Machir – the origin of the name `America’

The name of Machir the son of Manasseh means `selling’, and Machir has been given as the origin of the name `America’, as it has also of the names Maruk, Mark, Ameyrgio Scythae, and the Mercians. In the days of the King Hoshea of Israel who ruled from 749 to 740 BCE in Samaria in the lot of the tribe of Manesseh west of the Jordan River, Shalmanezer the king of Assyria `came up, and Hoshea came to be his servant’ for a period of `years’. When Hoshea failed to pay tribute `as in former years’, the Assyrian king `proceeded to come up against all the land and to come up to Samaria and lay siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria.’ (2Kings 17:3-6) The `Prophecy of 7 Times’ in the book of Daniel refers to a tree which is cut down until 7 times should pass over it. If one takes the `time’ as a year, and a year as 360 days, or as was customary 12 months of 30 days each, we have 7 x 360 = 2520 years, with prophetic days being made into real years (eg Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). The tree of the prophecy referred to the reign of a king under God’s sovereignty. For Manasseh’s lot thus we may compute from the time of Hoshea becoming a servant, which was sometime between 747 and 743 BCE, since in the latter we see that Samaria was captured in 740 BCE only after a siege of three years, and in the former tribute came after 749 BCE and continued for at least two `years’. Calculating from the average date of 745 BCE and adding 2520 years, remembering a somewhat obscure fact that there is no 0 year in the calendar, we arrive at the year for Manasseh (Machir, America) as:

2520 – 745 + 1 = 1776

The Tuath(aDé Danann (Irish pronunciation: [t̪ˠuəhə dʲeː d̪ˠan̪ˠən̪ˠ], usually translated as “people(s)/tribe(s) of the goddess Dana or Danu”), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a supernatural race in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.The Tuath(aDé Danann (Irish pronunciation: [t̪ˠuəhə dʲeː d̪ˠan̪ˠən̪ˠ], usually translated as “people(s)/tribe(s) of the goddess Dana or Danu”), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a supernatural race in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.

The stories of the female Basque God Mari and the Gaelic Irish tales of the Tuatha da Danann. The Tuatha tales describe powerful gods with orange or blonde hair and other unusual attributes. Mari – the neolithic Goddess of Old Europe and the primary deity in Basque mythology – has many manifestations, including “as a tree that looks like a woman or a tree emitting flames”, “a white cloud or rainbow, or a ball of fire in the air”, a “sickle of fire, as which she appears crossing the sky” and “seen enveloped in fire, lying down horizontally, moving through the air”.
The records from ancient Ireland describe a whole series of invasions. The “Lebor Gabala Erren” (“The Book of the Taking of Ireland”), compiled during the 12th century A.D. describes the coming of the mysterious Tuatha de’ Danann or Tribe of Danu. They were apparently tall, blond or red-haired strangers, “expert in the arts of pagan cunning”, who supposedly interbred with the locals, while teaching them many kinds of useful skills. 

Long prior to 700 B.C. a strong colony called “Tuatha de Danaan” (tribe of Dan) arrived in ships, drove out other tribes, and settled there. Later, in the days of David, a colony of the line of Zarah arrived in Ireland from the Near East.

“Then, in 569 B.C. (date of Jeremiah’s transplanting), an elderly, white-haired patriarch, sometimes referred to as a “saint,” came to Ireland. With him was the princess daughter of an eastern king and a companion called “Simon Brach,” spelled in different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach, or Berach. The princess had a Hebrew name Tephi — a pet name — her full name being TEA-TEPHI.

“Modern literature of those who recognize our national identity has confused this Tea-Tephi, a daughter of Zedekiah, with an earlier Tea, a daughter of Ith, who lived in the days of David.

“This royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who had been in Jerusalem at the time of the siege. There he had become acquainted with Tea-Tephi. He married her shortly after 585 — when the city fell. Their young son, now about 12 years of age, accompanied them to Ireland. Besides the royal family, Jeremiah brought with them some remarkable things, including a harp, AN ARK, and a wonderful STONE CALLED “LIA-FAIL,” or “STONE OF DESTINY.”

“….many kings in the history of Ireland, Scotland, and England have been coronated over this stone — including the present queen. The stone rests today in Westminster Abbey in London, and the coronation chair is built over and around it. A sign beside it labels it “Jacob’s pillar-stone” (Gen. 28:18).

