Re: Rossiter family of Tiverton, Devon
Have just had my DNA analysed by Genebase on my paternal line. Results are fascinating. From standard documentary sources, I come from a well-established line in Tiverton, going back through (all Rossiters):
George Friend, optician of Teignmouth (1901-1963),
George, jeweller of Teignmouth (1876-1946),
Ebenezer, jeweller of Teignmouth (1848-1888),
John, watchmaker of Weston-super-Mare (1811-1893),
George, baker of Chard (1779-1843),
John, miller of Tiverton (1755-1842),
Thomas, of Tiverton (1720-1789),
Thomas, of Tiverton, married in Tiverton 1712, born ??, maybe Rathmacknee, Wexford, Ireland?? (-1741).
Indigenous DNA analysis on STR markers shows a close match with Irish populations. For some time, having failed to find any reasonable source for Thomas (-1741) in Somerset, have been suspecting a direct Irish origin. Circumstantial evidence for a Rathmacknee-Tiverton link (or at least an Irish-Tiverton link) is:
the names (John/Thomas/Margaret)
the disappearance of John from Rathmacknee
the timing of arrival in Tiverton, c1700, just after the Treaty of Limerick
the rapid rise in wealth and status of the Tiverton family soon after arrival
the choice of the Catholic name Bernard by Thomas (-1741)
It is possible to construct tentative links through John (109) and (111) from Kate Merryweather's book, in particular with John (111) having further children at same time as his brother Walter (112).
There is an intriguing burial of a John Rossiter adult in Tiverton in 1716, but the name has also been read as John Nossiter so original needs checking carefully.
Another feature of the DNA analysis is the strong link to Catalan indigenous populations (as strong as the Irish one): did the Rossiters come to Ireland with Strongbow in 1169 from this far south?
Obviously this is a very experimental area. I would not take my genealogy from DNA alone and would take these results as very preliminary. I am well aware of the pitfalls, such as a child's biological father not being their legal one.
It would be very interesting to see other Rossiter DNA studies because that might give fascinating information. For instance did the Combe St Nicholas family ever go to Ireland? Do they also show Catalan affinities? Do other Somerset families, such as the extensive Wiveliscombe Rossiters, have an Irish connection? Anyone got results?
Could be a fascinating time .... Nick