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Re: James Harrod, First Settler in Kentucky DNA?
Posted by: K Lynne (ID *****3284) Date: October 25, 2008 at 02:39:25
In Reply to: Re: James Harrod, First Settler in Kentucky by Michael Schwing of 945

Has anyone in the "Col. James HARROD" line or decendants of the "patriarch" immigrant James HARROD, b. 1668 Bedfordshire, England participated in family group DNA Marker studies?

As a KY HARROD descendant, I've monitored these "sorting out" type of online postings between HARROD researchers for many years. I appreciate & respect the researchers discussions. Michael Schwing is more right than he may realize. People HAVE INDEED been connecting themselves with Col.James HARROD for a LONG time. In fact, my own HARROD GGGrandparents, born back in 1854 KY within 30 miles of Harrodsburg, were said to maintain deep pride in their blood relation to Col. James.

Over time, "this relation" corrupted into the idea that our family line was directly descended from Col. James. Through carefully conducted research, by 1989 we learned that our line was NOT directly connected to this particular James HARROD. In fact, we were of the HARROD/BREWER line that seems to rattle a bone of contention between HARROD family researchers.

Did my Methodist GGGrandparents make up a story of kinship to Col. James? Or was there a kinship, although not directly? He had lots of brothers & uncles. In retrospect, there was roughly 80 years between the 1774 establishment of Harrodsburg & their childhood. Whether HARROD descendants today question oral histories such as ours or simply need to complete more careful research prior to "posting & sharing" it seems that participating in DNA Marker studies would aid in the process of elimination. If someone decides to take on adminstration of this, please contact me. I have a male HARROD/BREWER descendant willing to participate. KLynne


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