The ancestral journey from Ireland
The Manross Family Genealogy is extremely well documented from the 1600's to the present.
The family tree is comprised of more than 14,000 individuals and continues to grow. Our family
tree is titled The Complete Manross Family and you can find it on ancestry.com
The spelling of our name has evolved since our very first ancestor in America, Denis, set foot in
Maine (first documented in 1675). Denis, an Irish fisherman, could not read or write English when
he arrived. Others would have to write on his behalf. Based on the individual's translation of his
heavy Irish brogue, the surname is spelled numerous ways. Denis would sign the document with
just a mark, which was very common in those days.
Why did Denis leave Ireland in the mid 1600's? A review of Irish History shows that during this
period there were ongoing attacks by British General Oliver Cromwell and there was heavy
persecution of the Irish. Many young fishermen left Ireland to seek a new life in America at that
time. A number of them went to Newfoundland, Canada before settling in Maine.
David T. Robertson is a well respected author of the New England Historic Genealogical Society,
who I have corresponded with multiple times. He believes that Denis arrived even prior to the
1675 date and was certainly an Irish Fisherman. DNA testing by Family Tree DNA confirms our
Irish ancestry. Our direct link with Irish King Niall, 400 AD, is discussed in the next tab. Robertson
states that our surname was originally Morrough. The Morrough name is descended from the
ancient Irish name O'Murchadha. Denis's surname evolved in Maine records in this sequence:
Morah, Morrough, Moroth, Meroth, Mauraugh, Maraugh, Munrough, Morough, Maroh, Mero,