Susan Farrall Ambassador for Maryland, USA.

My name is Susan Farrall and I am an Ambassador for Maryland, USA.

Ambassador Susan Farrall pictured  with Mark O’Ferrall, son of Chieftain Connie, in Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre in 2018

I have been to two Rallys, in 2018 and 2022. I come from Maryland, USA.

I came to the Farrell Clan Rally in July 2018 with 9 family members, ages 17 to 82. We are  Farralls (with an “A”) from Southern Maryland in the United States. It was a wonderful trip.

I was the one who was most interested in the history and the history is fascinating. My family shows DNA connections with Farrells in Virginia and in Nova Scotia. For the rest of my family, it was a real adventure, because for some it was the first trip out of the USA.

I was really glad to meet the other Farrells. They are so nice and kind-hearted. I really hope we are genetically related to them. Robert, Kathleen, John-Christopher, Hugh: Newly- found cousins, who showed us the greatest hospitality and welcome.

The state of Maryland was established by Lord Baltimore in 1634 as a place for Catholics to escape prosecution.  Lord Baltimore tried out a site in Newfoundland, and then he went back to the king and asked for a warmer climate.

His request was granted just a few weeks before he died. His son, Leonard Calvert, made the colony happen. Their coat of arms is reflected in the beautiful yellow/red/black flag of the State of Maryland.

My family settled in Southern Maryland and were tobacco farmers. They were organized around Catholic parishes. There was a tolerance principle that lasts to this day, though the state did have its religious turmoil .

My oldest Farrall relative was born in 1812 but I don’t know anything sure about where he came from.

The records of the times reveal all kinds of spellings for the name “Farrall.”  This is what is tricky. There are Farwells, Fairalls, Furrells and Ferrills!

One of my relatives is Mary Kittamaqaand, my 9th great-grandmother. Here is a woodcut picture of her as a child, standing at the far left next to her mother. In this woodcut, her father, the Piscataway Indian Chief, Kittamaqaand, is getting baptized by Father Andrew White in 1640.

 

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