How's this for a slow follow-up. I just haven't been following the message boards for a long time. Honestly, I don't know what to make of old Darby. He doesn't really fit in with either of the "classic" Fallin entries. Both Charles in Virginia and Redmond in Maryland appear to have arrived with enough money to purchase land right at the start.
It's always possible, though pretty unlikely, that there was a third entry through Darby. That might explain the "out" lines in Pittsylvania Co. etc., but I'm more inclined that we've just missed a connection somewhere along the way. it may well be that DNA is the only way to close those gaps.
I'm satisfied now that Kirk's origins theory was correct, but it's still a theory. The family almost certainly came from Ireland, an area stretching from Athlone to Galway in County Roscommon to be more precise. It's then most likely, and here the Maryland family does a little better on given name connections, that time was spent in the West Indies before arriving in VA and MD. That's likely to be about as much as we'll ever learn.
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