My study of the Pate family, and the derivation of the surname, has led me into some dark historical corners. It transcends the benignity of family trees.
This is pursuant to my discussion of the David Icke canard on the many forms of the surname derived from that of Thrasea Paetus (Gaius Calpurnius Piso, Roman Governor of Syria), Roman senator and philosopher of ancient Patavium (now Padova, Italy). In the past I have corresponded with several people about the contention of Abelard Reuchlin (John Duran?) that Christian Scripture is the literary production of the descendants, in-laws and friends of Arrius Calpurnius Piso (AKA Flavius Josephus), son of Gaius C. Piso, whose daughter Arria (Mariam) married Caecina Paetus.
The Pate connection is most obvious in the French Canadian Payettes, descended from the family of William from Saint Amour, France, called Payette, an early prominent churchman, who wanted reforms in the Dark Ages. This is fairly complex, and will not be to the tastes of those who are only interested in the relaxed and jovial fellowship of family reunions. At the below site, that has a Priory of Sion flavor to it, in its authoritative handling of genealogical materials, is much ancient family history and genealogical information:
This material has many modern ramifications. It has, I believe, bearing on the serious effort of many families to obscure their family origins, relationships and histories.It makes more explicable the appointment of Charles Pate Bishop of the PeeDee Valley (South Carolina) in the early 1700's.
I will not presume to analyze it, but offer it in the traditions of the ancient Calpurnian annalists.