“The royal husband of the Hebrew princess Tea was given the TITLE HERREMON upon ascending the throne of his father. This Herremon has usually been confused with a much earlier Gede the Herremon in David’s day — who married his uncle Ith’s daughter Tea. The son of this later king Herremon and Hebrew princess continued on the throne of Ireland and THIS SAME DYNASTY CONTINUED UNBROKEN through all the kings of Ireland; was OVERTURNED and transplanted again in Scotland; again OVERTURNED and moved to London, England, where this same dynasty continues today in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II….

“In view of the linking together of biblical history, prophecy, and Irish history, can anyone deny that this Hebrew princess was the daughter of King Zedekiah of Judah and therefore heir to the throne of David? That King Herremon was a descendant of Zarah, here married to the daughter of Pharez, healing the ancient breach? That when the throne of David was first overturned by Jeremiah, it was REPLANTED in Ireland, later overturned a second time and replanted in Scotland, overturned a third time and planted in London? When Christ returns to earth to sit on that throne, He shall take over a LIVE, EXISTING throne, not a nonexistent one (Luke 1:32).” — 1980, Worldwide Church of God. Pp. 99-102.


There has been much discussion about the Jewish Davidic families in Carolingian and Merovingian France especially since the publication of Professor Zuckerman’s book “A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France 768-900” on the subject in 1972. Zuckerman in my opinion was mistaken on some genealogical matters and thus slightly confused the issue. His basic research however is good and very useful. However he has confused Theodoric with his son of the same name. His identification of Natronai with Theodoric is also incorrect. A study of the origins of the Jewish Mystical tradition also throws light on this whole question. That there is a connection between Narbonne, Germany (Bavaria), and Italy is clear from the sources of Kabbalah. A great figure in this is Rabbi Amorai the compiler of the Sefer Bahir. Who was Rabbi Amorai? The French Chansons speak of the figure of Aimeri (Aumery) de Narbonne and his brother Girart de Vienne and their families. Aimeri may be a Frankish variant of Amorai (Babylonian) or of Machir (Hebrew). This Aimeri has been also identified with Theodoric (variants Dietrich/ Rorik/ Thierry/ Theuderic) the Ruler of Autun, Narbonne and Septimania.

Machir Todros (b.710-d.765) King of Septimania and Jews  (aka Rurik I or Ha Rurik the Red Ruler or Rosh Galuta)- Princess Aude (Alda) of Franks
Menachem (aka Harald Hidetonn / Hernaut de Gironde) King of Jutland
King Halfdan (Sigfried) (b.760 d.807) of Denmark
Helgi Halfdan (aka Hemming Halfdansson)(b.790 d.837)) King of Denmark (Rhodanites) and Jutland (Jews)
Rurik II (b.830 d.879)) the Ruling Prince of the Rus and Radbards (Red Jews)
Ingwar (Tighearnan/ Little Lord) (b.850 d.892) the Ruling Prince of the Rus and King of Breffni in Ireland
Rurik III (Ruarc) (b.875 d.910) King of Breffni
Prince Arthur of Breffni (b.900)
King Sean Fergal O’Rourke of Connaught and Breffni (b.925 d.967)
King Aedh (Hugh) O’Rourke of Breffni (b.955 d.1015)
King Arthur the Righteous of Connaught and Breffni (b.980 d.1046)
King Niall (b.1010 d.1047) of Breffni
King Ualgarg (b.1040 d.1085) of Breffni
Prince Tigernan (b.1065) of Breffni
King Domnall (b. 1080 d.1102) of Connaught and Breffni
King Fergal (b.1100 d.1157) of Breffni
King Domnall (b.1135 d.1207) of Breffni
King Arthur (b.1155 d.1210) of Breffni
King Amlaib (b. 1180 d.1258) of Breffni
King Domnall Carrach (b.1230 d.1311) of Breffni
King Ualgarg Mor (b.1270 d.1346) of Breffni
King Tigernan Mor (b.1330 d. 1418) of Breffni
King Tadgh (b.1370 d. 1435) of Breffni
King Tigernan Og (b.1430 d.1468) of Breffni
Prince Donogh (b. 1460) of Breffni
King Eoghan (Owen) (b.490 d. 1528) of Breffni
King Brian Ballach Mor O’Rourke (b.1520 d.1562) of Breffni
King Brian Murta O’Rourke (b.1550 d.1591) of Breffni
King Tadgh O’Rourke (b.1580 d.1605) of Breffni
Earl Brian O’Rourke (b.1600) titular King of Breffni
Earl Tadgh (Tigernan) O’Rourke (b.c.1620) tit. King of Breffni
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1640) tit. King of Breffni
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1660) tit.King of Breffni
Lady Bridget O’Rourke (bc. 1680) tit Queen of Breffni married Earl Brian O’Rourke a descendant of Lady Owna O’Rourke daughter of Earl Brian O’Rourke (b.1600) and wife of Lord Shane Oge O’Rourke
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1700) tit King of Breffni
Earl Cornelius Orurk of Russia titular King of Breffni
Earl George Orurk of Russia titular King of Breffni

