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Michael Sizemore Descendants

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Michael Sizemore Descendants

Posted: 1314685701000
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I notice that true to Sizemore style there are two forums devoted to the surname. Not sure which one I'm on but will try this post.

Since there is a lot of misunderstanding about my "theories" about Jewish Sizemores on the web, I thought I would post this clarification. Hopefully this statement will not add to the problem.

It does no good for me to say, "Some Sizemores (specifically, Ephraim and Henry Sizemore's descendants) have American Indian haplogroup Q and their families were apparently Jewish in origins and religion," when what some people hear is, "All Sizemores are American Indians," or "All Sizemores are Jewish"!

All my research has been specific. I have never made the sorts of generalizations attributed to me and my fellow researchers. You can draw your own conclusions, if you actually study the particulars without bias or antipathy. But you cannot spread about that I have made claims I have never made.

The essential genealogical work on the Sizemore lines in London, Virginia and North Carolina was done five years ago or more by Alan Lerwick, a Salt Lake City genealogy researcher who tackled the subject because it was a challenge to him. He had no Sizemore connection or vested interest. He discovered vital records in London parishes and studied some of the lines in the New World. A lot of credit goes to Alan, who has received mostly just nasty, nagging emails from the naysayers.

Here is a link to my family tree where these findings are given and discussed:

If you want more testimony on the survival of Judaic practices in *some* Sizemore lines (like my own), just go to Sand Mountain, Alabama, where many are buried under Jewish tombstones. Or ask the locals there.

I have published a picture of the tombstone of my great-great-grandfather Jackson Cooper and his brother Harmon. Their mother was Mary Ann Sizemore. Her father was Richard Sizemore. The line goes back to Ephraim and Henry Sizemore and is lost with Michael Sizemore, born about 1640 and buried in the Flemish Cemetery, St. Katharines by the Tower. His burial place would indicate to me that he was probably a foreigner, from the Lowlands.

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