Hi Michael Higgens:
I have learned a lot since I last wrote. I have received more family information that shows my Morell/Murrell/Morell ancestors who came from Dumfrieshire Scotland in 1792 to Northern Ireland. The surname was changed from Morell to Murrell in 1895 after my G6 grandfather Samuel Morell married Mary Katherine Connolly. They expanded their family in a town that was called Ballyquin off Ballyquin Road near Limvady (town of Ballyquin no longer exists). They migrated to Lisachrin and eventually to Moneydig where my G2 Grandfather Samuel Morell was born. The family were all Presbyterian Religion except for my G6 grandfather whom I am not sure if he was Calvinist or Presbyterian.
Now for the interesting part. I had my Y-DNA tested by Family Tree DNA for 69 markers and the latest deep clade R testing. I tested positive for bothe U106 and L48 Haplogroups. These groups are Frisian (Northern Germanic Tribe) descent back to 3200 BC and before. They were initially from Frisia which included the Netherlands, Northwestern part of Germany between the Alps and North Sea, and Southwest tip of Denmark. Largest concentrations of my DNA Haplogroup is from Netherlands, North Eastern England, Scotland, and some in Ulster. My G2 Grandfather and two of his sisters out of a family of twelve sibblings migrated to Philadelphia PA in the 1840s.
I believe it was about 700 AD a small fraction of frisians joined the Chalkens (Another Germanic Tribe) and they migrated into what is now called France and they were called the Franks. Morel was a popular name in the Normandy and Britania area of France.
Just some more interesting input. Above two paragraphs based on Family History, DNA, and History in General.
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