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My tree is so messed up I am going to have to start over because I put bad information in
and it's not easy to change it without messing up the whole thing. However, believe I
can trade my lineage to the Roger Daniel (abt (1600-1680) who arrived in Virginia in 1654
with his wife, Anne Carey (1616-1662).
I know I will have to source all the information independently to confirm it.
It looks to me like the Daniels above my Roger Daniel were not Puritans after all (whew)
and mostly came from Cheshire, England. There are a million zillion Thomas Daniels. The
last name changes with Thomas Danyers in 1285. Then above that they become DeManners.
These were knights, apparently. End of the line is Giles DeManners (1064-1124) in
That is some crazy stuff. Two years before the Norman invasion.
I checked my DNA specifically for Scandinavian DNA and it said 0.3%. But they weren't
able to get very specific anyway. I'm 60% unspecified Northern European, 20%
unspecified European, and 19% British and Irish, with some other things thrown in like
French/German, Finnish, Sub-Saharan African, and the tiniest bit of Ashkenazi, which means
there were probably at least a few Jews (or related) in my lineage.
I just read up on the Norman Invasion. It seems that Vikings had already invaded France
(and Italy) and had kind of settled down for a while. They built schools and served as
decent public administrators (!). By the time they invaded England in 1066, they spoke
French. That goes against my image of the invaders as wild marauders.
Again, crazy stuff. And it's all made more interesting by the pursuit of genealogical
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