Group A Origins

Kintyre and Ayrshire, Scotland; Eastern Co. Londonderry, N. Ireland; and New Hampshire
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Group A Origins

Post by morrisondna » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:39 pm

The results for Group A are interesting in that they bring together three separate, but well-known, Morrison families. One of these is the Rocky River Morrison family of Cabarrus County, NC. This family is thought to have come directly to America from Campbeltown, Kintyre, Scotland. The other two are families that settled in Londonderry, NH, and are documented in Leonard A. Morrison's 1880 book on the Morrison family. One is the Hugh Morrison family and the other is the Samuel and David Morrison family. Most of the second half of Leonard Morrison's book is devoted to descendants of this "Charter Samuel" Morrison.

One other result in Group A is from a test for a local Morrison family still residing in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This participant is probably descended from family members of the New Hampshire Morrisons who remained behind in Ireland at the time of the New Hampshire settlement in the early 1700's.

It is likely that all of these Group A Morrisons had their origins in farming areas of the Lowlands of Scotland, since that is where Scottish settlers were recruited for both Kintyre and the North of Ireland. There are records in Campbeltown that Rocky River Morrisons were members of the Lowland church there and not the Gaelic church. We have not yet found exactly where this branch of the Morrisons lived before their migrations.

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Post by morrisondna » Fri May 30, 2014 12:56 pm

In response to a request by Texas Morrison, here is a link to some interesting background on the settlement of Lowlanders in Kintyre:

http://www.ralstongenealogy.com/number08kintmag.htm

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Re: Group A Origins

Post by morrisondna » Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:30 pm

The Rocky River Morrisons of NC have found church records in Campbeltown, Kintyre, Scotland, that seem to be their line. These Morrisons were not originally from Campbeltown, but settled there just as other Morrisons settled in the North of Ireland. Kintyre was simply another “plantation” settlement of Lowland farmers.

The cousins of the Morrisons who settled in New Hampshire went first to the North of Ireland. I took some test kits with me to Northern Ireland in 2007, and one of the Morrisons I tested there was from Dunboe, west of Coleraine. Another Group A Morrison, a descendant of Charter Samuel Morrison seems to have from Aghadowey, just to the south of Coleraine. This Samuel and his brother David were closely associated with Abram Holmes, who had been married to a sister of Samuel and David and brought a letter of good standing from the Aghadowey Presbyterian Church with him to NH. The Holmes family was from the Coleraine area, including Portrush just to the northeast. (This is the same Holmes family as is detailed in my book, Tracing the Morrison Family.) These Morrisons may have been the same family as those recorded as being at the Siege of Londonderry in 1689, though not necessarily the same individuals. There were Morrisons settled near Ballykelly and Limavady who may be the same family. Some of the Holmeses were in that area as well.

The link between the Campbeltown Morrisons and the NH Morrisons must be in the Lowlands of Scotland at a place with easy access to emigration ships. The Glasgow area fits that description. The Morrison name was certainly found in numbers there. However, since the emigrants were farmers, they were probably not from Glasgow proper, but somewhere nearby. It might be possible to narrow this locale down more precisely with detailed level SNP testing. Recent SNPs shared with certain location-specific surnames could be the key.

One member of Group A has tested positive for SNP R-L163. This is a fairly rare SNP under the U106 haplogroup. L163 is listed as equivalent to SNP L44 on the R1b haplotree at Yfull.com. Yfull indicates the mutation for this SNP occurred about 4000 years ago, so it is widely spread in the British Isles and elsewhere in Northern Europe. However, the U106 project at FTDNA indicates that L163 is a little more recent and there are several SNPs downstream of L163 that can be tested for as well. One of the families who share L163 is the main line of the MacGregor family. (See MacGregor DNA Project at FTDNA.) However, further SNP testing by Group A members is needed to determine whether Group A Morrisons are in the same downstream branch of L163 as the MacGregors.

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Re: Group A Origins

Post by Scot1949 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:02 am

The above information on "Charter" Samuel Morison, his brother David, and Abraham Holmes is confirmed by Charles Knowles Bolton in his Book Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America, pp. 259,260,263 (1910, reprinted in 2007 by Heritage Books). Bolton included a facsimile and transcription of the testimonial letter given to Holmes and his wife, Mary Morison, by the Aghadowey Presbyterian Church in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The year of emigration was 1719.

Note: I have used the name spellings given by Bolton; other authorities may differ!
Bob Morrison
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