Donald Earl McKinney Sr (Our Father's English Ancestors):
FARTHING; KIMBER; MOORS; FLUX; JEFFREY; RICHARDS; MAY; SAUNDERS; HOLMES; GAYLOR; PENDLETON; CARTER; OSBORNE
Eda Faye Thomasson (Our Mother's English Ancestors):
THOMASSON; EAST; CASON; FISH; HARDCASTLE; GRUMBLES; KENDALL; COOK; YEATES; WILKINSON; SHERRILL; MARSHALL
Our ancestors from ENGLAND were descended from various ancient warrior tribes. The Angles & Saxons along with the Jutes & Frisians, were among the Teutonic tribes who sailed across the North Sea to raid and eventually invade the British Isles during the 5th Century A.D. This was shortly after the Roman Empire had withdrawn its forces from this area.
The ANGLES were a small tribe from the peninsula of Anglia in the Baltic Sea off the northern coast of Germany near Denmark. The SAXONS were from Lower Saxony in the northwestern area of Germany.
England derived its name from the ANGLES. These Teutonic tribes established political & cultural dominance over the native Celtic BRITONS & probably intermarried with some of them. Many of the Britons were forced to the more remote areas to the north and west. These Celtic Britons had settled throughout what is now England, Wales & southern Scotland many centuries before the Romans & Teutonic tribes arrived.
The other tribes participating, to a lesser degree, in this conquest of England during the 5th Century included several other Teutonic tribes. The JUTES came from an area in southern Denmark & the FRISIANS were from an area that extended from northwestern Holland, northwestern Germany and into southwestern Denmark. A settlement of Danish VIKINGS occurred during the 9th century in northern and eastern England.
The NORMAN Conquest during the 11th Century began a new era in the cultural & social development of England. These Norman invaders were descendants of the Danish/Norse Vikings who had settled in northern France during the 9th century.
The Normans and their descendants, after an initial period of conflict & turmoil with the Anglo/Saxons & the other tribes, largely intermarried and merged, combining languages and traditions.