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Greetings, most likely most of my immigrant ancestors came through Ireland before arriving to the south east coast.... Douglases, Carmichaels, Lessleys, Munros... et al.
My yDNA seems to indicate we came from Drumlanrig and Queensbury in Lanark!! Especially searching for ancestors of Elijah and Samuel Douglas 1850 Mississippi Census (Beat 5, Clarke County),, GFD3
What does 'Beat 5' mean?
William, sorry to be so tardy in answering your question. To the best of my knowledge a "beat" is a political division the county. The county may be divided into voting (or law enforcement) precincts or beats, so the voting place (or areas where the sheriff or constable can patrol easily) is within a reasonable distance of homes or businesses. Both Mississippi and Alabama have Constables (I am one in AL) and we are elected by districts/precincts.