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|Capt. Malcolm MacLEOD of Rigg, then Brae
|WARNING: I have found no
evidence to document that Malcolm MacLEOD (b. 1711) ever came to the New
World. We do not know when he died, but he is documented as still
alive and residing on the Isle of Raasay* in 1773, so he can't be the Malcolm
MacLEOD said to have come to Vermont in 1753 and to have died there in
1777. His children, if he had any, have not been identified, which
means the assertion that he had a son, Joseph, is completely unproven.
But even if some other Malcolm MacLEOD had come to the New World, DNA
test results now refute any possible biological connection between
RASEY I of New England and the MacLEODs of Scotland.
Over 100 individuals have been Y-DNA tested for the Clan
MacLEOD project at FamilyTreeDNA, and this Malcolm MacLEOD's kin are
R1b, while our Joseph RASEY I descendants are Haplogroup
making a recent common ancestor for them totally out of the question.
Nor is Joseph related to any other individual in the MacLEOD DNA project,
most of whom are R1b or R1a, while one is E3b and three are I1 (which means
the latter four are not at all related to the rest of the MacLEODs, either).
The bottom line is that not a single member of the MacLEOD Y-DNA project
I2, so there is zero probability that Joseph RASEY
has a common ancestor with any of them within
tens of thousands
*an island of the Inner Hebrides, west of the Scottish mainland and east of the larger Isle of Skye
|Husband: Malcolm MacLEOD — sometimes erroneously
referred to as Malcolm Macleod RAASAY / RASAY / RASEY
Birth: 1711, Village of Rigg, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, SCT
Death: aft. 1773
Y-DNA Haplogroup: R1b
Migration said to be, but not:
1753, to Benninton, VT
Malcolm's lineage as per the Clan MacLEOD database and Morrison (see Sources 1 and 2 below):
|Wife: Catherine McQUEEN
Birth: of Totaroam, Isle of Skye, SCT
Father: Angus McQUEEN of Totaroam, Isle of Skye, SCT
Mother: Margaret __?__
Totaroam is a village on the east coast of Skye, north of Portree, between Storr Lochs and Rigg.
|Children said to be, but none proven to have existed:|
|1. Joseph Macleod RASAY, b. 1733 — said to be this
Joseph RASEY, which DNA testing proves cannot be true
2. Ashael / Asahel RAASAY, b. 1735
3. Benjamin RAASAY, b. 1737
4. William RAASAY, b. 1738
5. James RAASAY, b. 1740
6. Silas RAASAY, b. 1741
Joseph's alleged middle name of "Macleod" is apparently in support of the contention that he is the son of Malcolm MACLEOD of the Isle of Raasay, who supposedly immigrated to America and died in Bennington, VT, in 1777, after changing his name to Malcolm Macleod RASEY. I have, so far, found no primary records showing that there ever was a Malcolm MACLEOD or Malcolm RASEY in New England, nor anything else in support of what appears to be a romantic legend fabricated by Rev. Charles E. S. Rasay (1855-1937) and submitted to Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont's America Heraldica (see below). Alternatively — and I think this is probably more likely the case — Valcourt-Vermont may have fabricated the legend to butter-up Rev. Rasay, who was an acknowledged contributor of the book's Glossary. No one ever lost book sales telling people what they want to hear, which is a caveat to keep in mind with regard to all of these late 19th-century "vanity books" — they aren't called that disparaging term for no reason. Be aware that America Heraldica, like the LDS Ancestral File, is undocumented and in part compiled from patron submissions, so its entries cannot be taken as proven fact. The one proven fact we have here is that DNA test results make a connection between Joseph RASEY and Malcolm MacLEOD impossible — not just unproven, but impossible.
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1. Database (online at the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies Genealogical Resources Center web site), which gives the lineage from Harold, "The Black," down to Alexander V, but not for the MacLEODs of Rigg.
2. Alick Morrison. [n.d.] "The Macleods of Lewis, with Several Septs including the Macleods of Raasay." From Loudoun H.D. Macleod, et al. The Macleods: The Genealogy of a Clan. 2nd. ed. Associated Clan Macleod Societies, Edinburgh (photocopies of key pages courtesty of Jim Tyler).
3. Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont, ed. 1886. America Heraldica: a Compilation of Coats of Arms, Crests and Mottoes of Prominent American Families Settled in This Country Before 1800. Brentano Bros., NY (available in PDF format on CD from George Wolf; "RASAY" section transcribed by Diana Gale Matthiesen). WARNING: This item shrieks fabricated!
4. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).
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