I just started a DNA project with the name Hamlett (Hamlet).
I am interested in the 3 Hamletts that came by ship to USA in 1701 from England. Can you tell me any more please?
Although I am from England, some of the family did go to the colonies and may well have been early Virginia settlers. One branch of my family in England owned salt mines. I am a Cheshire Hamlett. My great grandfather was from Winsford. I understand that some Hamletts came to Virginia as miners, and there could well be a connection there. I live in Canada now.
I am trying to find the connection (if any) between the Gloucestershire Hamletts and the Cheshire Hamletts, and any others, both in England and abroad – particularly in Virginia, USA.
I did see a book with some records of passengers leaving England for Virginia, and there was a reference to a Christopher Hamlett, and that was in the early 1600s. I would like to find the connection between the Virginia Hamletts and the British Hamletts. There is a legend that the two TTs distinguish the clan from others, and that the name was originally something else but there were some rogues in the family, so the name was changed. I did once have contact with a lady from Roanoke who was a Hamlett and her earliest ancestor had been a scribe in the coal mines there. She knew they had come from England, and she had also heard the same legend. However, throughout history, the names have been spelled wrong anyway. I find some of my ancestors spelled HAMLET, HAMLETT, HAMBLETT, even from father to son and back again in the next generation. They usually could not spell their own names anyway.
I am trying to find or disprove the connection between English Hamletts and Virginia Hamletts, and determine where the family came from before it settled in England. There are many arguments for it being German, Danish, Norman French, so it would be interesting to get some hints from the study.
Would there be any chance that you could spread the word about this project, please? I am looking for male Hamlett participants, also any information I can find about which of the Hamletts came to Virginia first, and from which part of England, or the world, they came.
In addition, there is an opportunity to make a contribution to the fund, which is administered by the testing company, Family Tree DNA. These monies would only be used to finance kits or enhanced studies and would not be released to me or anyone else. If there is any interest at all in the Hamlett genealogy, it might enable male Hamletts without funds to participate, and also to finance a deeper study. If you can contribute in this way, this is also useful to all of us in the study of the Hamlett family.