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Research by Hank Jones, a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, has demonstrated that John George Hornigh, who arrived in England in 1709, was NOT the founder of the Kornegay family in North Carolina. He was listed among the 1709 arrivals in England as age 38 with his wife (age not given), two daughters (ages 12 and 10) and two sons (ages 8 and 2). Much has been published stating that this was the family that came to North Carolina in 1710 and that all of them except the eight year old son (said to be George Kornegay) were massacred by the Tuscarora Indians. Jones's research, however, published in his 1990 book THE PALATINE FAMILIES OF IRELAND has shown that John George Hornigh and his family settled in County Wexford, Ireland, where they became quite prominent. This family's name was most often spelled there as Hornick.
Jones is currently working on another three-volume set of books that will include much information about the Palatine and Swiss settlers of eastern North Carolina. The section dealing with North Carolina is being prepared by Lew Rohrbach, another accomplished researcher. They have NOT found the European home of the Kornegay family, but the book, which will be published next year, will include information about them in America and also other German and Swiss families of the New Bern area, some of whose European homes have been identified. Hank Jones has his own website - www.hankjones.com. When the new set of books becomes available, it will be announced there.
Given that we can now rule out John George Hornigh as the founder of the Kornegay family in North Carolina, I think that the most likely origin of the Kornegay name is the Swiss name Gnagi, as has been discussed in previous messages. I was already leaning that way anyway, but I feel even more strongly that way now.