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Re: Huguenot and Welsh Background of Giles V.
Posted by: Douglas Vermillion (ID *****9993) Date: April 21, 2007 at 00:08:09
In Reply to: Re: Huguenot and Welsh Background of Giles V. by Linda Wildman of 1041

I have checked with government officials and genealogy researchers in Wales, Scotland, and Great Britain for the Vermillion name and have found no record of any Vermillions in those nations before or during the time of Giles. However, I did learn that Welsh language uses the letter "f" for the "v" sound and subsequently did find a reference to the name "Fermillion" in an index from a Welsh book. The problem is that there were no first names associated with it and there was no mention of any religious affiliation or nationality.
There also has never been found any record of the name of the vessel on which Giles Vermillion is supposed to have arrived in Charlestown, MD, in 1699. It has been speculated by some that the ship was "The Neptune," an English vessel that was essentially a prison ship used to transport criminals and debtors, but there is no record of "The Neptune" making port in Maryland during the period from 1698 to 1703 and I discovered that this vessel sailed mostly between England and Australia's "Botany Bay" colony. My search has even led me to seek information about the other lads who were indentured by the Maryland court on the same date as Giles, but that has provided no clues as to the ship's name.
There are some family researchers who record that Giles departed Wales from the port at Cardiff, but no verification has ever been provided when I requested it. I have worked on this problem for more than 25 years, and I have met others who have researched it far longer than me, and we all have found only a "brick wall" and continue to be left in mystery as to the origin of Giles.
I do have a genealogy report from a British genealogist which claims that Giles was probably a descendant of Isaac Vermilye, who arrived in New Amsterdam (New York) from The Netherlands in 1662. I searched the Vermilye line in America from 1662 to 1820 and found no evidence that this was correct.

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