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Re: John Mayne of Casco Bay, and Ezekiel of Stonington -- interesting discoverie
Posted by: Bob Gagne (ID *****9146) Date: December 03, 2009 at 18:30:14
In Reply to: Re: John Mayne of Casco Bay, and Ezekiel of Stonington -- interesting discoverie by Phillip Maine of 534

I don't mean to convey any disrespect to any well-meaning person who has a preconceived notion as to where one's family originated and wishes to prove that notion with hard facts, but the truth is all we have is sheer speculation. There simply is not any evidence but the most tenuous connections to anybody but Ezekiel. We do not know if he was indeed the son of John Maine of Casco Bay, and, furthermore, we do not know if said John traveled on this elusive "Beaver of London" ship.

2 points I want to make here: 1st, many immigrants slipped "through the cracks" into the New World. There were Channel Islanders (from Jersey, Guernsey, etc.) named Mayne and LeMain who could effortlessly assimilate into either French-speaking or English-speaking culture, having been Protestants, as well. There were also countless assimilated Huguenots. 2nd, and I can not stress this point enough, my maternal family's DNA results point towards Belgium (as I said before, the male Mayne members took the test, so for them it is the Y-DNA connection, which goes way, way back), where the surname "Mayne" is extremely common (specifically in Wallonia, the French-speaking area of Belgium). Please take the time to look at the website www.familienaam.be, and underneath the map of Belgium, in the empty rectangular space next to the word "zoek" (or "seek," in English), type in "Mayne." You will be shocked and surprised. DNA is just short of bulletproof, guys; it's the latest trend in genealogical research and cannot be ignored. Perhaps the family migrated from Wallonia (French-speaking Belgium) to Devonshire at some point before 1614. This was not uncommon!

There is also a great desire to have the knowledge that one is descended from someone great: a hero, a conqueror, a landowner, etc. The connection to Charlemagne is not only unproven and unprovable, but grandiose speculation. I'm sorry if I sound disrespectful, but let's try not to have our heads in the clouds!

Happy hunting,
Bob


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