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Roberts FPC in Colonial Virginia/North Carolina

There has been lots of spirited discussion surrounding the origins of the FPC in colonial North America.

As a recap, many historians and researchers continue to steadfastly believe the FPC originated from a white English or Irish female servant who had children by an Angolan male between 1619 and 1700. In addition, there were reportedly hundreds of Angolan women who were part the English/Irish admixture. However, the oral history of many families is vastly different (more on that later).

Attached, please find my mother's mtDNA timeline up to the mid-1750s. According to 23andMe the mtDNA originates from Guinea-Bissau. In addition, there is a nominal amount of Angolan (less than 1%) and 10% British Isles - both injected not prior 1770 and 1800, respectively.

That said, you can easily imagine the (Arab) Sudanese could have been someone labelled as a gypsy (gitano) depending upon native language or even Turkish. In addition, the Filipino (or other Malaysian) line seems to easily fit into nearby Cuba's history.

Our Roberts oral history states they (and the Scotts) descended from an actual Spanish woman in Virginia. By the early 1800s we know the family had settled along the VA/NC border around Northampton County, NC. During the early 1800s several Roberts "sent for" Roberts in Puerto Rico. Reportedly the Roberts did not migrate from the mainland US to the West Indies, then vice versa. Instead, "every last on of my ancestors was from over yonder, some island - some where" - "they all claimed to be some type of Spanish (Hispanic as we now use today)".

Understandably, there are colonial Virginia families that fit into the well oiled theory of Angola,English,Irish - however it is increasingly clear there are many other stories to be told.

That'll do it for now. I will build on this later, time permitting.

Louis


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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