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Re: DNA & Confucius Family Tree
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That is not particularly uncommon in families of European origin either. I can trace my mother's "Dawrey" lineage back to ancestors from England to Virginia in the 1600s at that time called "Dorey." From England they can be traced in London and then in the country to the west of London back to the 1100s at which time their name was "D'Orey." Then they are traceable as part of the Norman French colonists who displaced Anglo-Saxons in the south of England and we have them back to the 900s in France where they were called "d'Orie." In the 900s a d'Orie ancestor settled in North France having come up from Milan, Italy where the family was called "d'Oria" and even earlier "de Oria." Other "de Oria" family members stayed in North Italy and became the "Doria" family famous for its role in the history of the Crusades. The de Oria family is said to have their origins in the 800s as the "de Auria" family, which is Latin for "children of Auria," the earliest understood ancestor.
Many African Americans today (and I am half) can trace ancestors back to these European forebears just as easy (remember, we are a mixed people - not just African). In terms of the strictly African ancestry, things are harder, but not impossible. Genealogies can be traced through birth, marriage, and death records and also through sales records and bequeathments in wills of slave owners. For example, one black ancestor called Bo Rawlins was a slave of a man called Thomas Franklin of North Carolina. Thomas Franklin's will transferred ownership of my ancestor to his brother-in-law Thomas Rawlins because Bo had been given to Thomas Franklin by Thomas Rawlins' father-in-law Josiah Rawlins. Josiah Rawlins had inherited Bo's mother Bertie from his father about 20 years earlier. Bertie was the daughter of a man who had been bought at a slave auction in Virginia from a shipload of slaves from a British "trading post" referred to as "The Gambia River" (though it refers to a settlement and not the river itself). That was in 1707. What's even more interesting, Bo Rawlins' grandson (also an ancestor) called Tom Whitlow was a slave who was owned by another black man! I was surprised to discover this and it wasn't until I learned more about the situation that I found out free black men owned slaves too. Tom Whitlow's son Willie Whitlow (an ancestor) married his owner's own daughter Harriet Whitlow, another direct ancestor. So in the end, it turned out ancestors included a black slave owner, a slave, and a child of each of them who married each other in the early 1800s. The Whitlow family kept a booklet printed in 1812 that shows the male lineage of the Whitlows with several name changes back to an ancestor called Roger Charles who was a bastard son of one of the last "Princes of Gao", and then the book shows the "Princes of Gao" back all the way to 1000 AD. I'm not sure if this book has anything truthful about it, but it sure is an interesting idea.
The Dawreys above is, of course, just one of several family lines, many of which chart a similar course; conquerors and colonists were the forebears of this North Florida man. And they were a part of the people who principally developed the modern civilized world. Because of the historic Korean (and greater East Asian) castes, it is likely that your Korean friend has led the most interesting and prestigious life of all of his ancestors for many tens of generations. The son of a miller was a miller and his son was also a miller and so on for generations.