Yes, you have a point. But stories have a way of being repeated, persisting, and sometimes, of course, getting distorted. The most reliable data I have for the Futheys is the research of a Furthey descendant, Inez Bidwell who had vast records from a lifetime of researching her family. She died a few years ago at an advanced age, but since her maiden name was Futhey, she had access to Bibles, records, etc. that most of us do not have. She never published any of it, but shared her data with some of us who are also Futhey descendants. She also did extended research in Irish records, and I believe either she or her sister researched in Scotland. She sent me a copy of two documents dated 1586 and 1592 in Latin re Patrick Futhey's inheritance when he was 21. There are also records of his grandsons? being members of the last Scottish Parliament. We know from the 1592 document that Patrick was accused of treason (being on the wrong side in those terrible religious wars) and though he was acquited (and was not beheaded), his family lost all their Forfar lands and went sometime later the Futheys went to Ireland.
From Ireland are records of Robert Futhey's participation in the 1688 war there and the birth of a dau Jennet there are cited as proof they were indeed in Ireland.
Unfortunately, the passenger lists for the five ships that arrived in about 1718 in the colonies have been lost, but the appearance of Futheys, Steeles, Sterrets, etc. in Chester Co., PA show that they were there. There was ample reason for leaving Ireland too. Robert Futhey,was the first immigrant, an older man at the time, and died a few years later.
I could go on a bit, but perhaps this will convince you that some records do exist. These are usually not found among the larger segments of people who have no connections with landed estates, etc. Records were carefully kept by them for purposes of inheritance. And I for one am grateful. Most of us cannot be so lucky as to have noble lines, but there's nothing wrong with families having been serfs, etc. We just don't have the luxury of records intact.
Other researchers have a variety of genealogical data re the Futheys and some of it is reliable, but some seems to be guesswork.
Hope this helps. Pat
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