Mass, VA and NC - related McFarland lines
Related McFarland Lines - With more widespread DNA testing by various McFarland/McFarlane/McFarlin males a pattern has developed as demonstrated on the Clan MacFarlane DNA Project website. The pattern shown indicates that DNA testing results very closely relates certain “Hidden MacGregor’s of Clan MacFarlane” lines (see sub-lineage A,B,C of Hidden MacGregors on the Clan MacFarlane DNA Project website). The first of these 3 closely related lines (sub-lineage A) to appear in the USA seems to be that of Daniel McFarland, died 1738 Worcester, Mass. Daniel McFarland, and his sons, arrived in Boston, Mass. in the Summer of 1718, from Ulster (probably Co Tyrone, or perhaps Donegal). A second wave of McFarland/MacGregors (sub-lineage B) likely arrived in the 1730-1740 period probably through Philadelphia, PA, Duncan McFarland and his wife Ann/Elizabeth Porter, their descendants moved west and down into the Valley of Virginia (Augusta, Wythe, Russell, Tazwell, possibly some even moved into Tennessee or Kentucky). A third wave of McFarland/MacGregors (sub-lineage C) arrived in North Carolina, possibly in the period 1740-1750, this last group is represented by the descendants of William McFarland and his (possible) wife Keziah Pierce (there is some debate as to the identity of his wife) in the area of Orange Co, NC. The three lines mentioned above are so closely related that it is highly likely that they have a common McFarland/MacGregor ancestor in Ulster, possibly in the time frame 1600-1630 as evidenced by certain Muster Rolls and/or Hearth Tax Rolls from the area of Strabane/Ardstraw in the early 1630s. If you believe that your line is connected to one of the three lines mentioned above, you are not a MacFarlane, but a MacGregor…a “Hidden MacGregor of Clan MacFarlane”. If you are a direct line male in any of these three groups, please consider having your DNA tested with FTDNA, at least at the 37-marker level (the 37-marker being the minimal number of markers to make a definitive determination). Also, once having received the DNA results, please join the Clan MacFarlane DNA Project, and the Clan MacGregor DNA Project, off your FTDNA dashboard. The Hidden MacGregors of Clan MacFarlane have a FaceBook page that you may also want to visit. Earl MacFarland (firstname.lastname@example.org).