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Twigs to Trees

March, 2019

Mary Helen Haines

Hello Clan members. Welcome to spring, and hopefully milder weather. In the previous Twigs to Trees,  I published the SNP breakdown for our largest group of testers in the MacFarlane DNA project at FTDNA. Most recently, as the result of new Big Y tests in the BY3019 group, we have discovered that SNP 146078 began with the birth of John McFarland, born 1739, the eldest son of John and Mary Montgomery McFarland. We know this because a descendant of John’s (b. 1739) youngest brother, Benjamin (b. 1747), did the Big Y, and did not share 146078.

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Twigs to Trees #33 December, 2018

Twigs to Trees

December,  2018

Mary Helen Haines

Happy Holiday Season everyone. For this column I have tried to put together the most recent results of the Big Y testers that fall into Block 5 of the Big Y tree, RDF63. I can remember when I first joined the project with my two male cousins’ kits in 2006. At that time, we were only looking at STRs and all of the men mentioned below do match with STRs with varying degrees of closeness. There was no way to determine if they were 4th cousins or 18th cousins. That now seems eons ago; so much progress has been made since then. Today, with the Big Y test, we are able to see the development of different lineages over time and begin to figure out how far back we are all connected within a haplogroup.

I just received the Big Y results from my cousin’s kit and we discovered a new SNP associated with our line, so now we can say that all male McFarland descendants of John McFarland, born 1739 in Lancaster Co. PA, who married Mary Kinder in VA around 1763, will carry this SNP. However, until we have a tester who descends from John and Mary Montgomery McFarland’s other sons, we will not know if this SNP begins with John and Mary Kinder McF. or goes back to the parent or the grandparent. So, I am putting out the call for more male McFarlands from this lineage of Robert McFarland, born abt. 1675 in northern Ireland, married to Jennet, to do the full Big Y test when they can afford it. Or, if you carry the SNP BY3019 and do not descend from John and Mary Kinder McFarland, your Big Y test results will add to our knowledge of this line. Where and when does BY3019 begin?

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Twigs to Trees #32 September, 2018

Twigs to Trees

September  2018

Mary Helen Haines

If you are in Houston, Texas you can visit a little McFarlane history not too far away. In Richmond, Fort Bend County, just to the west of Houston is the historic McFarlane House, built in 1882 for Isaac McFarlane’s family.

Isaac McFarlane was born in 1840 in either Jamaica, or Edinburgh, Scotland depending on the source. A biography* about his son, Judge William I. McFarlane, states that Isaac came with his physician father from Edinburgh to the West Indies around 1848. After investing in land there, the family moved to Boston for a short time before coming to Richmond, Texas. The father died and Isaac, as well as his brother James, enrolled in Terry’s Texas Rangers, Company H (8th Cavalry, CSA), participating in battles at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Lookout Mountain, to name the most well-known. After being paroled on May 22, 1865 in Mobile, Alabama, Isaac made his way back to Fort Bend and married Sarah Jane Higham. They were the parents of six children, and Isaac was a successful merchant and cotton broker before retiring in 1899.

The house stayed in the McFarlane family until 1979, when it was donated to the city of Richmond and given Texas Historic designation in 1985.



*  A History of Texas and Texans, Vol. IV, pub. 1914, Francis White Johnson, pp. 1599, 1600

Member’s Genealogies:

MCFARLAND:  Troy Jim McFarland Jr.; Troy Jim Davis McFarland Sr. (TX), Albert Dee Wilson McFarland (TX), Joseph Amos Allen McFarland (TN to TX), Joseph McFarland, born abt. 1835 in North Carolina, died bef. 1870, lived in Madison County, TN. Probable son of Amos McFarland who died before 1850 in Madison County, TN, leaving a wife Elizabeth.

MACFARLANE: Peter Erik Andersen; Mae Edith Ranger (Ontario, Canada), Edith MacFarlane (Ontario, CA), John Angus McFarlane (Ontario, CA) John McFarlane (Iona, Scotland), Niel MacFarlane, born 1785 in Iona, Scotland, married Isabella MacArthur in Tiree, died before 1850 in Ontario, Canada.

MCFARLAND: Carolyn Denise Brooks; Herbert Dee Brooks, Mattie Norris McFarland (MO), William Alexander McF. (MO), Walter Leftwich McF. (MO), James Ray McF. (VA to MO), John McF. (VA to NC), John McFarland (N.Ireland to TN), Robert McFarland, born abt. 1675 in Northern Ireland, married to Jennet, died 1751 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

MCFARLAND: Diane Wales; Ann Elizabeth McFarland, Harold Chester McFarland (Indiana to Illinois), Arthur Morton McF. (Indiana), Martin M. McFarland (Maryland to Indiana), William McF. (West VA to Indiana), William McFarland, born 1735 in Scotland, married to Nancy Kilgore, died abt. 1790 in West Virginia.

MACFARLANE: James Andrew MacFarlane; John Peter MacFarlane, John Owen MacFarlane (Michigan to Florida), Franklin Peter MacFarlane (Michigan), Alexander MacFarlane (Michigan), Andrew MacFarlane, born 1790 in Scotland, married to Margaret Gray in 1823, died 1872 in Quebec, Canada, son of John Macfarlane.

MCFARLANE: Park McFarlane; John Richardson McFarlane (PA), Park Richardson McFarlane (PA to Washington D.C.), John Robert McFarlane (PA), George Rowan McFarlane (PA), Capt. John R. McFarlane, born 1773 in PA, marred Rebecca Rowan, died 1811 in Havana, Cuba.

MACFARLANE: Bonnie McKeddie; James Robert Rochead McKeddie (Vancouver, Canada), Marion Rochead (Stirlingshire, Scotland to Vancouver, Canada), Janet MacFarlane (Scotland), Robert McFarlane (Stirlingshire, Scotland), Robert MacFarlane, married to Marion L. McFarlan in 1800 in Strathblane, Stirling, Scotland.

MCFARLAND: Laurel Ann McFarland Stewart; William John McFarland (California), William George McF. (MO to CA), William John McFarland (Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Ireland to St. Louis, MO), William John McF., born 1848 in Ireland, married to Ellen McCulla in Ireland, died 1920 in St. Louis, MO, son of Robert McFarland and Martha Cusack.

As always, feel free to contact any of us with questions about your lineage. We will help as much as we can. 

Hope to see some of you at the AMM in Estes Park soon. 

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