Prince Rurik of the Rus: the Rurik dynasty or Rurikids was a dynasty founded by the Varangian prince Rurik, who established himself in Novgorod around the year 862 AD. The Rurikids were the ruling dynasty of Kievan Rus’ (after 862), the successor principalities of Galicia-Volhynia (after 1199), Chernigov, Vladimir-Suzdal, and the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and the founders of the Tsardom of Russia. They are one of Europe’s oldest royal houses, with numerous existing cadet branches. Rurik was the legendary founder of the Russian State, as a son of King Helgi Halfdan of Denmark who was a son of Machir Theodoric of Narbonne’s son Harald Hildetonn (Menachem/ Hernaut de Gironde). Thus Rurik should belong to R1b-L21 y-dna. However many descendants of the House of Rurik in Russia descend from N1cl (N-M178) y-dna or R1a.  However historians are not clear that the later Russian Princes of the House of Rurik are actually descended from Rurik on the male line. Rurik was a grandson of Halfdan whose son was Helgi Halfdan (also called Hemming).

Tighearnán Mór Ua Ruairc (older spelling: Tigernán Mór Ua Ruairc), anglicised as Tiernán O’Rourke (1124-d.1172) ruled the Kingdom of Bréifne as the 19th king in its Ua Ruairc (later O’Rourke) dynasty (964–1605 CE). He was a descendant of Ui Riagain, and one of the provincial kings in Ireland in the twelfth century, constantly expanding his kingdom through shifting alliances, of which the most long-standing was with Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair King of Connacht and High King of Ireland, and subsequently his son and successor Ruaidhri Ua Conchobair. He is known for his role in the expulsion of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, from Ireland in 1166. Mac Murchada’s subsequent recruitment of Marcher Lords to assist him in the recovery of his Kingdom of Leinster ultimately led to the Norman Invasion of Ireland.

Abigail Ruark born 1560 in Ireland
William Ruark born 1670 in Longford County, Ireland

James Ruark was born in Longford County, Ireland in 1672, and died in 1719 in Maryland. He married Elizabeth Davis in 1702 in Maryland, daughter of John Davis (d. after 1724 in Somerset Co., MD). She was born about 1676, and died after 1710.

John Rorke was baptized in Limerick County in Ireland in 1703.

John Rooks wrote of Rooks in Virginia in 1638, that Dennis Rooks lived to be 103 years old, Civil War story, etc.

Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages:
records of four brothers coming from County Galway, Ireland around 1680 with the name RUARK(O’ROARKE/O’ROURKE) – the line was of the Methodist Religion

– there was four brothers James, Major, Thomas, William, they came to Maryland in the late 1600s from Ireland, Wales or England. James settled in Worcester County, Maryland the other brothers went to Dorchester County, Maryland to hoopers Island of Dorchester County, Maryland. at this time they went by the name Rook. James married Elizabeth Davis the daughter of John Davis Sr. these are the childern of James & Elizabeth. John, James, Margery, William, Edward. James the fahter died before 1719. In 1736 John (son) married Mary Driscoll daughter of Moses & Catherine Driskell. Catherine Driskells maiden name was Elgate.

A John Rooke was transported in 1665 – Skordas.
A William Rooke witnessed the Talbot County will of William Berry, a Quaker, written 26 Feb. 1685, probated 15 Aug. 1691 and 23 April 1711.
A James had a family consisting of John, James, William, Edward and daughter Marjory, who married Thomas Bowling.

