Do such things exist, and if so how in the world does one go about researching them? I recently found a list POWs from Worcester (1651) that included these men:
Penald MacKemzy—Lieutenant on Foot
John Mackemzy—Wagon Master General
Hector Mackemzy—Wagon Master General
Robert Mackemzy—Wagon Master General
John Mackemzy –Wagon Master General
Source: The Thomason Tracts on microfilm at either Emory University Research Library, Atlanta, GA or the University of Georgia Research Library, Athens GA.
My immigrant ancestor, Benjamin Kimsey, supposedly was originally MacKimzey, fought at Culloden, escaped, walked across Ireland with his family in tow, and showed up in Augusta Co. VA in 1753. (Yeah, I know, all I need is two brothers, and we've got the "three-brothers-came-to-America" myth.)
I never bought the story for a number of reasons, not the least of them being that a number of good Kimsey researchers never found a thing about MacKimzeys in Scotland (yes, they went in person and tried variant spellings). My conclusion was that, since there were a lot of Kimseys in England, but none in Scotland, the family was probably English.
And now, I find Mackemzys--not one, but five of 'em--as POWs from Worcester, which indicates that at one time, there was a clan/sept/family by this name. Yet, they appear to have dropped off the face of the earth. (They are not MacKenzies--that clan is adamant about that).
I'm trying to see where those five ended up, but I have no idea where to look for them in Scotland. Does anyone know of a list of extinct clans/septs? Or have any ideas about how to narrow down the search? How to proceed in something like this?
I'm truly at a loss--any help most appreciated.