European History and Diversity
My paternal immigrant ancestor came from Alsace, France to Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1849. We thought our ancestory was French-German. Upon further research in 2008, we found that their earliest known location, according to church records, was 1477 Montafon Valley, Vorarlberg, Austria. The spelling of the name at that time was Gavanesche. This is a Rhaetian name.
I took my first DNA Y-Chromosome test in the Spring of 2003 and have taken many since. My Y-Chromosome is Haplogroup E1b1a8a, sub-Saharan African. Vorarlberg was the Roman Provence of Raetia. This leads to the speculation that our African ancestor came to Europe as a mercenary soldier propelled by some historic event.
My maternal genealogical line shows genetically that I share American Indian and African from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. The surnames in this direct line are: Frazier, Mantooth, Mantuth, Monteith, Menteith and Stewart. This genealogy is currently being tested by Y–Chromosome DNA to prove it genetically. We already know the result will be positive. There are two Menteith lines through James Menteith of Glasgow, Scotland. One line goes to Walter Stewart de Menteith and the other to King James IV of Scotland and Margaret Drummond. Margaret Drummond and her sisters were poisioned, a sad but great story.
My American Indian ancestery can be traced back to Japasaw King of the Potomack.