There are 3, as yet unconnected, families in this lineage, two from
Yorkshire and one from USA.
The Y-DNA match leaves no doubt that these three lines share a recent common ancestor.
This Fothergill Lineage has the surname Featheringill and is a 2009
surprise to the Featheringill family researchers in the USA. The Y-DNA
was expected to match that of Lineage I. But instead it matches a well
researched branch of the Daniel family of Virginia. But in yet another
twist of surprises this Daniel branch does not match up with the rest
of the Daniel men of that line. The match is with a Davis family of
Kentucky of a later date. The Davis family has not been able to make any
connection back to the era and place of the Daniel man.
Research is continuing so as to establish when and where the Featheringill/Davis-Daniel connection came about. One possibility is that John David Featheringill was brought into the marriage as an infant and raised as a son of George. Since the year was 1750 such informal adoptions happened and they are now being uncovered by genetic genealogy.
This Fothergill Lineage is the one that is geographicly closest to
Ravenstonedale, the alleged ancient home of the Fothergill family. The
oldest connected man is James, born circa 1710, and lived in the town
of Mallerstang. Based on location and family first names this James
could well be the descendant of John who's son James was born 1653 and
died 1723. Hopefully some day we will have a Fothergill man from that
line join the DNA project and we can test that theory. The James, born
1710, descendants lived in the area into the 1800s. Joseph and Nancy
(Wilson) Fothergil , married in the area and moved Edenhall circa 1885.
In May 1913 two sons of Joseph and Nancy (Wilson) Fothergill emigrated
to Davidson and Sanborn Counties in South Dakota, USA. Son Joseph
arrived four days before son George. They emigrated via two ships
through Quebec, Canada.