I got a male Wyatt first cousin to furnish a DNA sample for analysis through the DNA program of ancestry.com and ordered the maximum marker test (46 markers). I chose them because I felt they would probably be the best bet over time to develop a large data base to compare to since they are so prominent in the family research industry. There were many DNA test programs but it was the largest and best known.
Since I am a female Wyatt, my own DNA is just about worthless for tracing ancestors and yours would be too. They test the mitochondrial DNA of women and it might help trace the mother's side of the family but since females' names changed with marriage, you can't find many matches.
The name "Mann" is German (and it actually means "man"), but the Anglo-Saxons were a mixture of English and German (Teutons). There is just no telling how your Malachi Mann got here. His name may have even changed from its original over time; census-takers often just spelled a name how it sounded to them (I have to look for Wyatt, Wiatt, Wyat, Wyot, Wyott, etc.) It is also possible old Malachi Mann was an indentured servant; many young men and women bonded themselves to a family to pay for their passage over here and then worked for them for several years to repay their debt. Immigration records that far back are pretty scarce.
You are right that a great number of immigrants to this country were Scots-Irish; my mother's family was part of that wave. The name "Wyatt" is English and there are lots of them in the history of Great Britain. The first governor of Virginia in the 1600s was Sir Thomas Wyatt, so they were very early Americans. Maybe my great-great grandfather Edmund "Mann" adopted the name "Wyatt" because of its significance in Virginia'a history when he moved there, thinking it might help his boot- and shoe-making business. You just never know!!
Do you know Myron Mann? He was the source of the DNA which matches my Wyatt DNA. I believe he is in North Carolina too and is probably your cousin.
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