Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fellow Traveler

Scott McCown commented on the previous blog about the warrior connection of those
related to Francis McCown. As it happens, Scott is very active in the Church of Christ as was I until I moved out here in the wilderness and now attend a community church. We are not related to each other in the flesh but certainly are in the Spirit.

My grandmother made sure that her kids and their kids were members of the Church of Christ as well, to the best of her ability. I sing the song of prayer preparation each Sunday morning and frequently use Great Songs of the Church as a source of the hymns that I sing. I also use songs from that book but sometimes need them in a lower key signature and so then select that lower key from a Methodist, Presbyterian or Seventh Day Adventist Hymnal.

I didn't mean to get sidetracked from the Scots or Irish Theme but I am tickled pink
to have Scott following the blog. I know for a fact that some of the followers of this blog are Christians as well and they can probably relate to my celebrating in this fashion.

We are still waiting for the deep subclade test results for my closest match within
the McGuire surname and hope it may yield a source of the McGuire/McCown/McKown connecton. That would be shown if this match tests positive on SNP P66. So far, only Jim McKown and I have tested positive on P66 of those with Maguire DNA.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

McCown Surname Group

FTDNA's McCown Surname Group has more than thirty members. The Ulster Heritage Group has divided most of those members into Mac Eoghain, Mac EoghainI and Mac Eoghain II.

Leonard McCown is administrator and Chris McCown is co-administrator of the surname group. Still, not all McCown/McKown named people are in any of those groups. In
addition, at least one of the McCowns and a McKown all of the Ewings (in Mac Eoghain I) appear to be in the haplogroup commonly referred to as Northwest Irish or Niall of the Nine Hostages and therefor related to the O'Connors and the O'Neills. A couple of others of the surname are simply categorized by haplogroup and three of us are
in the Mag Uidhir II (Maguire II) Group on the Ulser Heritage Group website.

Most of those in the Mac Eoghain group are descended from Alexander McCown and his six sons who immigrated to Pensylvania from Antrim about 1715. The larger group is descended from Francis and John McCown, who by DNA are closely related to the six sons group.

Some of these lived some time in County Tyrone before moving to America and it isn't clear, but is believed that they were originally of Scottish descent.

Leonard McCown has been told by Barry McCain, administrator of the Ulster Heritage
Group that he is descended, through Francis, from an Argyll Galloglais family.
These Galloglais were specially trained and armed warriors who hired out to various
chiefs in both Scotland and Ireland and many of those who served in Ireland remained there as early as 1450.

All of this is to make it clear that McCown is both Scots and Irish.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Et tu, King Tut?

I have enclosed the link as a follow-up to McCown, Maguire and King Tut. I still
recommend using a search engine and the search term Half of European men share King
Tut's DNA because there are several other sites offering different points of view.

McCown, Maguire and King Tut

Hey! The newspapers exagerate to get readership all the time. Actually, according to an article by Alice Baghdjian/ Reuters-Mon, Aug 1, 2011, half the men in Europe
and 70% of those in the British Isles have the same R1b1a2 haplogroup as does King Tut. If you can't wait, then use your favorite search engine and use the search
term Half of European men share King Tut's DNA.

A very high percentage of men in northern Ireland, not just that part in the UK called Northern Ireland have that DNA. This also true of western Scotland, Argyll and the islands off the west coast of Scotland, and the Isle of Man.

I needed to update the blog before it expired, besides, it gives us something to talk about.