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Subject: Re: [DNA] English genealogy
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:42:12 -0700




would this explain the surname Pearson being in Yorkshire? as far as
I know, it is a Norse surname.

my Pearson's are not a direct paternal lineage of mine, my paternal
grandmother descends from them. I have them traced from Rowley,
Massachusetts to Yorkshire circa 1610.

Cornelia

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:07:49 -0500
From: peter spencer
Subject: Re: [DNA] English genealogy
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Kathy, i think you would do well to remind them that after William
the
Conquerors 'Harrying of the North',
there were only about a thousand residents left alive in the
regional census
even ten years later.. The population of York rose to expel the
(outnumbered) Norman occupation forces in their midst, and did so
successfully, however they were all but wiped from the (genomic) map
by the
punitive massacres that followed, intended to denude the region of
any
resistance, and disuade others from following the example of the
North.
Remember, the Normans were a identifiable occupation force, far
outnumbered
by their conquered subjects- any hint on resistance presented a very
real
likelyhood of their forces being not only defeated, but completely
wiped
out. The Normans chose at the first hint of such possibility to
exterminate
the resistance first, which is what was done to Yorkshire. Anyone
asserting
an unbroken (Paternal) ancestry in Yorkshire back into the Roman
period is
either unfamiliar with the history of the region, or would be a
exception to
the rule, on par with the odds of winning a national lottery.
Thus- its very unlikely most/any of those folks ancestry were
actually
present in York prior to 1067-8, since those that were there were
enmasse
slaughtered punitively, with the exception of some females.
The (bragging) descriptions of the era are that of a northern
landscape
literally devoid of people for many years to come. Most in not all
of the
current Yorkshire population are likely backfilled from other
regions many
generations after the ''Harrying'' or are the descendants of Normans
/
norman authorized migrants, coupled with


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