The Original Thomas Curnow of Towednack Aug 10, 2018 4:27:12 GMT -5
Post by trencrom on Aug 10, 2018 4:27:12 GMT -5
Then most thought YES. Today even more think so. Being a great believer in An gwyr erbyn an bys (though not sure how it translates) I am not fully convinced.
So what to do? Short of a miraculous find, "the paper trail" is worked out. It seems to me the answer lies in Y-DNA.
I am in contact with 2 other Curnows with Y-DNA results (both descended from Thomas) and am surprised there are differences though we are only 8 generations apart.
I wonder are there others out there who would like to link with us.
Especially I wonder if there is someone who by traditional genealogical methods is not descended from Thomas but rather from John (d.1606? St Martin Meneage).
I have put a similar post under the DNA thread on this board.
While Y-DNA will show which Curnow lines are related somehow on the direct male line, I don't think that it will answer any doubts that some have about whether Thomas of Towednack and Thomas of St Keverne are one and the same person. If you could compare the Y-DNA of someone proven to be descended in the direct male line from Thomas of Towednack with that of someone proven to be descended in the direct male line from John of St Martin, that might well show a family connection (and I personally believe that it would), thereby proving that there was some sort of relationship and common ancestry on the direct male line, but it would not identify exactly how Thomas of Towednack and John of St Martin were related. A Curnow male from that time would, after all, have the same Y-DNA as his son, his brother's son, his father's brother's son and grandson, and so on.