You posted your message of 10-7-2001 at 11:41 but started it at 3:11.That sure is mighty early to start your day!
I have been doing family research for about twelve years.As a Makemson I felt it my privelage to find out as much as possible about such an unusual family name.I owe much of my success to my mentor Mrs. Ann Nell Baughman, who has posted many things on this site.
Some of my understanding of the Makemson family is fact and the other theory.
Theory - I believe the original spelling of the name to have been Malcomson/Malcolmson etc.I know there are many Malcomsons living in Orkney and the Shetland Islands which would explain to me the idea that the early ancestors came from Norway, Denmark, Sweden.I can understand the migration of the family would have moved westward into present day Scotland and then into England and Ireland.
Fact - My line of Makemsons goes back to Northern Ireland sometime before 1685.However we do have a Makemson cousin, Howard Makemson from Nottingham, England who has located the Name in Northern England at an earlier date.
Theory - I believe there are at least two sets of the Makemson family who came from Ireland at about the same time.
Fact - My line came to the colonies in the early 1750's and settled in the areas of Maryland or Phildelphia, PA.This line is pretty well established with several interested family researchers, family reunions, family letter, etc.
Fact - Another Makemson family line must have settled in the southern colonies (South Carolina) with a John Makemson serving in the War for Independence from that colony.There are many "southern" Makemsons that I am acquainted with whom I believe (theory) came from this line.
Theory - That the ancestors of these two lines were brothers.The census bears names that are much the same.
I would be happy to share any materials that I have with you.