Firstly, it has been definitively disproved that William Buell, who immigrated to Dorchester, Massachusetts and then to Windsor, Connecticut was the son of Sir Robert Beville of Chesterton, England. There are numerous messages in this thread detailing this.Also, see G.E. McCracken, "William Buell & Early Descendants," The American Genealogist 54 (April 1978), p. 65 et seq. (discrediting Welles's account as based on no facts ascertainable) and, specifically, A.S. Lichliter, "700 Years of the Beville Family," (Washington DC: self-published), 1976, pp. 229-232 (includes transcription of the will of William Beville, s. of Sir Robert. Also notes that W. Beville studied law at Gray's Inns of Court in London, whereas W. Buell could not write).
What I would like to do is to gather any original research or other relevant facts about William Buell the immigrant. There have been postings below from John Buell, where he stated "There was a William Bevyll son of John Bevyll born on May 12, 1605 in St. Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, England. What makes this interesting is at the same location I found a John Hellier son of Thomas Hellier born on May 17, 1607."What is the source for this and where did it come from?There are also interesting posts and theories from Ian Maclaughlin and Audrey Peters.However, none of their registered email addresses seem to work.
Ever since Welles, William's ancestry has been shrouded in conjecture and assertions lacking in proof.Let us no longer go down that route but accurately and fully source everything.
The only hard data I can provide is a recent DNA test I took, which showed me to be a member of Haplogroup I1, which fits generally with the information we have. Haplogroup I1 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_I1_(Y-DNA)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_I1_(Y-DNA)) frequently occurs in Scandinavia, northern Germany, and England. This would suggest that William was not Welsh, but descended either from the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Normans, or any other random northern invaders that plagued Britain fromthe 5th century to 1066.
At the least, I would be very interested in setting up some sort of group or foundation of interested individuals to conduct more research into where our William actually came from. In pursuit of this, I have just set up a blog at http://william-buell.tumblr.com/http://william-buell.tumblr.com/ where I will detail any and all facts surrounding William.It appears that these messages boards are in little use these days.