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All living Mahurin's are now in the U.S.A. unless reports of others are correct.
Posted by: ER (ID *****9596) Date: July 27, 2003 at 02:48:20
In Reply to: Re: Seems to be easier to followup on this for connection to Hugh's family history. by Stevie Mahurin of 425

From what I have been told, all Mahurin's/Mehurin's are the Mahurin descendants of Hugh Mahurin and at present all living Mahurin's/Mehurin's are now in the United States. I have heard that one of the Mahurin's has seen the Mahurin surname in Russia, and may have met one of them, but there is no confirmation of this, and if so, how they got there, or when they got there.

There are no Mahurin's/Mehurin's in France today, although it is believed by more than one researcher that Hugh Mahurin was originally from France, and that he was possibly a Huguenot.

Jenny Mahurin appears to be a married name, and not her maiden name, so unless we have confirmation that Jenny was unmarried or Jenny married another Mahurin, then for the present that is a dead end. The Mahurin/Mehurin line has been heavily researched, and right now we are all looking to find out where Hugh Mahurin originated from. Hugh appears to have been illeterate or otherwise unable to write at the time, since he signed for himself by making his mark ( an "X" ), and then someone that was literate or able to write, then wrote Hugh Mahurin's name for him based on how he said his name and witnessed by __________, which was a common practice, and is still the legal method done today for those that cannot sign for themselves. I have not seen Hugh's handwriting and I have taken the word of other Mahurin/Mehurin researchers that Hugh never signed his name himself, but had that done for him. Hugh settled in the Massachussetts area and at least his son Ebenezer married one of the ladies of a church heavily attended by Mayflower descendants. Ebenezer married Bathsheba Joyce. Bathsheba's siblings all married Mayflower descendants, but Bathsheba married Hugh, and all of the Joyce siblings, including Bathsheba Joyce were not Mayflower descendants themselves. The Pilgrims and their descendants would have been very Calvinistic, and Hugh did not seem to have a problem living in an area heavily populated by these people, nor mixing with them. Hugh may have gone to Ireland or England before arriving in the United States, note the United Kingdom did not officially exist until 1706/1707 or so, when Lord Ogilvie signed the document on the behalf of Scotland forming the Union of Scotland and England as the U.K. It is believed by some that Hugh may have been from Scotland and others still puzzle over that, but the prevailing opinion seems to be that Hugh somehow went to Ireland or those islands somewhere before coming to the United States, and that he originated in France, and may have been Huguenot. The Huguenot possibility is strongly believed. I noticed an area in central Europe called Mahren, which is actually Moravia, and have wondered if that is the origin of the Mahurin/Mehurin name. The name seems to be of Germanic origin to me. Whether they were Moravians is up for conjecture, and if so, were they Moravian Brethren. We have no evidence whatsoever, where Hugh Mahurin actually came from, only guesses and estimates.

Whereever Hugh came from, he seems to have gotten along quite well with Calvinist's and the Pilgrim's and Puritan's of Massachussetts.

I have been doing research on historical practices of some of these people of this area and many other areas, but I have not gotten enough information yet to know if there is a trend in any particular direction beyond what I have mentioned. Other researchers have done considerable researcher and have come to the proverbial brick wall. We are working on it, we are just not documenting all the dead ends on the forum. I am a necomer to the research, but have added some possibilities as well as another Mahurin re the possibility of some Mahurin's possibly being in Russia. Czechoslovakia was controlled by the Soviet's for most of the latter half of the 20th century, if Moravia(Mahren) was the origin of the Mahurin name, and bearing in mind, Moravia is in what was known as Czechoslovakia.

Ernest


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