John Ruark (Ruck) was born about 1702-1705 in Worchester County, Maryland, and and died January 29, 1769 (or 1773) in Worchester County, Maryland.  He married Mary Driskell about 1737 in Stephney Parish Church, Somerset County, Maryland.  Mary Driskell was born August 7, 1723 in Wicomico County, Maryland (birth is in the records of Stepney Parish) and died October 26, 1776, possibly in Maryland.  Mary is the daughter of Moses Driskell (17 SEP 1689 – NOV 1755) and Katherine Elgate (Elgin) (1692-).  A legitimate question is whether or not she was John’s first and only wife. Worcester County Debt Books 1745-1755: John Ruark – Tract Name – Cow Quarter als Cow Harbour Worcester County Estates 1661-1850 Database: John Ruark – Will Date 9/24/1773 (1/29/1769; RUKE IN JW4) Somerset County, Md. Tax lists: John Ruark (1731-1740) Somerset County, Md. Tax List 1723: John Ruark – 6 in household John Ruark in Somerset Co. Militia under Capt. Joshua Sturgis (Box 1 Folder 21 – Colonial Wars2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975, page 19: John Ruark. 1724 – in household of John Davis of Wicomico Hundred. 1730-1733 – head of household in Monie Hundred. 1734-1740 – head of household in Pocomoke Hundred. In the 1725 Tax Lists for Somerset Co, MD (Wicomico Hundred), there is a listing of a John DAVIS. Listed in his household was a Joseph Paby and a John RUARK.

Lemuel Columbus Ruark Born: April 15, 1786 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland Died: September 27, 1868 in Madison, Morgan County, Georgia Father: John, Mother: Mary

Elvinah Louisa Norris (Viney) Born: September 19, 1786 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina Died: December 4, 1851 in Morgan County, Georgia Father: Joel Norris (1771-1833) and Thamar Hobbs, daughter of William B. Hobbs II in Wake Co., NC

Note: Elvinah Lousia Norris Ruark (Elaine Ruark Bond) was half American Indian, Catawba tribe.  As an infant, she was found on a doorstep and adopted by the Joel Norris family, also believed to be a foundling living with the Detwillers from South Carolina, before the Norris family.

Buried: Lemuel & Viney are buried in the Ruark (Adair) Cemetery, located 2.25 miles north of Apalachee road going north on Beal Lane. Beal Lane plays out but log road keeps going more or less north toward Wagnon Mill Road. It crawls over Big Branch and goes to the top of a hill which has the cemetery on top. (children, Caroline Matilda, Eveline Matilda, Francis Jane are buried here – there are at least 20-30 unmarked graves, it is supposed that Epsey Cornelia is buried there, as well).  Source: Bible of Mary Adair (1981), RT.1, Bishop, GA 30621

Cemetery Notes: most of the graves are covered with piles of stones, or have only a stone at the head and a similar stone at the foot of the grave (that stone pile type burial was considered Indian burial by most historians)

Berry Anderson (Lemuel) Ruark Born: October 10, 1812 in Morgan County, Georgia Died: 1882 in Morgan County, Georgia

Keziah Whitford (Kizzie) Born: 1798 in Alabama Died: 1870

Married: sometime between 1832-1836 Eight children: Francis J., William Columbus (Lum), Martha Ann (Mattie), Francis Lou (Fannie), Susan A. (Sudie), Mahalie Eveline (Sis), George Marcellus, James Leak (Jim)

Note: Participated in the 1832 Cherokee Country, Georgia Land Lottery – land was granted as a result of the Treaty with the Creek Nation

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for your amazing knowledge base/ historical narratives. I am a “Rooks” myself, decended from a line that moved south to ga. in the time period between the american revolution and civil war. Then again migrating west to southern ca. After the civil war. I have been attempting to trace the history of my family back for years in an epically frustrating game of connect the dots. Have had some successes myself but nothing concrete. The information you present is consistant with some of my own findings though i do admit that some of the connections i have come up with are more along the lines of assumptions based on the available information. Seems that for a lot of surnames in early american history things get kinda skewed and hard to connect in the first half of the 1800’s. Meh.

    I was most impressed with your connecting the Rurikid dynasty with the rourke/ O’Rourke family of ireland. Deeply intersted in all things ancient i was actually researching early russian history. Not to trace family names but to just feed my own hunger for new/old information. Seeing the name Rurik lit a fire in me. I actually asked out loud to myself if there was a connection between the rurik and rourk, my wife can attest to that. I googled something to that affect and found your blog. Was surpised that i wasnt the only person to see similarities and ask the same question.
    Your work is very impessive cousin! Very informative and sparks all kinds of fanciful daydreams. So much fun to read! We are kin to The tribe of judah, decendants of or connected to david and all that, wow! It is a great pleasure to read and while i personally cant claim that it is absolute certainty it does appear to be very well researched and extremley plausible.
    I do look forward to reading more of what you write on all subjects in the future as it seems that we share veiws and interests on many different subjects. I would love to correspond with you and pick your brain if i may. Perhaps even enlist your help in connecting some of my own dots along the familial lines. If not, no worries and i will be a follower/ faithful and eager reader of your blog and future posts regardless.
    Thank you very much for openly sharing your knowledge in a way that is easy to digest.
    John A. Rooks

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