DNA technology is becoming an essential part of genealogy research. Whether you want an aid in breaking through those "brick walls" or just want to understand the awesome science of DNA, you will benefit from learning about man's molecular structure. The McDuffie DNA Surname Project started in April of 2004 and is gaining momentum with more men willing to take the "mouth swab" test. There have been DNA surprises and I expect more will unfold.
Since June, 2011, DNA Heritage Lab is now Family Tree DNA = www.familytreedna.com
Oct 2011: We now watch DNA results at Family Tree DNA at: www.familytreedna.com
Oct 2008: We continue to research with family and friends, but for now we are watching DNA Results on the McDuffie DNA Surname Project: http://www.mcduffiedna.com AND Family Tree DNA at: www.familytreedna.com
(Rod Macduff, McDuffie DNA Surname Project Coordinator/2008)
b. abt 1730, Northern Ireland or Scotland; m. abt 1750; d. ??
Robert McDuffe (he used Robert on all records)
b. 1756, USA or Ireland; m. abt 1776 - 80 in PA; d. 1827, Harrison Co., Kentucky
Wife: Rachel (MN unknown); b. abt 1756 - 60, Scotland; d. before 1820, Harrison Co., Kentucky
b. abt 1780, Peters Twp., Washington Co., PA; m. Oct 1799, Harrison Co., KY; d. ?? probably Harrison Co., KY
Husband: John BROWN; b. abt 1780; d. ?? probably Harrison Co., KY (children unknown)
b. abt 1781, Peters Twp., Washington Co., PA; m. Dec 1799, Mason Co., KY; d. ??
Husband: Zacheus KEY; b. 1770, Philadelphia, PA; d. 1830, Wayne Co., IN (8 children)
Robert McDuffe, Jr - Pioneer Circuit Riding Minister KY to IN/1808; ordained Methodist Episcopal Minister/1826
b. 24 Nov 1786, Peters Twp., Washington Co., PA; m. 4 May 1806, Harrison Co., KY; d. 22 Apr 1870, Rush Co., IN
Wife: Sally S. TAYLOR; b. abt 1788, N. Carolina; d. 1823, Harrison Co., KY (5 children)
2nd Wife: Sarah "Sally" SCOTT; b. abt 1788; m. 1825, Clermont, OH; d. 1864, Rush Co., IN (4 children)
Gabriel Columbus McDuffe - Circuit Riding Minister KY to IN; Elder & Minister in Christian Church
b. 12 May 1791, Bourbon Co., KY; m. 1812, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1864, Rush Co., IN
Wife: Priscilla EVANS; b. 1790, Bourbon Co., KY; d. 1849, Rush Co., IN (9 children)
2nd Wife: Mary I. COLLINS; b. 1818, Fleming Co., KY; m. 1850 Rush Co., IN; d. 1900, Rush Co., IN (1 child)
Veteran/War of 1812/Kentucky Militia
b. Mar 1794, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1817, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1840, Rush Co., IN
Wife: Katherine "Kitty" POPE; b. 21 Mar 1797, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1871, Rush Co., IN (7 children)
Veteran/War of 1812/Kentucky Militia
Fielding Bell McDuffe
b. abt 1796, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1816, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1860, Harrison Co., KY
Wife: Margaret RAYMON; b. abt 1794, Harrison Co., KY; d. ??, Harrison Co., KY (5 children)
b. abt 1798, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1818, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1820, Harrison Co., KY
Husband: William MARSHALL; b. 1778, Faurquier Co., VA; d. 1859, VA
James R. McDuffe
b. 1801, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1823, Harrison Co., KY; d. abt 1846, Harrison Co., KY
Wife: Susannah CLOUGH; b. 1803, Harrison Co., KY; d. abt 1846, Harrison Co., KY (5 children)
b. 17 Jan 1806, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1825, Harrison Co., KY; d. 10 Apr 1877, Rush Co., IN
Husband: John WAGGONER, JR; b. 1803, Harrison Co., KY; d. 1881, Rush Co., IN (5 children)
Robert & Rachel have many descendants from the children listed above. Our family line descends through Robert, Jr & Sarah "Sally" Taylor. To see our line of descendants, please click on this link: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42068464
Sue & Marilyn
A closer look at my publications, plus an analysis of the dates of arrival of Clan Names, has revealed the probable answer to some of the mystifying problems faced by Clan members.
There is no doubt that our Clan started as Clan Macduffie but why did it become Clan Macfie? After all, the Macdonalds never changed their name nor did any of the other Scottish Clans.
The Macduffies were Highland Catholics and as such had strong links with the Macdonalds and the McDonnells in Northern Ireland for centuries.
But a closer look at the dates the name was changed (from various sources) including Black and MacLysaght, indicate a vast transformation in the 16th century which coincides with the Reformation of European religion. The Scottish Covenants were confirmed in 1581 but had been practised for some years before, this at a time the Campbells were trying to acquire as much of the Highlands as possible. The Campbells were Presbyterians and tried to destroy as many Macduffies as possible. No wonder many Clan members changed their names, some even becoming "Ffie"
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the change of name to MacFie - McPhee - McFee, etc. came as a result of the arrival of Scottish Presbyterianism and any clash between these names and Macduffie indicate a change in religious allegiance. This explains the presence of tombstones with different names adjacent to each other in the ancient churchyards.
The sad feature is that the retiring Lord Lyon would only accept MacFie as the Clan names because the "Sugar" MacFies - Presbyterians - were the only ones to bear Arms at the time Professor Earle Douglas applied for revival.
The true name of our Clan is Clan Macduffie.