My wife is a McNassar from Oregon. We visited the McNassers in Calry in 2002. We learned about Michael and James. We couldn't find the cemetery by the lake because we were on our own at that point.
We believe our McNassers came from Calry, went through Vermont (John, or James Peter). There was a changing of the spelling in the U.S., to an ar at the ending. The Calry McNassers told us about coming from Manor-Hamilton, but they didn't know about what came before that. They wondered if the name comes from Connor McNessa the last King of Ulster, or if it came from Scotland. There are U.S. theories it was about a connection to the Spanish who came ashore in the West who might have had a Moorish name of Nasser, and took on McNasser. But there is no proof of any of this.
Warren McNasser of Denver Colorado had contacted the McNassars in Oregon (and now some in Washington) and there did seem to be a direct connection.
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