Yes, this IS all very interesting!Although we should not forget the occasional one-marker mutations that sometimes occur in unexpected locations down other wise unbroken lines of heredity, the accuracy of markers in pinpointing geography and families is improving as more and more universal tests are being recorded, especially the higher (37+) marker-count tests.
This certainly opens the possibility of Scots-Irish descent for Michel.It is also interesting that Suzanne says this points to a more northern France source for immigration.
I would like to remind you that my grandmother (Dad's mom), Edwidge Forest, always claimed that we (Forests) were from Normandie.Since disproving the connection with the NY DeForests, I had thought that Edwidge's claim was just merely a continuation of the old Charles Forest (1804) fairy tale.
However, Grandma was VERY SPECIFIC that it was Normandie, and NOT Hainaut NOR Flanders NOR Brittanie from whence we came.As an aside, and in the spirit of our recent emails regarding Salazars, Grandma Edwidge also always claimed that we had Basque heritage.The only place I find this in ALL of my lines is through the Forest-Girouard-Motin -> Salazar line!(This line of ancestry is through the wife of François de Forest and does NOT include his grandfather, Michel de Forest, the Immigrant).
Now, having read this entire thread, I'm beginning to think that, maybe, Grandma Edwidge DID know something about Michel's point of origin.If Edwidge is correct, this SUPPORTS, rather than discounts, Suzanne's idea of point of emigration from France to Canada, and also does not discount Suzanne's idea about Michel's possible Irish heritage.
It must be remembered, however, that Michel, because of his children's ages in the 1671 Census, was already in Acadia by at least 1665-66.Additionally, he married into a well-established Acadian family (Hébert) and, in view of strong Catholic family traditions and customs practised in those times, was, therefore, most likely in Acadia long before 1665.This certainly greatly narrows his possible methods of immigration to Acadia.
His children's names, particularly "Réné," are mostly not found in his wife's (Marie Hébert's) background.But, these names are also typically French names, and NOT Irish names.So, one is left to wonder from which particular area of Michel's familiarity these children's names came: hereditary or environmental?
Now, it's REALLY getting confusing.Suzanne presented a lot of innovative search ideas regarding yDNA and mDNA.I guess we're just going to have to wait and see who is left standing when the dust settles ... ;->.