Hello and welcome to the McDaris Family Home Page. If you are descended from a McDaris, McDarris, McDearis, McDaries, McDearris, or any of the other variations, you've come to the right place!
Have you always been told you were of Scottish or Scotch-Irish Descent? And that the very first of our ancestors here were from Scotland or Ireland? Or maybe you were told the "three brothers story" and have seen the original book written by Judge Charles McDarris?
Well, you were told correctly, but there's just one big part that is left out. We are heavily scottish in our lineage to be sure, but it was originally through our MATERNAL (Female) lines. And the book? Well, Judge McDarris was a great gentleman with a love for his family and his family's heritage. But even he confided in fellow researchers (at least one who has the original letter from him) that he hurried the last part of his research in order to finish it before his father passed away. He didn't intentionally mislead, rather, he used the records and research available to him at that time to draw partial conclusions and "supposings" on the links. Knowing the Judge's reputation for integrity and honesty, I feel certain he would welcome the information that has been found in this new era of electronic records, the internet, and easier access to international, national, state, and local archives.
And what is this information I am talking about? The very first documented PATERNAL (Male) ancestor of the McDaris line in America was a man named Domingo Maderas. Yes, MADERAS. Even in some variations that have been found, there is no "Mc" or "Mac" spelling. It is Ma or Me, and that remains constant until Rice MeDaris' line in the 1830s. His son, Oliver McDaris, and his mother Rachel McPheeters McDaris appear to have adopted the Mc spelling into their lines and official papers.
And the Domingo name tells us something else. It is VERY likely that Domingo was either Portuguese or of Portuguese descent. The combination and spellings of both the first name and the surname confirm that. Personally, this should be exciting to all of us. Not only are we descended from one of the earliest settlers into this country, we are also descended from the nation that dominated early exploration and sailing. Many of the greatest sailing ships of England, Holland, and France also used Portuguese navigators. And Portugal and England have the oldest and longest continuous treaty of all nations in history.
I have often wondered why being of Portuguese descent disturbs some of my kin. I wonder if they know their history and the history of Europe and America? Do they know that the area that is now Portugal was a Celtic stronghold? And that legend (and some historical research) has it that Ireland was invaded by Celts from the northern Iberian peninsula (Portugal and Basque Spain) rather than from northern France? And that Scotland was invaded and inhabited by these Irish Celts? Could it be a race concern? If it helps, Portugal is a white European country.
As for me, I am proud of my Portuguese and Scottish heritage. Rather, I am proud of my Celtic heritage. And you should be as well if you are a McDaris.
Again, I welcome you to the 'true' McDaris Family Home Page. Unfortunately, not all pages you will find on the Web are presenting factual information or they are limiting their information due to their own resistance to DOCUMENTED evidence. Some have even taken information from my pages or Kelly Madaris' pages without acknowledgement or credit. Much of this information has come from many contributors, and ethics demands credit SHOULD be given.