Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Gulielmus ( William ) Maher ~ Requiescat in pace my cousins

Gulielmus ( William Maher ) born  on  7 May 1858  in Wolverhampton, Stafford, England  to Jeremiah Maher  and Margaritae( Margaret ) Fant and died in Bolton  December 5, 1932.

Cousins of mine who went from Tipperary, to Staffordshire, to Cork and some then died in Liverpool. William ( baptized Gulielmus)  dies in Bolton Manchester, interestingly his parents married Church of Ireland but the children were raised Catholic.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Faces From the Past - Mercenaries and Made Men

                                                    Shrewsbury, Shropshire ~ and Sicily?

Shrewsbury is within  the winding course of the Severn, which is crossed by two bridges, called English and Welsh bridges.From Debrett's Peerage, we find  that in  1222 Robert I' Enfant was Provost of Shrewsbury.

Also in Shropshire we find  William L'enfant  as Bailiff of Munslow under William Bagod's Shrievalty  (sort of sheriff) but this is later in that century.William  is son of John, who was also may also be father to Walter and Adam, knights in Kildare.

What we see here on the Welsh Marches and the wilds of Ireland is a family who were, perhaps, landless in  the Midi Pyrenees region of their probable origin. Did they come into the British Isles with the Conquerer or was it actually the rulers of Aquitaine,Gascony a c. Warfare and specifically siege warfare was very sophisticated in the Midi and these fighting men sold their swords and indeed became made men.

A book entitled  "Mercenaries and Paid Men" discusses Robert L'Enfant as Justiciar of Sicily about 1272.
So were they "paid men" or  " made men" and where was their allegiance prior to this time?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mystery Monday ~ Sardinian DNA matches

So if, indeed, we do find in a week or so that we match 40% of Sardinian-Americans or current Sardinians what will that mean? Surely it will matter as to how close they are to us ancestrally and how long their family lived there. Could there have been men going to and fro from Sardinia in the period of the Norman Conquest?  Even taking it one step beyond, could our men/man have been recruited from Sardinia to work for the Norman Kings?

One of the daughters of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine married the King of Sicily. Wasn't there a 
L'enfant who was an official in Sicily?  Wondering. How would someone like Georami Pigna, if he was I2a1a connect to us..Food for thought..

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday ~ Sardinian DNA and the Fant Family

So, I just ordered PF4088 for one of us as we have tested F1295 negative. This means we are downstream from some others.I am trying to get my head around exactly what that means. It looks very possible that our Fant/Faunt/Font family could be downstream enough to just match  the 40% of Sardinian males who are currently living there. Wouldn't that be interesting!

In just the last year or two, Neolithic burials have been found linking our haplogroup to farmers in the  Cave of Treilles in Aveyron in Southern France.  The Treilles culture of c 3000 BC is the very last phase of the Neolithic in the region before the arrival of copper-workers and the Bell Beaker culture.

This book, Ancestral Journeys, The Peopling of Europe, was published in the fall  with a website that is constantly updated. The  author Jean Manco did a very fine job. Read down to find our P -37.2.

Also released very late in the year were the first Mesolithic Y male haplotypes which are predominantly I2 and I2* which may take our lineage back much further. Also included in  the Ancestral Journeys website as an addition.

This information from Bernie Cullen, one of our advisors from the I-L160 group : "We have had several sets of Geno 2.0 results recently, and I need to add more branches to that tree. Here is my plan for sorting out your big I-L160 group over the next year:
...try to look for people who are L160+ but F1295- and PF4088- (none are known so far). Start by testing PF4088 because by now it's clear that it is the much bigger group...eventually we will have a big batch of people who are PF4088+ but negative for CTS11338, Z105 and Z120. We will try to sort out this group with Big Y and followup testing."

As I read and reread this information I think I am understanding that these groupings are pretty distant.. way more than the 950  years that it is even possible the Fants were in the British Isles.. more than 3000 we will NOT differentiate between lines of the family with these known SNPS. Possibly  after February when the first BIG Y gets shaken out we can move a bit more.

So grateful to all these people for their expertise as we take this journey.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mystery Monday ~ Was Sir Adam L'enfant of Kildare the progenitor of the Galway line?

                                                               Athenry  Castle, Galway

Thanks for this mystery go to Luke Fant who reminded me today to look for the 14 Families of Galway while doing my research. I felt I had laid that to rest some time ago, but his reminder stirred  a memory for me, as I mentioned Adam Fonte of Galway in my response to him. Oh wow, won't my cousin Francis Faunt will be happy about this also! Yes, Fran, I know I have a tendency to dismiss theories I do not ascribe to. 
Major ancient research has indicated that the Galway lot are  "of the Kilmallock line" so there I was with that thought.

I just wrote about Adam L'enfant before Christmas when I learned he was brother to Sir Walter and son of John. How did I forget that John McDermot told me this? "Walter Lenfaunt was paid £20 p.a. as the Keeper of Kildare Castle from 1299 on. The money was paid to his brother Adam Lenfaunt that year. In 1302, Walter handed the castle over to Albert de Kenley on the king’s instructions. Though he is mentioned in relation to the castle 1300-4." I don't know, but I did. Perhaps that is why I share this information with all my close and distant cousins.

Luke and Fran, Let's  take a look at this. Maybe Patty and I will go to Galway, it's not so far from Shannon.

 Kildare Castle, County Kildare

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday's Faces From The Past ~ Fant Family of the East Midlands

Attempting in 2014 to prove or disprove the Fant, Faunt,L'enfant family as a single origin family, I am getting a huge amount of families in my assorted databases. I find families in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire,Derbyshire and a bit of Staffordshire pretty far back in time.

The family which Ernest Albert Fant originated in first comes to my attention in Lincolnshire. Robert Fant, father of Ernest, is apparently born to a single mother in Spalding, Lincolnshire. This Martha Fant born in Gosberton also has sons John Thomas and William Laycock Fant. Was there a William Laycock who she married before she marries William Burwell in 1859? If so I cannot find him although it is surely  possible. Her father was Thomas Fant  from Upwell Cambridgeshire and her mother Elizabeth Carteron. She has a brother Thomas who in 1849 goes to jail for larceny for 2 months and seems to die without issue.

So Ernest Albert Fant and his progeny who eventually are found in Nottinghamshire and perhaps even in Hull. Perhaps they would not be DNA matches as their  male line seems to be handed down differently than the Fant surname.

There is also a group from Yorkshire and Westmorland but that may be for another day, although the areas sort of drift into one another.