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From: william mccombs <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] News Scotch Irish List
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:45:43 -0500
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Neither of us have any specific paper trail to Northern Ireland. Her
ancestor was born 1805 in NY and mine 1793 in Abbevile, SC. The only
possible connection is that I
know several McCombs entered Charleston SC in about 1763 1773 when South
Carolina had established the land bounty act for Protestants from Ireland
and several other countries. I have yet to establish a definite paper trail
to these emigrants. However, I have done some basic research on surnames in
Ireland and found the McComb/(s) were abundant in Down and Antrim counties.

Currently both Sharon and I have McCombs projects on FTDNA and
We both have been tested at 67 markers and have a genetic distance of 2.
While I have not been SNP tested, Sharon has and has the same exact
halogroup R1b2a1b5b as your McAmis...

Sharon (we are working together) has more information on the Ulster Heritage
Project , so I will ask her to take this off line to you..

Thanks for all the informaion


On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM, <> wrote:

> Hi William, the confirmed location is a village in Tyrone (I'll have to
> check the details for you). The surname occurs primarily in the barony of
> Dungannon and there are not sufficient records in the 1700s to 'tie' them
> together into a traditional family structure. I don't personally make a
> 'lot' of the village as a McCamish 'ground zero' because the 'hits' we have
> are in different parishes in the area. The townlands are generally in the
> large Archdiocese estate or other townlands in areas not settled by planter
> families. Some of these areas still have the highest rates of Irish in
> Northern Ireland. So the circumstantial evidence is that they are Irish even
> without DNA.
> The reason for this is how the plantation occurred. The incoming planters
> were forced to agree to displace the Irish in the public plantations. THIS
> DOES NOT INCLUDE MOST ANTRIM AND DOWN. These counties were largely in
> private hands by the time of King James' plantation. Antrim was largely the
> McDonalds -- the terms by which they held was that they agreed to settle
> lowland Scots amongst the Irish and Scots highlanders. Lowland Scots are
> good farmers. Irish and highland Scots were herders, so of course this was
> fantastic as it strengthened the estate. Less clear about Down (Montgomery
> Estates, etc), though where planters and servitors (ex soldiers) got
> estates, King James' rules applied. So often Irish were forced to move. This
> was to higher ground, mountanous areas, bogs and swamps. It was impossible
> to bring in the harvest without Irish so most planters ignored King James to
> some extent. In most cases the Irish didn't move far and sometimes stayed
> right where they always ha!
> d been. But they were very poor with no leases -- or short ones.
> Invisible.
> However the church was not told to ditch the Irish. The churchlands became
> havens for Irish -- and in central Ulster there was a huge estate. Parts
> were sublet to others so you have to study the history of the townland.
> However most of the people living on these townlands were Catholic Irish.
> They don't tend to show up in any records at all: they had very short leases
> or were tenants at will.
> Are your McCombs confirmed as NW Irish?
> I'll check it out later today and also see if our dna expert has anything
> to say. If you are not in the Ulster Heritage DNA project he's not
> interested in discussing it. He's busy....he uses tools to do data analysis.
> So if you aren't in this project you don't exist for us. It's a no brainer
> to join <grin>!
> What locations were your McCombs in at what dates?
> Plus we should probably take this off line.....
> Thanks,
> Linda Merle
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