Recent DNA studies of a Marsee, a list member,who can trace his ancestory back to the Rev. Thomas Marsee c. 1777-1859 pf Lee County, Virginia, Knox county, Ky. and Claiborne county, Tn. reveal a 37/37 marker match withthe Masseys tracing their ties to a Richard Massey who migrated to the colonies about 1693 to Charles City county, Virginia.This scientific test supports earlier indications that the Joseph I, Rev. Thomas and Joseph II of this Marsee grouping were truly Masseys.Earlier information had also indicated this tie and included 1.the spelling of the name on early tax records in this tri state area as Massey/Massie/Marsee 2.the history of a son of the Joseph who died in Yellow Creek included a William O. Massey who was in the Joseph of Yellow Creek will but moved to La. after the death and his family has retained the use of the Massey spelling since the move. 3.the early spelling of the double s in which the first s is made to appear like an inverted f or r which made it easy to make the spelling appear to be Marsee 4,a tracking of census records that indicate most of the units in the U. S. using the Marsee spelling came from this area of the tri state region and are traceable to the earlythose who spelled , at least some times, the name as Massey
I thought it might be desirable to make this statement for those just starting research in this family in order to help them find their way to the well researched Massey roots, including the migration of one with William the Conquerer to England in 1066 from apparently the region known as Masci, near Normandy, in France.The father of the first Joseph of Yellow Creek was very possibly a Joseph Massey of Brunswick county, Va. born c. 1686 and from him back to his father Richard who migrated to Virginia.Later members of this Richard line spread into NC and the area known as the Waxhaws in SC. We all owe a great deal to our site leader Lonnie Fink who made this testing possible.