I had the time and money, I'd definitely do more research on this.  It's fascinating stuff.

    •  Yes it is fascinating (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      And there are resources available relatively cheap on line. Not to promote the site but Ancestry.com is amazing in its available records (it's a lot of fun to pore over the 1810 census and subsequent ones too) and for appx. $70 every 6 months I think it's pretty fair.

      The next step for me will be to flesh out the lines and finish both my grandmother's lines- for some reason they proved to be very difficult to trace and then? Well, I do know the town in Wales the Evans' came from but not the Jones' although through a long lost cousin who found me on Ancestry looking for the same individual as she was, has given me her line which matches my Grandfather Jones' line precisely as her grandfather was my grandfather's youngest brother from. Having seen clients of mine in my business who are retired and have the time trace their lines in the British Isles get all the way back to William the Conqueror's time, I'm itching to do the same although I'm years away from even considering retirement.

      It's interesting you should mention when non-Welsh began appearing in your line- it's about the same in mine. I wonder if there was some event that caused that or that just enough generations had passed that the Welsh were comfortable with others. Talk about an insular people! They went generations here before marrying outside their ethnicity which is amazing because we really don't see that outside of "Scotch-Irish Borderer" settlements which were often isolated and that accounted as much for their marrying among themselves as anything, I'm sure.

      The Borderers weren't well known for their traditions and customs in any case as drunken carousing and fighting really aren't expressions of culture but more one of their hot headed natures and codes of honor. The Hatfields and McCoys are the preeminent example of Borderer behavior for instance. If you haven't read up on the Borderers there are some recent theories regarding these outcasts and how much influence they actually had in the formation of the American character. When one says they're "Scotch-Irish" the chances are great they have at least a little of the Borderer in them.

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