Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
The group shows no deep ancestry in Ireland and outside of Scotland it has more DNA matches in Wales, which suggests a Cumbric origin for the kinship group. Cumbric is a term for the indigenous Celtic people that were native to much of Scotland and historically spoke the Cymreag language. The Cumbric population of Scotland became Gaelic speaking in the early medieval period. Cymreag is a P-Celtic language, whereas Gaelic is a Q-Celtic language. As Scotland was formed into a country as we know it in the modern sense, the Cumbric population, became Gaelic speaking.
Cumbric ancestry in Argyll is not unusual. Several Gaelic clans in Argyll have lore that claim Cumbric ancestry. Three prominent ones are Clann Chaimbeul (the Campbells), Clann Eanruig (the Henrys), and Clann Neachtáin (the MacNaughtons).
The group has a unique Y chromosome DNA haplogroup designated as R-S1051. They are also called the 9919 A-1 group, so called because of loci, 459 = 9-9, the YCA II = 19-19, and 640 = 12. Their 485 locus is also unusual and runs from 485 = 13, or 485 = 16 (the norm for R-L21 is 15).
The Y-Chromosome projects researching this group are:
|Mid Argyll Group||http://www.familytreedna.com/public/MidArgyllKinshipGroup/|
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Link: McCain Family DNA Project Results
Monday, September 1, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
As you use the calculator, you will see we all seem to come from one McCain family circa mid 1600s. It is very possible we all descend from James McKeen or his father. James had two wives in his life (not at the same time fortunately) and the best estimate is 22 children. Some of these are accounted for, but most are not. James McKeen (his and his brother's descendants) are a DNA match to the Port Hall and St Johnston McKeans. We can follow them from 1630 onward. This is the line that has the often mentioned in lore William McKean the soldier.
Anyroad, enjoy: TMRCA Calculator
Comments and feedback welcomed.
Friday, August 8, 2014
1630 (the famous William McKean the solider, born circa 1600)
Robert Stewart’s Company; Lagan Army, August 1642
Hearth Roll, Donegal, Taughboyne Parish
James McKean Altaskin township (on the west side of St Johnston)
James McKean Junior (listed as Taghboyne township, not a currently used township name) This James a son of the 1642 James McKeane.
James McKean born 1665 died 9 Nov 1756
John McKean born 1667 died 1718
as adults lived in Ballymoney and Derry before immigration; probably born near Port Hall, Donegal. James McKeen has 22 children by two wives, most of his first family is not accounted for, but given the DNA results, they look to be what became the Marsh Creek McCains.
Hugh McKean died 1748
Born in Ireland and lived in Donegal Township PA Colony moved to Marsh Creek Settlement. (sons of James McKeen by first marriage or of a close kin, brother or 1st cousin of James)
William McKaine 1630
James McKeane, John McKeane, Thomas McKean 1642
James McKeen, John McKeen 1665
James McKean (probably the grandfather and the same man in the 1642 muster) 1665
James McKean Junior (son of above and probably father of James McKeen and John McKeen)
Alexander McKean, Hugh McKean 1720 (proven kin to the above, probably sons of James McKeen via his first wife, if not, then 1st cousins of his children)
Friday, July 25, 2014
Map is the location of McCain families in the mid 1800s. The group down in County Laois/Offaly (in the south) area are not part of our family, they are Mac Canna surnamed families that used the same anglicised form as we did. Our family's surname in Gaelic is Mac Eáin. The families in Donegal, Tyrone, Derry, and north Antrim, are our family. They can be connected to descendants that did DNA testing and match us. The County Laois/Offaly McCains also tested, which is when we discovered their connection to the Mac Canna families from the Loch Neagh area. The large blue cluster is in Tyrone right across the Folye River from Port Hall. I visited many of these McCains during my 2008 trip over. That is the area of highest concentration of our McCains in Ireland to this day. You can sit on the porch of a McCain home in Port Hall and look across the river to the McCain farms in Tyrone. The family migrated there from Port Hall in the early 1700s.