My Irish Ancestry
I grew up being told I was English, Irish, and French. And modern DNA testing results have confirmed that. Ancestry indicates that I am 18 percent Irish and the rest “Great Britain” which included England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and part of Germany.
I have discovered very few immigrant ancestors among my Ancestors. Only two that I know of were born in Ireland. The first one is a sixth great-grandfather on my Brown line.
John Maben (1753-1813) was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1753[i]. He came to America and fought in the American Revolution. He served with Capt. Abner Hawley and Col. Peter Van Ness in the 9th Regt., Albany County Militia[ii]. In 1781, he married Sally Pierce in Connecticut. He died in Lexington, Greene County, New York in 1813.
Interestingly enough Slemish, in County Antrim, is the location that Saint Patrick was a slave for seven years.
Descendants of John Maben include:
- Robert Maben (1781-1843)
- Deborah Buel Maben (1805-1874)
- Mary Electa Parsons (1828-1888)
- Marion Sanford (1846-1895)
- Arthur Durwood Brown (1869-1928)
- Richard Earl Brown (1903-1990)
- My mother (Living)
My second Irish ancestor is a seventh great-grandfather on my Roberts line.
James Scott (1719-1783) was born in Northern Ireland in 1719. His wife’s name was Ester and he died in Virginia in 1783. I have not researched him in depth, consequently, I know little else about him.
Descendants of James Scott include:
- William Jarvis Scott (____-____)
- John Scott (1784-1855)
- Samuel Kinkade Scott (1809-____)
- William Hunt Scott (1834-1903)
- Samuel Vaden Scott (1863-1931)
- Clora Dell Scott (1883-1945)
- Bert Allen Roberts (1903-1949)
- Hugh Eugene Roberts (1926-1997)
Today, Saint Patrick’s Day, 2019, I raise a glass and toast my Irish ancestry.