I cannot add anything in the nature of documents, but I can relate some information that might shed some light on the background of this Hogg family. Actually, I probably raise more questions than answers.
I run the Hogg DNA project
The objective of the DNA project is to use the Y-chromosome to reveal connections between Hogg families that cannot be determined from records only. The Ballymoney Hogg family is one of the Hogg families for which we have a DNA sample. What we find is that this family is one of seven Hogg, or similar surname, families descending from seven different earliest known ancestors, which evidently all descend from an earlier unknown common ancestor. The earliest known ancestors of each of the other six families are:
(1) John Hogg of Rhode Island, b.1680
(2) William Hogg of Londonderry, New Hampshire, b.1703
(3) Robert Hogg of Pennsylvania, b.1721, believed to have come from Southern Scotland
(4) James Hogg of Savannah, Georgia, b.1740
(5) Alexander Ogg of Maryland, b.c.1745
(6) James Hogg of Pennsylvania, b.1825
The Ballymoney family is the only part of this extended Hogg family for which we know the old-world origin.
In addition, the DNA tells us these Hogg families are closely related to two families with surnames Hillhouse and Hillis that descend from two men, believed to be brothers, who came to Pennsylvania in about 1740 and settled in North Carolina and South Carolina. It is thought that these Hillhouse/Hillis families might descend from a Hogg father and a Hillhouse mother.
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